Live everyday, all day- Ryan Hawks

 

Live easy, Live simply

  Flyin' Ryan

Two years ago, one of the most amazing men in the world stepped out on Kirkwood Mountain in California to compete in the 2011 Freeride World Tour. Ryan Hawks is a name to know with values to live by. His values in life are vital guidelines, in which he followed without command from anyone but himself.

 Live every day, all day; Never stop exploring life; Never lose my adventuresome attitude; Be the best friend I can be; Be the best brother, son, uncle I can be; Look out for others; Look out for myself; Look out for my surroundings; Be self-sufficient; Don’t be afraid to ask for help; Work hard; Live easy; Live simply.

Ryan Hawks exemplified passion, motivation, commitment, and excellence in all realms of his life. He devoted this to family, friends, and his love for the sport of skiing. Ryan left this world accomplishing another feat in the sport he loves (see story). His presence will continue to be grieved, but his story has something magnificent to share to the world. Whether you are an athlete, a musician, a teacher, business woman or man, designer, artist, humanitarian, foody, or lost on who you are, where you are going, and what drives you, Ryan’s values are a stellar guidebook to serve some solid direction and awareness of your own values.

In sport and health psychology, the objective is to guide individuals on their journey toward health, happiness, and self-awareness by achieving goals, conquering challenges and fears. ”Get rid of the idea of conquering the mountain, concentrate on cooperating with the mountain- Understand that the only person you have to impress is you.”  Peter Hawks, Ryan’s father. As we set goals, train, work, educate, and aim to please its important to remember why we are doing it and what is the focus. Ryan had clear objectives. His values   served as goals to conquer everyday in order to fulfill his life, his dreams, love and the happiness of those around him.

As we set goals we sometimes lose sight of our reason and therefore our self-awareness. For example, next time you go to the gym, check in with yourself, do you have something in mind that you will enjoy there (spin class, yoga, lifting, running?). Or are you going to cave to the dread of another workout and in fact, waste time waiting for the clock to move on the treadmill. Activity is meant to be fun and rewarding. When action is an indication of a process towards a larger outcome there is more purpose. For example, accomplishing the short-term goals brings us closer to the long term. The key to accomplishing our goals is setting specific and measurable short-term goals. For example in order to run a marathon one must accomplish a certain mileage everyday and add on every week. In order to master any skill practice is vital.

Action expresses priorities -Gandhi.

When we positively act on a goal, we become closer to our ideal. Sustaining our action is the hard part but with a list of values and things to do in this busy life, inspirations like Ryan Hawks remind us that it is possible.

 Research shows giving creates happiness, and happiness contributes to a feeling of success. Service and justice is something we forget about in our relationships. Ryan lived his life to make others around him happy to be here. He lived now, always and everyday. Its easy to lose track of the present in the process of focusing on the future. Be here, now. It seems simple, yet the difficulty comes in our list of responsibilities. If we are able to clear five minutes of our time to check our Facebook than we are more than likely able to call a friend, tell people we care about them, and share a laugh now and then.

Ryan’s mentality and ability to light up the world is inspiring. His values of living are motives in which individuals and teams aim to achieve for ultimate success. These values are core principles to remind us all that with passion, motivation, and commitment to others and ourselves we are capable of achieving satisfying life goals.

I want to be like Ryan Hawks

An inspiring evening with Girls in the Game

Celebrate yourself and others will follow.

Girls in the Game

Last night we attended Girls in the Game’s annual Field of Dreams Gala. We are so grateful to have been among so many influential role models, giving girls the opportunity to follow their dreams. Girls in the Game is a nonprofit organization, which provides and strongly promotes sports, leadership, fitness, health, and nutrition for girls in the Chicago area. There is so much attrition in graduation rates in Chicago as well as an increase in childhood obesity and inactivity in the country as a whole. Girls are continuously placed in the back seat due to funding, stereotypes, and lack of positive attention. Girls in the Game is devoted to making a positive impact for the developing generation of girls who don’t have access to the resources to help them strive in a system that seems to be working against our countries youth.

