May 2012 Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort
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Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort
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Get Moving!
Did you know that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? Well, it is! Since 1983 (the very same year that The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort first opened its doors) individuals and organizations across the country have done their part to promote the tremendous benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. And, The Heartland Spa is no exception!

"For the past 29 years, we've started each and every morning with a 2-mile "Greet-the-Day" walk," says Kim Onnen, The Heartland Spa's Assistant Director and Fitness Manager. "Rain or shine, we're up and walking at 7:15 am, and our guests absolutely love it," she says. "Not only is walking a wonderful form of exercise, but it's a great way for our guests to get to know one another. It's incredible to see how many life-long friendships have begun during our 2-mile morning walks!"

In addition to the rise and shine walks, which are led by the staff, The Heartland Spa also offers a variety of exercise and fitness classes throughout the day including Yoga, Pilates, Zumba®, Body Sculpting, Boot Camp, Strength Training, Kickboxing, Hip Hop and much, much more. "We feature classes for all levels of fitness," says Onnen. "While many of our guests have made exercise part of their lifestyle for years, there are just as many visitors who come to us in an effort to get started," she says. "It's wonderful to be part of their transformation as they quickly realize how much fun exercise can be!"

"We also have a state-of-the-art fitness center and an indoor heated swimming pool, which guests can use at their leisure," she adds. "And, for those who prefer the great outdoors, we've got several bicycles and paddle boats, as well as designated walking paths with meditation stops around our lake."

"Although everyone should be exercising at least 3-5 times per week to maintain a healthy lifestyle, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great reminder of how important it is to keep our bodies moving!"

April Showers Bring May Savings - Save Like a Heartland Employee This Month!

Visit the Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort any time in May, either as an overnight guest or for the day, and you'll enjoy our Employee Discount of 25% OFF all services in our salon and spa! This promotion has never been offered before, so take advantage of this incredible savings. Manicures, pedicures, massages, and more...all 25% OFF! Space is limited, so call today. Gift Certificates may be purchased by calling 1 800-545-4853. Our 25% discount may not be combined with any other special offers.

Travel Like A Celebrity Complimentary Chauffeur Service Extended!

How about traveling to and from The Heartland in style? With complimentary chauffeur service, you will! For a limited time only, our chauffeur will pick you up and drop you off at any major downtown Chicago hotel, or from Midway or O'Hare airports and nearby hotels. If you don't live in the area or prefer to drive on your own, you will receive a $100 gift certificate to use as you wish during your visit. This special offer requires a 2 person minimum. Please call our office for more details or to make your reservation, 800-545-4853.

It's National Salad Month!

In celebration of National Salad Month, The Heartland Spa's Chef Barb is sharing one of her favorite recipes. This scrumptious salad made with spinach and navel oranges is a favorite amongst our guests and is the perfect springtime dish, served as a "starter" or as the entire meal!

Spinach & Orange Salad

¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
salt and ground white pepper
½ medium red onion, sliced ? inch thick
6 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach leaves, stemmed
3 navel oranges, peeled and sectioned

1. In medium bowl, prepare dressing by combining orange juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Add onion to dressing. Let marinate at least 30 minutes.
3. Just before serving, place mushrooms in another small bowl. Add small amount of dressing from onion mixture; toss to evenly coat mushrooms.
4. Place spinach in large bowl. Drain onions, reserving dressing. Add dressing to spinach; toss lightly to coat.
5. Divide spinach mixture evenly among 6 salad plates, or keep it all for yourself!
6. Top with oranges, onions, and mushrooms, and serve immediately.

Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 60, Fat: 2 g (34% calories from fat), Protein: 2 g, Carbohydrate: 9 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 8 mg

Medical Corner with Dr. David Edelberg

Dr. David Edelberg is the Founder of WholeHealth Chicago -

The Good News… And The Bad
I recently saw a documentary about comedienne Joan Rivers. At one point, she shows viewers her "joke room," which contains an entire wall filled with her joke files. Among them is a drawer packed with good news/bad news jokes.

Most of us feel anxiety when someone says, "I've got good news and bad news. What do you want to hear first?" Anxiety #1: the agony of decision making. Which do we really want to hear first? Anxiety #2: no matter which we choose, one of them will be bad news.

Good news/bad news jokes have been around forever. Have you heard this one?

Lawyer to client: "I've got good news and bad news for you. Which do you want to hear first?"
Client: "Give me the bad news."
Lawyer: "Your blood was found all over the crime scene."
Client: "That's terrible! How can there be good news?"
Lawyer: "Your cholesterol is down.

So, how about a good news/bad news HEALTH tip?
I'll give you the bad news first, but I promise we'll end on a cheery note. And, within 15 minutes of finishing today's health tip you could be doing something you love that's good for you.

