February is Healthy Heart Month!

It’s easier than you might think to eat a heart healthy diet. Add quality years to your life by eating more fruits, veggies, lean proteins and low-fat products and exercising regularly (Four Seasons is happy to offer you all kinds of ways to get your heart pumping)! We love the suggestions for heart healthy eating included in this article from the American Heart Association. Read on for some great tips…

 

How to Eat Healthy without “Dieting”

Source: American Heart Association

Eating healthy can be easy, tasty and inexpensive if you stick to some simple guidelines.

Who isn’t trying to eat healthy these days?

After all, it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and lots of other things you’d rather avoid. The good news is, eating right doesn’t have to be hard or require you to give up things you love. It’s all about making smart choices to build an overall healthy dietary pattern.

Here are some simple ways you and your family can eat healthier:

INCLUDE

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Beans and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fish (preferably oily fish with lots of omega-3 fatty acids), skinless poultry, and plant-based alternatives
  • Low-fat and fat-free dairy products
  • Healthier fats and non-tropical oils

LIMIT

  • Sweets and added sugars, especially sugary drinks
  • Sodium and salt
  • Saturated fat
  • Fatty or processed meats – if you choose to eat meat, select leaner cuts

AVOID

  • Trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils

TIPS

  • Choose mindfully, even with healthier foods. Ingredients and nutrient content can vary a lot.
  • Read labels. Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.
  • Watch your calories. To maintain a healthy weight, eat only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, take in fewer calories or burn more calories.
  • Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served, especially when eating out.
  • Don’t dismiss entire food groups.Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
  • Cook and eat at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients and preparation methods.
  • Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy eating pattern.

Copyright © 2018 American Heart Association, Healthy For GoodTMheart.org/healthyforgood

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Childcare Staff Spotlight – Meet Sherise

Name: Sherise Kirvan

BloNo native? Yes, born and raised here.

Tell us a little bit about you and your family…I have 2 beautiful daughters, Lily and Anya.  I’ve been married to an incredible husband, Chad, for 16 years.

What experiences do you have working with kids? Besides raising my own daughters, I have been teaching dance classes to little ones for over 20 years.  I have also previously worked in social services.

What are 3 words that describe you? Creative, Passionate and Caring

When you’re not at Four Seasons Childcare, what are you most likely doing? I would most likely be teaching dance, participating in theater productions, volunteering at church or spending time with my family.

Name one thing on your bucket list? I would LOVE to see some shows on Broadway in NYC!

What do you like MOST about working in Four Seasons Childcare? I love getting to know the families of the children we take care of!

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WERQ Your Heart Out!

Hello! My name is Laura and I am a group fitness instructor at Four Seasons. I teach WERQ, Barre to the Beat and Killer Bs. I have been teaching at Four Seasons for almost 4 years, which blows my mind!

Never in a million years did I imagine my life to include instructing group fitness classes, but I am so happy that every week I get to sweat and make others sweat, while having fun!

If you’ve never taken WERQ, well I don’t know what you are waiting for! WERQ is a dance fitness class based on pop and hip hop music. We start each class with a warm-up that previews some moves you will see during the routines, then we dance it out for around 45-50 minutes and end with a yoga inspired cool down. I guarantee when you attend a WERQ class, you’ll be moving to a song you already know all the words to! The great thing about WERQ is that it is achievable for all levels. As an instructor, I break down the moves and show you modifications within each song. You keep it where you need to and WERQ the heck out of it!

Four Seasons offers WERQ classes everyday by a variety of amazing instructors. If you are wanting to check out a class but don’t want to do it in a workout room full of mirrors, I have just the event for you!

Saturday, February 17th from 2-4pm at Four Seasons I we are putting on a charityWERQ event benefiting the Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation. This event is open to the public so grab your friends and family! Kids ages 9 and up are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Admission is just $10 ($20 per family) with all proceeds benefiting Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation. There will be lots of dancing, raffle prizes and treats!

Come WERQ Your Heart Out with us on Saturday, February 17th! See you on the dance floor!

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Splash Mash Dash

JOIN US FOR A FUN, COMMUNITY BASED, TEAM FITNESS COMPETITION TO RAISE MONEY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IL IN HONOR OF MIKE CAVANAUGH.

Teams of up to four will compete in three fitness competitions: Splash (Swimming), Mash (Biking) & Dash (Running) all of which will take place inside FSI. Individuals, or teams of 2-4 may compete, however registration rate remains the same for all ($100 per team). Teams will start at a designated station, work together to achieve the most points they can at that station until the air-horn blows. After each station, there will be a 10 minute transition/recovery time; then it’s on to the next station. After the completion of all three stations, each team’s points will be totaled to determine the winners.

The swimming portion will take place in the South Pool. You can have one teammate swim the entire time or you can alternate swimmers as we count your laps. Your team will be at this station for a total of 10 minutes. After your 10 minutes are up, you and your team will dry off and move on to the next station. The next event is biking! This event will take place in the gymnasium where we will have spin bikes ready for each team. One person from your team will ride at a time, you can have one team member go the entire 20 minutes or you can alternate. You will get points for total distance ridden. The final portion is running! One person from your team will run at a time. You will have 20 minutes at this station so alternate with your group to get those laps in!
Before the event, all teams will get warmed up together with PIT Coaches. After the competition there will be a 20 minute celebratory cool-down. The event will culminate with an awards ceremony for the winning teams and a presentation of donations to the Special Olympics of Illinois in honor of Mike Cavanaugh. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishing teams in three categories: Female, Male, and Co-Ed. Not participating in the event? That’s okay, come cheer on your friends and family as they compete to win! Click here for the video!

Registration link: https://signup.itsracetime.com/Race/Register/IL/Bloomington/SPLASHMASHDASH

EVENT INFORMATION:

DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2018
Location: Inside Four Seasons I, 904 Four Seasons Rd. Bloomington, 61704
Time: Starts at 7:30 am; Packet Pick-Up & Day of Registration starts at 7:00 am

EVENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Opens January 15th: $100/team
Register online at: www.4seasons-club.com or register at Four Seasons I
*Limited spaces available to participate

FUN STUFF INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKETS:
Splash Mash Dash long sleeved shirt, coupons and other goodies donated from our participating sponsors.
(Register before February 4th to be guaranteed an event t-shirt.)

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Samantha Fleming, Aquatics Manager (309) 663-2022 x123
samantha@4seasons-club.com

Transforming lives by creating a healthier community. • 4seasons-club.com

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All In 8-Week Challenge

Are you all in?! Set yourself up for success in 2018 by creating healthy habits to kick-start your weight loss and healthy lifestyle today!

Join our new All In 8-Week Challenge for the chance to win a jackpot of $1000 or more! The more people that join the challenge the larger the jackpot gets! So tell a friend! And, New members get their first month membership for free with no enrollment fee.

The All in 8-Week Challenge is a $220 program made up of social support including: free inBody assessments, nutritional support from OSF experts, personalized training, training packet, food log, goal sheet, calendar of workshops and more!

Challengers will attend a kickoff event followed by their weekly Group Fitness class, Small Group Training session, and large Super Group Training session. Upon completing the challenge, everyone will come together for a celebration to see who will win the jackpot!

All you have to do to qualify for the jackpot is show up and be all in! See the front desk and get signed up today!

Learn more about Small Group Training or our Group Fitness Classes here, and watch the All In 8-Week Challenge info video, too!

 

 

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