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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | March 28, 2017

Greetings!

I hope everyone is having a good week, and that all of your final four teams made it.  (I am sure…).  Get ready for this Saturday; it is April 1.  No fooling.

In the newsletter this week:

  • Thanks, Narahari, for coming out and bringing the family,
  • Burpee challenge – are you with me?
  • Easy ways to incorporate more protein into your diet,
  • Painters in Schiller Park, April 8

African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative

Thanks to Narahari Luke, his wife Janelle, and their 4 children for joining us at the walk this past Saturday.  Narahari is event sponsor coordinator for the Walk in August as well as Talent Development Specialist for the National Center for Urban Solutions.  Next Saturday, Narahari plans to bring out John Gregory, founder of the National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative, to meet the group.  I think Narahari, and particularly his four children, enjoyed trying out the Scioto Audubon obstacle course during our walk.  Man, those kids have lots of energy!

Are You With Me?

After reading this article from Runner’s World Magazine blog, I am going to take this physical challenge – 15-days of burpees.  Sounds fun, huh?  The woman in the article who did the burpee challenge declared that after 15 days, she was a stronger runner, had more energy, and she felt powerful (let me interpret – she was a badass!).  I am intrigued, because I already know that burpees are one of the best total body exercises, but didn’t think it would improve running, or hopefully in my casing, walking. So, I’m giving it a shot.

As discussed in the article, the challenge is to do 3 sets of 10 burpees per day for 15 days.  You rest 60 seconds between sets for the first 3 days, and reduce the rest period by 15 seconds every 3 days until you have no rest periods.  The daily burpee session should take less than 10 minutes each day (maybe closer to 5 minutes by the end).  After each session, you will be gassed!  And, tough!  And stronger!

I plan to start Saturday, April 1 after our walk (no April Fool’s joke here).  I will finish the challenge the last Saturday, April 15 after our walk (I will be out of town Saturday April 8).  Then I will let you know how it impacted me the following week in the newsletter.  If others take the challenge, it would great to hear about your impact, as well.  Ok, now.  Who is with me?

Protein Power

Protein helps with building muscle, repairing muscles after exercising, and helping you feel fuller after eating.  Depending on the source, it is recommended that athletes get 0.5 to 0.75 grams of protein per body weight per day.  So, for me, at 165 pounds, that would mean I should get 82.5 to 123.75 grams of protein daily!  That is tough, and you really need to be intentional to achieve that.  Here is an article from Men’s Health Magazine with suggestions to get more protein in daily nutrition.

Paint In Schiller Park – April 8

Want to see GVWC member and Plein Air artist, Chuck Marshall, in action? Chuck and some of his Ohio Plein Air painters will be in Schiller Park starting at 9am, Saturday April 8. After our walk, we will be able to see how Chuck crafts his trade. More information about the event is on the Ohio Plein Air Society website.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

eat greens

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | March 20, 2017 Early Edition

Greetings!

Welcome to spring, everyone. We made it!  And, with the official arrival of spring, I want everyone in the GVWC to spring their feet and join us this Saturday, especially if you haven’t walked with us in a while. If you need to shake off a little winter rust and don’t feel you’re up to your usual 3+ mile distance, we have a shorter option: loops around Schiller Park. In addition to celebrating the beginning of warmer weather (fingers crossed), we hope you will help us welcome the founder and other members of the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative that morning. We have joined the movement and they are excited to have us on board!

In addition to the AAMWWI, what else will you find in this newsletter?

  • Painting in Schiller Park April 8
  • Improving mental focus
  • Investing just 2 minutes can make a huge difference in your wellness
  • Raising money for Veterans in Gahanna April 1
  • Participating in Earth Day

Here you can see the fit-Foodie and her groupies at Arepazo’s last weekend. The review is on the way.

arepazo group

African American Male Wellness Walk Organizers Join GVWC This Saturday

Join us this Saturday morning at our regular walk to welcome John Gregory, the founder of the African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (AAMWWI), and others from the organization. Mr. Gregory founded the organization 13 years ago, which has expanded it to a national organization in 12 cities. The goals of the movement are to get more people moving and knowing “their numbers.” There will be health screeners at the event to take blood pressure, pulse and glucose numbers. The GVWC is supporting this event in several ways. First, I attend monthly Walk Committee meetings. We are event sponsors and will have a booth there the day of. We will walk as a “passion team”—our goal is for at least 50 GVWC participate. We’ll be among the expected 20,000 participants for the Walk on August 12. NBC4 is the media sponsor. Check out anchor Mike Jackson’s story of his personal experience with the Walk.

