December 2014

Member of the Month: Shirley Eaton

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 December 2014 is Shirley Eaton. Congratulations, Shirley!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
Hiking and Trail jogging the mountains of North Georgia in my 20’s. Started working out at Blomeyer about 10 years ago, to get back on track after a 10 year leave from exercise. The staff are so supportive and encouraging, getting back on track was easier than I thought it would be. Everyone here makes our gym special.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
Incredible endurance, and weight training has made me stronger. I can lift the 40 lb. water containers with ease.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
To continue working out at Blomeyer, the best fitness center around.

Dahlonega, GA

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
Hiking. Being from Dahlonega, I can just about tell you every trail to hike in North Georgia. My favorite trail is Raven Cliffs off Russell Scenic Hwy. in Helen, GA.

Fun fact about you:
I went scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.

What department do you work for?
I am a Registered Nurse at Health Connections


  • Favorite food: Southern & Mexican
  • Movie: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Sport: Hiking
  • Exercise: Precor, weights, and all the 6:15 group classes
  • Music: Accordion music, and blue grass

December is Toys for Tots Month

Donate To Toys For Tot

Did you know that you can brighten a child’s Christmas by simply donating a toy? It does not matter how much you have spent or the brand of the toy, every little toy counts just to put a smile on a less fortunate child’s face.


The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.


The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future .

More details:

National Hand-Washing Awareness Week

What is the best way to wash your hands?

Did you know 1/3 of Americans don’t wash their hands after using the restroom?

  • Rule #1: Wash your hands frequently and always after the restroom
  • Rule #2: Rub hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds

What is the best way to reduce spreading germs?

Washing your hands frequently reduces your chances of getting sick. All of the bacteria, viruses and other microbes that we touch on people, surfaces and objects throughout the day accumulate on our hands. Therefore, washing our hands can dramatically limit the spread of germs.

Soap or Hand Sanitizer?

Washing your hands is the best way to reduce the germs on them. Hand sanitizers, while effective at eliminating some germs, do not completely eliminate all germs, especially if hands are visibly dirty.


Recipe: Pear-Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel


  • 3/4 cup regular oats
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small piece


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled Anjou pear (2 large)

Remaining ingredient:

  • 1 unbaked 9-inch deep-dish pastry shell


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • To prepare streusel, combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • To prepare filling, combine pear, cranberries, 2/3 cup brown sugar, and cornstarch in a large bowl; toss well to combine. Spoon pear mixture into pastry shell; sprinkle streusel over pear mixture.
  • Bake at 350F for 1 hour or until bubbly and streusel is browned. Cool at least 1 hour.

Quote of the Month

Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.

Health Observances of the Month

  • Toys for Tots
  • National Cookie Day
  • National Hand-Washing Awareness Week
  • Christmas