April 2015

Member of the Month: Kim Rowell

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 April 2015 is Kim Rowell. Congratulations, Kim!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
I started working out at a gym right after I got out of college when I figured out a desk job was not conducive to the body I wanted. I have been a member of a gym for almost all of my life since then but have definitely had periods of inactivity.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
I learned the value of strength training years ago and know if I want to recover from a period of indulgence I need to add weight lifting to my cardio exercise. After being a member of Blomeyer for 3 years, I started FitTrip for the first time in February. I have made significant progress already and really enjoy the accountability and challenges that the program offers.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
I have a weight goal (that I won’t share) but also want to reduce my body fat percentage to the fitness range. I had prehypertension and elevated cholesterol that I would like to see reduced to normal range. After FitTrip is over I want to continue my commitment to a higher level of activity and healthy eating. When I lived in the suburbs I cycled regularly with friends and I would like to get back into that.

Hometown?
Winfield, Alabama

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
Hiking in the North Georgia Mountains where my husband and I have a weekend home; travel, gardening and reading

Fun fact about you:
I was drum major of my high school band. Also I am a very proud grandmother of my first grandchild, Nolan, who is 6 months old.

What department do you work for?
Research Administration Services Central Operations

Favorites:

  • Favorite food: Fried oysters and whatever my husband smokes on his Big Green Egg
  • Movie: The Proposal
  • Sport: To watch: football; participating: cycling and tennis
  • Exercise: Hiking/walking outside
  • Music: Classic rock and country

April is National Stress Awareness Month

The most common stress involves work, money matters and relationships with partners, children or other family members. Here are 5 tips to help you take back your control and manage your stress:

Set a “stress-less” schedule

  • Build “Gap Time” into your day.  Each gap is a short two minute (or less) self assessment where you take stock of yourself. Ask yourself, “How am I doing?”  Take a deep breath, focus on how your body feels - are there any tense spots? Relax. Breathe.

Be assertive - learn to say “No” or “Maybe”

  •  If your boss or co-worker is constantly dropping work into your already overflowing “inbox” - try this assertive statement: “I appreciate your confidence in my work.  I can try to get to this project completed in a timely manner, but as you can see I am already swamped.” This statement will bring awareness to your overworked situation while also maintaining a positive, team oriented tone. 

Take time off

  • Use your vacation and personal days each year.  Even if you don’t travel to an exotic location, just time spent relaxing at home away from your typical workplace stressors will relax you and build your resilience.

Find the “Off” button

Talk the talk and walk the walk

  • Talk to someone about what you are dealing with at work.  It does not have to be a professional, a like-minded co-worker, friend or loved one will do.  Just the act of venting your frustrations makes them easier to cope with on a daily basis.  Walk.  Get out and break a sweat.  Physical activity is far and away the best stress buster out there.

Resources:


Participate in Healthy Lifestyle Coaching and earn $100! 

Work one-on-one with a telephone-based health coach who will help you address your personal health needs, improve your health and make positive habit changes. Aetna's health coaches use goal setting, identification of barriers, and the use of personal support systems to help you make and sustain lifestyle habit changes related to eating, physical activity, stress management, tobacco cessation and preventive health.

Participants in Emory’s medical plan can earn $100 for participation. Those in the HSA plan who complete three health coaching calls will receive a $100 credit to their health savings account. Those in the POS plan will receive a $100 credit toward their deductible and/or co-insurance. Call 1-866-213-0153 to sign-up.


Recipe: Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onions
  • 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, or as needed

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray 20 muffin cups with cooking spray. Place zucchini, onions, and red bell pepper into a food processor, and pulse several times until finely chopped but not liquefied.
  • Place the vegetables into a bowl, and mix in ground turkey, couscous, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard until thoroughly combined. Fill each prepared muffin cup about 3/4 full. Top each cup with about 1 teaspoon of barbecue sauce.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until juices run clear, about 25 minutes. Internal temperature of a muffin measured by an instant-read meat thermometer should be at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Quote of the Month

I will not stress myself out about things I can't control or change.

Source: wisdomquotesandstories.com


Health Observances of the Month

  • National Stress Awareness Month
  • National Walking Day
  • Blomeyer Fit Fest
  • Baseball Bash
  • Earth Day