Monthly Archives: June 2019

GVWC Weekly Newsletter | June 25, 2019

Greetings!

I hope everyone is enjoying the official start of summer. It has been a little rainy lately, but soon that will pass. Please note that this week after walking, anyone who is interested can join the group for breakfast at Valters.  Also, there are a couple special events coming up in August. Get them on your calendars.

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

  • German Village Haus und Garten Tour – this weekend
  • Save the Dates
  • The Right Walking (and Running) Shoes
  • Health Benefits of Kohlrabi. Cole who?
  • Diet vs. Exercise for Weight Loss
  • This Saturday – Breakfast at Valters

Thanks to Darla Kaikis for photo-logging our Art District/Topiary Park route on Saturday:

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German Village Haus und Garten Tour – this weekend

We walk by many of German Village’s beautifully restored homes every Saturday. This weekend marks the 60th Haus und Garten Tour in German Village – and your opportunity to see inside and around back of some of the most exquisite examples. The Tour is this historic neighborhood’s biggest fundraiser. There are many new features this year, including a pre-tour Sunday brunch and a couple of different types of parties. Learn more here. It’s bound to sell out quickly. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the fun. Thanks, Otto Beatty, for the info to share!

Save the Dates

August 3. We take the GVWC on the road – to the bike paths of Granville; hosted afterwards by Nancy Recchie and Jeff Darbee. More information to come.

August 10. The African American Male Wellness Walk. Again this year, the GVWC will have a Passion Team for the walk. More information to come. And if you haven’t seen it yet, Livingston Avenue in front of Nationwide Children’s Hospital is renamed African American Male Wellness Walk Avenue.

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The Right Walking (and Running) Shoes

One of the best ways to prevent injuries from walking (or running) is to make sure you wear the proper shoe for you and your feet. Even though I’m not a shoe expert, I get asked all the time for advice on this subject. My answer is always the same: it’s meaningless to suggest a specific brand or model because what works for me is likely not going to work for you. Nonetheless, I do have three important recommendations:

First, go to a reputable, running-focused local retailer, like Columbus Running Company (a valued GVWC partner). The staff in these stores are shoe experts. They will evaluate your individual needs to help you find the right shoes for you.

Second, you must go into the store so you can try on different pairs to determine what feels right. When you’re doing constant and repetitive motion for 3 or 5 miles (or more!), you want a shoe that fits properly and feels good. (Once you find the right shoes for you, then you can order them from the local store without having to make a special trip.)

Finally, don’t buy shoes off-the-shelf at places like Kohl’s or Dick’s or Footlocker. For the kind of walking we do at the GVWC, you need a high-quality shoe that is well-constructed and made of durable materials. Expect to pay between $90 and $130 which, compared to the $50 you’d spend elsewhere, seems like a lot. But it’s worth the cost. Again, when you’re doing the constant and repetitive motion, a good pair of shoes is the first step (pun intended) to ensuring you avoid injury and stay healthy while exercising.

This article from the Verywellfit blog discusses the different issues with your gait and motion of your foot. Thanks, Jim McVay, for the submittal!

Health Benefits of Kohlrabi. Cole who?

I’ve heard people recently speak of Cole Robbie, but I am not completely sure who he is or why I should care about him. Is Cole Robbie a Democrat running for president? Maybe Cole Robbie sings that great new country song…? Then I learned kohlrabi is a “biennial vegetable; a low, stout cultivar of wild cabbage; and is the same species as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and collard greens.” Wait, what? I love collard greens! I learned also that kohlrabi, though weird looking, is high in vitamins and nutrients, aids the digestive system, promotes eye health, may help in the fight against cancer, supports nerve and muscle function, and reduces the risk of diabetes by helping with weight loss. Man, I need to start incorporating kohlrabi into my diet! Anyone got a good smoothie recipe?

Diet vs. Exercise for Weight Loss

Which is more important when it comes to weight loss – diet or exercise?  Certainly, both have an impact on overall health and wellness. This article from Forbes discusses how Americans are exercising more, yet obesity continues to increase. Our lousy diets are a big contributor. Maybe we should try some kohlrabi.

This Saturday – Breakfast at Valters

Don’t forget! After our walk on Saturday, we are headed back to one of the GVWC’s most beloved partners, Valter’s at the Maennerchor. If you’ve never been, Valter’s (the restaurant) is a culinary experience fried up in a cast iron skillet and Valter (the chef and proprietor) is a genius with the cast iron skillet. Valter’s serves authentic German food (and beers) “along with some new American twists.” If you plan to come, email me by end of day Wednesday so we can alert the restaurant of how many to prepare for. I hope you’ll join us. Check out the brunch menu. Yum! I already know what I’m getting. Do you?

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Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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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 | June 18, 2019

Greetings!

And, who thought we would get rained on Saturday morning – oh ye of little faith – we only had a few drops to contend with. We welcome new member, Sandy Queen, to the group. And – what a surprise for our walk – about 10 people from Black Men Run showed up to walk before the “Fishing With Dads” event at Schiller. Mac, thanks so much for bringing your group to join us. Fun stuff!

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

  • Students Run Philly Style
  • Summer Picnic? Some Healthy Ideas
  • Pear and Ginger?
  • Looking for a Way to Avoid a Premature Death?