Here's the bad news.
In an immense study that tracked the physical activity of 222,497 Australian men and women over age 45, those whose waking lives were spent essentially sitting down had a significantly greater risk for early death from any cause than those who reported measurably less duff time. Provocatively, the dangers of too much sitting applied to everyone-even those who otherwise were quite physically active.

Even if study participants regularly did the recommended 30 minutes of vigorous daily physical activity, they still had risk issues if they were spending many of the remaining 6,500 minutes of the waking week in a chair.
In other words, all your exercise/physical exertion remains beneficial, and by doing it you're better off than someone sedentary, but it's not enough to reduce the risk of sitting for most of the rest of the time.

Long stretches of chair time-with or without the gym-increases obesity, decreases muscle tone, weakens blood vessels, and boosts the risk of heart problems, diabetes, and cancer. We accumulate hours of inactivity in our cubicles, our cars, in waiting rooms, in front of our computers and TVs, and seated at movies and spectator sports. Not to mention sitting on the sofa and reading.

So here's my revised exercise prescription:
As I'm sure you have been doing, continue to exercise vigorously at least 30 minutes every day. After exercising, don't sit down. Stay standing and move around. Walk on your errands and walk part or all of the way to work. Think about making a stand-up desk for using your computer and doing other work. If you're reading this in a seated position, please stand up and finish the article!

And now, the good news.
By now, you must know that regularly eating a little dark chocolate is good for you, and the higher its cocoa percentage the better (usually high cocoa numbers mean less sugar too). Rich in plant-based antioxidants called phytonutrients, high-quality dark chocolate helps control your blood pressure, reduces heart disease risks, and improves your metabolism by increasing your sensitivity to insulin. Yet, you might wonder, since chocolate contains sugar and fats, is eating it every day really a good idea?

Yes, it is!
(That is good news!, the crowd cheers.)

In a recent report, researchers at the University of California School of Medicine measured the Body Mass Index (BMI) of 1000 patients ages 20 to 85. Then, all were given a questionnaire about their chocolate intake. You'd expect eating chocolate would nudge their BMI upward, that chocolate-eaters would all have unhealthy BMIs, wouldn't you? Wrong. People with the most regular chocolate consumption also had the healthiest BMIs.

The researchers had theories, but no positive answers as to just why this was occurring. We do know the antioxidant polyphenols in chocolate (called catechins) improve muscle function and performance, and also increase lean muscle mass. In rats, weight loss occurs when chocolate calories replace other calorie sources like grains.

Overall, the researchers commented that these findings were intriguing and that the data was clear: daily chocolate=healthier BMIs!

So the very next time you see one of those high-grade chocolate bars placed seductively next to a cash register…go ahead and buy it, doctor's orders. Open it quickly and have a couple pieces on the way to your car or on your walk home.

In fact, I have a better idea. Why wait? Get up from your chair right now and walk briskly to the nearest chocolate sales point. Treat yourself to the very best chocolate you can find and walk briskly home!

Dr. Edelberg, board certified in Internal Medicine in 1974, began incorporating alternative therapies into his practice during the 1980's. Since founding the parent company of WholeHealth Chicago in 1993, he has become nationally recognized as one of the pioneers of integrative medicine, a new specialty combining conventional medicine with alternative therapies. Author of numerous articles and editor of five books on integrative medicine; look for his latest book, "The Triple Whammy Cure" (Free Press, January, 2006).

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. 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.

May 4-6
Donna Ryan, MS/Certified Life Coach
Dreaming, Daring, Doing

It's one thing to know what you want to change about your life, and another thing to follow through. During Donna's presentation, you will learn how to identify the barriers that prevent you from reaching your goals and achieving your dreams, while exploring the steps you need to take in order to "get there."

May 11-13
Karen Gottlieb, Meditation Coach and Artist
Mediations from the Loving Heart Café

During this fun and interactive session, Karen will share light-hearted ways to reduce and relieve the tension of everyday living including sampling and seeking new ways to love yourself and finding your peaceful spirit.

May 18-20
Henrietta (Hank) Hammerland, Certified Trager Practitioner,
Certified in Inner Focus Direct Energy Healing
Vibrational Mediation

Henrietta will take you on a meditation journey by creating resonating, harmonic sounds using her singing bowls and gongs tuned with the moon & wind. These sounds create deep vibrations that encourage cells, organs, and systems to re-tune at their balanced frequencies. You'll soon find a natural state of peaceful relaxation.

May 25-27
Corri Ferdman, LCSW, CADC
The Power of Mindfulness: Living in the Present Moment

During this discussion, Corri will discuss mindfulness and teach you how to live in the present moment. How many times do you hear yourself or others say I don't have enough time or I don't have time to do that? Join Corri in learning how to live more of your life in the present by being aware of your moment-to-moment experience.

Visit us in April and enjoy COMPLIMENTARY round-trip chauffeur service for 2-6 guests.
Please call 800-545-4853 for details.
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