May 2015

Member of the Month: Nick Varvel

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 May 2015 is Nick Varvel. Congratulations, Nick!

How did you start your wellness lifestyle?
I was encouraged to participate in team sports growing up. Prior to high school, I developed tendinitis in my throwing arm. I started to weight train to strengthen by arms in the winter prior to baseball season. I quickly learned that proper weight and cardiovascular training decreases the chance of injury, facilitates recovery, and makes you more competitive on the soccer and baseball fields.

What have you accomplished thus far concerning your health?
I am pleased to have participated in FitTrip, and I look forward to finding out if I made my body fat percentage goal. My diet goals were achieved.

What are your future wellness endeavors?
Run five miles in under 35 minutes and bench press 100 lbs. over my weight. After FitTrip, I think I accomplished this endeavor.

Dayton, OH

What types of hobbies and interests do you have outside of exercising?
I enjoy cooking on the weekends so I have meals prepared for the week ahead. Hiking is also enjoyable.

Fun fact about you:
I lived and worked in Tuebingen, Germany for about 4 years prior to moving to Atlanta, and I had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe.

What department do you work for?
Pharmacology, School of Medicine


  • Favorite food: Toss up between Seafood Paella and NY Strip Steak
  • Movie: Jaws
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Exercise: A long run followed by tricep extensions and bicep curls until failure
  • Music: The Last Waltz

Employee Health & Fitness Month: Benefits of drinking water

Did you know water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight? Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

Water is essential to your body’s daily functions. It helps keep your body temperature regulated, joints moving with ease, and rids your body of waste. A good rule of thumb is to drink eight 8oz. glasses of water each day.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.

During exercise, you sweat, which water is leaving your body. This loss of water needs to be replenished. According to the Institute of Medicine, an additional 1.5 to 2 cups of water will replenish the amount of sweat loss during short bouts of exercises. For prolonged exercise or higher intensity, you will need at least 2 more additional cups of water.

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: Overnight Oats

By: Rachel Stroud RD, LG


  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup Nonfat Milk (or alternative milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Honey


  • Add ingredients to a small/medium sized container in the order listed above. Place containers in the refrigerator and allow them to sit overnight (at least 8 hours).
  • Before eating, top with your favorite fruit (mine being strawberries, blueberries, or banana), shake/stir the ingredients, and enjoy!
  • Recipe will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Nutritional information:

  • Calories 347; Total Fat 11g, Saturate Fat 2g; Carbohydrates 45g, Fiber 5g, Protein 20g, Sodium 156 mg
  • Nutrition Facts include basic recipe, not added fruit

Corporate Sports Unlimited, Inc. and Blomeyer Health Fitness Center are proud to partner with Good Measure Meals™ to provide professional nutrition services to help you achieve your best self. Each month we will feature a favorite recipe from one of your Good Measure Meals™ Registered Dietitians. Enjoy!

A note from Joy: This cool, delicious treat is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and get your fruit servings for the day. There are so many variations on this base recipe: Turn the sorbet into frozen yogurt by using vanilla yogurt instead of orange juice, or try different types of frozen fruit and fruit juice to create endless numbers of combinations.

Quote of the Month

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

- Earl Nightingale

Health Observances of the Month

  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Mother’s Day
  • Employee Health & Fitness Month
  • Staff Fest