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GVWC Weekly Newsletter |April 30, 2019

Greetings!

It was a beautiful Saturday morning for the dozen or so folks who walked with the GVWC to Otto’s Route and the 13,000 or so competitors who participated in the Cap City Half Marathon.  Congratulations to all the finishers! A head’s up about the walk coming up. Even though it’s the first Saturday, we’re NOT walking the Winans to Winans route. Instead, we’ll support Community Development for All People’s Avenue for All. We’ve mapped out a a special route that takes us up Parsons Avenue ending at Planks for breakfast.

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

  • Avenue for All + Walk the Avenue
  • Put Down Your Phone –Improve Your Health
  • Five Foods Linked to Better Brain Power
  • GVWC Presents the AAMWWI Spring to Your Feet Fitness Challenge
  • Columbus Art Walks and Landmarks

This picture captures German Village in the spring.

GV in the Spring

Avenue for All + Walk the Avenue

The United Methodist Church & Community Development for All People will host Avenue for All this Saturday, May 4, 2019. It will start at 9am with a neighborhood bike ride. The full festivities run from 10am until 4pm. Avenue for All engages the South Side community along Parsons Ave from Livingston Ave to Hosack St. The festival showcases local businesses, artisans, performers, and provides educational opportunities. Events will be tailored to every age group and there will be a children’s area. To support the event, the GVWC will “Walk the Avenue,” leaving Schiller Park at 8am for a 3-mile walk up Parsons, ending at Planks on Parsons for breakfast. (It’s a 1 to 2 mile walk back to Schiller after breakfast). We hope you join us as we get to know the neighborhood of our south side neighbors!

Put Down Your Phone –Improve Your Health

Do you feel the need to have your phone with you all the time, check it frequently, look at social media, respond to notifications immediately? It is kind of addicting, right? Well, it could be messing with your cortisol levels, the main stress hormone in your body. Here is an article from the New York Times, discussing the health implications with checking your cell phone frequently. I am guilty, too.

Five Foods Linked to Better Brain Power

Here is an article from the Harvard Medical School Health Beat blog showcasing five foods that improve brain power, and the discussion of “cognitive reserve.” Note that coffee is on the list for better mental function. I wonder if our coffee bills at Winans can go toward or medical insurance deductibles?

GVWC Presents the AAMWWI Spring to Your Feet Fitness Challenge

The GVWC is thrilled to team up again this year with the African American Male Wellness Initiative to present our Spring to Your Feet Fitness Challenge on three Saturdays in May, June, and July leading up to the August 10, 2019 16th Annual AAMWWI in August. The first event will be May 18 and feature a 3-mile walk, along with a fitness challenge at the Scioto Audubon Obstacle Course. Consider entering a 5-person obstacle course challenge team. All for fun and fitness. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

In addition, the GVWC will again walk as a Passion Team and will promote our Club as a vendor.  In celebration of the 2019 AA Walk, New Balance has designed a custom shoe called The AAWALK Q3 SPEED. Wearing this shoe, you will for sure walk speedy and look sharp! Place your pre-order here.

2019 Shoe

Columbus Art Walks and Landmarks

Again this year, Columbus Landmarks is teaming up with Columbus Public Health to put on weekly walks of the cool neighborhoods around the City. The weekly walks will take place on Monday nights, 7pm – 8pm, from May through August. You’ll recognize many of the routes because the GVWC walks them on Saturday mornings. For more information and the Walk schedule, check out this link. Thanks, Steph Waterman, for the contribution!

Route of the Week

This week’s special route, Walk the Avenue, can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

4-23-19

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 | April 23, 2019

Greetings!

Good luck to all those walking or running the Cap City Half Marathon this Saturday. Because of the race, we will do Otto’s Route to avoid the course. Otto’s Route takes us south along the Scioto River by Berliner Park off Greenlawn Road. If you drive to Schiller Park, please note that parking will be limited and off-limits around the park. Consider parking a couple blocks east or south of the Park.

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

  • Test Your Eye-Q
  • AAMWWI – The Shoe!
  • National Stress Awareness Month
  • Ways To Help A Loved One At Risk Of Suicide
  • You Want Me to Drink What?
  • Avenue for All + Walk the Avenue

Also (as noted below), in two Saturdays, the GVWC will not do Winans to Winans but will instead “Walk the Avenue,” ending at Planks on Parsons for breakfast.

