It was a terrific walk on Saturday with a great group. Twenty-one strong! After weeks of weather delays, we finally got back to the Topiary Park route. A couple of our members, who are training for the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon, logged a few more miles by going through the Scioto Audubon Park. We also got to go across the newly opened Grant Street Bridge. Nice! The revitalization of Downtown continues. And the GVWC reaps the benefits every Saturday morning.
Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:
- Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Brain Health
- Philadelphia Running Group Chases Down and Catches Thief
- Silver Linings & Stink Bugs
- Fifteen benefits of drinking water
Here we are prior to starting out on 3 or 5 miles through Topiary, and then again at Winans afterwards where we reconvened.
Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Brain Health
According to this article from the VeryWellhealth blog, there is strong evidence to show the connection between consumption of artificial sweeteners and the incidence of strokes and dementia. Reducing the consumption of anything artificial in our diets these days is the recommendation of most health specialists. Personally, I rarely drink soda, and if I do, it’s diet soda. It always gives me a headache, though. No surprise there, I guess.
Philadelphia Running Group Chases Down and Catches Thief
Did you see the story from Runner’s World about the lunchtime running group that chased down a man who robbed another man of his phone and laptop. After the bad guy was apprehended, a police officer said, “It’s a running club—this guy tried to run from the running club.” I pity the petty criminal who crosses paths with the German Village Walking Club. Can you imagine?
Silver Linings & Stink Bugs
Can there possibly be a silver lining to this gruesome weather? According to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch, What’s buggin’ you?: Not stink bugs, because polar vortex killed off most of them, the polar vortex that put most of the U.S. in a deep freeze last month appears to have had a chilling effect on the stink bug population by killing 95% of the population. Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good, though. “Many of the eggs adult stink bugs laid before the polar vortex likely survived, meaning there will be a fresh batch soon.” So, there’s that.
Fifteen benefits of drinking water
I drink a lot of water. It’s a habit. I have a 24-oz reusable plastic drink cup with a lid and a green plastic straw that I got from Starbucks years ago. I keep it with me, at home and at the office, and I probably go through two or three of them a day. While I don’t think too much about it, I was reminded recently that keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough fluids each day. How can you increase your intake of H2O?
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!