Team!
This week’s Humana Health Star is Thomas Bullock, from the Buckeye State of Ohio.
Through practicing emergency medicine for 32 years, Thomas regularly sees the tragic consequences of when people don’t take care of their health.  Seeing this, and being a father of three, motivates Thomas to stay active daily through a combination of cycling and gym classes like spinning, TRX and Body Pump.
“Get moving,” says Thomas. “Take a class at a local gym. Working out with others is motivational.”
Thomas works out year round and is training for Pelotonia, a century ride for cancer research at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital which takes place every August.
Great work, Thomas.  Keep it up!
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Name: Thomas Bullock
Age: 62
City: Upper Arlington, Ohio
What’s your favorite way to stay active? Cycling.
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, Nature Conservancy, ASPCA.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? Raising 3 awesome daughters.
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Anyone with a disability who keeps moving… no whining, no excuses.
Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? The Olentangy Bike Trail here in Columbus.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? Machu Pichu.
Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Get moving. Take a class at a local gym. Working out with others is motivational.
Are you training for anything? I work out year round but my favorite event is Pelotonia which is a century ride (or more) for cancer research at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital which takes place every August.
What are your health/fitness goals? I try to maintain fitness with a variety of classes at our gym including Body Pump, Core Classes, TRX and Spinning when I can’t ride my bike. My goal is always to do something everyday.  One of my more important changes has been eating a much healthier plant based diet.
Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest Board you’d like to share? The Greek Yogurt Meringue looks interesting.
Do you have any favorite healthy recipes you can share?  Edamame Quinoa Salad.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I am a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and have practiced Emergency Medicine for for 32 years.  Health and wellness consume much of my life and I see the tragic consequences of poor lifestyle choices on a daily basis. I use Charity Miles as a motivational tool and a great, easy and convenient way to give to causes that I like to support. High-res

Team!

This week’s Humana Health Star is Thomas Bullock, from the Buckeye State of Ohio.

Through practicing emergency medicine for 32 years, Thomas regularly sees the tragic consequences of when people don’t take care of their health.  Seeing this, and being a father of three, motivates Thomas to stay active daily through a combination of cycling and gym classes like spinning, TRX and Body Pump.

Get moving,” says Thomas. “Take a class at a local gym. Working out with others is motivational.”

Thomas works out year round and is training for Pelotonia, a century ride for cancer research at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital which takes place every August.

Great work, Thomas.  Keep it up!

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Name: Thomas Bullock

Age: 62

City: Upper Arlington, Ohio

What’s your favorite way to stay active? Cycling.

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesLeukemia & Lymphoma Society, Stand Up 2 Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, Nature Conservancy, ASPCA.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? Raising 3 awesome daughters.

What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Anyone with a disability who keeps moving… no whining, no excuses.

Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? The Olentangy Bike Trail here in Columbus.

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? Machu Pichu.

Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Get moving. Take a class at a local gym. Working out with others is motivational.

Are you training for anything? I work out year round but my favorite event is Pelotonia which is a century ride (or more) for cancer research at The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital which takes place every August.

What are your health/fitness goals? I try to maintain fitness with a variety of classes at our gym including Body Pump, Core Classes, TRX and Spinning when I can’t ride my bike. My goal is always to do something everyday.  One of my more important changes has been eating a much healthier plant based diet.

Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest Board you’d like to share? The Greek Yogurt Meringue looks interesting.

Do you have any favorite healthy recipes you can share?  Edamame Quinoa Salad.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I am a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and have practiced Emergency Medicine for for 32 years.  Health and wellness consume much of my life and I see the tragic consequences of poor lifestyle choices on a daily basis. I use Charity Miles as a motivational tool and a great, easy and convenient way to give to causes that I like to support.

