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body | mind photoADIEU TO OLD SHOES
Running in worn-out shoes is one of the easiest ways to injure yourself because of the stress it can cause your joints. A good tool to make sure your shoes are in the best shape is to replace them after 300 to 400 miles of use. The miles vary based on body size and running surface. Another way to tell it’s time: the midsole will have obvious wear, usually before the bottom shows similar signs.

— Sue Matyas, Fitness Director

here is a growing body of evidence that shows moderate physical activity can have a positive impact on brain function in older adults. Several recent studies showed that sedentary seniors scored lower on tests of cognitive function than those who engaged in regular physical activity such as walking, cooking, cleaning, gardening and even light weight training. Researchers were pleased to learn that nearly any kind of physical activity, and not just vigorous exercise, reduced mental decline among seniors.

–Overlake Hospital Medical Center

body | mind photoA SAFER TREAT
Trick-or-treating is the sweetest part of Halloween, and it’s even sweeter when done safely. Plan your route before you leave home and always carry a flashlight. It’s easy to get caught up in going from house to house and not realize how far you’ve gone. If you’re wearing a flowy costume, steer clear of lit jack-o’-lanterns and be aware of your surroundings. One misstep and you could be going bump in the night.

—Katie Barth, Recreation Director

Having clear skin is an instant confidence booster. There are daily steps to help ensure healthy skin. Always wash your face before bed to remove any dirt and oils collected throughout the day, and use an applicator when applying makeup since fingers contain oil. Diet is another factor. Fruits and vegetables help give skin a healthy glow and remove toxins from your system. The Spa also offers a deep pore/acne cleansing facial and a teen-acne facial, both of which clear blocked pores and reduce acne flare, making you or your teen feel fresh and rejuvenated.

–Katie Greenwood, Spa and Athletic Services Director

Join us to learn the latest in the prevention of breast cancer and how you can change your modifiable risk factors from experts at Overlake Hospital Medical Center. Classes occur Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. on the following days: Oct. 5 at Mercer Island Community Center; Oct. 12 at North Kirkland Community Center and Oct. 19 at Overlake Medical Clinics Issaquah. Free. Register online at

—Overlake Hospital Medical Center

Overlake Hospital Medical Center

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