Monthly Archives: October 2018

GVWC Weekly Newsletter | October 30, 2018

Greetings!

Damp and drizzly didn’t stop the 16 hardy GVWC walkers this past Saturday from enjoying what turned out to be a nice brisk autumn morning with just a bit of spit in the air. As a reminder, we plan to walk every Saturday morning, even as the weather becomes a little harsher. Because safety is our number one concern, we officially cancel the walk under any of the following conditions: lightning; steady, heavy rain; ice/slippery pavement, and extreme cold. As always, use your own judgement for your own comfort but we’re firm believers in the old saw, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad dressing.” Hats, gloves, wind resistant jackets, and layers are essential.

This week is the first Saturday of the month, which means the Winans to Winans route. We end at the downtown Winans, about 1 mile from Schiller Park.

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Fatal Crashes with Pedestrians Increase in the Fall
  • Weight Training – No Expiration Date
  • The Flu Is Not For You
  • Save the Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party
  • Special Edition T-shirts Still for Sale
  • GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

Fatal Crashes with Pedestrians Increase in the Fall

In case you missed the October 25 article in the Columbus Dispatch, fatal crashes involving Ohio pedestrians increase in the fall, which means you need to be extra careful when you’re out walking in the days ahead. According to statistics from both the Columbus Division of Police and the Ohio Department of Transportation, the two most common times for pedestrians to die in traffic accidents are in the evening and in November. Indeed, the majority of pedestrian traffic deaths happen at night and, in 2017, November accounted for 18% of the fatalities for the entire year. Most of the people killed in traffic accidents were “regular” pedestrians (i.e., not walking for fitness). Nonetheless, follow these best practices to stay safe walking after dark near traffic:

  • Wear reflective clothing — and make sure your outermost layer has some reflective material
  • Wear or carry a light, especially if your outer layer is not reflective
  • Use the sidewalks
  • Walk on the left side of the road (facing oncoming traffic) if you must be in the road
  • Don’t cross in the middle of the street or–if in a crosswalk–don’t cross against the traffic light
  • Pay attention to your surrounding
  • Don’t cross a side street, even when there’s a stop sign, unless you know the driver sees you
  • Always, always, always assume the driver does not see you! 

When you’re driving, be on the lookout for pedestrians. And put your phone down. There is no safe time to read or send texts. Even when stopped at a traffic light.

Weight Training – No Expiration Date

Check out this terrific article from Forbes “Do You Even Lift, Grandma? Why Older Adults Should Be Making Gains. It’s More Than Just Bro Science”. It explains why strength training, is “absolutely critical” for people as they age. The bonus: you can get all the benefits without all the tattoos.

The Flu Is Not For You

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If you haven’t, you should. And you’ll want to check out these quick 7 Mistakes People Make With the Flu. As the article’s introduction states, “Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to avoid exposure to influenza during flu season. But, you can dramatically decrease your odds of infection and lingering illness by avoiding these seven common flu mistakes.”

In case you’re still not convinced, check out this story, Last Year, The Flu Put Him In A Coma. This Year He’s Getting The Shot, which aired last week on NPR’s Morning Edition. Scary stuff!

Oh, and when you’re sick (whether the flu or otherwise, but especially with the flu), stay home. Your colleagues will thank you!

Save the Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party

Save the date and time (Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3pm to 5pm) for GVWC’s Holiday Party. This year, we’ll be at Local Matters, “Partnering for Healthy Communities,” located at the corner of Parsons and Livingston Avenue. There will be a healthy holiday cooking demonstration, as well as socializing and raffles. Afterwards, an optional dinner will be held at nearby restaurant. Look for more information in the coming weeks. I look forward to sharing the GVWC year-end party with you all. And I can’t wait to show off this year’s holiday outfit!

Special Edition T-shirts Still for Sale

Our special edition GVWC t-shirts are for sale for $40 at Columbus Running Company in the Short North store and at the CRC on-line store. The shirts have scenes from our Saturday morning walks in a cool abstract format. Men’s shirts are crew neck and women’s are V-neck. They are spiffy enough for casual wear and, because of technical fabric, they are good for exercise, too. All the profits go to the Club for programming.