Team!
This week’s Humana Health Star is Jack Ellis, hailing from the great state of New Mexico!
At 46, Jack is a proud husband, father and grandfather. He’s also a Navy Veteran and avid supporter of our friends at the Wounded Warrior Project.
While in the Navy, Jack was very active. But as life got busier, he lost focus and found himself overweight and on prescription medication for cholesterol.  
So, in January of 2013, he decided to take control and has since lost over 50 pounds through a combination of healthy eating, hard work and staying active.  His favorite way to stay active is by Mountain Biking on the beautiful trails near his home in New Mexico.
Keep up the great work, Jack! 
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Name: Jack Ellis
Age: 46
City: Farmington, NM
What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active is outdoor activities. I love mountain biking on my new Devinci Troy and hunting elk and deer with my kids.
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? I’m a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Program.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest accomplishment is being married to my best friend for 27 years. Also watching all four of our kids grow up to be young adults and now I have the opportunity to play with my 3 year-old grandson.
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Mike Dolce, the MMA nutritionist and strength trainer was and is a big inspiration to live a healthy lifestyle.
Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? I love the trails here in Farmington and the are generally accessible year-round.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I would love to ride the trails in the North West, particularly Oregon and Northern California.
What do you do to help your family/community get active? I’m very active at work with promoting safety with healthy living. I also try to encourage others to eat healthier and take the extra step in living a healthier, longer life.
Do you like to exercise alone or with friends? I have several buddies I ride with and even when they can’t ride with me I like getting out on my own.
Do you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share? I generally follow the Dolce Diet system and love the breakfast bowl: 1/4 cup of Bobs oatmeal, 1/8 cup of unsweetened coconut, 1/8 cup nuts, 1/4 cup blueberries, and agave to sweeten.
What is the best health advice you ever received? Eat in moderation, work hard when you work out and strive to get 1% better each time.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I’m a 46 year-old husband and father of four. I served my country in my younger days in the Navy. I was very active then and as life got busier I lost focus on staying healthy. January 2013, I was at a very unhealthy weight of 227 pounds and had high blood pressure and was taking cholesterol medicine. At this time, I decided to do something so I ordered Mike Dolce’s books and started on his lifestyle change. By September, 2013 I was at 170 pounds and today I maintain a healthy weight of 175-180 pounds and no longer need prescription medicines. I support Charity Miles because it is my way of giving back to those that have given to me. High-res

Team!

This week’s Humana Health Star is Jack Ellis, hailing from the great state of New Mexico!

At 46, Jack is a proud husband, father and grandfather. He’s also a Navy Veteran and avid supporter of our friends at the Wounded Warrior Project.

While in the Navy, Jack was very active. But as life got busier, he lost focus and found himself overweight and on prescription medication for cholesterol.  

So, in January of 2013, he decided to take control and has since lost over 50 pounds through a combination of healthy eating, hard work and staying active.  His favorite way to stay active is by Mountain Biking on the beautiful trails near his home in New Mexico.

Keep up the great work, Jack! 

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Name: Jack Ellis

Age: 46

City: Farmington, NM

What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active is outdoor activities. I love mountain biking on my new Devinci Troy and hunting elk and deer with my kids.

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesI’m a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Program.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest accomplishment is being married to my best friend for 27 years. Also watching all four of our kids grow up to be young adults and now I have the opportunity to play with my 3 year-old grandson.

What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? Mike Dolce, the MMA nutritionist and strength trainer was and is a big inspiration to live a healthy lifestyle.

Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? I love the trails here in Farmington and the are generally accessible year-round.

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I would love to ride the trails in the North West, particularly Oregon and Northern California.

What do you do to help your family/community get active? I’m very active at work with promoting safety with healthy living. I also try to encourage others to eat healthier and take the extra step in living a healthier, longer life.

Do you like to exercise alone or with friends? I have several buddies I ride with and even when they can’t ride with me I like getting out on my own.

Do you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share? I generally follow the Dolce Diet system and love the breakfast bowl: 1/4 cup of Bobs oatmeal, 1/8 cup of unsweetened coconut, 1/8 cup nuts, 1/4 cup blueberries, and agave to sweeten.

What is the best health advice you ever received? Eat in moderation, work hard when you work out and strive to get 1% better each time.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I’m a 46 year-old husband and father of four. I served my country in my younger days in the Navy. I was very active then and as life got busier I lost focus on staying healthy. January 2013, I was at a very unhealthy weight of 227 pounds and had high blood pressure and was taking cholesterol medicine. At this time, I decided to do something so I ordered Mike Dolce’s books and started on his lifestyle change. By September, 2013 I was at 170 pounds and today I maintain a healthy weight of 175-180 pounds and no longer need prescription medicines. I support Charity Miles because it is my way of giving back to those that have given to me.