Test Your Eye-Q

Have you heard me talk about the time I got a detached retina? Well, Andrea will surely have me murdered if she hears me tell it one more time. Suffice it to say, the treatment for a detached retina was not a pleasant experience—and I had the easy kind. Overall, we experience the effects of getting older in our eyes probably more than in any other part of our body. Other than stronger prescriptions for our eye glasses, it seems like there is nothing we can do about it. Take this quiz to see how much you know about cataracts, glaucoma and other eye health issues.

AAMWWI – The Shoe!

Speaking of Otto … Along with his father Otto Beatty, Jr., the GVWC’s own Otto Beatty III is the honorary chairman for the 2019 AAWalk hosted by the African American Male Wellness Initiative. The GVWC will again walk as a Passion Team and will promote our Club as a vendor.  In celebration of the 2019 AA Walk, New Balance has designed a custom shoe called The AAWALK Q3 SPEED. Wearing this shoe, you will for sure walk speedy and look sharp! Place your pre-order here.

2019 Shoe

National Stress Awareness Month

I didn’t know that April is National Stress Awareness Month (April 16, the day after Tax Day, is National Stress Awareness Day – go figure.) Tips to overcoming stress include treating yourself, especially to immune-boosting desserts made with fresh blueberries, strawberries, honey, and whole grains; exercising regularly, which gets those “feel good” endorphins pumping; meditating; getting enough sleep; and petting your dog (or cat or bird or snake or whatever). And here’s a funny video from Ellen with her tips on combatting stress.

Ways To Help A Loved One At Risk Of Suicide

Apropos of nothing (or, perhaps, apropos of everything) … many of us are uncomfortable with what to do if we think someone in our lives is contemplating suicide. Do we confront the person? Do we pretend everything is okay? Do we call the fire department? In Reach Out: Ways To Help A Loved One At Risk Of Suicide, there are nine things people can do to make a difference. If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

You Want Me to Drink What?

New research suggests The next gut fix for adults: An ingredient in breast milk. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) boost babies’ developing immune systems by feeding good bacteria in the colon, where 70 percent of the immune system exists. “HMOs are prebiotics, or foods that feed the microflora, or “good bacteria,” in the colon, as opposed to probiotics, which contain live microorganisms intended to maintain or improve the microflora. Some studies have shown that probiotics might actually upset the natural balance of microflora in the colon and disrupt the immune system response, while prebiotics appear to have the opposite effect.” I’m not sure what else there is to say.

Avenue for All + Walk the Avenue

The United Methodist Church & Community Development for All People will host Avenue for All on Saturday, May 4, 2019. It will start at 9am with a neighborhood bike ride. The full festivities run from 10am until 4pm. Avenue for All engages the South Side community along Parsons Ave from Livingston Ave to Hosack St. The festival showcases local businesses, artisans, performers, and provides educational opportunities. Events will be tailored to every age group and there will be a children’s area. That Saturday, the GVWC will “Walk the Avenue,” leaving Schiller Park at 8am for a 3-mile walk Parsons, ending at Planks on Parsons for breakfast. We hope you join us as we get to know the neighborhood of our south side neighbors!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

4-231-19

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 | April 16, 2019

Greetings!

Learning about BEMER Therapy at Focused Fitness on Saturday was both interesting and informative. After the short presentation, Emily Smith (no relation!) encouraged each of us to try out the 8-minute long therapy session. As a benefit to GVWC members, Emily is offering three free trial sessions of BEMER. (Just let them know you’re a member when you schedule.) The main benefit of BEMER is how it helps open blood vessels allowing for better blood flow and circulation. If interested, I have more information for y’all. Thanks, Emily! After the session we had a beautiful walk through the Arena District, North Market, and Goodale Park. This Saturday, we are back to our home base, Schiller Park.

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

  • Unhealthy Diets Kill More People Than High Blood Pressure and Tobacco
  • The Manitou Incline – No Big Deal
  • Want to Live Longer? Move More.
  • Donating Blood Saves Lives
  • Achy? Here are Some Exercises to Help

Here are a couple pictures along the route. Thanks, Dave Roy, for the beautiful picture of the trees in Goodale Park.

arena district huntington park

trees in goodale park in the spring

Unhealthy Diets Kill More People Than High Blood Pressure and Tobacco

Poor diets account for 11 million deaths worldwide according to an article found in the CBSNews blog, more than deaths related to tobacco or high blood pressure. It’s not just famine (although there’s that, too). It’s about consuming too many sugary drinks, red and processed meats, and not enough of fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains. What are five easy things anyone can do to transform an unhealthy diet to healthy one? 1. Swap out soda in favor of water every time. (No soda ever!) 2. Eat an apple, orange or banana every day. 3. Eat a green salad with oil & vinegar dressing with one meal every day. 4. Limit the serving of meat to the no larger than the size of your fist or a deck of cards (try filling the rest of your plate with veggies). 5. Follow items #1 through 4. Thanks Emily Smith (my Emily!) for the contribution.

