April 2014

Member of the Month: Di Sha

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 April 2014 is Di Sha. Congratulations, Di!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
Back to 2008, I was struggling with lack of energy and a mild case of metabolic disorder. One of my friends suggested I should exercise. So I began going to the gym three times a week and then started running in 2009.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
I qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2011 and ran the Boston Marathon last year. Quite a memorable experience. I also finished a 100 mile race last December.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
My goal is to be a lifelong healthy runner. To achieve my goal, I plan to do more cross training and core training to avoid injuries.

Shenyang, China.

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
Being outdoors and cooking

Fun fact about you:
I practiced plastic surgery in China before I came to the States.


  • Favorite food: Chinese food (of course)
  • Movie: Crash
  • Sport: Kansas basketball and tennis
  • Exercise: Ultra-running and trail-running
  • Music: Any style of music as long as they are good

Article of the Month: Earth Day - Ecological Footprint

Did you know that if everyone on the planet lived like the average American, we would need 5 Earths to sustain our lifestyle?

Where does that number come from? By determining how many hectares of land humans need to support their lifestyle and comparing it to the amount of arable land found on the planet, scientists are able to measure the impact of human demand on the planet’s eco systems, which is called our ecological footprint.

Globally, all humanity consumes the equivalent of 1.5 planets' worth of resources to sustain the way we live each year. This means that it takes the planet one and a half years to replenish everything humans consume in one year. The result is a growing deficit of resources that are being depleted further and further each year as we continue to over consume.

Every year we recognize Earth Overshoot Day, an annual marker of when humans begin using more resources than the planet will be able to replenish. In 2013, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 20th; in 1993, it was October 21; in 2003, it fell on September 22. One thing is clear: Earth Overshoot Day arrives a few days earlier each year, meaning the overconsumption problem is getting worse, not better.

Before we do irrevocable harm to the planet by depleting too many of its natural resources, we need to stop this unsustainable practice and reduce our consumption levels. How can you help?

Take the Ecological Footprint quiz and learn how you can reduce your impact.

Recipe: Healthy Broccoli Slaw


  • 4 slices  turkey bacon
  • 1 12- to 16-ounce bag  shredded broccoli slaw, or 1 large bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup  low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup  reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons  cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons  sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 8-ounce can  low-sodium sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup  finely diced red onion, (1/2 medium)


  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning frequently, until crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. (Alternatively, microwave on High for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.) Drain bacon on paper towels. Chop coarsely.
  • If using whole broccoli, trim about 3 inches off the stems. Chop the rest into 1/4-inch pieces.
  • Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add water chestnuts, onion, bacon and broccoli; toss to coat. Chill until serving time.

Quote of the Month

It is during our failures that we discover our true desire for success.

-Kevin Ngo

Health Observances of the Month

  • Humor Month
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Earth Day