Paint In Schiller Park – April 8

Want to see GVWC member and Plein Air artist, Chuck Marshall, in action? Chuck and some of his Ohio Plein Air painters will be in Schiller Park starting at 9am, Saturday April 8. After our walk, we will be able to see how Chuck crafts his trade. More information about the event is on the Ohio Plein Air Society website.

Mental Focus

One of my goals this year is to improve my mental focus, particularly “being in the moment.” I try to be more focused on the task at hand and less distracted by things like social media and text messages. Instead of multi-tasking, I strive to do more mono-tasking. It’s tough for me and I must work on it every day. As this article from the VeryWell blog states, improving mental focus is like improving any other skill, it takes work and practice. I must confess I’m not doing very well with it right now. I’m writing this newsletter at the same time I am watching the NCAA basketball tournament.

Give Me Two Minutes

You don’t need to make huge changes, commit a large block of time or spend lots of money to improve your health. At the GVWC, we subscribe to the theory that making small changes—one at a time—creates healthy habits that can make a big difference in your life. One guy who committed an extra two minutes to his day—that’s two minutes a day!—to add a new habit to his morning routine. He says it has the results were astonishing. Check out his story in this article from MindBodyGreen. So, you may want to drop and give me 30. Every morning.

Run As One – A Fundraiser for Veterans – April 1

Please join our friends in Gahanna in their efforts to raise money for veterans through Team Red, White and Blue (RWB). Team RWB is hosting a run / walk / bike event Saturday, April 1 at 8:30am. While registration is free, donations are appreciated. There is a follow-on breakfast. Find details here for joining Mike McNett’s team. Good luck, Mike. What a great cause!

Next Up in the Community – Earth Day Cleanup – Scioto Audubon – April 9

Like we did last year, the GVWC will volunteer as part of Earth Day events in Columbus. On Sunday, April 9 from 9am to noon, we will work at the Scioto Audubon. Assignments include weeding, planting, and clearing out the invasive honeysuckle plants. I did that last year—and it was a great workout! Lunch is provided. We will be among the 100 volunteers expected. Email me if you want to volunteer. Find more on their webpage.

Also, there is a celebration of Earth Day and all the Columbus Earth Day Volunteer Events on Saturday, April 22 from 1pm to 7pm at Columbus Commons. There will be music, beer, food trucks and other activities. The GVWC will have a booth at the event. We encourage members to come up and enjoy the afternoon, and also hang out in our booth to promote the Club. If you can take a 1 or 2-hour shift in the booth that day, please email me. Thanks!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

lifes journey

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | March 14, 2017

Greetings!

I hope everyone is having a great week, and you all have your brackets filled out for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. It should be a wide open tournament this year. In the newsletter this week:

  • Recap of the Community Meal at the Reeb Avenue Center
  • A CEO talks about the benefits of incentivizing his employees to exercise
  • Join the fit-Foodie this Saturday at Arepazo in the Brewery District
  • Benefits of Drinking Coffee
  • Sign up to volunteer for Earth Day – Scioto Audubon Cleanup April 9

Two highlights from our breakfast at Valters on Saturday:  Those amazing pancakes and Dr.  Steph takes just a little extra time to warm up.

GVWC In The Community

Last week, eight members of the GVWC had an incredible experience serving the Tuesday Night Community Meal at Roots Café in the beautifully renovated and historic Reeb Avenue Center. Our team served over 200 residents from the area and we were led by Chef Eduardo. We were inspired by Chef’s passion, energy and friendliness. He was so much fun to be with.  Not only did he train us and oversee our work, but he did everything from greeting the diners to coordinating the efforts in the kitchen and the serving lines. And he’s an excellent cook, too!  You can find pictures of the evening on the GVWC website. Just scroll down to recent events.

The weekly community meal, Roots Café and market are sponsored by the Mid Ohio Food Bank.  The market is stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. Anyone can come in to shop for groceries and have lunch at the Roots Café. People are asked to pay what they can, if they can.  If you have the means, you can always pay meals or groceries forward. For the Tuesday night dinners, anybody can come in for a free meal, no questions asked.

