Meet the Member: Pulitzer-Winning Journalist David Wood

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog, Member Highlights

You may have seen Rock Creek Sports Club member David Wood around the gym. He, like many other members here, comes in as often as possible to build strength and endurance to keep up with a favorite hobby — in David’s case, Alpine Climbing.

What you may not know about David though, was his recent impact on journalism history. This past April, David was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for his series “Beyond the Battlefield” for the Huffington Post. This was a first for both David, and for the seven-year old web-based newspaper.

Spicy Turkey Burgers

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

TurkeyBurgerJust in time for all those July 4th barbecues, we wanted to share this healthy spicy turkey burger recipe! Avoiding carbs? Just wrap them up in lettuce instead of a bun!


  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil


Mix the ground turkey with everything bu the oil in a bowl. Make into 4 patties. Brush with oil and grill them up!

Nutrition: 171.2 Calories, 9.1 g of Fat, 22 g of Protein


5 Tips for Staying Safe in the Heat

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

Even though summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, the warm weather here in Silver Spring, Maryland seems to already be in the spirt of the season. With summer upon us and the sunshine calling our names, now is a good time to remind our Rock Creek Sports Club members how to be safe when working out in the heat.

Five Tips for Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

Meet the Member: Talking with Author Sarah Pekkanen

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Today we’re speaking with Rock Creek Sports Club member Sarah Pekkanen. Sarah’s third book, These Girls, was recently published and is receiving rave reviews! On Monday, May 21, Sarah will be at Rock Creek Sports Club from 5:30-7:30 for a book signing. Copies of Sarah’s books, The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, and These Girls, will be available for purchase for $15, cash or check.

RCSC Member Needs Your Help To Air His Documentary

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog, Member Highlights

“An Article of Hope is a powerful story of a journey of the human spirit. It is a story that reaches across generations, and needs to be told. Three men, born at a different time in history, whose lives are woven together by a twist of fate.”

Today we’re talking to Rock Creek Sports Club member Dan Cohen. Dan recently filmed a documentary called “An Article of Hope” and he needs our help making sure the world sees it. To help get An Article of Hope on on PBS, he needs to raise at least $50,000 by May 26, 2012. Please help by donating here.

Rock Creek Sports Club Healthy Foodie Group!

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Looking For Healthy “Foodie” Addicts!

Today’s post come’s from Rock Creek Sports Club member, Carol Paige.

While running with Hector’s Running Group, I began to think about how as a member of Rock Creek Sports Club for many years, I have enjoyed getting to know many other members. It was then that I realized “Why not have a Healthy Foodie Group?!”

Physical Activity Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

Here’s more evidence why it’s important to get up and move. Whether your gardening, walking, or running, you’re doing your part to help prevent Alzheimer’s, says a new study.
A new study published last week in the journal Neurology, found that higher level of physical activity — not just exercising — is linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease even in people over 80.
Researchers asked 716 dementia-free men and women in their 70s and 80s to wear a device that recorded a person’s total daily activity (including mild activity such as cooking or walking.) This was done up to a period of 10 days.

Member Of The Quarter: Bobbi Dittrich

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Rock Creek Sports Club is proud to announce its newest Member of the Quarter, Bobbi Dittrich, a fitness enthusiast who dedicates herself to helping others.

Bobbi is no stranger to being active. She grew up playing baseball, softball, basketball, and tennis. Then later she joined the military where she said, “physical fitness was a natural evolution into everyday living.”

Fitocracy Helps Make Fitness Fun

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog

At Rock Creek Sports Club, one of our goals is to make sure to offer our members all the tools they need to get fit, and have fun doing it. Fitocracy is a great combination of both.

Fitocracy is a Website (with a newly released iPhone App) where you can track your workouts. Though there are many different sites and apps that promote this feature, Fitocracy seems to have a much more comprehensive list when comes to the list of the exercises it lets you track. We’re talking everything from running and yoga, to squats and Zumba.

Cancers Linked to Obesity on the Rise

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog

Here at Rock Creek Sports Club, we make it our mission to help others improve their their overall health and fitness. We see so many of you in here every day, dedicated to your goals and taking charge of your personal well-being.

So you can imagine how disappointed we are to read about a new study that found several cancers linked to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are on the rise.

Just One Sugary Drink a Day May Raise Heart Disease Risk

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SodaPut down that Soda.

For 22 years, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health tracked nearly 43,000 male participants, ages 40-75 in a health They also collected blood samples from more than 18,000 men who were demographically similar to the other participants.

Just 12 ounces of regular soda, fruit drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages daily was associated with a higher risk of heart disease, even after controlling other cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol use and a family history of heart disease.

The news isn’t much better for women either. Another study from 2009 found that women who drank one or less than two sugary drinks per day had a 23 percent increased risk of a heart attack.

Rock Creek Sports Club Now on Google Plus

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog

To help all of our members keep up with our news and events here at Rock Creek Sports Club, we have now joined Google+!

You can check it out here: Rock Creek Sports Club on Google+

For those of you unfamiliar with Google+, it is Google’s social networking platform. Many people refer to it as the anti-Facebook or the Facebook alternative. It’s a way of sharing information, photos, links, and more with friends, family, and colleagues. Many are also using it to connect with people with similar interests to them, such as history or… fitness!