October 2013

Member of the Month: Rachel Weinert

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 October 2013 is Rachel Weinert. Congratulations, Rachel!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
At the beginning of the year, I got to the point where I was over being overweight and tired all of the time. I started slow, walking or doing 20 minutes on the elliptical, and tracking what I ate. I have continued to increase my exercise and focus on healthy eating.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
Since January 1st, I’ve lost about 50 lbs, and my fitness level has improved tremendously. I couldn’t run a mile straight a few months ago, and now I can run for 5 or more.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
I recently started running, so I’d like to do some 5Ks or 10Ks. I’d also like to train for and run a half marathon in the next year or so.

Hometown?
Pittsburgh, PA

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
I like to read, cook/bake, travel, and spend time with my friends and family.

Fun fact about you:
I have never lost a game of thumb war.

Favorites:

  • Favorite food: Peanut butter
  • Movie: Bridesmaids
  • Sport: Football (Go Steelers!)
  • Exercise: Running or the elliptical
  • Music: Hip hop and pop

Article of the Month: Misconceptions About Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Breast cancer occurs 85 to 90 percent of the time as a hard, stony, singular, non-mobile lump that is anchored in surrounding tissues of the breast. It is usually a painless lump that can be felt, is found in only one breast, and occurs in women over 35 years of age.

However, dangerous breast cancer signs are often ignored because they have different characteristics than the lump that is usually identified as cancer. Learning these common misconceptions about breast cancer could save a woman's life.

Misconception #1: Young women (under 35) do not have breast cancer. Breast cancer is more likely to occur in a woman over 35, but it can occur in very young women. Any lump, at any age, needs professional evaluation by a physician.

Misconception #2: Women with high risk factors (family history, no children, etc.) are usually the ones who will have breast cancer. 76 percent of women who have breast cancer had none of the risk factors. Being female is the highest risk factor. All women are at risk.

Misconception #3: Breast cancer is not painful; fibrocystic breast condition is what causes the pain. Breast cancer is usually not associated with pain. However, 11 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer experienced pain as a symptom. Any pain in the breast needs thorough evaluation by a physician.

Misconception #4: A mammogram that is without signs of cancer ensures that no cancer is present. Mammography is a good diagnostic tool, but it has limitations. There are some lumps that you can feel but are not seen on mammography even though mammography is able to detect lumps that are too small to be felt. 10 percent of breast cancers never form a lump that can be felt or seen on mammography. It is important to recognize the clinical signs of breast cancer that produce changes in the breast.

Because mammography does not detect 10 to 15 percent of cancers, breast self-exams and clinical exams by a physician must be performed in conjunction with mammography to insure that a woman receives every method of detection available.

Misconception #5: Breast cancer occurs as a single lump and in one breast at a time. A very small percentage of breast cancers occur with multiple lumps (multicentric) and occur in both breasts. As always, any lump, multiple lumps in one breast or lumps in both breasts should be fully explored by a physician.

Misconception #6: Redness, pain, or bloody discharge are signs only of mastitis (inflammation/infection) in new mothers. Mastitis is a common occurrence in the young mother, but if, after treatment with antibiotics, the symptoms do not improve or disappear, the patient should be evaluated further. Breast cancer in the young woman can cause the same symptoms as mastitis.

All lumps need evaluation by a healthcare provider.

Source: EduCare Inc. 2003 - Judy C. Kneece, RN, OCN

Recipe: Whole Wheat Linguine with Tomatoes, Baby Zucchini & Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound tomatoes, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 small red chile, seeded and minced
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces whole wheat linguine
  • 3 baby zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the basil, parsley, garlic, salt, chile and olive oil.
  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the linguine until al dente; drain well.
  • Add the linguine to the bowl along with the sliced zucchini and toss.
  • Add the 1/4 cup of grated cheese, toss again and serve in bowls, passing more cheese at the table.

Quote of the Month

Do not give up; the beginning is always the hardest.

-Unknown

Health Observances of the Month

  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Emotional Wellness Month
  • Popcorn Poppin’ Month
  • Pasta Month