AVOID RACCOON EYES
Eye makeup can be tricky to remove. Make it a bit easier with the following tips: Discard any eye makeup that’s more than three months old, and wash it off each night before bed to prevent infection. Pay extra attention to mascara, which can easily stay stuck to lashes. Use a clean cotton swab and eye makeup remover for the best results. Phytomer Rosee Visage toning cleansing lotion will also do the trick.
— Katie Greenwood, Spa Director
With school right around the corner, families will soon be busier. But that doesn’t mean nutritious dinners have to take a backseat. Planning meals ahead of time saves a lot of work in the long run. At the beginning of each week, gather ingredients and plan dinners to eliminate any hectic last-minute pizza runs. And if you thrive on leftovers, try “makeovers.” Grab any remaining food from the night before and turn it into a new meal.
–Executive Chef Paul Marks
STAND UP FOR YOURSELF AT WORK
Are you tied to your desk all day long? For most of us, sitting in front of a computer makes up a good portion of our eight-hour workday. That’s tough on our health, a likely contributor to weight gain, bad circulation and it increases our risk of back and neck pain. How can you change your daily routine? Stand! New standing desks, or those that can adjust heights to allow sitting or standing, are becoming more popular and commonplace. Standing helps burn calories and encourages greater activity, from taking short walks away from your desk to shifting side to side as you tackle your office to-do list. Empower yourself with your own two feet.
STROKES MORE COMMON IN YOUNGER ADULTS
A recent national study shows a surprising trend: strokes are down in people more than 60 but on the rise in those aged 40 and younger. Experts suggest one possible reason may be that older people tend to know the symptoms of stroke and to seek immediate treatment while younger people don’t know stroke symptoms or dismiss them as insignificant. Today, more than 25 percent of strokes occur in those younger than 65. And while stroke deaths are decreasing, strokes are still the third-leading cause of death in the United States. No matter what your age, know these warning signs from the American Heart Association, and call 911:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
• Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
UNPLUG THE NET
Nowadays, it feels like we need the Internet for everything—even to have fun. But a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that depression in teens can be linked to Internet addiction. Here are some ways to cut the cord:
• Moderate your child’s use and set limits; be the example, and do the same for yourself.
• Encourage their outside interests and explore hobbies with them.
• Make one day a week an off-line day.
• Start a discussion. Find out if there are any underlying issues with the amount of time they spend on the computer.
—Katie Barth, Recreation Director