CRC model of t-shirt

GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

  • Congratulations to GVWC member, Otto Beatty, III and his father, Otto Beatty, Jr., as they are the co-chairmen for the 2019 African American Male Wellness Initiative Walk. John Gregory, Founder of the AAMWWI, stated: “We are excited to have a father and his son lead our campaign to raise financial support and awareness of preventable diseases for African Americans men.”

Otto and Otto

  • How fun! The Donut Run (and Walk) was held on Sunday and here’s one pic of the group after the race and another later at Tommy’s for breakfast.

small group

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

MLK - darkness

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | October 23, 2018

Greetings!

Congratulations to all GVWC walkers—and all competitors—who participated in the 2018 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. Too bad the race wasn’t on Saturday when the temperatures were mild and the winds were low. Alas, it was blustery and cold (at least for spectators!) on Sunday. Great finishes to all!

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • In Your 60s? Read On.  Not At least 60?  Read On.
  • Sugar is the Culprit
  • Mediterranean Diet – Secret Ingredient
  • Save the Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party
  • GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

A picture of the group before our walk on Saturday:

10-20-18

In Your 60s? Read On. Not 60 Yet? Read On.

I know this article from the VeryWellblog  is targeting people 60 and older, but many of the recommendations are relevant at an age. Great advice, includes: think positive, stay on top of your health, socialize, keep active, challenge your brain, and don’t retire your body when you do. Thanks, Jim McVay, our retired friend, on the contribution!

Sugar is the Culprit

As you may have experienced, more and more studies show that diet is a bigger factor than exercise in weight loss and good health. As noted in this excellent article from Forbes, over the years, the amount of exercise the average American participates in has remained steady, but the increase in obesity over the same period has skyrocketed. The takeaway is that excess sugar and carbohydrates is bigger contributor to our unhealthiness than the lack of exercise.

Mediterranean Diet – Secret Ingredient

Most of you have probably heard of the Mediterranean diet. You know: more fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. This article from mbgfood blog offers oleuropein as the secret ingredient to why the diet is so good for our health.

Save the Date – December 16 – GVWC Holiday Party

Save the date and time (Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3pm to 5pm) for GVWC’s Holiday Party. This year, we’ll be at Local Matters, “Partnering For Healthy Communities”, located at the corner of Parsons and Livingston Avenue. There will be a healthy holiday cooking demonstration, as well as socializing and raffles. Afterwards, an optional dinner will be held at nearby restaurant. Look for more information in the coming week. I look forward to sharing the GVWC year-end party with you all. And I can’t wait to show off this year’s holiday outfit!

GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

  • Congratulations to Dr. Steph, Jim, Linda, Mo, Karin, and Laura on your Columbus Half Marathon! It was a cold and windy morning, but you guys walked like the wind. Way to be!

mo and nancy

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

strongest muscle

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | October 16, 2018

Greetings!

It was only a matter of time. Cooler weather was bound to descend upon us. Rather than rejecting it, I declare, “Embrace it!” Cool temperatures and low humidity are ideal conditions for walking. Just because the first or second step may be unpleasant, don’t be afraid to get outside. If you prepare properly, by layering with wick-away garments and a jacket, you will really enjoy the cooler, fresh air and beautiful fall colors. A bonus of this weather: it’s easier to go farther, faster than during the ghastly heat and humidity of summer. Keep it going. And we will be out there every Saturday!

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • So Long Neal! Walk On!
  • Columbus Half Marathon this Sunday – Let’s Cheer Them On!
  • Viscous Vicious Cycle of Poverty to Virtuous Circle of Success
  • Yin Yoga – All about the Fascia
  • GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

This could be the furthest a GVWC shirt has been in this world.  Thank you, Janice Switzer, for rocking the GVWC shirt in Gyeongju, South Vietnam.

Janice in South Korea

So Long Neal!  Walk On!

Our friend, Neal, and his wife, Fay, are moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, after spending many years in Columbus. For at least 12 years, Neal has been a trusted friend and an inspiring walker to many of us. Though we will miss you, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors in Colorado. We hope to see you back in Columbus—and perhaps even in Colorado. Happy trails, my friend!