Team!
This week’s Humana Health Star is Madison Ryan. Madison hails from Humana’s home state of Kentucky. And, at only 20 years old, she is always on the run.
Madison is a full-time student and a full-time nanny for two babies… AND she competes in several beauty pageants a year! She’s an active supporter of Autism Speaks and Wounded Warrior Project.
Whew! She sure doesn’t waste any time. So, for tips on how to stay healthy, she keeps it short and sweet: “Eat healthy, drink lots of water and get movin’!”
Nicely said, Madison. Keep up the great work!
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Name: Madison Ryan
Age: 20
City: Kentucky
What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active and my current workout routine is a mixture of weight training and cardio (running with Charity Miles, of course!), but I am always trying new things!
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? My boyfriend is currently deployed in the Navy so recently I have been running for Wounded Warrior Project and Team RWB. I am also involved in pageants and my philanthropic platform is Autism Awareness, so I run for Autism Speaks as well.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest accomplishment was definitely pushing myself into getting into much better shape and becoming more active. Doing this, I gained the confidence to wear a swimsuit on stage in my first pageant and won the swimsuit portion of the competition.
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? My family, friends and boyfriend are always pushing me to be the best person I can be in every aspect. They really help keep me focused on both my fitness and life goals. I also love the feeling of helping others and have always been very involved with charity work. Charity Miles also really helped inspired me to be active because of the opportunity it provides for both myself and others.
Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? My favorite places that I have ever walked/ran were definitely the Lanikai Pill Pox hike or the Monoa Falls hike in Hawaii last month. They were absolutely the most gorgeous places I have ever seen and the hikes getting there were unbelievable.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I also recently visited southern California and I would love to go back and explore the parks on the northern end of the state.
Do you like to exercise alone or with friends? When I am running, I prefer doing it alone, but when I am lifting weights or on my bicycle, I love having company.
Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? The first step in improving yourself is wanting it for you. You have to decide that you want a change and then decide what plan of action you are going to take to accomplish your goal. Be patient and set little goals for yourself along your journey.
Do you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share? My favorite healthy recipe right now is my low carb breakfast cups which include eggs, turkey bacon, chopped garlic, sautéed spinach, low fat cheese and green onions. You put the mixture in a muffin pan, sprinkle a little cheese on top and bake! They are delicious and you can meal prep breakfast for the entire week! [Editor’s note: AWESOME idea!]
Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest board you’d like to try? Yes, the grilled stuffed jalapeños look absolutely delicious.
What is the best health advice you ever received? Eat healthy, drink lots of water and get movin’!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I am a science major going to school full-time, a full-time nanny for two babies, and I compete in several pageants a year, so I am always on the run.  
I have always loved giving my time to charity events, but with work, school and pageants, I have very little time. With Charity Miles, I am able to raise money for charities doing my daily activities.  The charity Autism Speaks is the charity that I used Charity Miles for the first year that I used the app, because my dad is an emotional and behavioral disorder teacher and the Autism Specialist of his school district and I spent time helping in his classroom. The experience mad eke want to give more to the study of autism, since it affects so many children. 
I also have a special place in my heart for Wounded Warrior Project because I have a boyfriend on deployment and I could not imagine what it would feel like to be told something happened to him while he was gone. The families that have had something happen to their loved ones while serving the country need all the help they can get. High-res

Team!

This week’s Humana Health Star is Madison Ryan. Madison hails from Humana’s home state of Kentucky. And, at only 20 years old, she is always on the run.

Madison is a full-time student and a full-time nanny for two babies… AND she competes in several beauty pageants a year! She’s an active supporter of Autism Speaks and Wounded Warrior Project.

Whew! She sure doesn’t waste any time. So, for tips on how to stay healthy, she keeps it short and sweet: “Eat healthy, drink lots of water and get movin’!”

Nicely said, Madison. Keep up the great work!

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Name: Madison Ryan

Age: 20

City: Kentucky

What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active and my current workout routine is a mixture of weight training and cardio (running with Charity Miles, of course!), but I am always trying new things!