The Manitou Incline – No Big Deal

Or is it? Neal Eiber, Chapter President of the GVWC’s Mountain West Division, is not letting the moss grow under his feet as he enjoys retirement in his new home in Colorado. Neal recently climbed the Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs. Even though Manitou is widely advertised as an extreme trail and hikers are warned it’s an advanced hike—it gains nearly 2,000 feet of elevation over less than a mile!—Neal underestimated the level of effort it would require to get to the top. He says, “My plan 33min, no stops. Reality set in in first 300 steps when I finished my 16oz water, on my second stop.” He summited in a little over 90 minutes and, as he says, after “many, many stops.” Congratulations, Neal, on this great accomplishment. You are an inspiration to us all to keep moving. And you’re looking especially good in your GVWC long-sleeve technical!

Neal Manitou Steps

Manitou Steps

Want to Live Longer?  Move More.

I guess that really isn’t shocking news for most of us. As fitness enthusiasts, we already incorporate movement—such as walking, taking the stairs, and other activities—into our daily lives. MBGMovement cites a recent study confirming that “…moving more daily, in any capacity, is linked with greater longevity—irrespective of your age, sex, and level of fitness.” So, folks, let’s keep it going. We should look forward to having all of us around for a very long time!

Donating Blood Saves Lives

This article from OSU Wexner Medical Center talks about the importance of donating blood.   Although it’s been awhile since I last donated, I used to give blood two to four times a year for about 20 years. For me, it felt good to know my blood would be used (likely within 48 hours) to help make an impact on someone’s life. Blood service organizations always need more donors. As the saying goes, donate blood, save a life.

Achy? Here are Some Exercises to Help

Got some achy body parts – back, hips, knees, shoulders?  Who doesn’t? You gotta keep moving, so here are some exercises from the AARP blog to help with your sore areas, and keep you in the game. Thanks for the contribution, Otto!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

4-16-19

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 | April 9, 2019

Greetings!

HEAD’S UP! This Saturday, instead of meeting at the Schiller statue in Schiller Park as we normally do, we will meet at Focused Fitness (272 Hanover St. in the Arena District). After getting a demonstration of the BEMER process, we will then head out for a walk, ending at Starbucks near Nationwide Arena. Also, welcome to Lynette who joined us last week. We’re glad you’ll be walking with the GVWC on Saturday mornings!

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

  • This Saturday – BEMER Demonstration
  • Where Did that Arch across from Nationwide Arena Come From?
  • We May Not All Start At The Same Place…
  • Yoga for Beginners
  • Exercise Officially Makes You Happier Than Money

Congratulations to first time grandparents, Frank and Gail Stoy.  Welcome to the world, Cameron DeMario, shown here with her beaming grandmother at Northwestern University in Chicago!

Gail and first grand child

This Saturday – BEMER Demonstration

The GVWC will meet at Focused Fitness on April 13, 8am, located at 272 Hanover Street in the Arena District. (It is a block west and south of Huntington Ball Park off Nationwide Blvd.) Focused Fitness owner, Emily Smith (no relation!), will take us through a demonstration of the BEMER process. Afterwards, we will do our regular walk (3-mile or 5-mile routes available) around the Arena District, North Market and Goodale Park. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore these interesting neighborhoods, especially since they’re just out of range from Schiller Park on a regular Saturday morning walk.

Where Did That Arch Across From Nationwide Arena Come From?

