February 2014

FitTrip 2014

FitTrip 2014 is just around the corner! This 12 week body transformation program offers the motivation and FUN you need to develop and begin a healthy lifestyle!

For $79 or $71 (for 2012 and 2013 participants) you will receive:

  • 2 hydrostatic weigh ins
  • 1 FitTrip 2014 t-shirt
  • 1-on-1 meetings with your travel agents to review results
  • 1 nutrition seminar with a registered dietitian
  • 1 guidebook to keep you on track
  • goal setting tips and review

And of course... the chance to win a $1000 American Express Travel Card! Stop by or call the Front Desk to sign up or ask any questions! The Weigh In dates are Friday February 7th and Tuesday February 11th, so don't delay!

Member of the Month: Libby Johnson

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 February 2014 is Libby Johnson. Congratulations, Libby!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
I started when I worked at Coca-Cola and joined Healthworks, which was operated by Corporate Sports Unlimited. I was the lead lawyer for Coke in its negotiations with the IOC and organizing committees for its Olympic sponsorships for the Games in Sydney, Nagano, Albertville, Barcelona, Atlanta, and Lillehammer, as well as our relationship with Disney. High stress and a lot of sitting!

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
Rather than point to numbers, pounds lifted, laps run - let’s just say I am happy to keep up with 3 grandsons – 12, 10, and 5.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
I was in tip-top shape at the end of FitTrip 2012. Due to some family healthcare issues, I couldn’t devote the time and attention I should have to diet and exercise. My current goal is to have my fitness age be lower than my chronological age!

Peoria, IL

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
I serve on the board of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Our mission is to raise money to make grants to organizations focused on helping women and girls break the generational cycle of poverty. I also serve on the advisory board of Genesis Shelter, which provides housing and services to homeless newborn babies and their families. I am learning to knit; I love cooking and hanging out with my dear husband, Nat Gozansky.

Fun fact about you:
I have been to over half of our national parks and would like to visit all of them. But, my secret desire is to have legs and be able to sing like Tina Turner.


  • Favorite food: Mashed or baked potatoes (I know, I know)
  • Movie: Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Sport: I don’t do sports
  • Exercise: The elliptical
  • Music: Pink Martini; Bluegrass (Steep Canyon Rangers; Caroline Chocolate Drops in particular); country. My favorite workout music is Guns ‘n Roses, Kim Richey, and Neko Case (6.8 mph on the elliptical)

Article of the Month: American Heart Month

Ask any stylist, job coach or dating expert and they’ll tell you that red stands out. Eyes are immediately drawn to it. Some even say that the color red is a confidence booster and makes you feel powerful. Maybe that’s why we chose the color red to signify our fight against the No. 1 killer in women. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that it’s also the color of our hearts.

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women.

This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 7, 2014, marks our 11-year anniversary. And looking back on all we’ve accomplished, we’ve really made tremendous strides. They include:

  • 21 percent fewer women dying from heart disease
  • 23 percent more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat
  • Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications, and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
  • Legislation to help end gender disparities

But despite our progress, women are still dying. They’re still unaware of their risks and the facts. And now’s not the time for complacency. It’s time to stand stronger, speak louder and join us in the fight this National Wear Red Day.

Recipe: Avocado and Grapefruit Salad


  • 4 ruby red grapefruit
  • 2 Hass avocados
  • 2/3 cup pitted oil-cured olives
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • About 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Cut both ends off the grapefruits and stand the grapefruits on a cutting board. Trim off the peel and white pith from the grapefruits.
  • After you've cut all the grapefruit segments, squeeze all the juice out of the membranes into a bowl. Refrigerate the segments in the juice until needed, up to 2 hours.
  • Just before serving, cut avocados in half, remove the pit and peel the halves. Slice each half lengthwise into 6 thin slices. Drain the grapefruit and reserve the juice (for the salad, if using, or as a treat for the cook).
  • Add the avocado to the grapefruit along with the olives and lime juice. Toss gently to mix, while adding just enough olive oil to coat the avocado.
  • Season, to taste, with salt and pepper and toss again. If you like, use a little of the reserved grapefruit juice to add a little zing to the salad.

Quote of the Month

A year from now you will wish you had started today.


Health Observances of the Month

  • American Heart Month
  • Grapefruit Month
  • International Friendship Month
  • National Wear Red Day