The Club is signed up to serve the meal again on May 23. We will staff the entire workforce for the evening, 14 volunteers. We still have 3 slots available. Email Frank if you would like join us.

Thanks so much to our team that night. Pictured next to me below is Nancy, Jim, Chris, Karin, Frank (our team captain), Vicky, and Andrea.

GVWC Servers

We completed 24 volunteer hours as part of the community meal, giving the GVWC is a great start to our community service goal of 250 hours in 2017. For every volunteer hour, the Club will donate one dollar to a charity, up to $250. Thanks to everyone helping to achieve our goal this year!

Pay Employees to Exercise?

Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, a company that provides platforms to help businesses manage social media, has built fitness into his workplace. Holmes explains that time lost to exercise is more than made back in improved productivity, fewer employee sick days, and the having a more energize work environment. This article from LinkedIn provides Holmes’ story and his account of how he has built a culture of fitness into his workplace. He thinks it is time for all companies to incentivize employees to exercise and maintain good health. I agree.

March 18 – Arepazo 11am – The fit-Foodie is in the House

This Saturday, our resident fit-Foodie, Darla Kaikis, will be at Arepazo sharpening her knife, AND her pencil. If you would like to join Darla, just show up at 11am, or walk with Darla the 2/3 of a mile (weather permitting) from Winans to the restaurant.  This is a team effort!

Arepazo is located in the Brewery District at 515 South High Street, a couple doors from Victory’s.

Drink More Coffee!

According to Clean Eating Magazine website, there are a number of reasons to drink more coffee. One is to improve exercise performance. That’s certainly true for me. Drinking coffee makes me walk faster … so I can get to the bathroom! Other benefits of drinking coffee include brain boost, reduced risk of diabetes, and improved liver and heart health. You now see why we hang at Winans! In addition to great coffee, you can’t beat the chocolates and the socializing!

Next Up in the Community – Earth Day Cleanup – Scioto Audubon – April 9

Like we did last year, the GVWC will volunteer as part of Earth Events in Columbus. On Sunday, April 9 from 9am to noon, we will work at the Scioto Audubon. Assignments include weeding, planting, and clearing out the invasive honeysuckle plants. I did that last year—and it was a great workout! Lunch is provided. We will be among the 100 volunteers expected. Email me if you want to volunteer. Find more on their webpage.

Also, there is a celebration of Earth Day and all the Columbus Earth Day Volunteer Events on Saturday, April 22 from 1pm to 7pm at Columbus Commons. There will be music, beer, food trucks and other activities. The GVWC will have a booth at the event. We encourage members to come up and enjoy the afternoon, and also hang out in our booth to promote the Club. If you can take a 1 or 2-hour shift in the booth that day, please email me. Thanks!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

This situation is motivating to get you moving fast:

alligators as motivation

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | March 7, 2017

Greetings!

Today, 10 GVWC volunteers are at the Reeb Avenue Center to help serve meals for the Tuesday Night Community Dinner. We are so excited, and will let you know all about our experience.  (Last minute emergency and cancellation of one volunteer.  email me if you want to join us, and I will send details!)

In the newsletter this week:

  • A short video about the GVWC’s shorter new route option on Saturday mornings
  • Shocking news of Bob Harper’s heart attack
  • Breakfast at Valter’s Saturday. RSVP!
  • Healthy Hints Corner

Here are some GVWC women strutting their stuff at the Columbus Museum of Art.

women of GVWC Art Museum

The GVWC is Going Short!

As mentioned last week, the GVWC is now providing a shorter option: loops around Schiller Park. This shorter route, which is led by me, ensures we can accommodate those walkers who are not comfortable with the regular 3 or 5-mile routes, including those new (newer) to fitness, rehabbing from an injury, or recovering from late-night partying (you know who you are). We created this fun, promotional video about the Schiller Park Loop to engage more walkers in the community. Help us spread the word! Go to the GVWC Facebook Page and share the post which presents the video. Or email the link to folks you think could benefit. See you around (literally) Schiller Park!

Bob Harper Had A Heart Attack?  Seriously??

By now, most of you know that Bob Harper, the beloved fitness instructor from The Biggest Loser TV show, had a heart attack a couple weeks ago. Although we don’t know the details, he was lucky that people were around to perform CPR and use a defibrillator. He was unconscious for the first couple days in the hospital. He is home, but needs to be connected to monitors, and I am sure, make some lifestyle changes.

