May 2014

Member of the Month: Udayakumar Keelakattu

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 May 2014 is Udayakumar Keelakattu. Congratulations, Udayakumar!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
A year ago when I became a member of Blomeyer.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
I have lost 7 pounds.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
I would like to be able to run a half marathon by 2015.

Hometown?
Chennai, India.

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

Favorites:

  • Favorite food: Chicken salad
  • Movie: Kungfu Panda
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Exercise: Running

How Do I Know If I Have High Blood Pressure?

Your blood pressure is made up of two numbers, like a fraction. It is measured in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Both numbers are important in determining whether your blood pressure is normal or high. The top number (known as systolic) represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats, while the bottom number (diastolic) represents the pressure in your vessels as your heart rests between beats.

What do these numbers mean? See the chart below to find your numbers. If your numbers fall into the “at risk” (prehypertension) or “high” classifications, or are often above 140/90, make an appointment with your health care provider.

Blood Pressure Classification Blood Pressure Levels
Normal Systolic (Top Number): less than 120 mmHg
Diastolic (Bottom Number): less than 80 mmHg
At Risk for High Blood Pressure (Prehypertension) Systolic: 120-139 mmHg
Diastolic: 80-89 mmHg
High Blood Pressure Systolic: 140 mmHg or higher
Diastolic: 90 mmHg or higher

Note: If you have diabetes or chronic kidney disease, the goal is to get and keep your blood pressure below 130/80 mmHg (130 top/systolic number, 80 bottom/diastolic number).

Don't forget:

The last Wednesday of every month is “Blood Pressure Wednesday” at Blomeyer. Come get your blood pressure taken for free and learn how fitness and blood pressure are related!


Recipe: Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups diced tomatoes (5-6 medium)
  • 3/4 cup finely diced red onion (about 1 small)
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, or more to taste

Directions:

  • Combine tomatoes, onion, vinegar, jalapeno, cilantro, salt and cayenne in a medium bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Quote of the Month

Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It's about being better than you used to be.

-Unknown


Health Observances of the Month

  • National Salsa Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • National High Blood Pressure Education Month
  • National Employee Health and Fitness Month