The Mettler Release
Join Us in Making a Difference This Month!

August is a month of change. Summer's last days tick away. Our kids are preparing to go back to school, and we're getting ready for the struggles (and relief) that brings!

Mettler Center and Mettler Athletic are changing, too. We have new offerings like Dual Massage, which allows two people to receive massages while in the same room as a friend, spouse, child, or co-worker! We're also participating in the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon by hosting our first-ever Cyclethon.

Your favorite programs and classes will still be offered. Athletes looking to improve for their spring sports can benefit from skill instruction with Mettler Athletic's top-quality coaches.

We know you have a lot going on, which is why we constantly re-evaluate (and re-vamp) our offerings to meet your needs. Do you have a way we can serve you better? Put your ideas in our suggestion box. We read them all!
Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Don't Be Intimidated by Grocery Shopping!
    Don't Be Intimidated by Grocery Shopping!
Grocery shopping for healthy food can be confusing. What did that label say? What's the difference between a "fortified" juice and one that's "nutrient-rich?" How many Skinny Cow® ice cream sandwiches equal a regular ice cream sandwich? And, should you really be buying them if you're already doing that kind of math?

Shopping doesn't have to be a hassle, though, if you follow our Registered Dietitian's guide:

Grab a snack & make a list. You won't crave certain snacks if you've already eaten, and you're less likely to toss in extra items if you make a list.

Pick from the perimeter. The healthiest foods like produce, unprocessed meats, and dairy products are on the outer edges of the store. Sugary snacks and sodas will be in the inner aisles.

Choose fresh fruits and veggies. They'll be firm and ripe. Watch out for mold, and avoid potatoes with a green tint to their skins. To keep food from spoiling, buy only what you know you'll use.

Select frozen foods which maintain their nutritional value and have less sodium than canned food when looking for out-of-season fruits and veggies.
Pick seafood which contains omega-3 fatty acids, or skinless chicken and lean turkey. Meats should smell fresh and not be sticky or slimy. Checking the date on the meat package guarantees that the product is fresh. Other great protein sources include legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Try whole grain breads. They're healthier for you than breads made from refined flour.

Avoid high-fat and high-sugar snacks. Choose whole grain crackers and drink juice, water, or milk instead of sugary soft drinks.

Tune into Channel 3 at 8:25 am on August 10 to see Mettler's Melissa Smith, RD, dispense more advice. If you're still confused about pesky labels or have special dietary needs, sign up for the next Grocery Store Tour on August 19th. You'll be able to tour a local supermarket with Melissa and get hands-on instruction!
    Skill Instruction Helps Athletes Improve
If you are a sport-specific athlete looking to move to the next level, Mettler Athletic's skill instruction might be the ticket. During your off-season, work with one of our talented instructors who tailor individualized workouts to help you reach your athletic goals.

Our coaches specialize in track, softball, volleyball, basketball, and baseball. We believe you can only learn to be the best from great coaches, which is why each instructor is a former college or professional athlete, who has had much success in his or her sport.

Sonny Walker, our basketball instructor, was instrumental in helping Centennial to a state title. DJ Throneburg, one of our baseball coaches, led Parkland College to a national championship. Our baseball team of coaches has a combined 29 years professional experience, too.

At Mettler, we're focused on your needs. You'll learn to shoot a basketball or hit a baseball effectively. You'll also learn important, but often-ignored, defensive skills that will set you apart when try-outs come.

In addition to top coaching, we also apply innovative technology. Our Dartfish analysis system can show you how your form compares to top athletes. You'll also be able to monitor your improvement throughout your training.

Each private session is 30-minutes in length, except for basketball, which is 45 minutes. Multiple session packages are available, too.

To learn more, contact Eddie Edwards, Mettler Athletic's Facility, Skill & Camp Coordinator. To check coach availability and schedule your first session, contact member services.
Offer Expires: 9/30/09
50% off
Take 50% off our joining fee after pedaling in our Cyclethon.
Nutrition Tip
of the Month
Eating foods high in vitamins C and E can help you avoid sunburn and keep your skin healthy. Try tomatoes, peppers, melons, and fruit to get vitamin C. Vitamin E is found in avocados, almonds, and sunflower seeds. More nutrition...
Upcoming Events
8/6        Qi Gong
8/10-14 Kids Can Cook Camp
8/10      What Muscle Am I
8/11      Pilates Fundamentals
8/13      Taste of Summer
8/17      Mel's Group
8/19      Grocery Store Tour
8/19      Everyday Cooking
8/20      Yoga & Chocolate
8/22      Kids Yoga
8/29      Mettler Cyclethon

View our online calendars for the most current information.
Celebrate a Taste of Summer
The Mettler Center will host its third "Taste of Summer" on August 13th from 5-7 pm.

We'll serve drinks and healthy appetizers with recipes developed by our cooking school chefs.

Grab your family, friends, neighbors, or anyone else you know who would like to celebrate a Taste of Summer.
Peddle for a Purpose!
 Pedal for a Purpose!
The Mettler Center is teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to Pedal for a Purpose during our first-ever cyclethon!

On August 29th, Mettler Center instructors will guide riders through 30- or 60-minute rides from 7am until noon. Friends, family members, and community members are welcome to attend the event. Companies looking for service projects can send teams of co-workers, too!

Each rider is asked to make a $25 donation to the MDA, which can be given at Mettler or through the MDA website designated for Mettler. If you want to donate but can't join us, you can purchase an MDA wheel at the Mettler Center, which will be displayed at our facility. There's room on each wheel to include information about who you're honoring through your donation.

Paul and Lisa Mettler will present the money we've raised at the Champaign MDA Labor Day Telethon. Each year the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon brings in more money than any other fundraiser to help the MDA combat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.

Please mark your calendars and join us as we Pedal for a Purpose. We may not be able to cure someone's disease, but we can help others defray their medical costs.

Please contact Joy Sheehan at the Mettler Center for more information. You can also reserve a spot by calling or visiting member services.
Did You Know?
...Mettler Center now offers Dual Massage on the first Saturday of the month.

Grab your spouse, friend, or kid for much-needed afternoon or evening relaxation. Massage sessions vary in length. And, as always, members receive a 10% discount. Call the Mettler Center for more information.

...Mettler Athletic's Pre-Season Basketball program, created to prepare athletes ready for their best season yet, begins September 14th.

Our conditioning program, which athletes can attend either twice or three times a week, helps high school athletes build strength, stamina, and muscle stability. Call Mettler Athletic for more information.