The Mettler Release
When it Gets Cool Out, Head Into Mettler!

Making the decision to lead a healthier, happier life can be difficult. You'll start with the best intentions to hit the gym, eat better, and get enough sleep. Then life happens you'll have a presentation at work or your child will get sick, and the shorter, cooler days make it difficult to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities.

Before you know it, your fitness goals have taken a backseat to everything else. It's a slippery slope, but it's not one you have to continue down. Instead, make the commitment that, today, you'll accomplish one small task that will help you live a better life.

Try a new healthy recipe. We've got one for you that you'll love. Enjoy working out with our new personal trainers. Balance your energy to restore your mind and body. Most importantly, don't beat yourself up for not being perfect. Instead, celebrate that you are working at improving daily.
Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Pumpkins Aren't Just for Carving
Pumpkins Aren't Just for Carving

This time of year Curtis Orchard will be filled with pumpkins and apples ripe for picking, but after you've carved the perfect Jack-o-Lantern, you might be at a loss for what to do with your pumpkin.

Pumpkins aren't just a great way to illuminate your front porch for trick-or-treaters. The vegetable has many health benefits. It's a tasty source of many vitamins and minerals, particularly beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium. It also helps prevent arterosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which can lead to strokes and/or heart attacks.

Pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc and unsaturated fatty acids which are effective help for prostate ailments. Diets high in pumpkin as a fiber source tended to curb the appetite, yet provided more food for the same calorie count.

Try this simple Baked Stuffed Pumpkin recipe.


  • 2 pound "pie pumpkin," washed
  • 2 apples, cored, quartered
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup broken walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Cut the top off the pumpkin and remove the seeds. Place cut side down in a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until soft.

With a metal spoon, scrape out the cooked pumpkin, leaving a 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick shell. Process the apples in a food processor until chunky. Add pineapple, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and process until just mixed. Spoon into the pumpkin shell. Cover with the top. Bake in 400-degree oven for 45 minutes or until the filling is hot. Prep Time: 20 minutes. Cook Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes.

Have You Met Our Newest Trainer?
Jackie Kropp grew up in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, before attending the University of Chicago where she majored in biological sciences and competed in cross country and track. She's an assistant coach for the UI women's Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Last year, she coached at the University of Louisville.

Jackie became interested in personal training because she enjoys working out and motivating others to pursue a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. She enjoys setting goals with clients and working together to determine how best to achieve those goals. Mostly, though, Jackie enjoys seeing personal training clients' confidence soar when their fitness improves.

Meet Jackie by attending our free Heart Healthy Exercise class, Thursday, October 23 from 6-7pm at the Mettler Center.
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Save $5 with the purchase of an hour or half hour massage.
Nutrition Tip
of the Month
When reading menus, watch out for these terms which are giveaways to fatty foods: creamed, crispy, breaded, a la king, croquettes, parmigiana, meuniere, fritters, fritto, Alfredo, au gratin, and batter-dipped. More nutrition...

Upcoming Events
10/1      Massage 101
10/5      Qi Gong Info Class
10/4      Jr. High Basketball                  Clinic  
10/5      Hitting Camp
10/5      Beginner's Baseball
10/5      Making Strides Against              Breast Cancer
10/9      Qi Gong
10/13    Pilates Fundamentals
10/14    Preseason Volleyball
10/14    Jr. High Volleyball
10/16    Everyday Cooking
10/18    Yin Yoga
10/23    Heart Healthy Exercise
10/27    Pilates Fundamentals
10/30    Hallloween for
View our online calendars for the most current information.

Online Recruiting Connects Coaches and Athletes
Looking to be recruited? Let us help get your name out.
Mettler Athletic assists high school athletes who want to compete at the next level get
noticed by college programs with online recruiting.

By signing up, your player profile complete with your photo and personal information such as primary sport, academic interest, and graduation date will appear on our website.

Coaches will also have access to unbiased and accurate assessments and Dartfish video clips. It's the perfect supplement to your coaches' recommendations and game film.
Massage Therapy Awareness

Massage Therapy
At Mettler we believe in promoting whole life fitness, and therapeutic massage is an important part of that concept.

Every day, millions of people live with pain, tension, and stress and have come to accept it as the normal state of their body. But it doesn't have to be that way. Studies have proven that regular massage can relieve such symptoms and improve quality of life.

We should all take more time to thank our bodies and reward them for the hard work they do for us each day. Massage Therapy Awareness Week, October 19-25, is the perfect reminder for us to do just that! Join us at Mettler Center as we celebrate our massage program and our very talented therapists. Exciting activities are planned throughout the week, including daily drawings for a free massage.

Qi Gong Starts Soon
Beginning October 9, Qi Gong will be held Thursdays and Sundays at the Mettler Center.

Widely used in China as an exercise to improve cancer survivors' quality of life, it's believed that Qi Gong's gentle movements, easy postures, and simple meditation techniques bring about a balanced energy flow, with the result being optimum health of the body and mind.

Come learn and experience this powerful mind-body practice. Price is prorated so you can start at any time.

Giving You Our Best
Each month Mettler acknowledges one department that brings you outstanding service every day. This month, we recognize our Group Fitness staff. Stay tuned for next month's honorees.