March 2012 Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort
Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort
Your experience begins only 90 miles south of Chicago!

SherryThere's something truly wonderful about springtime at The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort!

In addition to being my favorite time of year (actually, every time of year seems to be my favorite!), springtime at the Heartland is exceptionally magnificent. Maybe it's watching the snow melt and seeing the beautiful green grass start to emerge. Or, perhaps it's the gorgeous flowers that come to life throughout the property. It might be the sweet sounds of birds chirping or the peaceful way that the lake captures the reflection of the sun. Or, maybe it's as simple as the fresh, clean country air that makes me realize just how lucky I am to come to The Heartland each and every day!

If you've never experienced The Heartland in spring, I hope you'll consider it! Many of our guests only vacation with us in March and April for the reasons I've mentioned above. After being trapped indoors during the cold, dreary winter months, there's nothing like a visit to The Heartland Spa to make you feel happy, vibrant and full of energy.

I look forward to welcoming you home to The Heartland.

Yours in health,
Sherry Gossett, Executive Director
Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort

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Complimentary Chauffeur Service
for March and April Visits

Heartland Chauffeur Service

Considering a springtime getaway to The Heartland? How about traveling in style? During the months of March and April, we are offering complimentary chauffeur service to and from the Heartland for those living within the Chicagoland area (for a minimum of 2 guests). If you don't live in the area or prefer to drive on your own, you will receive a $100 gift certificate to be used on the products or services of your choice during these two months (special offer requires a 2 person minimum – each person will receive a $100 gift certificate). Please call 800-545-4853 for details or to make your reservation.    

There's Still Time! Join Our Fitness Boost Weekend Getaway - March 9-11

Limited space is still available for our Fitness Boost Weekend, which takes place Friday, March 9th through Sunday, March 11th. During this special weekend event, you will receive the information and motivation you need to reach your personal healthy lifestyle goals at home. We will be offering nutrition and fitness discussions, as well as our challenging fitness classes for all levels. Everyone will receive a complimentary Body Fat Measurement. Metabolism measurements, fitness assessments and consultations, as well as personal nutritional counseling will also be available on request. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to live your healthiest, most fulfilling life yet! Please call us for program details and to check availability.

New Website Is Here!
We've just updated our website and can hardly wait to show you all the exciting new features! The newly created layout and design will be much more user friendly and will allow you to find the information you need quickly and efficiently. There will be loads of photos, a special section dedicated to promotions and discounts, as well as an enhanced recipe corner. Please take a look and let us know what you think!
Meet Kim Onnen, MS, Assistant Director, Fitness Manager

KimKim has been with the Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort for eight years and has built a loyal fan base!  Highly credentialed, Kim has a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, is a Certified Health and Fitness Specialist through ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and is also a Certified Yoga Instructor. Kim absolutely loves what she does!  It’s evident in the unique way in which she teaches her classes, nurtures her students, and focuses on every guest’s individual needs. Of greatest importance to Kim is her desire to help Heartland visitors make healthy positive changes that will last a lifetime.

Recipe Corner

Chef Barb's Angel Food

Spring is in the air, and so is the delicious aroma of Chef Barb's Angel Food Cake! This scrumptious, low-fat recipe can be tweaked for St. Patrick's Day by adding a dash of "green." Enjoy!

1 cup sifted cake flour
1 cup sugar
12 large egg whites (about 1½ cups), at room temperature
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. In small bowl, combine flour and ½ cup of the sugar; sift together twice.
3. In large bowl of electric mixer, beat egg whites at high speed until foamy. Gradually add cream of tartar and the remaining ½ cup sugar, beating until mixture forms soft peaks. Beat in extracts.
4. Gradually fold sifted flour-sugar mixture into egg white mixture.
5. Pour batter evenly into ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
6. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted halfway between center and outside edge comes out clean.
7. Invert pan and cool cake upside down to retain puffiness and shape. When cooled completely, remove cake from pan to serving plate.

Yield: 12 servings
Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories: 114, Fat: 0 g (1% calories from fat), Protein: 4 g, Carbohydrate: 24 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 50 mg

Editor's Note: In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, you can make the cake green by adding 2 tablespoons of Matcha (green tea powder).

Put a Spring in Your Step and Get Moving!

Springtime is the perfect time to get outdoors and get in shape. The weather has started to change and you're probably finding yourself in a better mood now that there's more sun shine and warmer temperatures! And guess what? If you start exercising and eating more healthily today, you'll be "beach body ready" by the time summer is here. So ditch the winter blues and grab a sweatshirt…it's time to get motivated, and start moving!

If you're a guest of The Heartland, you're already on your way. Did you know that every day at The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort starts with a morning walk? That's right! Rain or shine, everyone is invited to join one of our fitness staff members for an invigorating 2-mile walk. Walking is among the easiest exercise to do because you don't need any equipment other than a pair of good support sneakers. Not only does walking increase your level of fitness, but it also has been shown to reduce stress. Researchers have also found that walking in springtime is especially beneficial because it tends to brighten your mood.

So, c'mon, get happy…start a walking routine today!

Upcoming Guest Speakers

The Heartland Spa takes great pride in its guest speaker presentations and strives to present topics that are current, interesting, educational, and unique.  The following speakers will be with us in February. If you or someone you know would like to become one of our guest speakers, we’d love to hear from you!  Please email us at and include the words GUEST SPEAKER in the subject.

March 2nd – March 4th
Sheila Dixon LCSW, Psychotherapist

Mindfulness Based Meditation for Stress Reduction
You will learn techniques to quiet the chatter in the mind and become more aware of the ever present passing moment.

March 9th – March 16th
Barbara Steinberg, D.D.S., Clinical Professor of Surgery, Drexel University, College of Medicine

Barbara will discuss how Heart Disease is the #1 Killer. A few of her discussions will include "Heart Disease, the #1 Killer", the "4 "S"'s of Optimal Aging: Sex, Sleep, Stress, and Social Networks", and "Optimal Aging – Living to 100!"

March 16th – March 18th
Debbie Friend, Health and Wellness Educator

Everything You Need To Know About Stress...And How You Can Finally Relax!
An interactive session which includes a variety of techniques including quick relaxation techniques to do during stressful situations, breathing techniques, muscle relaxation, progressive relaxation, visualization, self-massage and deep relaxation.

March 23rd – March 25th
Susan Mackey, Ph.D.

Effective Communication in Intimate Relationships
Susan will present guidelines for effective communication in our closest relationships. Tips will be offered on how to both listen and speak in ways that enhance positive relationships.

March 30th – April 1st
Sharon Fiffer, Author, Editor and Teacher

Author of Jane Wheel Mysteries
Finding Your Own Story and Other Mysteries
An open conversation about reading, writing, and finding one's own creative voice

Can't make it to The Heartland in February?
Visit us in March or April and enjoy COMPLIMENTARY round-trip chauffeur service for 2-6 guests.
Please call 800-545-4853 for details.
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