Designed to Move: Generational Impact

Posted on December 11, 2012

Designed to Move - Positive Cycle

The chart above (click image to enlarge) shows the impact physically active kids can have on generations.

Designed to Move - Inactivity Chart

The chart above (click image to enlarge) shows the negative impact of physically inactive kids.

These charts come from . Check out for more. Excellent info.

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Fit Kids Linked to Better Grades and Better Test Scores

Posted on December 10, 2012

My 3-year-old did her first race this past summer. Ran the whole 1K. :)

“Look, your fitter kids are the ones who will do better on tests, so that would argue against cutting physical activity from the school day. That’s the exciting thing, is if we can get people to listen and have some impact on public policy.”

“Fit kids are more likely to be fit adults, and now we see that fitness is tied to academic achievement. So hopefully the fitness and the success will both continue together.”

– James Pivarnik, Michigan State University professor of kinesiology


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What I Do – Orriant

Posted on December 7, 2012

Check out the video. More info about and what we do for organizations like the one in the video.

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I’m Back

Posted on December 2, 2012

I’m back. At least I’m trying to be. It’s been a busy year. My plan is to continue to use this space to share health/wellness-related materials along with my whole family’s fight for continued — and better — fitness.

I did just a few races this year:

Provo City Half Marathon – set a new personal best.

Provo Triathlon (Olympic distance) – set a new personal best.

Utah Half (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) – finished. See medal above. Never had to work harder — both physically and mentally — to finish a race.

Thanks for joining me on my journey.

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Posted on February 23, 2012

I’m in Casper, WY today for work. Lucky me.

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Sugar Consumption

Posted on February 22, 2012

Sugar consumption in the United States from 1822 – 2005. Interesting.

That’s pounds of sugar per person per year. Read more about this at .

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Sodium: Still Too Much

Posted on February 21, 2012

Average American sodium intake = 3,200+ mg/day

Recommended sodium intake = 2,300 mg/day

Recommended sodium intake for those with high blood pressure, diabetes or age 51 and older (6 of every 10 Americans are found in this category) = 1,500 mg/day

“Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death in the United States and are largely dependent on the high rate of high blood pressure.”

“One of the things that is driving blood pressure up is that most adults in this country eat or drink about twice the amount of sodium as is recommended.

“Most of that extra sodium comes from common grocery store and restaurant items and a very small proportion from the salt shaker at the table.”

– Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, CDC Director

It’s easy to think we don’t get that much sodium, but it does add up, especially if you eat out a lot and if you eat a lot of processed foods. Start cutting back today for potentially better health tomorrow, and beyond.


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Solid Monday Start

Posted on February 20, 2012

My local rec center pool at 5am on a Monday.

Nothing makes me happier on a Monday than a solid workout first thing in the morning.

Just finished 45 min in the pool and then 45 min run. When I get my Monday workout in the day just goes better and I have a less severe case of the “Mondays”.

Happy Monday!

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New Guidelines for School Lunches

Posted on January 27, 2012

“Improving the quality of the school meals is a critical step to building a healthy future for our kids.”

– Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary

“A healthier population will save billions of dollars in future health care costs.”

–Dawn Undurraga, Environmental Working Group staff nutritionist

New guidelines were recently released to help improve school lunches.

The good:

Doubling the amount of fruits and veggies in cafeteria lunches. More whole-grain foods. Limiting calories, sodium and trans fat.

The not-so-good:

Big Food made sure that french fries are still readily available. And don’t forget, pizza counts as a vegetable. Ha.

Interesting stuff. Don’t know how much of a difference this will really make but at least it’s something.


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Posted on January 26, 2012

My work is doing a GIVEAWAY on the company .

To enter to potentially win a $40 prepaid debit card, simply and write your “February Resolution” on the wall.

Your “February Resolution” can be anything that you plan to do to move yourself towards improved health and wellness.

More details on the .

Don’t miss your chance to recommit to your New Year’s resolutions and also potentially win a great prize just for sharing your goal!

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