Here is some of the group from Saturday at the start and after the walk:

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Students Run Philly Style

There is a program in Philadelphia that gets about 1,200 middle and high school students out running the streets with mentors. It is modeled after a program in Los Angeles, whose initial goal was preventing childhood obesity. It’s evolved to showing young people how they can achieve their true potential through running and mentorship. Here is the article from Runners World Magazine, which states: “A two-year impact study of the program by Temple University and Drexel University boasts impressive results: 41 percent of participating students increased their GPA while 99.5 percent made it to the next grade level. With weekend and after-school practices, the program also keeps teens out of trouble: The study saw a 50 percent decrease in students’ violent behavior. An overwhelming majority of kids felt their self-confidence increase because of the program, and of the 91 percent of high school seniors who graduated high school, 90 percent of those students were accepted into four-year colleges.” What an awesome program!

Summer Picnic?  Some Healthy Ideas

Looking for some interesting dishes to bring to a summer picnic this year? Here is an article from the MBGfood blog with suggestions.  I love collard greens!  But, thought they were more of a winter food. Well, what do I know?

Pear and Ginger?

Here is an ingredient-combo smoothie that you may not have thought of, but holds some great gut-healthy properties. You can find it in this article from the mbgfood blog.

Looking for a Way to Avoid a Premature Death?

We’ve heard this time and time again, but it’s worth repeating. The healthiest approach to eating for the rest of your life includes plenty of nuts, seeds, fish, vegetables, and whole grains – maybe even an egg a day – and reducing red meats and, especially, processed meats. Read more about the research in The Swap: Less Processed Meat, More Plant-Based Foods May Boost Longevity from NPR.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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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 | June 11, 2019

Greetings!

We had a nice group walking on Saturday. We welcomed new member Janine Winters to the group, as well as Shelly and Mark who walked with us the last couple weeks. Thank you, Otto, for your fearless leadership of the group last week while I was away on vacation. Jim McVay pointed out, after I reminded people a couple weeks ago to use sunscreen, that it’s not just for use during the summer, but all year when in the sun. Great point, Jim. Thanks!

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

  • Is There Really Any Benefit to Multivitamins?
  • An Apple a Day Keeps the Heart Attack Away?
  • Family Runs Half Marathon Together – 950 Miles Apart
  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • Sex After 70 Has Never Been Better

What does one do on a Saturday morning walk when one comes across a moving van with a cityscape of the Scioto Mile path on its side panel? Keep walking, of course! Cute idea Darla, Vicky and Otto. (Photo credit: Andrea.) Wait, what? Andrea? Yes, Andrea walked with us for the first time since the inception of the GVWC. Welcome!

Goofing around with moving van

Is There Really Any Benefit to Multivitamins?

This may be a hard pill to swallow, but researchers at Johns Hopkins reviewed evidence about supplements. They found that that multivitamins did not reduce the risk of heart disease or cancer, mental declines, or heart attack. “Pills are not a shortcut to better health and the prevention of chronic diseases,” says Larry Appel, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Instead, we each should eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and sugar we eat. The exceptions are folic acid for women of child-bearing age and Vitamin D if you’re deficient. “I don’t recommend other supplements,” Appel says. “If you follow a healthy diet, you can get all of the vitamins and minerals you need from food.”

An Apple a Day Keeps the Heart Attack Away?

Here is another reason to eat more fruits and vegetables: It may keep you from having a heart attack. According to a study featured in this article in the mbgfood blog, fruits and veggies may be cardioprotective, meaning “they are loaded with fiber, which helps trap and clear cholesterol from our system and feed the microbiome.” In addition, these cardioproductive foods “contain minerals, like magnesium, that help lower blood pressure; and they deliver a variety of antioxidants and plant compounds that have been shown to reduce inflammation.”  Any one of those would be enough reason for me to be more intentional about eating fruits and vegetables.

Family Runs Half Marathon Together – 950 Miles Apart

June 2 was a big half marathon day for the Smith Family.  Drew, Kelsey, Andrea and Larry ran the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Woodstock, Vermont, while Emily and boyfriend Alec ran the Northshore Half Marathon just outside Chicago. It was a great day for all. By the way, if you are looking for a destination race, the Covered Bridges Half (more accurately, Covered Bridge) is an absolutely gorgeous and very well-run race, but sells out quickly (in 6 minutes for 2019).

Kels Drew AJA LSS Covered BridgesAlec Emily Highland Park Half

The Power of Forgiveness

Holding grudges and hanging onto anger can be bad for your health. This article from the Harvard Health Publishing blog shows how practicing forgiveness can have powerful health benefits. The article states that “observational studies, and even some randomized trials, suggest that forgiveness is associated with lower levels of depression, anxiety, and hostility; reduced substance abuse; higher self-esteem; and greater life satisfaction”.  Not easy to do but check out the step-by-step REACH method of forgiveness outlined in the article.

Sex After 70 Has Never Been Better

According to Joan Price, profiled in this Fast Company article, Meet the woman leading a sex revolution for seniors, sex after 70 has never been better. The article, which contains lots of good information and links to resources, is especially intent on encouraging us all to unlearn some of what society has taught us about the “horror of wrinkly old people having sex.” As the aging population becomes the majority of our population, it is important to include sex in our health & wellness discussions. Of course, Dr. Ruth has been talking about sex for decades. She’s featured in a new documentary on Hulu, Ask Dr. Ruth. Go Dr. Ruth!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

And, seen on a storefront window during our vacation to New York City, around Rockefeller Plaza:

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Finishing Line

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

Larry

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