It was a magnificent morning last Saturday for the 16th Annual African American Male Wellness Walk 5K. Our Passion Team of 25 joined an estimated 30,000 walkers in the event. Well done, AA Walk and our own Otto Beatty, who co-chaired the event with his father. (See Otto’s note below.) After two consecutive weeks of on the road, the Club is back on its home turf and back to our regular downtown Columbus routes. We welcome new members Shirley Bartee and Jamie Partridge to the Club, who were also part of our Passion Team.
Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:
- African American Male Wellness Walk Wrap Up
- A Note from Otto
- Another Photo Op – Wear Your GVWC Gear This Saturday
- Small Changes Make Big Results
- Heart and Brain Connection
- GVWC Dinners – Next One August 20
- Alzheimer Walk
African American Male Wellness Walk Wrap Up
It was a beautiful morning for the AA Walk this year. Remember the torrential rain storm last year? The African American Male Wellness Walk coordinators made up for it this year as the turnout incredible, over 30,000 people participating, and the weather was perfect. Our very own Otto Beatty III, and his father Otto Beatty Jr. were honorary chairs this year. Well done, gentlemen. Here are a few photos from the event.
A Note from Otto
Otto asked us to share his note of gratitude for all Club members who participated in our Passion Team at the AA Walk on Saturday:
Dear Fellow GVWC Members:
Thank you for your support and participation in the African American Wellness Initiative Walk last Saturday and during the entire year. Please know your presence means so much to me as this years’ event co-chairman. I know it’s a little later race start than we are used to and a few more folks walking. Sorry about that!
But, after seeing all the health-related activities, including free health screenings for men and the amount of participation from organizations large and small (maybe even a few of your employers), I am sure you can truly appreciate the impact this event has on the community. You are promoting health for fathers, grandfathers, sons, co-workers, church members, and a whole cross-section of the community. And, you are celebrating the women who support these men and boys in their journey of maintaining good health. Very consistent with our GVWC values and mission.
I was proud and delighted to look out from the starting line stage and see so many of my fellow GVWC members passing through the starting gate. And, I got to “High-Five” many of you when you finished the race. Next year, I look forward to seeing more of you dancing in the Wobble line dance.
Thank you again.
Thank you, Otto, for your leadership and for all you do in the community. You’re walking the talk when it comes to promoting the importance of health and fitness. You look great!
Another Photo Op – Wear Your GVWC Gear This Saturday
It’s time to update our marketing and promotional material with new photos of the GVWC. We like to showcase the real people who make up our Club. While walking for health and fitness is what we do, each of you is what makes our Club great. Even if you haven’t walked with us in a while, come out on Saturday for a pre-walk photo shoot. Be sure to wear your GVWC gear. If you don’t have a t-shirt yet, or you want to add to your collection, we’ll have short-sleeve technical shirts for sale ($35 cash or check).
Small Changes Make Big Results
At the GVWC, we promote making small healthy changes to your life – that become habits – and then build upon them to transform your life. Easy peasy, right? The Verywellfit blog offers ideas to make small changes in exercises to increase the number of calories burned. One idea, which is both simple and free, is just to move more. Get up from your desk instead of sitting all day long; take the stairs instead of the elevator; walk from the back of the parking lot instead of searching for the closest spot, etc. These activities add up!
Heart and Brain Connection
A new study, as detailed in A Healthy Heart Keeps the Brain Sharp, shows the connection between having a healthy heart in mid-life and the reduction in the risk to dementia. It is just another reason to work to maintain a good cardiovascular system.
GVWC Dinners – Next One August 20
The GVWC will meet at The Kitchen on Livingston Avenue at 6 pm on August 20th. We will enjoy Tacos and drinks (ordered individually at their bar, so no need to worry about a group check). No need to RSVP, just come sometime between 6pm and 8pm and we will be there. Taco Tuesday officially goes from 5-9 pm if you wish to be an early bird. For more information about The Kitchen, see the Kitchen’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheKitchen231/ or their website: https://www.thekitchencolumbus.com/.
We will have a reserved table and you can park in the church parking lot across from The Kitchen for FREE. Call Lynne Brophy for details: 513.207.5548. Thanks, Lynne, for setting this up!
Congratulations to Deb Hudson for participating in the Alzheimer Walk this past Saturday. Deb did the event in honor of her father. She is pictured below with her mom, sister Shelley, sister Vicki, and newphew Evan.
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!