MindBodyGreen discusses the reaction to the news of his heart attack. If this could happen to someone as fit as Bob, they reason, why should they bother to stay healthy? “Pass the chips and beer, please.” Well, it’s all about risk. Genetics cause some people to have a higher-than-average risk for certain health issues. Harper, whose mother died suddenly from a heart attack, had a genetic predisposition. Each of us has some control over our own risk factors. And we can mitigate our risk factors by the decisions we make regarding our health. We can decide what food we eat, how much exercise we get, when we get a good night’s sleep, and, for sure, whether or not we walk against traffic lights. Don’t let this incident with Bob give you the attitude to throw caution to the wind with your health. In fact, if Bob Harper wasn’t in such good shape, he might not have survived the event; and because of his fitness, his recovery will most likely be much easier. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Bob!

Valter for Breakfast This Saturday – RSVP by Wednesday!

The GVWC is having breakfast after our walk this Saturday at 9:30am. If you would like to join us, email me by Wednesday!

Healthful Hints Corner

Our Healthful Hint of the week comes from Sandy Kight, who talks about clean eating.

Prepare and eat freshly prepared organic foods in your own kitchen. In the time that it would take you to make all those stops to park, order prepared foods (from unknown origins) and wait (and snack junk or coffee while waiting) and take them home or office to then eat – you could have saved time and money and be healthier if you’d just prepare healthful foods yourself in your own kitchen with foods that you know have been grown organically without pesticides or fertilizes or fresheners/preservatives.  It really does not take much time or effort to steam organic veggies while roasting a free-range chicken breast or two for 25/30 minutes.  It takes about 4 minutes to throw together a smoothie in the morning with frozen organic strawberries, frozen organic kale that takes 3 minutes one day a week to rinse and pop into a freezer bag and into your freezer, organic whey protein powder, nano greens, and maybe some pomegranate juice for BP wellness and some kefir and/or coconut milk.  And – if you must be tied to TV, you can watch/listen to that poison while you cook/prepare (but much better to avoid TV and listen to Mozart for Your Brain cd’s). 

Thanks Sandy! Though, personally, I find Steve Harvey and Family Feud to be intellectually stimulating.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

My favorite type of party with friends.

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | February 28, 2017

Greetings!

We had a good group out on Saturday to take advantage of the warmer weather. Right after our walk it seems Mother Nature decided she still has some bite in her.

In the newsletter this week:

  • If walking 3 miles at this time is a stretch for you, we have a solution
  • Chuck Marshall shows his artistic chops at the Columbus Museum of Art
  • Congratulations to the new addition to Valter’s family + GVWC’s next breakfast at Valter’s on March 11
  • What is a Superager?
  • GVWC in the community
  • Two years ago, the GVWC was born
  • and a motivation we can all strive for

That’s a lot to read. Pace yourself!

3 Miles or 5 Miles?  Wait…What?

At the GVWC, we welcome everyone to come out and join us for our weekly walks. We want people to know that walking is a great form of exercise. We want people to know that walking outside, breathing fresh air, and taking in the sights and sounds of downtown Columbus can be exhilarating! But, we know for some, 3 miles is daunting. What to do if you’re new to a walking for fitness? Hmmm…good question.

Starting this Saturday, in addition to our 3-mile and 5-mile routes through downtown, for our beginner walkers, we offer a third option: laps around Schiller Park. Schiller is a beautiful place to start a walking program. Each lap of Schiller Park is 0.8 miles, so you can do whatever you can do: one lap, two laps, maybe three. I will lead this group. This Schiller loop option is a great way for new walkers who are starting from zero, for people rehabbing from an injury, or even for those who may have had a rough Friday night—if you know what I mean.

Spread the word and help up include more people in our walking community!

Ohio Plein Air Society Exhibit Show – The Best of the OPAS – Columbus Museum of Art

One of GVWC members, Chuck Marshall, is exhibiting his work at the Best of the OPAS Exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, which starts this Friday March 3, and goes through June 18.  Chuck is a very accomplished plein air artist. He is on the committee that brought the exhibit to Columbus.

There is a Best of OPAS pre-show this Thursday (3/2) from 6pm to 8pm. Come learn about plein air works. Chuck will give you a little personal insight to his work and the exhibit.  Congratulations, Chuck!

Congratulations Valter!

