July 12, 2011
By Jonathan Sackier
Conventional wisdom states that we have five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Others hold that our sense of position in space, proprioception, is a sixth sense. My wife maintains that her sixth sense provides insights into the fundamentals of life, the universe, and everything. Stimulation of our senses allows us to connect to the outside world and provides pleasurable experiences. The consumption of food energizes all five senses (although excess Chardonnay consumption can impair the sixth sense referenced above). Yet eating is so often a hurried afterthought and poor eating habits—not just the food we eat but how we eat—can lead to all sorts of problems including obesity, bowel disturbances, and indigestion.
At prior AOPA Aviation Summits, AOPA has organized special dinners for members to spend quality time with representatives of various aviation-related disciplines. At the upcoming Summit in Hartford, Conn., I am thrilled to be co-hosting a health-related dinner on Friday, Sept. 23, at one of the town’s finest eateries. Now before you groan at the thought of a dinner of lettuce leaves, grass extract, and tofu, I hold that wine and chocolate can be healthy (at the right time and in the right quantity) and as I get to select the menu, I can assure you that the food is going to be scrumptious and guaranteed to stimulate all your senses. I will have Gary Crump, AOPA director of medical certification, with me as co-host, with some excellent dinner guests: astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski, NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer Richard Williams, the “Duke of Sleep” Duke Naipohn, and several other smart, entertaining folks. These guys are all fellow pilots, and we can address all your questions while providing some thoughts on how to eat well and remain as healthy as possible. Register now!
The Dine Arounds at this year’s Summit allow you to meet, greet, and dine with airshow legends, pilot authors, famous Navy fliers, women leaders in aviation, AOPA Pilot editors, and aviation medical experts in a small group setting. See the full list of participants and topics.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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