Last walking day for Neal

Columbus Half Marathon this Sunday – Let’s Cheer Them On!

Good luck to all runners and walkers in the Columbus marathon and half marathon this Sunday. Several GVWC members will be walking the half. Let’s cheer them on. Starting at 9:30, our GVWC cheering crowd will gather just north of Mile 11 at the corner of Frankfort and High St. Our walkers are projected to pass by between 10 and 10:30am. They could use our energy to help them finish strong. There may be beverage spirits to keep up your cheering spirits.

Viscous Cycle of Poverty to Virtuous Circle of Success

We have a nationally recognized champion right in our neighborhood! Check out this national story in U.S. News & World Report about Pastor John Edgar from the United Methodist Church for All People located at Whittier Street and Parsons Avenue. The article discusses Pastor John’s passion and dedication to Columbus’ South Side, which is enjoying a renaissance these days. Of course, Pastor John vision for the neighborhood has been years in the making. In collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the City of Columbus, and many community leaders, Pastor John has created a national model for community revitalization to lift people out of poverty, and dramatically improve their health, welfare and wellbeing.  It is a fascinating and inspiring story.

As you know, the GVWC serves the Tuesday Night Community Meal at the Reeb Avenue Center, which is in the heart of the neighborhood that Pastor John has spent the last two decades fighting to improve. More than that, the GVWC partners with the Church for All People Free Store to collect articles of winter clothing for the store. Look for our community walk toward the end of the year where will do that again. So, get your new or gently used clothes ready.  You are helping make a difference in our community!

Yin Yoga – All about the Fascia

Pat Alcorn, who walked with us last week, has introduced many athletes to Yin Yoga as described in this article.  It is all about the fascia, and Pat says that the fascia cannot be stretched without extended time in a position.  She believes that you must take a class, as there are several props that need to be incorporated to reach a 3-minute stretch. Pat recommends the Serenity Yin Yoga app (cost $6.00). Here is another article submitted by Pat discussing why athletes need yoga. Thanks for the contributions, Pat!

GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

  • Congratulations to Grania Edgar, Dr. Steph Ladson-Wofford and Linda Romanoff for completing the Queen Bee Half Marathon in Cincinnati on Saturday! Here is picture of Grania rocking the GVWC vest.

grania

Here are Steph and Linda rocking their crowns and medals, and Steph sporting the GVWC vest.  Way to be ladies!

queen bee 2018 steph linda

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

happiness on others pocket

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | October 9, 2018

Greetings!

I hope everyone enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather this weekend. It is likely the last we’ll see of summer. The forecast for this weekend coming up is back to regularly scheduled autumn temperatures. Nonetheless, we had a good crowd at the start of our walk on Saturday and an even bigger crowd finishing up at the Winans Downtown. Even if people can’t show up at 8am, they somehow find their way to socialize afterwards at Winans. We love it!

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Get Up! Get Out! Planning the Night Before for Makes for Better Morning Workouts
  • Balance – Important Stuff as We Age
  • BMI and Health Risk Factors
  • GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

Get Up!  Get Out!  Planning the Night Before for Makes for Better Morning Workouts

Some people find it a struggle to get up early to work out in the morning. For me, if I don’t get out in the morning to workout, it just ain’t going to happen when I come home from work. It’s a hard habit to develop. Here is an article from Runners World Magazine with 30 ways to help you plan the night before to have a great early morning workout. One of my favorite tips is to have a backup plan. Since my workouts typically take place outside, if the weather becomes inclement, I know I must shift to an indoor workout. I may even decide to sleep in and do my workout on my scheduled off day. That gives me the flexibility I need. It’s not easy to get in the groove, but the effort is worth it for me. A morning workout increases the likelihood that I’ll have a productive day: I am energized and ready to take on my morning. Hell, I’m ready to take on the day!

Balance – Important Stuff as We Age

As the article from the OSU Wexner Medical Center, balance is probably not on the top of your priority list. But as we age, having good balance is very important to basic life functioning activities, such as walking or getting out of a chair.  And, if you are active playing sports, balance is key to having a positive and successful experience.

