Sometimes the best ideas are birthed from the most casual conversations. That’s what happened when April Gellanty and Rich Yarbrough chatted on the pool deck after a swim practice and left with the idea for shemoves ATL. April had been working for an event management company and running a national health and fitness program for Time Warner (Time Warner FitNation). She started to notice that the athletic events she managed — things like 5Ks and triathlons — were the spark that led people to make healthier lifestyle choices. As she helped people prepare for upcoming races, she saw them exercising for the first time, making healthier food choices, and eventually incorporating fitness into their daily lives. She’d been pondering how to take that spark to the next level when that fateful poolside conversation happened. Rich, an avid triathlete and coach, was looking for opportunities to work in athletic events, and when the two put their brains together, shemoves ATL was born.
Sometimes inspiration can come from the most unlikely of sources. Next time you’re struggling through your workout, remember the hard work and dedication of these animals and press onward!
When you have kids, your mornings go from zero to 60 faster than you can say “Curious George.” And that’s one thing if you’re homebound and pajama-clad for the day, but if you have to get people out the door for, you know, real life, this head-on collision with morning hours can lead to a disastrous start for everyone. Here’s how we minimize morning stress. >>
Yum…. that’s really all that needs to be said, right? What makes these pumpkin donuts so good (besides the chocolate and coconut sugar) is psyllium husk powder, which gives the donuts that squishy texture that’s missing from many baked paleo treats because they lack gluten. So while you don’t have to use it for this recipe, the texture will be even better if you do. The other great thing about psyllium husk is that it is good for you. It’s a soluble fiber that keeps you full and is easy to digest, and it, well, keeps things moving, if you know what I mean. I think it’s a great new addition to my flours, and we will continue to enjoy it often in baked goods. I hope y’all like it too! The pumpkin donut recipe >>
Atlanta is chock full o’ amazing health and wellness events. Every Monday, WellATL will bring you a handy-dandy list of the week’s finest options. If you’d like to submit something fun and fitness-y for consideration, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And now, behold, seven days of awesome…
This week’s Workout of the Week (WoW) is brought to you by Big Peach Running Co. and is a great chance to get out and meet some like-minded WellATL readers. All you need to do is lace up your running shoes and meet at 6:15 on either Tuesday or Thursday evening at BPRC’s Decatur location (114 East Trinity Place) for a group run through downtown Decatur. It’s free, it’s fun, and you could win a $25 Big Peach gift card just for showing up and saying you’re there for the WellATL Workout of the Week. Sure, it’s cold outside, but nothing warms the body more than a good run and nothing warms the heart more than meeting awesome new people (awwwwww!). If you finish the WoW, log your score (sign up for Logsitall for free), and find yourself wanting more runs with awesome, supportive people, check out the weekly group runs at all seven of Big Peach’s metro locations.
The Health Initiative is on a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of Georgia’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. The Atlanta-based nonprofit offers health education and screenings, support, access to care, training for healthcare providers and advocacy. They’re Georgia’s voice for LGBTQ health, so for this week’s Friday Five, so we went to their voice (the voice’s voice… huh?… just roll with it), Health Initiative Executive Director Linda Ellis. Challenges and solutions >>
If you’ve been thinking about doing your first triathlon, now is the time to set your 2015 goals and start formulating a plan. The official triathlon season generally runs between May and September, and you’ll need anywhere from two to nine months of training time, depending on your race distance. To help you make an educated decision about which race you should choose, WellATL tapped Bethany Rutledge, coaching director of the Atlanta Triathlon Club, to breakdown the training, estimate the costs, and recommend nearby races for each type of triathlon.
Which race is right for you? >>
Every year, Georgia Gives Day raises money for good causes throughout the state. The initiative, created by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, encourages those whose lives have been touched by nonprofits (that’s pretty much everybody if you think about it) to donate to the cause of their choice. As of this writing, more than $1.7 million has been raised today for causes. Not sure which organization to donate to? The Georgia Gives website can help you choose, just click on the kind of cause you’d like to support. There are options relating to the arts, animals, kids, economic development, the environment, religion, disaster relief, homelessness, education, health, human rights, science and technology, and more. Find your favorite nonprofit and spread the love! What cause are you supporting today?
It’s about to start getting really cold here in Atlanta. With the holidays on their way and the chilly weather finally arriving, it’s the perfect time for hot cocoa. I love making it as an after school treat once in a while. What’s better than coming home from school, throwing down the backpacks, tearing of the jackets, and enjoying some hot cocoa. Mmmmm! What I love about this recipe (and the kids don’t even know) is that it’s actually pretty good for them. Here’s what’s in it. >>