Congratulations to Valter and his wife on the birth of their son last week!  Valter and his restaurant, Valter’s at the Maennerchor, are terrific partners of the GVWC. We need to get this little guy a pair of walking shoes!

valter-with-new-son

Breakfast At Valters – Saturday, March 11, 9:30am

Speaking of Valter, the Club will have breakfast there after our walk on March 11, 9:30am. If you would like to join us, email me by March 8. I’m so excited!

“SuperAgers”

This article from the Harvard Business Review and its link to the New York Times article explains some very interesting correlations between so called “superagers,” those who are healthy and active well into their 80s, and their pursuit of difficult activities as they age.  Apparently, the “no pain, no gain” adage may actually be true in certain situations. Studies from these stories show that pushing through and sticking with difficult activities—both physically and mentally—can help you live a long, healthy life. This doesn’t mean pursing pleasant activities like, Sudoku or a leisurely stroll. It means performing hard tasks but difficult things that push you past your comfort zone. With that in mind, drop down and give me 20! Thanks, Andrea Applegate, for the contribution.

GVWC In The Community

In the GVWC’s pursuit to step up its involvement in the community, here are the activities on the docket so far this year:

  1. March 7 – Reeb Avenue Center Tuesday Night Community Dinner. We have the 10 slots filled for this event to serve dinner to the community. Frank Stoy will send out reminder emails this week to our volunteers with final details for next Tuesday.
  2. April 22 – Earth Day Celebration. As we did last year, we will have a booth at the celebration held in Columbus Commons. We will also volunteer the week before, most likely at the annual Scioto Audubon clean up like we did last year. More details when they are available from the Earth Day organizers.
  3. May 23 – Reeb Avenue Center Tuesday Night Community Dinner. We need 14 people to serve that day for the community dinner. Three slots are still available. Please email Frank Stoy if you would like to participate. It is from 4:30pm to 8pm.  Duties include light set-up, serving, and clean up.
  4. August 12 – African American Male Wellness Walk. Put it on your calendar! We will have a booth at the walk. In addition, we would like everyone in the Club to participate in this 5K event, which is FREE! Our goal is at least 40 members/family members/friends of the GVWC to participate. This is an incredible walk, and they anticipate close to 20,000 people to attend. We will probably park at Schiller and walk to the start as a group. More details down the road.

Thank you everyone for helping the GVWC support our community.

Happy Anniversary, Ya’ll

The GVWC just celebrated our second anniversary! Reflecting back, this is quite an accomplishment—especially considering our uncertain beginnings. I don’t know if you remember, but it was ridiculously, brutally cold that February we started. Indeed, the wicked temperatures broke records from Canada to Florida. The first few sentences of this article, Polar vortex brings more historic cold in eastern U.S., which appeared in The Washington Post on February 20, says it all:

Friday arrived with an icy slap as Arctic air surged into the eastern United States. The cold snap caused long-standing records to tumble across the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard.

That article appeared only days before this article, Walking club founder takes exercise in stride at Schiller, which appeared in the German Village Gazette and promoted the official launch of the GVWC. You may wonder why the photo—about a walking club—is taken in my living room. That’s because it was so cold, the photographer refused to do the shoot outside.

People (i.e., my wife) said it was a mistake to launch the Club in the middle of the coldest winter on record. And when I’d return home—dejected—after standing alone at Schiller Statue just in case someone showed up to walk with me, people (again, my wife) reassured me the walkers would come as soon as the weather became more temperate.

Two years ago, this is how the German Village Walking Club started:

Schiller when GVWC started

As I have mentioned to a few, standing there alone in the park, I felt like the German Village Idiot.  But, in my opinion, as I look back, it was all worth it.  We have a great group of supportive, fun people who make up the Club.  As we move forward, we will be looking for ways to expand our outreach, including more people in the urban core to join the group in pursuit of improving and maintaining good health, along with some fun.  Thanks to all for your support!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

Yep.  These guys.

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter | February 21, 2017

Greetings!

I hope everyone took advantage of the warm temperatures this past weekend.  Thanks to Chris for leading the group on Saturday while my family and I were in Austin for the half marathon. Austin was great. It seems like a hip and outdoorsy place to be, with runners and bicyclists and segues everywhere you looked.  People sure like to exercise outside.

In the newsletter this week: fitting strength-training into tiny places; finding fresh local produce delivered to your door in your Healthful Hints corner; dressing for success in winter weather; and counting up all those rewards of exercise.

