Welcome to Autumn. I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:
- “Super Foods” – How Many Do You Eat?
- The Worst Patients in the World
- Marijuana and Your Health
- Save The Date – Saturday, October 12
“Super Foods” – How Many Do You Eat?
Many foods have different beneficial properties. The Verywellfit blog offers a list of 10 foods that provide a variety of health benefits when consumed regularly. How many are a part of your regular menu rotation? We do a pretty good job. With cooler temperatures that fall promises, I look forward to increasing my use of cinnamon. Cinnamon in apple cider. Cinnamon in apple pie. Oh, look at that. I’ll get more apples, too!
The Worst Patients in the World
In this provocative article, The Worst Patients in the World, from the July issue of The Atlantic, asks, “could the problem with the American health-care system lie not only with the American system but with American patients?” Indeed, as the article posits, “many experts estimate that what providers do accounts for only 10 to 25 percent of life-expectancy improvements in a given country. What patients do seems to matter much more.” One of the physicians quoted in the article identified that “a key motivator for healthy behavior is feeling integrated in a community where that behavior is commonplace.” I like that, in our little corner of America, our GVWC walkers have cultivated both a strong sense of community and a cultural norm for walking. I hope that means that we continue to experience positive health outcomes.
Mental Wellness. There is an App for That
“Are you a pothead, Focker?” It was way back in 2000 when Robert DeNiro made that classic accusation toward Ben Stiller in the comedy, Meet the Parents. Man, how times have changed. To wit, the cover story of AARP’s September Bulletin is dedicated to marijuana. Marijuana and Your Health is a surprisingly comprehensive and well-balanced report on what consumers need to know about using marijuana to treat medical conditions. As you know, Ohio law legalizes the use of Medical Marijuana and, more recently, the cultivation of hemp and the manufacture and sale of CBD products (having less than 0.3% THC as a result of being derived from hemp). The AARP link gives a good explanation of the conditions and What Medical Marijuana Works For. Despite all this, it’s important to remember that driving while under the influence is against the law (and dumb). Additionally, at least so far, employers are not required to accommodate employees who use medical marijuana. (That means you can be fired if you fail a drug test.)
Save The Date – Saturday, October 12
On October 12, during our regular Saturday morning walk, the Columbus Running Company will be on hand to showcase one of their running shoe vendors. This is where CRC will have multiple sizes of a particular shoe style on hand for GVWC walkers to try out – during our actual walk. In addition, CRC will bring some AfterShokz headphones for us to try. These headphones are great, not only because they connect easily to your cell phone, but because they use bone conduction technology, which allows you to listen to your music or podcasts but also have your ears free to hear what’s going on around you. We’ll also feature a post-walk speaker and raffle off some prizes. This is a walk you won’t want to miss!
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!