The Mettler Release - 04.02.2008
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Is work or school creating pressure? Relax! Each April the Health Resource Network sponsors Stress Awareness Month.

By eliminating stress, you'll sleep better, live longer, and have a healthier life. You'll be happier and have better relationships, too.

But fending off daily pressures — from annoying co-workers to hostile commuters — can take its toll. Use the Mettler Center's and Mettler Athletic's resources to help.
Miles Mettler
Miles Mettler, PhD
General Manager
The Stress and Nutrition Connection
The Stress and Nutrition Connection
What does stress have to do with diet? Plenty. Eating is a common response to stress. Eating favorite foods in moderation is probably fine. However, inadequate eating habits brought on by long-term stress could lead to unwanted weight gain and poor health.

So, plan for stress. Here is what you can do.
  • Choose balanced meals.
  • Don't cut out complex carbohydrates.
  • Avoid simple sugars, which cause a blood sugar spike, and can be followed by a crash.
  • Eat lean protein which keeps your blood sugar balanced.
  • Increase your essential fats. These fats promote the flow of nutrients into cells and allow waste products to escape from the cells.
  • Research shows that some seafood contains omega-3 fatty acids, which may help relieve mild depression.
  • Eat small meals and snacks that include protein-rich foods.
  • Don't eliminate any one food group.
  • Avoid extremely low-fat diets — some fat fights depression.
Visit our nutrition page for more healthy eating tips.
Yoga Can Relieve Stress

Hatha Yoga is particularly well suited for stress management. Along with stress reduction, regularly practicing Hatha Yoga promotes mental calmness, clarity, flexibility, and strength. Within Hatha Yoga there are many practices that range from gentle/restorative to a vigorous aerobic-type workout. However in all cases, the practice involves putting the body into various postures while keeping the breath slow, calm, even, and relaxed.

Coordinating breath with body posture and movement in yoga promotes mental calmness and well-being that can extend well beyond the class. Stretching in yoga postures also serves to release muscle tension. By learning to control breathing while focusing on body movement one increases the capacity to control the mind and keep stressful thoughts at bay.

At the Mettler Center, we offer a wide array of yoga classes daily including Gentle Yoga, Flow Yoga, Strength Yoga, and Core Yoga.

Ready to relax? Find a class that fits your schedule.
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Celebrate
Women's Health

Athletic teenage girls are more likely than boys to injure their ACL. College women are prone to eating disorders. Twenty and 30-somethings experience nutrition and childbirth-related body changes — whether it's excess weight gain or pelvic-floor weakness. Mothers need to learn about children's health.

As women age they become more aware of keeping their muscles strong and their hearts healthy. They also need guidance on special nutritional needs, bladder weakness, low impact fitness options, and weight gain. Older women often have questions about osteoporosis, joint pain, and flexibility.

The Mettler Center and Mettler Athletic have solutions. Get a sneak peek of our services at our free Women's Health Expo on April 10 from 2-8pm.

Improve Your
Mental Game

Learning to set goals, mentally erase a mistake, block out distractions, stay cool in the clutch, and prepare for a big game is important. All athletes can benefit from sport psychology. Working with a mental consultant can help athletes visualize positive outcomes, gain confidence, and increase motivation.

Call Mettler Athletic at 398-9800 to learn more.
Occupational Therapy

April is Occupational
Therapy Month
Every year occupational therapists help people learn or regain skills so they can live independently.

OT is a functional, therapeutic approach in which the therapist looks at the whole person: self care, work, and leisure. If these areas are unbalanced, the therapist will intervene to bring this into balance.

At the Mettler Center, we also provide hand therapy to those who cannot use — or have limited use of — their arm or hand because of surgery, injury, stroke, overuse, or pain.