February 2015

FitTrip 2015 is here!

Find Your Success Story

It's not too late! Get lean in 2015! February 11th is the last day to sign up for FitTrip and weigh in! You won’t regret participating in this 12 week body transformation challenge to earn your prize! See Wellness Associates for details.

Weigh-in dates:

  • February 4th from 6:30am to 10:30am
  • February 11th from 12:30pm to 5:30pm

Member of the Month: Adrienne Lowe

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 February 2015 is Adrienne Lowe. Congratulations, Adrienne!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
I started biking to work last May (14 miles round-trip) and joined Blomeyer mid-August. Looking further back, I grew up in the fields and forests of NW GA and was always an active kid. If I wasn’t inside reading a book, I was outside exploring.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
While weight loss isn’t my explicit goal, I’m proud to have lost nearly 40 pounds since last June. It’s made getting around easier, and I feel stronger and more confident.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
Commitment is key, so I’ll continue to build on my months of progress by working out regularly. I’d like to get more serious about weight training and take a contemporary dance class.

Hometown?
Rome, Georgia

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
Cooking (I’m a former personal chef), hosting parties, teaching cooking classes, fundraising, programming (Python), free and open-source software, live music, hiking.

Fun fact about you:
If you see me smiling on the elliptical, it’s usually because there’s some real dirty Atlanta trap happening behind my headphones.

What department do you work for?
Development and Alumni Relations (DAR)

Favorites:

  • Favorite food: spicy Szechuan eggplant with fried tofu
  • Movie: I Heart Huckabees
  • Sport: basketball
  • Exercise: hiking, dancing
  • Music: noise, experimental, southern hip hop

February is American Heart Month

Ask any stylist, job coach or dating expert and they’ll tell you that red stands out. Eyes are immediately drawn to it. Some even say that the color red is a confidence booster and makes you feel powerful.

Maybe that’s why we chose the color red to signify our fight against the No. 1 killer in women, Cardiovascular Disease (including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure). Maybe it’s just a coincidence that it’s also the color of our hearts.

Take it one step at a time!

You can control a number of risk factors for CVD, including:

  • Diet
  • Physical activity
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes

National Wear Red Day was born to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year.

Resources: goredforwomen.org and cdc.gov


Earning Your Incentives Makes Perfect “Health Cents”

To encourage you to take an active role in your health, Emory provides financial incentives for healthy behavior. You can actually save money on your medical expenses by taking action and doing things that help you live a healthy lifestyle. Start by taking the Aetna Simple Steps Online Health Assessment at www.aetna.com.

The assessment gives you a quick snapshot of your overall health and ideas for improvement – plus, you’ll earn a $25 gift card! After taking the assessment, you’ll be eligible for more incentives to encourage you to live healthy.

For more information, visit www.hr.emory.edu/incentives


Recipe: Blueberry-Orange Parfaits

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Demerara or turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 2 (7-ounce) containers reduced-fat plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups orange sections (about 2 large)
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ

Directions:

  • Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until blended.
  • Spoon 1/4 cup blueberries into each of 4 tall glasses. Spoon about 2 1/2 tablespoons yogurt mixture over blueberries in each glass. Add 1/4 cup orange to each serving.
  • Repeat layers with remaining blueberries, yogurt mixture, and orange.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon wheat germ over each serving; serve immediately.

Quote of the Month

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.

-Jim Robin


Health Observances of the Month

  • American Heart Month
  • National Wear Red Day
  • Flight to Fight
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week