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    Get in Shape This Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we're excited to spend this time with you.

Whole Life Fitness isn't easy to attain. However, it's a great way to keep your holidays stress free. It'll also boost your immunity and set a great foundation that will help keep you well for the rest of the year.

That's why we're offering you the top foods to eat to boost immunity and keep stress at bay. We're also giving you helpful parenting tips from the American Occupational Therapy Association. During Thanksgiving week, we'll also be hosting our Member appreciation days to express our thanks for your continued support of Mettler Center. And don't miss our popular Breakfast with Santa.

We're committed to helping you attain Whole Life Fitness and making sure that you're living the best life possible. As you begin your holiday season, we hope you'll still find ways to squeeze in your workouts -- guaranteed to keep you feeling more stress-free than you could have imagined.
Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Stress-Busting Foods for the Holidays
   Stress-Busting Foods for the Holidays
Holidays can be stressful. To avoid that stress, there are several common foods that can boost serotonin and other feel-good chemicals. Generally, dietitians will encourage people under stress to eat complex carbohydrates, which will increase serotonin over time instead of foods that cause a spike and then a crash later.

Other foods you should eat include:

Oranges. Studies show that Vitamin C can reduce stress hormones and strengthen the immune system, which can be affected by stress. Taking supplements or adding extra Vitamin C to your diet when you have a stressful event coming up may help.

Spinach. Magnesium in spinach regulates cortisol levels, which tend to get depleted when we're under pressure. Too little magnesium may trigger headaches and fatigue, but a cup of spinach, soybeans, or salmon fillet may help.

Fatty Fish. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, can prevent surges in stress hormones. To get the most benefits, eat three ounces of fatty fish twice a week.

Black Tea. People who drink four cups of tea daily for six weeks have lower levels of cortisol after stressful situations.

Pistachios. Pistachios can lower blood pressure, which will decrease the impact that stress hormones have on the body.

Avocados. Avocados have more potassium than a medium-sized banana. One of the best ways to reduce high blood pressure is to get enough potassium.

Almonds. Almonds include multiple vitamins to bolster the immune system and make the body more resilient when stressed. A quarter of a cup of almonds a day will help you see the benefits.

Raw Veggies. Munching on crunchy vegetables can release clenched jaws and ward off tension headaches.

Milk. Calcium helps reduce muscle spasms and soothe tension. It can also ease anxiety and mood swings.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with our registered dietitian, call the Mettler Center.
    Tips From an Occupational Therapist  
Occupational therapists have expertise in a child's growth and development and are trained to help both adults and children with physical, developmental, and psychological conditions.

During the holiday season, parents often feel stressed and short on time. To assist them, the American Occupational Therapy Association suggests the following:

Have realistic expectations for yourself and your child. All children can spend some time alone each day. Know the milestones that children are supposed to hit at the correct time, too.

Offer children new challenges. A chair placed upside down can become an object of exploration, and sofa cushions placed on the floor become an exciting obstacle course.

Supervise a toddler's play activities from a distance. Come into the room frequently to comment or praise.

Be prepared for setbacks. Give them time for adjustment.

Reward positive behaviors and break negative behaviors.

Help your child explore the environment and provide toys that help him practice developing skills.

Encourage your child's independence. Help him practice dressing and undressing, combing his hair, brushing teeth, and using a fork or spoon.

Involve your child in family tasks. Let him or her practice setting the table, putting away groceries, raking the lawn, running the vacuum, or sorting the recycling.

To learn more about child development and how occupational therapists can help, schedule a consult at the Mettler Center.
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Upcoming Events
11/2       MEL's Group
11/7       Hitting Camp
11/9       Everyday Cooking
11/11     Grocery Store Tour
11/13     Pilates Fundamentals
11/16     MEL's Group
11/17     Everyday Cooking
11/20     Kids Cook
11/20     Yoga Fundamentals
11/24     Early Closing
11/25     Closed Thanksgiving

View our online calendars for the most current information.
Are You Ready
for Football?
Mettler Athletic's Winter Football Power and Conditioning Training Program is just around the corner.

Perfect for the high school athlete who wants to get an upper hand on the competition, our program offers intense workouts that benefit the entire athlete.

Offered three days per week from December 6th through January 28th, the Winter Football Power and Conditioning Training Program focuses on increasing strength, power, and explosiveness under our sports performance coach's watchful eye.

Ideal for both high school and college football players, Metter Athletic uses the best technology, equipment, training methods, and coaches to help you move to the next level. 

Contact Mettler Athletic for additional information.
Join Us for Breakfast with Santa
Join Us for
Breakfast with Santa
Save the date for our annual Breakfast with Santa, which will be on Saturday, December 4th at 9:30am.

Adults and children can have their picture taken with Santa and make a treat for Rudolph and the Reindeer. You'll also go home with a goody bag from Santa.

For more information, contact the Mettler Center.
What's New at
Mettler Center
Fresh fitness classes, revolutionary Keiser cycles, and expanded Tot Spot hours are just a few of the new incentives for members to work out with us.

If you have friends or family who are considering joining Mettler Center, now is the perfect time to register. From now through November 30th we are offering new members half off their joining fee. (Coupon at bottom of page.)

Current members get discounts in November, too. During "Member Appreciation Days," November 22-24, we will offer members special deals, delicious foods, as well as great giveaways.

Contact the Mettler Center for more info about what's new.
12u, 14u, & 16u
' Hitting Camp 
Heather Tarter, an assistant softball coach at Parkland, will be leading a four-week hitting camp for girls on Sundays in November.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of hitting, the girls will also receive individualized attention.

Athletes are broken into three groups based on age level -- 12 and under, 14 and under, and 16 and under.

The Hitting Camp will be from 2-3pm, 3-4pm, and 4-5pm depending on age. Space is limited. Contact Mettler Athletic to learn more.
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