Las Veggies – Week 3

Hello, HealthTrip Travelers!


Beans and peas are the mature forms of legumes. They include kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), split peas and lentils. They are excellent sources of plant protein and also provide other nutrients such as iron, fiber and zinc.

Did you know that beans and peas (not to include green beans) can be counted as either a food from the protein group OR a food from the vegetable group? Try adding beans and peas to boost your veggie intake today.

Recipes Featuring…Beans!
Quinoa and Black Beans – a flavorful alternative to beans and rice

Summer Squash and White Bean Saute – a colorful and versatile dish

Easy Fiesta Beans – only FIVE ingredients!

15 Ways to Flavor Roasted Chickpeas – a super simple, crunchy snack that can be made sweet, salty, or savory

Fun With Fitness
Check out the following options to stay active on campus.

  • Move-It Mondays in the Union: Take a short recess break and get energized on your lunch break with a light cardio and tone session or Zumba.  Registration is not required. Just come as you are with tennis shoes on or feel free to change into workout clothes.

April 21: Light Cardio and Tone in BTSU 316

April 28: Zumba in BTSU 316

May 5:  Light Cardio and Tone in BTSU 314

  • Free Faculty/Staff Outdoor Cardio and Tone Class: Available through April 30 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:15 PM.  Enjoy a 45-minute session of power walking intervals and body toning exercises to improve cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.  Meet in the Perry Field House lobby and then head outdoors to enjoy a workout in the fresh spring air! Classes are FREE for all faculty and staff and appropriate for all fitness levels. Pre-registration is required; sign-up now to reserve your spot:
  • Campus Maps: Whether you are looking for a quick one-mile loop at lunchtime or a 5K loop in the evening, you can get your miles in at BGSU.  Click HERE for a link to several walking/running routes around campus that vary from 1-4 miles.

Participant Highlight: Claire Semer
Congratulations to our Pressureburgh monthly winner, Claire Semer! Claires works as the Assistant Director in the Office of Residence Life.  She is completing her 10th year at BGSU and here are her tips for living a healthy, active lifestyle:

What small steps/changes have you made to improve your health?
Portion Control! I watch my portion sizes and limit my snacking after dinner. By paying more attention to my food consumption, I lose weight and increase energy levels.

What exercise did you enjoy doing while in Pressureburgh? How did you fit it into your day?
I am enamored with TRX! I work out over my lunch – it breaks up the monotony of the day. Jogging, rowing and running steps were a few of my favorites this past month.

What motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle?
Growing older (oy vey) and my children are the two main motivators to live a healthier lifestyle.

Do you have any tips/advice you would like to give others on how to be more active, reduce stress, eat healthier, family/work life balance, etc?
Take it one day at a time and not worry too much – set simple, attainable goals and recruit your peers/colleagues to keep you on track.

Thank you, Claire!  Congratulations!

HealthTrip Resources

  • Rack up those miles!  Earn one Frequent Mover Mile for each minute of aerobic activity you complete. Plus, add up to one bonus mile per day by completing the Las Veggies challenge.  You have until April 30 to collect as many Frequent Mover Miles as possible.  Record your miles on your Travel Journal and send your completed log to Taylor at  All travelers who submit their logs during the month of April are entered into a raffle to win a great Las Veggies souvenir!  Achieve over 600 miles and earn 2 entries into the drawing.
  • Remember to bookmark and check out the Rec Well Wire blog for weekly updates and additional resources to assist you on your HealthTrip journey.

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