BMI and Health Risk Factors

As may know, I am not a fan of using the Body Mass Index (BMI) as the main correlation for health issues (remember I am not a medical professional). It is one of a number of factors, and I think the BMI gets too much weight (no pun intended) assigned to it. This article from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that measuring waist circumferences may be as big an indicator of potential health issues. Accumulating fat in your midsection may lead to a number of diseases. NIH recommends that waist circumference for women be 35 inches or less, and 40 inches or less for men. In addition, the article provides other risk factors, such as cholesterol, tryglycerides and sugar blood levels, blood pressure, and family medical history to monitor and discuss with your doctor.

GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

  • Congratulations to Cindy Wildman and Emily Smith for completing the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Emily had a PR!  Way to be, ladies. Here is Emily heading toward the finish line looking Fresh as a Daisy!

Em 2018 Chicago Marathon

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

Em - Chicago Marathon

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter October 2, 2018

Greetings!

Perfect weather!  Perfect group! Let’s repeat this Saturday. First Saturday of month – Winans to Winans route.

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Welcome New GVWC Members!
  • Successful Night Serving the Reeb Avenue Tuesday Night Community Meal
  • Health Benefits of a Morning Routine (p.s. You Don’t Have to Be Morning Person)
  • What Does Success Mean to You?
  • Special Edition T-shirts Still for Sale
  • GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

Here are a few pictures during Otto’s route on Saturday.

before without the damn dog

leaders across bridge

across greenlawn bridge

Welcome New GVWC Members!

Welcome to the following folks who joined the GVWC over the last few weeks:  Catherine Nocar, Dave and Janet Roy, Mary Jane McFadden, and Lynne Brophy. We are excited you have officially become members of the GVWC. Y’all contribute to making this the coolest place to be on Saturday mornings. Welcome!

Successful Night Serving the Reeb Avenue Tuesday Night Community Meal

Fourteen members of the GVWC spent last Tuesday evening serving the Community Meal at the Reeb Avenue Center. On Tuesday nights, the Center opens its doors to anyone in the community who would like to enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by the chefs from the MidOhio Food Bank. It is just one of many important services provided by The Reeb Avenue Center and MidOhio Food bank. The crew included Chris Tayman, Sheryl Smith, Catherine Nocar, Vicky Brunetto, Debbie and Greg Schumacher, Karin Beaulieu, Nancy Recchie, Jeff Darby, David Duke, Brook Albrecht, Kim, and Sandra Bordley. Special thanks go to Chris for organizing the activity—no easy task!

the line

part of group

Health Benefits of a Morning Routine (p.s. You Don’t Have to Be Morning Person)

Many of the articles in the GVWC newsletters this year have focused on reducing stress. This article from the Verywellmind blog discusses how a solid morning routine can help you be more productive and less stressed during your day. It doesn’t mean being a natural morning person. Rather, it means having a routine—and giving yourself enough time to start your day—so you’ll have a productive day. It starts with planning the night before, and NOT hitting the snooze button. Interesting and practical advice.

What Does Success Mean to You?

Though there are many ways to define success, there are still common steps to getting there. This article from the Verywellmind blog highlights six habits of successful people. This article presents six steps (or habits) you can implement in your own life to help you achieve success no matter how you define it. Good stuff.

Special Edition T-shirts Still for Sale

Our special edition GVWC t-shirts are for sale for $40 at Columbus Running Company in the Short North store and at the CRC on-line store. The shirts scenes from our Saturday morning walks in a cool abstract format. Men’s shirts are crew neck and women’s are V-neck. They are spiffy enough for casual wear and, because of technical fabric, they are good for exercise, too. All the profits go to the Club for programming. Karen and Jim were looking stylish in the shirts at Winans on Saturday.

GVWC Members and Partners – Footprints and Footnotes

  • Defend Your Friend 5K race at the Scioto Audubon Park 9am, Saturday, October 6. It benefits Columbus Humane’s Animal Cruelty Investigations Program. It is a good way to get in some extra miles after our regular walk that Saturday, and also support a good cause. GVWC member, Alisa Argust, has been a longtime volunteer at Columbus Humane.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

focus on

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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