Get Back to Business with Mettler!
With summer's lazy afternoons fading pressure can mount. The summer isn't over yet, though. And August is the perfect time for reflection and planning. As the school year approaches, your days will get busier.
Though your children are leaving your constant supervision, you can still provide reminders about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Our Registered Dietitian has developed ways to get your children to eat their fruits and veggies even if you're not hovering nearby. One of our physical therapists provides pointers to picking up school supplies.
Enjoy the last summery nights and let the season's reflective persona give you confidence that you have the tools you need to make the right decisions about your future.
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Getting Kids to Eat Their (Healthy) Lunches
Packing healthy back-to-school lunches can be a struggle for any parent. Getting your kids to eat them can be even harder. Follow our six easy guidelines to make sure your kids eat the nutritious lunch you've packed for them!
Let them pick their favorite nutritious foods. If they like apple slices with peanut butter, toss them into your child's lunchbox. Save the carrot sticks (or other foods they aren't as keen on) for a snack time that you can monitor.
Prep lunches with leftovers from dinner the night before. You'll be more creative and less frazzled when packing your child's meal.
Strive for balance. Healthy lunches should have a complex carbohydrate such as whole-grain bread or pita, a source of protein, at least one serving of fruits or vegetables, and one dairy source.
Get creative. Use cookie cutters to carve sandwiches into fun shapes or include fun snacks like string cheese.
Sneak in new foods gradually, pairing them with your child's favorite snacks. For example, if your child loves carrots with ranch dressing, slip in some cucumber and zucchini slices, too.
Indulge in desserts, without going overboard. Rice crispy treats are low fat, oatmeal raisin cookies pack a nutritious punch, and puddings and Jell-O come in low-sugar and low-fat varieties.
Eliminate Backpack Pain This School Year
With the school year sneaking up on you, it's time to start buying essential items for the classroom. Among the notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils, most students will need a backpack
but not just any backpack. While your son or daughter might prefer a pack with their favorite princess or action hero, you must remember that backpacks can strain muscles, joints, and nerves causing back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Frequently, carrying too much weight or wearing the pack incorrectly can cause back or neck pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in children's arms and hands. Poor posture and curvature of the spine are also common problems. Follow these five tips to help make sure your child starts the school year on the right foot.
- Buy a lightweight pack. Children should not carry more than 10-15% of their body weight.
- Make sure your children use both shoulder straps and the waist belt if provided.
- Prevent injuries from sharp objects and add comfort by getting a backpack with a padded back.
- Use multiple compartments to distribute weight evenly. Put heavier items toward the back of the pack. Check what your child is carrying and remove unnecessary items.
- Tighten straps to fit the backpack close to your child's body. Packs should sit two inches above your child's waist and not be wider than their torso. Lift a heavy backpack with both hands and bent knees.
If your child experiences chronic neck, shoulder, or back pain consult one of Mettler's licensed physical therapists.
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Jump Start Your Fitness Goals!
Do you need an individualized program based on your specific
lifestyle and fitness goals? Jump Start is the answer. This six week
program offers guidance from a Registered Dietitian and
a certified personal trainer while focusing on behavioral modifications
and lifestyle changes. Jump Start is open to individuals or groups of up to
The nutrition component includes an initial nutrition assessment with a Registered Dietitian to familiarize you with the program. You'll receive individualized meal plans and undergo a food label analysis. There will be weekly sessions with a Registered Dietitian, and you'll participate in an Everyday Cooking class.
The fitness component includes a personalized program designed by a personal trainer to help you achieve your fitness goals, an initial fitness assessment, and two training sessions a week to focus on cardiovascular training as well as strength and flexibility.
Call the Mettler Center at (217) 356-6543 for more information.
Get Moving With
Looking to get an edge up on your competition? Mettler Athletic
offers skill instruction in basketball,volleyball, baseball, and golf.
Our skill instructors
, who are all top athletes in their sports as well as talented teachers, will help you master the fundamentals.
You'll learn proper technique and form in individualized sessions tailored to each athlete's needs.
You'll also use video analysis to spot flaws in your performance and correct mistakes.
Whether you're looking to improve your skills to get a college scholarship or want to make your high school team, our skill instructors will help you move to the next level.
Call Mettler Athletic at (217) 398-9800 to learn more.