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Improve Your Nutrition at Mettler

March is National Nutrition Month, and we are taking time to discuss healthy nutrition options, and the many ways that Mettler Center can help you reach greater wellness.

Our greatest resource when it comes to nutritional advice is our registered dietitian Melissa Smith. She will be answering your nutritional questions during the entire month of March. So, please utilize Melissa's expertise as you strive for a healthy lifestyle.

Food is the fuel for our bodies, and we need to be eating in a way that supports the other areas of our life. We're not much for fad diets, but learn why the Mediterranean-style diet has shown to be an example of a healthy diet and one we can actually get behind.

We also discuss Flex Spending Accounts and the often overlooked uses of such accounts.
Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT

Move to Meditteranean...With Your Diet
Move to the Mediterranean...With Your Diet
The New England Journal of Medicine ranked the Mediterranean diet the most likely dietary model to provide protection against heart disease. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating mainly plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes) with whole-grains, while incorporating lean proteins such as fish and substituting olive and canola oil for butter.

The Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lower level of LDL cholesterol "the bad cholesterol" that is more likely to build up in your arteries. Many individuals manage their cholesterol levels with a medication which is often less effective and can result in adverse side-effects. Studies show that the Mediterranean diet is actually more effective than medications in managing cholesterol levels.
Key Components of a Mediterranean Diet
  • Plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts)
  • Use olive oil instead of butter
  • Eating fish or poultry at least twice a week
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Eating refined sugar and red meat less often
Need help incorporating a Mediterranean model into your lifestyle? In March only, our registered dietitian will be offering one-time 45-minute sessions to assist individuals in adopting key nutritional aspects from this diet. Call 356-6543 to set up your appointment.

Save with a Flexible Spending Account

What is a Flexible Spending Account?
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) also sometimes known as flexible spending arrangements are a financial account set up through individual employers. Each pay period, the specified amount that the employee decides is deducted from their gross pay before federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes are calculated. The funds can be used by the employee or their family for routine or unexpected medical/health expenses.
Limitations on Flexible Spending Accounts
All funds not used by the end of the year are lost to the employee. So, basically, the "use it or lose it" rule applies to these accounts. FSA accounts renew at the end of each year or are lost if employment is discontinued with the providing company.

Each plan has eligible and ineligible expenses that can be covered through the flexible spending account (see list below). It is important to check with your specific provider to distinguish between the eligible and ineligible uses of FSA. Covered expenses could include anything from a co-payment for eye glasses to the cost of a weight loss program, if ordered by a doctor.

Services that may be covered by various FSA:
  • Nutritional services
  • Physical therapy
  • Gym membership
  • Massage
  • Preventative care screenings
  • Medical co-payments
  • Dental care
  • Chiropractic care
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Fertility treatment
  • Adaptive equipment
Take the time to investigate flexible spending accounts, and stay up-to-date on what services are eligible to be covered in your specific plan so that you are maximizing the funds you set aside.
Offer expires: 3/31/12
$5 off
Save $5 off a Mediterranean Make-Over Session. One time use.  
Nutrition Tip
of the Month
Many insurers will cover your visit to see a Registered Dietitian! In-network insurance partners with Mettler include Health Alliance and Humana. A doctor's referral is often necessary. Be sure to check with your benefits coordinator. More nutrition
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It's Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month, so we're featuring two month-long programs.


Ask a Registered Dietitian
Ask Melissa Smith, RD, LDN our Registered Dietitian any question during the month on March. Every question submitted will be answered!

Ways to submit a question:

1.) E-mail Melissa Smith

2.) Submit to our "Ask a RD" boxes throughout Mettler

3.) Post on our Facebook Page

We will be giving away two free Grocery Store Tours each week to two individuals who submit great questions!

Mediterranean Make-Over
You've heard the buzz about Mediterranean Diets, but how do you start the plan yourself?

This month,
meet with Melissa Smith, RD, LDN in a one-time 45-minute session to put this plan into practice. (cost $45)

This is a great way to begin managing cholesterol and weight through healthy foods.

Massage Special
Massage Special

$10 off ALL Raindrop Technique Massages in March!

Raindrop Technique combines traditional massage, heat therapy, and nine essential oils to provide a relaxing full-body treatment. Raindrop promotes rejuvenation, relief from pain and discomfort, and balance of mind and body.

Earth, Wind, & Fire
5k Run / 2.5K Walk
What: 6th annual Earth, Wind, and Fire 5K Run and 2.5K Walk

When: Sat., March 9th at 9am

Where: College of Education Building on the U of I campus

Why: Race proceeds support the Naturally Illinois Expo.

Cost: $22/person

Visit the Race Page
Radio Update  
If you listen to The Mix 94.5, The Chief 92.5, or WYXY Classic 99.1, you've probably heard the radio personalities mention the programs they're doing here at the Mettler.

Listen to the interviews with several of our health and fitness professionals and receive great health and fitness tips which are shared by our experts!
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