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Just for the health of it!

Bill Winkler

Coach, mentor, teacher, and valued emeritus associate professor Bill Winkler founded OSU’s Faculty Staff Fitness program in 1984. Today, more than 800 OSU employees choose from 40 classes (including Bill’s circuit weight class) to stay healthy and fit. Bill literally walks the talk – at 5:30 every morning around campus. And yes, he does wear shorts every day of the year.

According to Associate Emeritus Bill Winkler… From all that has been and will be, written and said about health and longevity, it boils down to the following “Big 5” determinants:

Genes | Diet | Exercise | Sleep | Attitude

Our Genes

Good, bad, or so-so, we can enhance or modify our genes by how we handle the remaining four.

Our Diet

Dine on the colors, the reds, yellows, greens, browns, whites, blues, oranges, blacks via: fruits, veggies, fish, fowl, limited lean red meats. Avoid overindulging on sugars, fats, and sodium. Best advice for weight control: “If it tastes good, spit it out!”

Our Exercise

MOVE! Challenge your muscles and heart consistently. This may be through our work, home chores, fitness classes or clubs, play, sports, whatever. Finding a dedicated partner or group is really helpful.

Our Sleep

Critical! Strive for a consistent schedule of 7-8 hours preferably close to the same time period each day. This will boost your immune system, restore energy and your mental function. Works to control our weight too!

Our Attitude

A positive, happy approach to the potential rewards each day has in store sure beats being a grump.  Smile, laugh, enjoy!

Suggested Reading

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner

Sound Advice

To reach the age of 100…When you get to age 99 get very careful.