September 2013

Member of the Month: Erica Bryant

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 September 2013 is Erica Bryant. Congratulations, Erica!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
Advice from my physician and inspired by my sister’s weight loss.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
I have lost 30lbs and improved my cardiovascular endurance.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
To run a 3k marathon by Spring 2014.

Hometown?
Atlanta, Georgia

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
Classic movies and music, and history.

Fun fact about you:
I have a twin brother - Eric.

Favorites:

  • Favorite food: Pizza!
  • Movie: Nothing But a Man (1964)
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Exercise: Squats
  • Music: The Supremes

Article of the Month: National Potato Month

Health Benefits of Potatoes

Potatoes have been getting a bad rap in the food world. But the pride of Idaho actually has much to boast about. Potatoes are filling, moderate in calories, and non-fattening, and are an excellent way to ensure your continued success in eating healthy.

Whoever coined the phrase "the lowly potato" certainly wasn't aware of its nutrient values. And anyone who still shuns the potato thinking it is fattening is missing out on a food tailor-made for the calorie-conscious person.

Potatoes are nutrient-dense, meaning you receive many nutrients for the amount of calories they have. The fiber is half soluble, half insoluble, so it helps to keep you regular and helps to lower cholesterol. And slowing down digestion helps to keep you full longer. Phytochemicals in potatoes include flavanoids and a recently identified compound called kukoamine that appears to help lower blood pressure.

With the exception of vitamin A, white potatoes have just about every nutrient. Did you know potatoes are full of vitamin C? However, since we do not eat potatoes raw, most of the vitamin C is lost due to the heat of cooking.

In addition, one baked potato offers about 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B6, which is good news for your heart. They are also very high in potassium, beating other potassium-rich foods. They are a good source of iron and copper, too. In fact, a potato a day is good for your heart, promoting normal blood-pressure levels.

As it turns out, the bad rap belongs to the toppings and preparation methods we often use to turn potatoes from a healthful food to a fatty, salty snack. The health-conscious will want to bake, not fry, and be conscious of the nutritional value of the oils, toppings, and condiments that touch our spuds.

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Kale Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 package (21 ounces) prepared whole-wheat pizza dough
  • 1 bunch curly kale, stemmed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon crushed walnuts

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 425°F. Boil a large pot of water. Cook potato in water until fork-tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and let cool 5 minutes.
  • In a food processor, pulse potato, 1 tablespoon oil, red pepper and a pinch of salt until sauce is smooth. Roll out dough until 1/4 inch thick.
  • Spread potato sauce evenly over dough. Toss kale in remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil; top pizza with goat cheese, kale and Parmesan.
  • Bake until crust is golden, 10 to 15 minutes, sprinkling on walnuts in final 2 minutes.

Source: epicurious.com

Quote of the Month

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.

-Ruth E. Renkl

Health Observances of the Month

  • Better Breakfast Month
  • National Whole Grain Month
  • Women’s Health & Fitness Day (9/25)
  • Labor Day (9/2)