Views From Here: running, health and the world around me

October 30, 2014
by Shalama Jackson

Sweet! Candy Corn Day is today!

candy corn dayIt’s National Candy Corn Day! Did you know that candy corn has been around for more than 100 years and has never changed its look, taste or design?

I love candy corn. And typically every year around this time I am indulging in the sweet delight. But not this year. I know they are packed full of sugar and are so bad for me and the goals I am trying to achieve.

Since I can’t celebrate the way that I want to, let’s celebrate with some fun Candy Corn Finds and Facts:

  • About 9 billion pieces are made every year ( and each piece has seven calories
  • When they first were made in the 1880s, they were made by hand
  • Forty three percent of candy corn eaters start by eating the white part first (
  • According to the National Confectioners Association, manufacturers will produce more than 35 million pounds of candy corn this year

What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

October 29, 2014
by Shalama Jackson
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How does your company promote and encourage wellness/fitness?

bodypump coworkersThe Good Morning America piece about the Clif Bar CEO paying employees 2.5 hours a week to workout started me thinking about workplace wellness.

Does the company you work for encourage physical fitness activities, reward employees for total weight loss or help smokers quit through cessation classes? Or help supplement the cost of fitness center memberships, sponsor on-site classes or host health screenings?

I work for an organization that promotes and encourages wellness and fitness through a variety of ways including programs to help with weight loss, smoking cessation classes, health screenings, immunizations and discounts with local YMCA. I love it because it makes life a little easier for me especially the days when I need to go out for a lunchtime run or a class at the gym, which happens to be two blocks away.

bodypump coworkersAs a matter of fact, a couple of coworkers have joined the local YMCA since I started working with them this summer. And a couple of others have joined me in lunchtime classes. We go to the gym together two-three days a week. Like most Americans, my work day is about nine hours long. And the lunchtime exercise helps from it wrecking havoc on my body.

Although I am not paid per se to workout during office hours,the organization’s culture does promote wellness and fitness throughout. The marketing and communications team, which I am a part of, is also supportive.

How does your company promote and encourage wellness/fitness?

October 27, 2014
by Shalama Jackson

Is it reading my heart?

treadmill intervalsIt was a relatively quiet yesterday afternoon at the gym. I went to do what is becoming my Sunday workout, Cheryl Davis’s Cardio and Quad Burn.

When I got on the treadmill and began the intervals I was caught off guard a little bit because the treadmills on either side of me started flashing the heart rate reading. It shocked me because everything else was off but it looked as if the treadmills on either side of me were reading my heart rate monitor. Is that possible?

heart rate treadmillThe one to my right caught my attention first as I went for a quick sip of water. And when I looked to the left, it was tracking me as well.

treadmill heart rate readingsThey weren’t too far off, which I thought was pretty neat and wild at the same time. I typically don’t hold onto the handles/sensors so I never really know where my level is at during a workout session. But now that I am wearing my Polar Loop, I really don’t need to keep a track because it does it for me.

Polar Loop Fat BurnOne of the things that I have been looking at more and like to see is the Fat Burn notification. While I am not sure how accurate it is, I do like the visual cue of what I am doing. I am working hard to bring my body fat down and develop my muscles. So, burn baby burn!

Do you use heart rate monitors while working out or running?