We were reminded about the importance of sport and health in a girls life as we listened to the graduating girls (among the small 55% of Chicago Public School graduation rate) tell their stories of teamwork, leadership, commitment, discipline, and growth, which they learned in their experience with Girls in the Game. We were star struck by Brandi Chastain, the keynote speaker, and emotionally moved by her stories about celebration. Brandi told a story about sharing the emotional drive of celebrating yourself and the impact believing in girls has on their future growth in the world. Her story about teaching a soccer camp of girls the power of celebration moved the room. “Thank you for believing in me”, a girl influenced by Brandi’s passion for soccer and celebration told her.

The other Girls in the Game  2013 Champion’s included, Alison Felix, USA Track All-star and Health Champion, Swin Cash, WNBA Sky All-star and Teamwork champion, Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President and Leadership Champion, and Sarah Spain, ESPN Anchor and Life Champion. It was a night filled with compassion and energy towards making a difference in girls’ lives. We hope to pay it forward as we continue to spread lessons of sport, fitness and health as they apply to life’s challenges, commitments, and achievements.

 

GET IN THE GAME!

http://http://www.girlsinthegame.org

Fighting the ‘Fatso Gene’ by Exercising for an Hour a Day

It is not news that exercise and eating healthy can help to combat obesity. Additonally, according to lead author Jonatan Ruiz of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, in a new European Study, one hour of moderate to vigorous exercise a day can help teenagers beat the effects of a common obesity related gene. The study appears in the April edition of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. According to another study’s lead author, Evadnie Rampersaud of the University of Miami, and co-author, Dr. Alan Shuldiner of the University of Maryland, who studied Amish adults said the new findings are “very interesting” because they suggest one hour daily spent exercising can be enough for teenagers at risk. University of Miami researchers now are studying adults in an employee wellness program to see what it takes for them to overcome the fatso gene, Rampersaud said.

By CARLA K. JOHNSON
The Associated Press
Monday, April 5, 2010; 4:33 PM

CHICAGO — One hour of moderate to vigorous exercise a day can help teens beat the effects of a common obesity-related gene with the nickname “fatso,” according to a new European study.

The message for adolescents is to get moving, said lead author Jonatan Ruiz of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

“Be active in your way,” Ruiz said. “Activities such as playing sports are just fine and enough.”

The study, released Monday, appears in the April edition of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

The research supports U.S. guidelines that tell children and teenagers to get an hour or more of physical activity daily, most of it aerobic activity such as running, jumping rope, swimming, dancing and bicycling.

Scientists are finding evidence that both lifestyle and genes cause obesity and they’re just learning how much diet and exercise can offset the inherited risk.

One gene involved with obesity, the FTO gene, packs on the pounds when it shows up in a variant form. Adults who carry two copies of the gene variant – about 1 in 6 people – weigh on average 7 pounds more than people who don’t.

In the new study, 752 teenagers, who had their blood tested for the gene variant, wore monitoring devices for a week during waking hours to measure their physical activity.

Exercising an hour or more daily made a big difference for the teens who were genetically predisposed to obesity. Their waist measurements, body mass index scores and body fat were the same, on average, as the other teenagers with regular genes.

But the teens with the gene variant had more body fat, bigger waists and higher BMI if they got less than an hour of exercise daily. The results were similar for boys and girls.

The teens lived in Greece, Germany, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Austria and Spain. The study was funded by the Spanish and Swedish governments and the European Union.

The new study found that most of the teenagers had at least one copy of the variant gene. Only 37 percent had regular genes. The rest had either one of two copies of the pesky fatso gene.

An earlier study in Amish adults in Lancaster County, Pa., found they needed three to four hours of moderate activity daily to beat the gene. The adults in that study did things like brisk walking, housecleaning and gardening.

