Interview with Trisha Scudder
As the secretary of the alumni group for my university here in New York, I put together a lot of communication for our members. On our website, I post event details, photos of member gatherings, and try my best to promote both the University of Missouri and local alums to our database in the city. Last fall, we had an event at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, where we had private tours of their Matisse exhibit. I had the opportunity to meet an alum from the 1960s, Trisha Scudder, and found the story of her career absolutely fascinating.
Fast forward 6 months. We’re looking for people to profile for our quarterly newsletter, and she immediately popped into my head. After some research, I was able to find her and, thankfully, she was honored to be interviewed for our website. She sent me 4 pages of information in response to my questions, and we talked for almost an hour about our dogs, living in New York, and about our careers. I’m definitely hoping that our paths cross again — hopefully at a MizzouNYC event.
You can read Trisha’s profile on the mizzounyc.com website at www.mizzounyc.com/index.php/news/spring_2011_newsletter#trisha.
Jack LaLanne’s death in January of this year made me think about my own grandfather. He’s often been mistaken for my father as few people believe he looks too young to be anything else. While I’m sure his amazingly dark hair is part of that (he’s 81 but has only recently started to go salt and pepper), his depth of fitness is also part of the cause.
Grandpa always followed Jack LaLanne’s model of eating right and staying fit. Even in his 70s, he was riding his bike for 10 miles or more at a time, and he was eating egg-white omelettes long before they were popular. The basement at my grandparents’ house contained an impressive home gym, mostly made of hand weights that were far too heavy for me to pick up, even when I’d grown into a young adult. The two men have always been linked in my mind, which was why I suggested writing a tribute to Mr. LaLanne after his passing.
Timeless lessons on living a healthy life
Jack LaLanne had what seemed like a simple mission in life — to help people help themselves through feeling better and living longer. In his own life, before passing away recently at age 96, he tried to live by example through “completing implausible feats of strength and endurance,” as James Fell of the Los Angeles Times put it. Even more improbably, Jack did many of these things at the age of 40 and beyond. To name a few:
- 1955, 40 years old: Swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment.
- 1956, 42 years old: Set a world record of 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes on the TV show “You Asked for It.”
- 1959, 45 years old: Completed 1,000 push-ups and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hour and 22 minutes.
- 1975, 61 years old: Swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater, for a second time, this time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
- 1984, 70 years old: Towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, a 1½ mile distance, while handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds and currents.
Even more impressive is his list of firsts: He opened the first modern health spa. He was the first fitness trainer to have athletes, and women, working out with weights. The first to combine weight training with nutrition. The first to encourage the physically challenged to exercise. The list goes on and on.
Because Jack was first in the public eye in the 1950s, many people today question what they can learn from him. Many of his LaLanneisms, however, are even more important to follow today, with obesity at an all-time high and the need for fitness and good nutrition vital to our health. Here are just a few to keep in mind:
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One of the companies I’ve been working for, Physiquality, has asked me to start writing blog content for their website. It makes sense — add more content to the site, improving search results, and create something to post in social media (in this case, Facebook) to drive traffic to the site.
Our first entry came about during the massive set of storms we had this winter, across the country. Since the company’s focus is on health and wellness, we interviewed a member physical therapist about how to shovel snow safely without throwing out one’s back.
Safe shoveling tips
Winter’s wrath has been especially harsh this season — at one point, the only state in the continental U.S. that didn’t have snow was Florida. Many people that may be used to snow have been overwhelmed by the amount they’ve had to shovel, and many others have had to adapt to snow removal that have never had to do it before.
The snow this year has been particularly difficult to remove because it’s been wet and dense, making each shovel-full heavier than usual. Lifting these heavier piles of snow, and the frequency of the snowstorms this year, especially in the Midwest and Northeast, means more people are open to injury from improper form and technique.
To help us get through the last storms of the winter, we turned to PTPN member Ann Duffy, PT, M.A., owner of Duffy and Bracken, a physical therapy clinic in Manhattan. She gave us several tips on how to shovel snow and avoid injury.
Read the full entry at physiquality.com!