July 2013

Member of the Month: Yi-Ju Chen

The Member of the Month section provides a way for us to recognize dedicated Blomeyer members who have been working hard and cosistently to get in better health and shape with the help of the BHFC. If you know a fellow Blomeyer member whose efforts should not go unnoticed, please tell us!

To nominate someone, please send us an email at blomeyer@emory.edu with the name and a few highlights of the person you'd like to see as our next Member of the Month.

The Blomeyer Member of the Month for July 2013 is Yi-Ju Chen. Congratulations, Yi-Ju!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
My fiancé encourages me to get into better shape and health. We decided to have good exercise hobbies and always encourage each other to maintain in good health. I started going to the gym about 5 times/week and calculating food calories daily. It really helps me to be more aware of how much I ate.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
I have lost about 20 lb in these two years! This year I joined the Fitrip and got my health status from Fair to Good!

What are your future wellness endeavors?
Keep healthy and strong while I am getting older. Right now, I try to keep myself staying motivated by joining different programs Blomeyer provides. It’s so great!! We also are planning to run Peachtree 10K this year!

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
Watching movies, and baking

Fun fact about you:
I love food! And I really can eat! Sometimes I wonder is there a hole in my stomach?!


  • Favorite food: Chocolate cake! Yum :-)
  • Movie: All of Miyazaki Hayao’s animations, especially Ponyo!
  • Sport: Baseball, Basketball
  • Exercise: Zumba class, yoga
  • Music: Chriss Tomlin (Whom Shall I Fear)

Article of the Month: UV Safety Month - what's your UV IQ?

It's just smart to take good care of your skin

The need to protect your skin from the sun has become very clear over the years, supported by several studies linking overexposure to the sun with skin cancer. The harmful ultraviolet rays from both the sun and indoor tanning “sunlamps” can cause many other complications besides skin cancer - such as eye problems, a weakened immune system, age spots, wrinkles, and leathery skin.

How to protect your skin

There are simple, everyday steps you can take to safeguard your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun.

Wear proper clothing Wearing clothing that will protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is very important. Protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and pants are good examples. Also, remember to protect your head and eyes with a hat and UV-resistant sunglasses. You can fall victim to sun damage on a cloudy day as well as in the winter, so dress accordingly all year round.

Avoid the burn. Sunburns significantly increase one's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. It is especially important that children be kept from sunburns as well.

Go for the shade. Stay out of the sun, if possible, between the peak burning hours, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can head for the shade, or make your own shade with protective clothing - including a broad-brimmed hat, for example.


Recipe: Roasted Peaches, Plums, and Nectarines


  • 2 peaches
  • 2 nectarines
  • 2 plums
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar (depending on sweetness of fruit)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Mascarpone cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Prick skins of 2 peaches, 2 nectarines, and 2 plums with a fork. Toss fruit with 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, and 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice.
  • Roast 15-20mins.Discard rosemary. Serve fruit warm with mascarpone cheese.

Source: www.marthastewart.com

Quote of the Month

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

-Thomas A. Edison

Health Observances of the Month

  • UV Safety Month
  • Eat Beans Day
  • Cheer Up The Lonely Day
  • National Don’t Eat Meat Week
  • National Bagel Fest
  • Independence Day (July 4th)