I am the health and wellness coordinator for the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department in Bloomington, Indiana. I’m writing to tell you about the Bloomington Walking Club. This informal group meets for a guided group walk on the paved trails surrounding Olcott Park every Thursday evening, weather permitting, April–October. Walkers of all ability levels are welcome, and participants choose their own pace. The walking club is made possible by a partnership among IU Health Bloomington, IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians, Purdue Extension and the City of Bloomington. The club, in its third year, is now offering a “prescription card,” which is distributed in IU Health physician offices and throughout the community. Also new this year: A medical health professional attends a walk once a month. We have seen attendance increase over the past 3 years, and we are very excited to continue growing this program!
Health and Wellness Coordinator, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation
What’s Your Favorite Food Tribe?
Editor’s note: We recently posed the following question in our Food for Thought column: “What food tribe do you belong to and why? Are these diets sustainable? Here is one reader’s answer:
I do not belong to a food tribe myself, but I have talked at length with people who are vegan, vegetarian or on primal diets (like the Paleo diet). What I found most interesting is that these folks have attributed their diets to the relief or even the elimination of their arthritis symptoms. Can they all be right? The vegans, who do not eat meat, claim that it’s the lack of meat; the primals, who do eat meat, claim that it’s the lack of grains.
I think the main benefit is the increase in fruits and vegetables and the decrease or elimination of processed foods that help these people to feel better. Are these diets sustainable? Yes for people who claim to feel better because of the diets, and no for people who simply do it for the fad. Personally, I take a little bit from all diets. I don’t avoid meat, but I make it more of a “topping.” I focus on increasing my fruit and vegetable consumption as much as possible and, when I can, I avoid processed foods.
Health Fit Coordinator
Thumbs Up for PTI West in Seattle
Thank you for another awesome IDEA Personal Trainer Institute™ West conference in Seattle. I really [enjoyed] the Doubletree Hilton Hotel; it was a perfect location—especially its proximity to the airport! The presenters were all awesome, and I loved every session! I was [grateful] that marketplace sponsors provided food and beverages. I appreciated that you had a special event DVD offer for $119, which I was happy to take advantage of. I hope that you continue to have the PTI West conference in Seattle every year!
Be Fit For Life Coordinator, Portage College
Lac La Biche, Alberta