Have you ever wondered as you were walking near Nationwide Arena, where did that Arch came from? It is one of the arches the made up the old Union Station in Columbus, which was located in the area of today’s Columbus Convention Center. When train travel was the primary way of getting around the country, Union Station was a hustling and bustling place. As automobiles and interstates took precedence, Union Station became obsolete. It was demolished in 1977. Check out this segment of WOSU’s Columbus Neighborhoods, hosted by the GVWC’s very own Jeff Darbee, local historian and preservationist, which offers a history of Union Station and details the efforts to preserve for posterity one of the arches from the original structure. If you pay close attention around the 2:30 mark of the 4:30 minute video, you will see a picture of two very young activists who led the way to save this important structure of our Columbus history – Jeff and his wife Nancy Recchie.  Or, as Jeff and Nancy like to say, “The picture shows our best impersonation of The Carpenters.” Kudos to you two and our sincere appreciation for your hard work on behalf of the residents of the City of Columbus!

We May Not All Start At The Same Place…

I am noticing a new phenomenon at the GVWC Saturday morning walks. While we may not all start at Schiller Park, we all end up at Winans for coffee and socializing. It is really cool to see people jumping in the middle of our walks. Others start from their homes, walk their own routes, and ending up at Winans to gather as a group. Last week, six people converged on Winans after their individual walks.  Isn’t that really the goal of the GVWC: to get more people moving outside in the urban environment, enjoying downtown neighborhoods and parks; then socializing with walking friends and acquaintances. We’re building a community of walkers and a walking community. Thank you all for making this such a fun group!

Yoga For Beginners

I know I need to try yoga, or certainly something that helps me with flexibility and balance. Check out these  9 beginner exercises to help with strength. Namaste.

Exercise Officially Makes You Happier Than Money

Yep, it’s true. According to research conducted at Yale and Oxford, people who exercised regularly tended to feel bad for around 35 days a year, while people who did not exercise felt bad on average for 53 days a year. That’s 18 more days of feeling crappy. Researchers also found that physically active people feel just as good as those who don’t do sports, but who earn around $25,000 more a year. Finally, the scientists noticed that certain sports that involve socializing can have more of a positive effect on your mental health than others. The GVWC is an embarrassment of riches and good health!

Route of the Week

This week’s route, which will take us through the Arena District and surrounding neighborhoods, will be explained on-site at Focused Fitness. Look for next week’s route where we unveil the new Franklinton route.

Motivation of the Week

4-9-19

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 | April 2, 2019

Greetings!

It was gray and damp day on Saturday, but we were fortunate to have only had drizzle for part of our walk. Don’t forget this Saturday is the Winans to Winans route to celebrate the first Saturday of the month. Let us hope for sunshine!

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

  • Not a Badge of Honor
  • Blood Sugar Impacts Gut Health?
  • Americans Are Drinking Less Acohol
  • Scooter Safety Under Scrutiny
  • BEMER Demonstration April 13

Karin Beaulieu managed to find some warm weather. Here she is (on the left) in Sarasota, Florida, with her sister. They managed to get in a 10-miler and an 11.5-miler. Great job, ladies!

Karen and sister Florida

Not a Badge of Honor

Always being busy – having to do the next thing, being on the run, on the move – is NOT a badge of honor. It’s unsustainable and something’s bound to give: your health, a relationship, or a job. The VeryWellmind has a good discussion about the problems associated with “busyness.” Isn’t there an old saying: Take time to smell the roses?

Blood Sugar Impacts Gut Health?

Eating too much sugar not only puts you at a higher risk for diabetes, it can affect your gut health. The mbghealth blog offers the connection between sugar and gut health. I’m thinking that the donut run may be counterproductive.

Americans Are Drinking Less Alcohol

According to this Bloomberg article, Americans Drank Less Alcohol in 2018 for the Third Straight Year, “It’s clear that Americans are drinking less overall, which is likely a result of the continued trend toward health and wellness.” Good job, America!

Scooters Safety Under Scrutiny

Spring is springing. And scooters are popping up around town. According to this article, E-scooter safety under scrutiny, an estimated 1,500 people have been injured in e-scooter-related crashes since 2017. The companies, Bird and Lime, insist they’ve handed out thousands of free helmets and work to ensure riders are educated on proper safety guidelines. Nonetheless, doctors around the country are seeing pedestrians injured by the scooters, and they can be especially dangerous for elderly and disabled pedestrians. Whether you’re in a vehicle or on the sidewalk, be on the look out for these scooters.

BEMER Demonstration – April 13

The GVWC will meet at Focused Fitness on April 13, 8am, located at 272 Hanover Street in the Arena District. Focused Fitness owner, Emily Smith, will take us through a demonstration of the BEMER process. Afterwards, we will do a 3-mile route around the Arena District and North Bank Park area.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

4-2-19

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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