The teens in the new study may have exercised more vigorously than the Amish adults, Ruiz said. The new analysis was designed to see whether the current U.S. guidelines – which specify a moderate to vigorous level of exercise for an hour a day – made a difference for kids.

The lead author of the Amish study, Evadnie Rampersaud of the University of Miami, said the new findings are “very interesting” because they suggest one hour daily spent exercising can be enough for teenagers at risk.

University of Miami researchers now are studying adults in an employee wellness program to see what it takes for them to overcome the fatso gene, Rampersaud said.

“The message is clear: genes are not destiny,” said Dr. Alan Shuldiner of the University of Maryland, a co-author of the Amish study. “Those with obesity susceptibility genes should be especially motivated to engage in a physically active lifestyle.”

Obesity in Infants Can Be Diagnosed at 6 Months

Should we take this leap? Should we make this diagnosis? Well this is the same question people have been asking for quite some time about a relevant and concerning issue. Some groundbreaking new research indicates that obesity can be diagnosed earlier than we have ever imagined.  This study was published by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in Pediatrics.  Dr. David McCormick, UTMB clinical professor of pediatrics and senior author of the study, stated that clinicians have not really been focusing on obesity in infants and the longstanding effects of it. This finding brings attention to the possibility of preventing obesity via earlier identification of the problem.

ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2010) — Obesity can be detected in infants as young as 6 months, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

By analyzing the electronic medical records of babies seen for routine “well-child” visits to the UTMB pediatric clinic, the investigators found that about 16 percent of 6-month-olds fit the study’s criterion for obesity — a weight-for-length ratio that put them in the top 5 percent of all babies in their age group. (Weight for length was used instead of the conventional body mass index because BMI is based on weight and height as measured while standing, which neither 6-month-olds nor 24-month-olds can do well enough to measure.) Further analysis of the records indicated that obese 2-year-olds were much more likely to have been obese at 6 months than 2-year-olds who were not obese.

The obese babies’ medical records rarely showed that clinicians had addressed the issue at either 6-month or 24-month visits, despite a well-established connection between obesity at a young age and obesity later in life, which is linked to such serious health problems as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

“Until very recently, pediatricians really haven’t been focusing on obesity in babies,” said Dr. David McCormick, UTMB clinical professor of pediatrics and senior author of the study, “Infant Obesity: Are We Ready to Make this Diagnosis?” which is now online in the Journal of Pediatrics. “We’re just getting a handle on it descriptively right now. What we’re hoping to do is alert our colleagues and our parents. If we address weight management through nutrition and exercise as early in life as possible, it’s going to work a lot better.”

According to McCormick, pediatricians confronting infant obesity can recommend a number of measures that other research has shown are linked to healthy weight, measures that should be particularly effective because babies’ mothers have much more control over their diets than mothers of older children do.

“Studies have shown that exclusive breastfeeding — breastfeeding alone, not breastfeeding combined with bottle-feeding — prevents obesity,” McCormick said. “Getting enough fiber — eating apples instead of drinking apple juice, for example — also helps keep babies on track to a healthy weight. By contrast, improper early introduction of cereal by adding it to an infant’s bottle promotes obesity.”

McCormick observed that maternal data collected in his group’s investigation matched well with other studies of children and adolescents that showed higher odds of obesity among boys and girls whose mothers were already obese before becoming pregnant or who gained an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy. Such results, he said, added even more urgency to the need to deal with childhood weight issues effectively and address what could be a multigenerational cycle of obesity.

“We need to do a lot better as clinicians and educators at getting our community educated and working through the entire age spectrum, because babies who are overweight are more likely to be overweight children and adolescents, and then later, when obese women are ready to have a family, their babies are more likely to become obese,” McCormick said. “We need to deal with this through all ages and through pregnancy, because if a woman is already overweight when she becomes pregnant, it’s extremely difficult for her to do anything about her weight at that point.”