Monthly Archives: October 2014

BeltLine Wow
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This week’s Workout of the Week (WoW) is brought to you by the Atlanta BeltLine. As always, you can do this WoW on your own or with friends, but this week, there’s an even better option: Meet at Stanton Park (1052 Martin Street SE) on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. to do the WoW with other members of the WellATL community and a certified trainer. Get a great workout, hang out in a beautiful BeltLine park, and meet awesome new people — all for FREE! No matter how/where you decide to do this week’s workout, remember to record your score in our workout tracking software, Logsitall (sign up here for free), so that you can set goals and track your fitness level as it improves. 

Hit the BeltLine!

Back On My Feet
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Running and homelessness – it might seem like they go together like toothpaste and orange juice, but our friends at Back On My Feet think they’re more like peas and carrots. This national nonprofit uses running to transform the lives of homeless individuals. WellATL hit the pavement with Mandy Putnam, Director of Communications and Corporate Relations for the Atlanta chapter of Back On My Feet, for this week’s Friday Five.
22,286 miles and counting >>

PeopleforBikes
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The Atlanta Bike Challenge may be over, but its effects go on. The challenge created 389 new riders who are now way more likely to consider cycling for their commutes and errands. In all, the 1,525 participants logged more than 80,000 miles and prevented 14 tons of carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere. Impressive, Atlanta! WellATL talked with Martha Roskowski of PeopleForBikes — an organization devoted to making the world a better place for cyclists and a sponsor of the Atlanta Bike Challenge — to find out what we can do to keep the momentum going, what all those new riders should watch out for, and what’s in store for Atlanta with the Green Lane Project. It’s an exciting time for cyclists in Atlanta. >>

Pumpkin Spice Pepitas
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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe it’s because the weather is always amazing or because it signifies all the other fun holidays coming up. Or maybe it’s seeing the excitement of the gazillion kids running around our hood or getting to hang out with so many of our fun neighbors and friends. Whatever the reason, something about it always makes me smile. I really don’t miss the candy like I used to, but something about this time of year does ramp up my sweet tooth. And while I can always grab some dark chocolate almonds or those fabulous Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints when I need a sweet treat, a friend brought over a new treat the other night that I am utterly addicted to: pumpkin spiced pepitas. I’m telling you, candy has nothing on these little things. If you’re in the mood for something that is a little sweet and a little salty with the perfect crunch, this is your treat!  You have to try them. 

The recipe >>

Jason Tatum
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Losing 200 pounds is not something that happens overnight. It’s a long journey with a path paved not only in struggles, doubt, and fear but also in successes, goals, and hope. It takes an incredible amount of hard work and discipline — but it is, more than anything, possible. New WellATL columnist Jason Tatum has recently embarked on that journey and he’ll regularly be sharing his experiences with you. It’s a brave and vulnerable thing to write publicly about such a big lifestyle change. If the column inspires you, motivates you, helps you see that you aren’t alone in whatever struggles you face, or just makes you want to cheer him on, it has done its job and we hope you’ll let him know or share your own experiences in the comments. Here’s how his story begins… First steps >>

Root vegetables
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I have a theory: I think that fall and winter are the easiest times of year for healthy eating. Yes, I realize I’m putting “easy” and “healthy eating” in the same sentence as the seasons that bring us a never-ending onslaught of Halloween candy, stuffing, pie, and holiday parties. But! In addition to the sugar-laden pumpkin spice lattes and ubiquitous fun-sized Snickers, fall also brings us some of the most flavorful, versatile, and nutrient-dense fixins, straight from the soil: the humble root vegetable. From the homely yet rich-tasting celery root to the velvety, sweet parsnip, these unassuming, thick-skinned vegetables prove the old adage that beauty is only skin deep. Behold, a few of our favorite ways to sneak a little extra root veggie goodness into your diet. Carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and more >>

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We’re all spending countless hours trying to work our way to better health like a bunch of suckers. But who needs hard work? These vintage ads from a simpler time prove bulging muscles, luxuriously thick hair, and the perfect figure could once be yours for $2.98 plus shipping and handling. Their ridiculous claims sound like this article from ClickHole: “Contact me IMMEDIATELY if you want to know how I turned my scrawny body into an OUT OF CONTROL PRISON OF MUSCLE from which DEATH IS THE ONLY ESCAPE.” But they’re real.  False advertising ahoy! >>