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Gratitude Can Change Your Attitude & Life

Each Thanksgiving we express our gratitude for our friends, families, and those people who make our lives better because they're in it.

This year, however, I challenge you to begin integrating an "attitude of gratitude" in your daily life. Instead of saving up a laundry-list of items you're grateful for that you recite once a year, try making a list once a week of your blessings.

They don't have to be big things: a quick commute, keeping your cool in an argument, or the perfect cup of hot chocolate on a crisp fall day are reason enough to be grateful.

By chronicling the items we're grateful for, we learn to look at the bright side and see the positive things in our lives right now.

This month, focus what you're grateful for. The rest will fall into place.
Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Rosemary Sage Burger with Apple Slaw and Chive "Mayo"
Celebrate National Diabetes Month
Pre-diabetes is a serious, but treatable medical condition if patients exercise and modify their diets. Lifestyle changes, including just 30 minutes of exercise per day and a 5-10% reduction in body weight, produced a 58% reduction in diabetes.

Meal planning, like carbohydrate counting, can manage your blood glucose levels. By keeping track of how many carbohydrates you eat and setting a limit for your maximum amount to eat, you can help keep your blood glucose levels in your target range. Carb counting is easy when you're looking at a label, but can be quite difficult when you're cooking for yourself.

The American Diabetes Association recommends eating about 45-60 grams of carbohydrate at a meal. You should still include protein and fat to balance your meals. These days there are many cookbooks created for people with dietary restrictions. This one came from recently released Brilliant Eats.

Rosemary Sage Burgers with Apple Slaw and Chive "Mayo"
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Servings: 4

     pound extra-lean ground round beef
     pound lean ground pork
     1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
     1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
     teaspoon salt
     4 whole-grain buns
     1 cup baby spinach leaves
Chive "Mayo"
     cup nonfat sour cream
     2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
     1 dash each salt and pepper
Apple Slaw
     3 green apples, peeled, cored and grated
     2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
     1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat grill to medium high. Combine beef, pork, rosemary, sage and salt in a medium-sized bowl; form into 4 patties. In a small bowl, combine mayo ingredients. In a medium-sized bowl, combine slaw ingredients. Grill patties 4 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Toast the buns, and spread each top with chive "mayo." Place burger on bun, and top with slaw and several spinach leaves.

If you're at risk for diabetes or another medical condition that can me managed with diet, schedule your free nutrition consultation with a Registered Dietitian to learn more..
Therapists to Help You Get Back in the Game

October was Physical Therapy Month, which gave our therapists time to consider what they love about their careers. Their answer: They love helping keep you pain free and resume the activities you love.

We realized, though, that unless you've been in physical therapy, there is a good chance you don't know what we do. Here's your cheat sheet to the benefits physical therapy can offer.

Physical therapists are health care professionals who evaluate and treat people with orthopedic issues (joint replacements or osteoporosis), neurological injuries (stroke or Parkinson's), and workplace or sports-related injuries. 

Most physical therapists specialize in particular injuries, but the best take their knowledge and use it to develop personalized plans for each patient to help restore movement, improve function, prevent loss of mobility, and decrease pain.

Physical therapists can help you improve your posture and reduce strain injuries from poor ergonomics (such as your computer workstation). They also educate patients in the importance of proper lifting techniques. 

Patient education plays a vital role in helping people understand their condition and to help prevent future reoccurrence. During this process the patient and therapist work together to improve the patients' physical, emotional, and spiritual self.

If you have chronic pain or have recently experienced an injury call Mettler Center or Mettler Athletic and set up a free 30-minute physical therapy consulation.
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Nutrition Tip
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Upcoming Events
11/5      Ladies' Night
11/8      Baseball Coaches'
11/10    Next Level Speed and
11/10    Pilates Fundamentals
11/11    Gluten-free Cooking
11/13    Grocery Store Tour
11/19    Fitness, Travel & the 
11/20    Everyday Cooking
11/22    Kids Cook
11/23    Setting and Defense                  Clinic
11/26    Early closure
11/27    Closed
12/6      High School Catchers'
12/6      Jr. High Baseball
             Hitting League
12/24    Closed Early
12/25    Closed
1/5        Mettler's Biggest 
1/5        Pre-season Baseball
1/5        Pre-season Softball   
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Four Exercise Myths to Ignore

Four Exercise
Myths to Ignore
As your schedule gets busier and you have more commitments this holiday season, remember all of the great reasons to join group fitness classes. More importantly, don't believe these myths, which force people to shy away from classes.

If you don't work out hard and often, exercise is a waste of time. Research shows that any exercise is better than none. As little as an hour of exercise a week can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Yoga is a completely gentle and safe exercise. Yoga is an excellent form of exercise, but some styles are quite rigorous and demanding both physically and mentally. As with any form of exercise, qualified and careful instruction is necessary for a safe, effective workout.

If you want to lose weight, stay away from strength training because you will bulk up. Most exercise experts believe that cardiovascular exercise and strength training are both valuable for maintaining a healthy weight.

The health and fitness benefits of mind-body exercise like Tai Chi and yoga are questionable. Research shows benefits of these exercises. Tai chi, for example, has been proven to help treat low-back pain.
Ladies Night 2008

Enjoy a Ladies Night
Come celebrate Ladies Night on Thursday, November 6 from 4-9 pm at the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Sample wine, enjoy a fashion show, listen to a jazz band, and explore various local exhibits.

While you're there stop by the Mettler booth to visit with your favorite staff and register to win a massage or a free month membership.

Gift bags with goodies and a grand prize drawing for a spa package and trip are also planned.

Giving You Our Best
Each month we acknowledge one department that brings you outstanding service each day. This month, we recognize our Sales, Member Services, and Playroom staff. Stay tuned for next month's honorees.