Hello all! It has been far too long since we last posted. You can blame it on senior fall, college applications, and whatever the hell Robert is doing over at USC. I’ve heard some pretty crazy stories through the grape vine which I will not share in this forum, because our respective mothers read this (I think…). Mom, Mrs. Palmer, I’m just kidding, by the way.
At any rate, I wholeheartedly want to get this thing back up and running again, and I intend to pour every ounce of energy that PA does not suck out of me like a leach towards that purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I love my school, but for those of you not familiar with it, it’s a hardcore grind.
In this somewhat brief post, I want to enlighten you loyal readers on the crusade I have undertaken to promote good health and wellness everywhere. And by everywhere I mean on campus. It seems that this school, despite all its incredible programs and stances on things such as sustainability, diversity, and community service, is reluctant to press into the 21st Century on several fronts with regards to the health and nutrition field. I have encountered stiff resistance to several of my attempts to spread knowledge and wellness to my fellow students.
First, I lobbied to have Robb Wolf come to speak to the students on all things Paleo. The school nutritionist adamantly refused, citing the fact that it would upset certain students and that the school does not endorse particular diets. I countered with the argument that we bring in political speakers with the intention that that does not entail the school endorsing a specific political party or stance, and such would be the case as it pertains to diets as well. It is merely an educational presentation. It was to no avail. Granted, the logistics of the whole thing probably wouldn’t have worked out anyway, but I strongly disagreed with her reasoning.
More recently, the school Athletic Director has banned Vibram FiveFingers from the workout center. So far I have gathered that his reasoning is that “they’re not shoes”, as that’s all he’s offered to this point. I am in the process of setting up a meeting with him, which should be interesting. I presented him with two studies arguing for the efficacy of minimalist footwear, which he labeled “common knowledge in the field for over five years”. Despite this being the case, he felt that the “risks” far outweigh the “rewards”. What these risks are he has yet to divulge, and I am curious to discover what they are, because I can think of no logical risks myself. Perhaps you guys could give me a hand on this one.
The point of this is not to show that I am an absolute chief (although the evidence is strong in this regard, too), but to show that viewpoints on health and fitness differ greatly between people, especially when it involves a generational gap. This is not to say that old people are always wrong; in fact, the opposite is often true. But it angers me when logical reasoning is not presented. The advancement of this field is predicated on learning the truth through studies, experimentation, and research, and letting the facts do the talking. If you’re not up to date on the newest and latest information, then your viewpoints and practices when it comes to health and wellness can often be off the mark.
This is where we come in. We want to keep you all informed, just as we want to be informed ourselves. Knowledge is power. This is not to say that we know it all. Far from it. Very far from it. But what we do learn, we intend to pass on to you so that you might arm yourself with enough knowledge to get the very best out of your body, so you can kick life’s ass, and not the other way around.