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesMy boyfriend is currently deployed in the Navy so recently I have been running for Wounded Warrior Project and Team RWB. I am also involved in pageants and my philanthropic platform is Autism Awareness, so I run for Autism Speaks as well.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest accomplishment was definitely pushing myself into getting into much better shape and becoming more active. Doing this, I gained the confidence to wear a swimsuit on stage in my first pageant and won the swimsuit portion of the competition.

What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? My family, friends and boyfriend are always pushing me to be the best person I can be in every aspect. They really help keep me focused on both my fitness and life goals. I also love the feeling of helping others and have always been very involved with charity work. Charity Miles also really helped inspired me to be active because of the opportunity it provides for both myself and others.

Where is your favorite place to walk, run or bike? My favorite places that I have ever walked/ran were definitely the Lanikai Pill Pox hike or the Monoa Falls hike in Hawaii last month. They were absolutely the most gorgeous places I have ever seen and the hikes getting there were unbelievable.

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? I also recently visited southern California and I would love to go back and explore the parks on the northern end of the state.

Do you like to exercise alone or with friends? When I am running, I prefer doing it alone, but when I am lifting weights or on my bicycle, I love having company.

Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? The first step in improving yourself is wanting it for you. You have to decide that you want a change and then decide what plan of action you are going to take to accomplish your goal. Be patient and set little goals for yourself along your journey.

Do you have any healthy recipes you’d like to share? My favorite healthy recipe right now is my low carb breakfast cups which include eggs, turkey bacon, chopped garlic, sautéed spinach, low fat cheese and green onions. You put the mixture in a muffin pan, sprinkle a little cheese on top and bake! They are delicious and you can meal prep breakfast for the entire week! [Editor’s note: AWESOME idea!]

Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest board you’d like to try? Yes, the grilled stuffed jalapeños look absolutely delicious.

What is the best health advice you ever received? Eat healthy, drink lots of water and get movin’!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I am a science major going to school full-time, a full-time nanny for two babies, and I compete in several pageants a year, so I am always on the run.  

I have always loved giving my time to charity events, but with work, school and pageants, I have very little time. With Charity Miles, I am able to raise money for charities doing my daily activities.  The charity Autism Speaks is the charity that I used Charity Miles for the first year that I used the app, because my dad is an emotional and behavioral disorder teacher and the Autism Specialist of his school district and I spent time helping in his classroom. The experience mad eke want to give more to the study of autism, since it affects so many children. 

I also have a special place in my heart for Wounded Warrior Project because I have a boyfriend on deployment and I could not imagine what it would feel like to be told something happened to him while he was gone. The families that have had something happen to their loved ones while serving the country need all the help they can get.

whitehouse:

Today we’re celebrating 50 years of the Wilderness Act signed by President Johnson to define and preserve wilderness areas throughout the United States.

mypubliclands:

#bornwild: BLM’s National Conservation Lands

Fifty years ago today, the Wilderness Act was signed, making the United States the first country in the world to define and designate wilderness areas through law. Today, the Bureau of Land Management manages wilderness as a part of its mission under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, through our National Conservation Lands.

In 1983, Congress designated the BLM’s first wilderness: the Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in Montana. Since then, Congress has designated 221 BLM Wilderness areas encompassing 8.7 million acres, including the 1994 passage of the California Desert Protection Act which created 69 wilderness areas in California. Another 528 WSAs remain, totaling 12.7 million acres. 

The BLM’s management of diverse wilderness includes offshore rocks, deserts, canyons and alpine tundra. And because the BLM manages the most public land of any Federal agency, wilderness designations can be massive. For example, the BLM’s largest wilderness is Nevada’s 315,000-acre Black Rock Desert Wilderness. Along the California coast, the King Range Wilderness has the longest coastal wilderness trail network in the country, more than 100 miles. These lands offer clean water; starry skies; pristine wildlife habitat; and open vistas that the public and BLM employees treasure.  

Follow along all month as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act!  And check out more beautiful wilderness photos in the #wilderness50 set on our My Public Lands Flickr: http://bit.ly/blmwilderness50