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Two Dumbbells and 15 Minutes

I know there is a joke somewhere in that title, but it is not a joke. Especially if you want to rev up your metabolism and get a great total body workout. Check out this article/video from Men’s Health Magazine with a three-exercise routine using two dumbbells. Don’t be intimidated by that strapping young man doing these exercises with those weights. You don’t need expensive equipment to do effective total body workouts (you can even do these exercises without the dumbbells), you don’t need an expensive gym membership, and you don’t need to waste a lot of time driving to and from the gym. Best thing is you can complete this routine in an area about 3 feet by 7 feet – which is probably less room than your couch takes up!

Exercises that involve multiple body movements are very effective at targeting major muscle groups. They are generally easy to coordinate and the combination of exercise routines is endless. Maybe add one or two of these exercises to the end of your walk, which is a terrific way to incorporate a little bit of weight training at the end of your cardio. Give it a try!

Healthful Hints Corner

Our Healthful Hint of the week comes from Vicky Brunetto regarding the Yellow Bird Food Source. The company promotes bringing fresh local food from small sustainable farms conveniently to you. Vicky said the following:

This group delivers weekly veggies with recipes from Ohio farmers – sometimes they add spices, oats and honey as little add ons for the meals.  It is a very convenient service. Just check the list to see if they deliver in your area

Thanks Vicky!  Looks like a great concept.  Everyone, keep emailing me your healthful hints!

How To Dress for Winter Walking

I had a conversation with my buddy, Cindi Leeman, at Walk Magazine, about how to dress for walking during the winter weather. You can find the podcast here. It is about 40 minutes, and I really don’t get warmed up (ironically) until about halfway through the podcast. Thanks, Cindi, for asking me to participate.

Reward Yourself

Here is an article from WebMD with the 12 top rewards of exercise as submitted by Gail Gross-Brown. When you look at the rewards, it seems like a no brainer to get out there to exercise.  Sadly, for many people, it’s not.

Also in that issue of WebMD, Gail directed me to the article testing your Chocoholic Quiz.  I could have done better, considering how much chocolate I eat. Thanks, Gail!

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

awesome

Finishing Line

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

Larry

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German Village Walking Club Weekly Newsletter |February 14, 2017

Greetings!

Happy Valentine’s Day! This weekend, I will be in Austin, Texas with my family where it will be close to 80 degrees. We’re there to do the Austin Half Marathon. I’m looking forward to getting away and, of course, marking Texas off the list. Filling in for me on Saturday will be Chris Coenen. Thanks Chris!

In the newsletter this week:  news about the recent assaults around German Village and how to stay safe, easy and fun habits for longevity, and a new restaurant review column.

German Village Safety Issues

On a very serious note, there have been a number of assaults in German Village and around Nationwide Children’s Hospital over the last couple weeks. Last week, Columbus police held a town meeting with German Village residents to answer questions and provide recommendations for keeping safe. Columbus police have stepped up their force patrolling the German Village area to capture this man. It is suspected it is one person committing the crimes.  This GV bulletin provides the details of the meeting and lists safety suggestions to stay safe. Recommendations include walking in pairs, walking with a flashlight at night, walking with your head up with confidence and aware of your surroundings (i.e., do not be distracted by your device). While these were distributed in conjunction with a German Village situation, the advice is applicable regardless of where you live.

Longevity – Some Easy Fun Habits

The key to long-term good health and happiness is not just about good food choices and sweating a lot. Here is an article from the VeryWell website providing some other good habits – fun habits – that help lead to a long, happy and healthy life. I got that eating-chocolate thing down pat.

Thanks, Jim McVay, for the submittal. Jim is always passing along positive messages.

New Column – The fit-Foodie Restaurant Review by Darla Kaikis

I am thrilled to introduce a new column for the newsletter, which will be featured several times a year – the “fit-Foodie Restaurant Review” by Darla Kaikis.  Darla is a partner at the law firm of Larrimer and Larrimer, and she and her firm have been terrific supporters of the GVWC. One of Darla’s passions is food – good healthy food – although we have seen her veer off course at times.  Thank you, Darla, for your restaurant review, and spicing up our new!  Welcome!

fit-foodie-review-lemongrass-final

GVWC Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

let-it-go

Finishing Line

I will be gone this weekend, Chris will be leading the group.  I hope to catch you all the following Saturday morning.  As always, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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