March 2014

Member of the Month: Brent 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!

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The Blomeyer Member of the Month for March 2014 is Brent Johnson. Congratulations, Brent!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
I have always been interested in physical activities outside the classroom to clear my mind. My active lifestyle probably started in college and graduate school playing Ultimate Frisbee in competitive leagues. In graduate school, I played for a Twin Cities team called “Trash.” Everyone on the team had a nickname; mine was Captain America :-)

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
Getting to the gym regularly was a huge accomplishment, especially for a junior faculty member. Then, changing my routine from strictly pumping iron to a more balanced approach including aerobics, agility, abdominals, and cardio training was a major step forward. Participating in bootcamp is tough work and you would not know it by simply watching from the sidelines; you need to come enjoy the burn with us. Before I injured my shoulder over the holiday break two months ago, I was bench-pressing my bodyweight, which was a first in my lifetime.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
I need to build up the strength in my arms again following my injury. Despite this setback, I would eventually like to successfully complete more than just 1 handstand push-up without assistance, complete 10 pull-ups without assistance, and improve my abdominals. I need to improve my flexibility and would like to try CrossFit at some point. And I want to continue the core training!

I was born in Wisconsin but raised in Woodbury, Minnesota, from the age of 9. My mother still lives in the same house more than 30 years later.

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
I like to be outdoors, fishing, and camping. I like to play golf if I can ever find the time. My vices include eating (love to eat) and watching sports (like the NFL or English Premier League) on TV. I also enjoy cooking and have a fancy set of Japanese knives for the task. I like to work on home projects and have purchased some fine tools over the years.

Fun fact about you:
I trekked alone in Mt. Everest National Park, Nepal.


  • Favorite food: Love ultra fresh sashimi. It melts in your mouth.
  • Movie: Shawshank Redemption, with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman
  • Sport: Golf (individual) and Soccer (team)
  • Exercise: High bridge low bridge
  • Music: I’m stuck in the 70s and 80s. Big hair and Jukebox Hero.

Article of the Month: National Nutrition Month

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Recipe: Healthy St. Patrick’s Day: Red Potato Colcannon


  • 1 pound small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  • Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Place potatoes in a steamer basket and steam, covered, until just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low. Stir in milk, salt and white pepper; cover and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 8 minutes. Add the cabbage mixture to the potatoes. Mash with a potato masher or a large fork to desired consistency.

Quote of the Month

If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.

-Fred Devito

Health Observances of the Month

  • National Nutrition Month
  • Sleep Awareness Week
  • National What’s on your Plate Day
  • Daylight Saving!