August 2014

Member of the Month: Donnita Hayes

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 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 August 2014 is Donnita Hayes. Congratulations, Donnita!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
I fell on January 7, 2014 on the ice outside of my work area and bruised my tail bone. I also have type II diabetes and with the both of these issues, I decided to join Blomeyer at Emory to help me with my personal fitness goal.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
Since being a member at Blomeyer my blood pressure, blood sugar and insulin levels have dropped.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
Continue to walk and use my Walk Off Weight journal and exercise Flat Belly Yoga.

Atlanta, GA (Grady Baby)

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
I am a Red Hat Society Queen; chapter 627724 Red and Purple Gems of ATL. I'm also an active AHIMA member and a proud Nana who loves to play with her grandson.

Fun fact about you:
I like to make you laugh and smile; every time I earn a place on the Honor Roll I buy a new wig :-)

What department do you work for?
School of Medicine - Emory Med Care Foundation


  • Favorite food: Seafood
  • Movie: Comedy Dvd
  • Sport: Football or Baseball
  • Exercise: Walking and Yoga
  • Music: Old School music, Jazz, Gospel

Benefits of Exercising With a Partner

Many of us have days where we simply just don’t feel motivated on our own. Coming to the gym can seem more of a chore than something we look forward to. For over 20 years studies have shown us how working out with others can drive us to perform better when doing physical activity. Below are some of the benefits and considerations when working out with a partner.


Typically when you start a workout regimen with a partner they will keep you honest about the frequency and quality of your workouts. You are more likely to come to the gym more often and while you are at the gym, a partner will make you perform to your maximal effort. While exercising they can check your form and safely spot you to ensure you get everything you can out of your workout. People in general are heavily driven by competition; this is why both you and your partner must make sure you set the bar high for one another so you can achieve more than you could on your own.


Dragging yourself to the gym on your own can sometimes be a difficult task. Being isolated in a gym environment can become boring very quickly. A partner can bring excitement to a workout and make you feel less dull while you are resting in-between sets. Having someone to laugh with or talk to during a workout will make the time go by much quicker. They can also make you feel better about yourself when you have a good workout.


Your partner will know your goals, your strengths and your weaknesses better than anyone else. They can make sure you reach your exercise goals in an efficient and timely manner. They can also be there to cheer you on when you do reach those goals. It is important to choose a partner with similar experience and similar goals as yourself. By doing this you can reach these goals together and it will motivate you both to continue the good work.

Recipe: Banana Oat Bars


  • 2 large, very ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pitted, chopped dried dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts - such as walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans
  • Grated nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)


  • Heat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9x9-inch square baking dish with olive oil or butter.
  • Peel the bananas and mash their flesh in a medium mixing bowl. Mash very thoroughly until no large chunks remain; the bananas should be essentially liquid. (You will have between 1 cup and 1 1/4 cup.) Stir in the vanilla, if using.
  • Add the oats and stir them in. Stir in the salt, dates, and nuts. Pat the thick mixture evenly into the baking pan. If desired, sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg or cinnamon.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges just begin to crisp up. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool. When the pan is mostly cool, cut into bars and enjoy.

Quote of the Month

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.

-Muhammad Ali

Health Observances of the Month

  • Family Fun Month
  • International Friendship Day
  • National Farmer’s Market Week
  • Banana Lover’s Day