German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | March 7, 2017

Greetings!

Today, 10 GVWC volunteers are at the Reeb Avenue Center to help serve meals for the Tuesday Night Community Dinner. We are so excited, and will let you know all about our experience.  (Last minute emergency and cancellation of one volunteer.  email me if you want to join us, and I will send details!)

In the newsletter this week:

  • A short video about the GVWC’s shorter new route option on Saturday mornings
  • Shocking news of Bob Harper’s heart attack
  • Breakfast at Valter’s Saturday. RSVP!
  • Healthy Hints Corner

Here are some GVWC women strutting their stuff at the Columbus Museum of Art.

women of GVWC Art Museum

The GVWC is Going Short!

As mentioned last week, the GVWC is now providing a shorter option: loops around Schiller Park. This shorter route, which is led by me, ensures we can accommodate those walkers who are not comfortable with the regular 3 or 5-mile routes, including those new (newer) to fitness, rehabbing from an injury, or recovering from late-night partying (you know who you are). We created this fun, promotional video about the Schiller Park Loop to engage more walkers in the community. Help us spread the word! Go to the GVWC Facebook Page and share the post which presents the video. Or email the link to folks you think could benefit. See you around (literally) Schiller Park!

Bob Harper Had A Heart Attack?  Seriously??

By now, most of you know that Bob Harper, the beloved fitness instructor from The Biggest Loser TV show, had a heart attack a couple weeks ago. Although we don’t know the details, he was lucky that people were around to perform CPR and use a defibrillator. He was unconscious for the first couple days in the hospital. He is home, but needs to be connected to monitors, and I am sure, make some lifestyle changes.

MindBodyGreen discusses the reaction to the news of his heart attack. If this could happen to someone as fit as Bob, they reason, why should they bother to stay healthy? “Pass the chips and beer, please.” Well, it’s all about risk. Genetics cause some people to have a higher-than-average risk for certain health issues. Harper, whose mother died suddenly from a heart attack, had a genetic predisposition. Each of us has some control over our own risk factors. And we can mitigate our risk factors by the decisions we make regarding our health. We can decide what food we eat, how much exercise we get, when we get a good night’s sleep, and, for sure, whether or not we walk against traffic lights. Don’t let this incident with Bob give you the attitude to throw caution to the wind with your health. In fact, if Bob Harper wasn’t in such good shape, he might not have survived the event; and because of his fitness, his recovery will most likely be much easier. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Bob!

Valter for Breakfast This Saturday – RSVP by Wednesday!

The GVWC is having breakfast after our walk this Saturday at 9:30am. If you would like to join us, email me by Wednesday!

Healthful Hints Corner

Our Healthful Hint of the week comes from Sandy Kight, who talks about clean eating.

Prepare and eat freshly prepared organic foods in your own kitchen. In the time that it would take you to make all those stops to park, order prepared foods (from unknown origins) and wait (and snack junk or coffee while waiting) and take them home or office to then eat – you could have saved time and money and be healthier if you’d just prepare healthful foods yourself in your own kitchen with foods that you know have been grown organically without pesticides or fertilizes or fresheners/preservatives.  It really does not take much time or effort to steam organic veggies while roasting a free-range chicken breast or two for 25/30 minutes.  It takes about 4 minutes to throw together a smoothie in the morning with frozen organic strawberries, frozen organic kale that takes 3 minutes one day a week to rinse and pop into a freezer bag and into your freezer, organic whey protein powder, nano greens, and maybe some pomegranate juice for BP wellness and some kefir and/or coconut milk.  And – if you must be tied to TV, you can watch/listen to that poison while you cook/prepare (but much better to avoid TV and listen to Mozart for Your Brain cd’s). 

Thanks Sandy! Though, personally, I find Steve Harvey and Family Feud to be intellectually stimulating.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

My favorite type of party with friends.

Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all Saturday morning.  Until then, as always, whatever you do finish strong!

Larry

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