The Mettler Release
    Start September on the Right Foot at Mettler
Greetings!

September is a great time to get in shape. With children in school and summer travels over, you can dedicate yourself to your exercise and healthy-eating routine. We've also expanded our Tot Spot hours to make it easier to fit your workout in.

We're adding new classes to our group fitness offerings like 20/20/20. We're also starting our annual Pre-Season Basketball program. These classes can be great compliments to your current exercise routine.

Fall is also a great time to see how much we've accomplished. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members who contributed to our second annual "Pedal for a Purpose" cyclethon.

We raised $4,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Since Mettler started hosting the cyclethon, we have raised more than $9,000 to help those with neuromuscular diseases who live in our community.

At Mettler Center and Mettler Athletic, we're determined to help your whole family live healthier lives, including bringing you tips to raise a healthier eater and tips for a pain-free lifestyle.
Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Owner/CEO
Fill Purses and Briefcases Correctly
   Fill Purses and Briefcases Correctly
Each September the American Occupational Therapy Association reminds parents that children's backpacks should be lightweight, have two straps and distribute the weight of the pack evenly across the child's back.

The same information applies to adults. Women's purses are a primary source of shoulder stress. To avoid pain, women should buy  different size purses for different occasions. Purses should have built-in compartments to distribute weight more evenly. Women should also avoid carrying purses made of heavy material.

When packing a purse, women should think about the items they are throwing in. Pull out extra pens, empty coins from wallets regularly, and tote only travel-size toiletries.

If your purse has short handles, switch positions to avoid fatigue from muscle overuse. Purses with shoulder straps should be worn diagonally across the opposite shoulder to distribute weight evenly across the back.
 
Heavy briefcases cause similar problems. Each morning or night, review the contents of briefcases. Consider purchasing an extra set of accessories, like power cords and batteries, to leave at the office.

Wheeled briefcases or ones that are proportionate to body size should be used. Avoid those made of heavy materials. All briefcases should rest on the floor, counter, or railing when their owners are waiting or standing in line somewhere.

If you're suffering from sore muscles, schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. Our occupational therapist can give you additional tips to live pain free.
    Raising a Healthy Eater Isn't Hard  
Heading back to school is a great time to help kids get serious about their nutrition choices. To raise a healthy eater, follow the tips below:

Avoid labeling food.
Most of us are conditioned to label food as "good" or "bad," but passing these beliefs to your child will actually backfire. Instead, offer several healthy options at each meal.

Be patient.
Children may need a long time to accept a new flavor, so if your toddler rejects a new food at first, try it again in the near future.

Let your child help prepare meals and snacks.
Letting your child help out in the kitchen will lead to better eating habits. Children also enjoy eating foods they help grow, so if they don't like tomatoes, try growing them in a garden.

Surround your child with healthy role models.
Children mimic their parents, so steer clear of foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt. If you must, keep them out of your home.

For more tips on eating better, make an appointment with our registered dietitian by calling the Mettler Center.
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Not all foods need to be "perfect." When eating a food high in fat, salt, or sugar, select other foods that are low in these ingredients. If you miss any food group one day, make up for it the next. Your food choices over several days should fit together in a healthy pattern. More nutrition...
Upcoming Events
9/7         20/20/20
9/7         Body Bar & Bands
9/8         Grocery Store Tour
9/8         Bones, Balance &
              Brains
9/9         Bella Vein Screening
9/11       Kids Cook
9/13       Pre-Season B-Ball
9/14       Everyday Cooking
9/18       Pilates Fundamentals
9/25       Yoga Fundamentals
9/25       Sunset Cycle
9/28       Everyday Cooking
9/29       OH YUMMY!

View our online calendars for the most current information.
Join Us for
Sunset Cycle!
On September 25th, we're hosting our first Sunset Cycle class. Join us in the Mettler Center parking to enjoy an outdoor spin class.

The class will start at 6:15pm and be taught by a team of talented, high-energy instructors.

Spaces are limited. Sign up at Member Services to avoid missing this experience.
Introducing New
Fall Classes
As you get ready to start a new schedule of activities, make room for our new group fitness classes.

Offered as a six-week trial, 20/20/20 is our newest class which incorporates 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength, and 20 minutes of yoga. Class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7am.

We're also introducing Body Bar & Bands. This total-body toning class is perfect for those who want to build lean muscle. The weighted bars and resistant bands create an intense workout. Meets Tuesdays and Thursday at 4:30pm.

Many of our classes that were on summer hiatus are back, too! To find an old favorite or the latest additions, like Intro to Cycling, check out our two new schedulesone dedicated to cardio and strength, and the other to mind-body classes.

To learn more about our classs, contact Member Services.
Pre-Season
Basketball Starting
Competitive sports involve more than skills, which is why Mettler Athletic takes the pre-season seriously.

Mettler Athletic's Pre-Season Basketball program begins September 13th. Athletes attend the program either two or three nights per week for two hours.

Students will focus on basketball skills, cardio, strength, and flexibility with dedicated, experienced coaches.

Pre-Season Basketball involves conditioning and helps athletes add strength and stability to joints and muscles to prepare them for the season's wear and tear.

Call Mettler Athletic to register for Pre-Season Basketball or for more information.

Playroom Hours Increase
Parents can now work out more often thanks to Tot Spot's extended hours: 8am-1:30pm and 4-7pm, Monday-Friday. Saturdays remain 8-11am.