Welcome to spring, everyone. We made it! And, with the official arrival of spring, I want everyone in the GVWC to spring their feet and join us this Saturday, especially if you haven’t walked with us in a while. If you need to shake off a little winter rust and don’t feel you’re up to your usual 3+ mile distance, we have a shorter option: loops around Schiller Park. In addition to celebrating the beginning of warmer weather (fingers crossed), we hope you will help us welcome the founder and other members of the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative that morning. We have joined the movement and they are excited to have us on board!
In addition to the AAMWWI, what else will you find in this newsletter?
- Painting in Schiller Park April 8
- Improving mental focus
- Investing just 2 minutes can make a huge difference in your wellness
- Raising money for Veterans in Gahanna April 1
- Participating in Earth Day
Here you can see the fit-Foodie and her groupies at Arepazo’s last weekend. The review is on the way.
African American Male Wellness Walk Organizers Join GVWC This Saturday
Join us this Saturday morning at our regular walk to welcome John Gregory, the founder of the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (AAMWWI), and others from the organization. Mr. Gregory founded the organization 13 years ago, which has expanded it to a national organization in 12 cities. The goals of the movement are to get more people moving and knowing “their numbers.” There will be health screeners at the event to take blood pressure, pulse and glucose numbers. The GVWC is supporting this event in several ways. First, I attend monthly Walk Committee meetings. We are event sponsors and will have a booth there the day of. We will walk as a “passion team”—our goal is for at least 50 GVWC participate. We’ll be among the expected 20,000 participants for the Walk on August 12. NBC4 is the media sponsor. Check out anchor Mike Jackson’s story of his personal experience with the Walk.
Paint In Schiller Park – April 8
Want to see GVWC member and Plein Air artist, Chuck Marshall, in action? Chuck and some of his Ohio Plein Air painters will be in Schiller Park starting at 9am, Saturday April 8. After our walk, we will be able to see how Chuck crafts his trade. More information about the event is on the Ohio Plein Air Society website.
One of my goals this year is to improve my mental focus, particularly “being in the moment.” I try to be more focused on the task at hand and less distracted by things like social media and text messages. Instead of multi-tasking, I strive to do more mono-tasking. It’s tough for me and I must work on it every day. As this article from the VeryWell blog states, improving mental focus is like improving any other skill, it takes work and practice. I must confess I’m not doing very well with it right now. I’m writing this newsletter at the same time I am watching the NCAA basketball tournament.
Give Me Two Minutes
You don’t need to make huge changes, commit a large block of time or spend lots of money to improve your health. At the GVWC, we subscribe to the theory that making small changes—one at a time—creates healthy habits that can make a big difference in your life. One guy who committed an extra two minutes to his day—that’s two minutes a day!—to add a new habit to his morning routine. He says it has the results were astonishing. Check out his story in this article from MindBodyGreen. So, you may want to drop and give me 30. Every morning.
Run As One – A Fundraiser for Veterans – April 1
Please join our friends in Gahanna in their efforts to raise money for veterans through Team Red, White and Blue (RWB). Team RWB is hosting a run / walk / bike event Saturday, April 1 at 8:30am. While registration is free, donations are appreciated. There is a follow-on breakfast. Find details here for joining Mike McNett’s team. Good luck, Mike. What a great cause!
Next Up in the Community – Earth Day Cleanup – Scioto Audubon – April 9
Like we did last year, the GVWC will volunteer as part of Earth Day events in Columbus. On Sunday, April 9 from 9am to noon, we will work at the Scioto Audubon. Assignments include weeding, planting, and clearing out the invasive honeysuckle plants. I did that last year—and it was a great workout! Lunch is provided. We will be among the 100 volunteers expected. Email me if you want to volunteer. Find more on their webpage.
Also, there is a celebration of Earth Day and all the Columbus Earth Day Volunteer Events on Saturday, April 22 from 1pm to 7pm at Columbus Commons. There will be music, beer, food trucks and other activities. The GVWC will have a booth at the event. We encourage members to come up and enjoy the afternoon, and also hang out in our booth to promote the Club. If you can take a 1 or 2-hour shift in the booth that day, please email me. Thanks!
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all Saturday morning. Until then, as always, whatever you do finish strong!