January 29, 2014 Thanks to everyone who donated their time, energy, talents and money we were able to raise enough funds to pay for our 501(c)(3) application! As you know, the purpose of this event was to raise funds for the Athena Fitness, Alpha Force volunteer program nonprofit application. The willingness to help displaced women and children in our community gain access to fitness and wellness services makes all the difference for our organization and community. The women and children are eager for the program to resume this year so that they can feel stronger physically and emotionally leading to a more positive outlook and attitude. Thanks to our supporters, we’ll be able to provide them with an opportunity to learn the benefits of fitness and practice healthy lifestyle choices. Don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, to volunteer or make a donation. I would love to keep you in the loop with our emails and announcements. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up by clicking on the CONTACT US tab. Special thank you to: • Historic Hoover Theatre, Paula Davis and Kyle for taking care of our facility needs. • Roberta Gunderson for photographing our first event (for more photos go to Athenafitness269facebook.com/wendi.hodgen) • Adam at Myshirtcompany.com printing our shirts. • Bill Schurkamp, Intero Real Estate for t-shirt sponsorship • The volunteers for their time and effort before, during and after the event: Isabella, Conlan, Logan, Emily, Terrianne and Leanne. • And I want to thank everyone who generously gave to our cause and committed to an intense workout. Sincerely, Wendi Hodgen
If you have asthma or clients that have asthma, check out my article:
I attended FitExpo 2013 in Santa Clara, CA this weekend and had a great time talking with so many positive people such as Herb Dean (UFC Referee), Bella Falconi (Fitness model), and many others. The bodybuilding community is full of motivation, inspiration and support. Three people I was fortunate enough to speak with were Phil Heath (Mr. Olympia 2011 & 2012), Greg Plitt (top fitness model) and Jennifer Delgado (NPC Competitor). Below are a few gems from these professionals that I thought might help others achieve their health and fitness goals.
· Keys to success in Bodybuilding (or any goal in life); Time management. Perseverance. Dedication. Commitment. Hard work.
· Everyone has a heavy load to carry, it’s how you carry that load that matters. (Greg Plitt)
· Cheat meals usually turn into cheat days. (Phil Heath)
Nutrition is a huge part of improving our bodies and health. I realized I earlier this year that I haven't been consistent and wise with my food, hydration and vitamins. If you aren't consistent with those three factors it’s two steps forward and one step back. I have been on track for about 4 weeks now thanks to the nutritional guidance of Curtis Schurkamp.
Rest and Sleep are next on my list. I am very nocturnal. I am more productive and creative at night, but I work during the day. So of course I don’t get enough sleep. I didn’t realize resting my body was so important for my fitness success. In the past I would lose weight when I was super busy working 2 or 3 jobs and going to school. But that isn’t the case anymore, so sleep and rest are a priority for me now.
The third factor is Cardio. I like running…when I’m in the mood. When I told Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath (yes, I am name dropping) that cardio is a challenge for me, he said it is for everyone even him, but you have to just get it done, make sure you have a good playlist, take progress photos regularly and stick with your plan.
And last, my favorite, Strength Training. I don’t need to push myself in this area, but I do need to work smarter and have a plan based on my progress photos and what body parts I want to improve.
I hope sharing my experience motivates you as much as it did me.
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Bullying has evolved to dangerous levels for kids. The most recent method of bullying is taking place against kids that can become severly sick or even die from anaphylaxis due to food allergies. Please click on the 30 second clip or the full PSA (1:33 minutes) for more information. This is especially helpful for those of you who have children or careers where you work with children.
Find out what you can do
- Help raise awareness by sharing the full PSA as well as the 30 second clip. You can also help spread the word by sharing our "It's Not a Joke" resources with your communities and online.
- Read these tips about how you can prevent and address food allergy bullying.
- Read real world accounts of two teens, Colin and Carlo, who have experienced food allergy bullying.
- Educate yourself and others about food allergies and the laws that protect those with food allergies from harassment.
- Find other resources for addressing bullying at stopbullying.gov and violencepreventionworks.org.
More information on the Food Allergy website:
I read an interesting article and research on kids with allergies. I was always under-weight as a kid. I'm sure my knees were wider than my calfs and thighs. :) I didn't have many food choices. Celery, lettuce, potatoes, broccoli, bread and meat were my standard foods. I was and still am allergic to well over 20 common foods.
Due to the dietary restrictions of kids with allergies, they tend to have a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) than kids without. These kids with allergies have fewer choices and often can't trade what's in their lunch bag with other kids. Kids allergic to milk tend to have the lowest wieght and BMI.
Here's a challenge, cut all dairy out of your diet for 2 weeks and see if it effects your weight.
For more information regarding food allergies and kids click on the links below.
CDC: Food Allergies Increasing
Study: Food allergies linked to lower growth, body weight in kids
"National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is in May because May is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers. I happen to be one of them. Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supports activities and events to bring awareness to asthma and allergy education and management. As an asthmatic, my entire life has been about avoiding triggers, taking meds daily, ER visits, rescue inhalers and air purifiers. I missed a lot of recess, birthday parties and summer camps. Missing Cheer Camp was the worst.
I have never let asthma stop me from playing sports, cheerleading, dancing, Karate, and lifting weights. When I was a child the medical world believed exercise was bad for asthmatics. Fortunately, there has been a lot of progress in the last 30 years. Maintenance meds combined with regular exercise has helped improve my asthma. If you or someone you know has asthma, don't let it get in the way of being fit and healthy, To learn more about asthma please check out this website: http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?ID=5&Sub=105&Cont=457
Gift for Moms
We all tend to take mom out to grand brunch or dinner for Mother’s Day. We shower her with cards, flowers, gifts and chocolates. I say wonderful! Enjoy lovin’ on your mom on this special day. This year share the gift of good health with your mom too.
Mission Possible 2:
After that delicious meal take a walk with your mom. Enjoy a beautiful neighborhood, park, beach, pond, whatever is beautiful in her eyes. It creates a nice memory and healthy ending to a traditional day. Remember to take photos!
Back to Basics
It is very important to your physical, mental and spiritual health to maintain a healthy level
With the strained economy not everyone can afford a gym membership. For those on a tight budget there are other options. You can exercise anywhere. Home, a park, at work, anywhere! Get back to the basic exercises. Jumping Jacks, jogging in place, jumping rope, squats, lunges, push-ups and sit-ups can all be done almost anywhere.
Mission Possible 1:
My challenge to you is to get back to basics. Remember the push-ups and sit-ups we used to do in grade school and high school? Well, let's get back to the old way of doing things. This month work toward improving the number of push-ups and sit-ups you can do in one set. All it takes is the decision to do as much as you can at least 4 times a week. Track your progress and on the last day of May celebrate your improvements no matter how big or small. Good luck and enjoy the journey!