March 2015

Member of the Month: Jeff Mills

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 March 2015 is Jeff Mills. Congratulations, Jeff!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
I started by joining Blomeyer Health Fitness Center in February of 2014.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
Since joining Blomeyer, I have lost 70 pounds of my overall body weight and adapted a healthy lifestyle.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
One wellness goal for this year is to decrease my total body fat to 8%.

Atlanta, Georgia

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
Cooking, gardening, traveling, web/graphic design, reading, photography

Fun fact about you:
Left handed

What department do you work for?
Nursing Research


  • Favorite food: Chicken Tenders
  • Movie: Sister Act I/II
  • Sport: Cycling
  • Exercise: Cardio
  • Music: Tracy Chapman

March is National Nutrition Month

Did you know?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley that binds and helps maintain shape.

  • Pro: Many whole foods are naturally gluten-free. It's an excellent opportunity to diversify grains.
  • Con: May miss key nutrients from avoiding grains with gluten. It's low carb, not sustainable.

General healthy eating: USDA center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion developed My Plate to help all people build a better nutritionally balanced plate.

  • Pro: Simple visual that can be applied to most meals. Practical and emphasizes fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and calcium rich dairy.
  • Con: Not a quick fix. Less structure. Can be difficult to judge portions of mixed nutrient meal.

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

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

Recipe: Beefy Corn and Black Bean Chili


  • 1 pound ground round
  • 2 tsp salt-free chili powder blend
  • 1 (14-ounce) package frozen seasoned corn and black beans
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can seasoned tomato sauce for chili
  • Reduced-fat sour cream (optional)
  • Sliced green onions (optional)


  • Combine beef and chili powder blend in a large Dutch oven. Cook 6 minutes over medium-high heat or until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Drain and return to pan.
  • Stir in frozen corn mixture, broth, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Ladle chili into bowls. Top each serving with sour cream and onions, if desired.

Health Observances of the Month

  • National Nutrition Month
  • Pic Your Plate
  • National Dentist Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day