Are your cuticles dry and peeling? It’s important to take care of your cuticles. Wear gloves while washing dishes, doing laundry or during any cleaning activity with detergents. Keep your cuticles moisturized with oil and lotion. For a real treat, come into The Spa for a nice dip in paraffin wax. To keep your nails looking perfect for up to two weeks with no chips or smudges, try our new Shellac manicure.
— Xuan Nguyen, Nail Technician at The Spa
GET PUMPED ON PUMPKIN
SAlthough many gravitate toward pumpkins during the fall, why not eat it throughout the year? It’s full of nutrients, low in fat and relatively inexpensive. Rich in alpha- and beta-carotene, fiber, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium and pantothenic acid, pumpkin can help work against sun damage, reduce the risk of tumor growth and promote anti-aging functions. And we’re not just talking pumpkin pie— roasted or baked pumpkin can make a delicious savory side for any hearty meal, or toss pumpkin seeds on your salad for a yummy, nutritious crunch.
–Cherie Valley, Bellevue Club Nutritionist
GET YOUR Z's
A good night’s rest is not a luxury—it’s essential to good health. Insufficient sleep is associated with a host of chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression. If you’re among the 10 percent of Americans with chronic insomnia, talk to your doctor. There are many methods— both new and tried-and-true—for treating sleep disorders.
–Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Nobody really likes running or walking outside in the winter. The rain, wind and cold of March in the Pacific Northwest can make going for an easy jog akin to an episode of the “Deadliest Catch.” Although the Bellevue Club has warm and dry fitness studios just waiting for you, the Mayo Clinic recommends getting outdoors within two hours of waking up each morning for optimal health. To survive your outdoor winter run, layer warmly with polypropylene thermal underwear (avoid cotton), a thermal fleece layer and technical windproof, rainproof outerwear. Also, plan your run so you start facing the wind and go with the wind for the second half of your run.
— Sue Matyas, Fitness Director
A NEW KIDS' COMMUTE
Encourage your child to walk or bike to school as an active way to start his or her day. A recent study shows walking to school has a big impact on kids’ overall activity levels and can help combat obesity in children. Most schools develop and post the safest walk-to-school routes for students who live nearby. Enlist your neighbors to support the effort and help create a more walkable and active community.
—Overlake Hospital Medical Center