October 2011 Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort e-Newsletter
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The Magic of Massage
Pampering MassageAren't massages great? If you're anything like me, a massage leaves you completely relaxed and feeling oh so good!

But, along with the peace and tranquility that a massage can bring, researchers have found that massage also produces some genuine health benefits. In fact, a study at Cedars- Sinai confirmed what many believed to be true. Massage results in significant biological changes that lead to greater health including a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol and an increase in the number of white blood cells, indicating a boost in the immune system. Based on these findings, some professionals believe that massage might even be effective in treating inflammatory and autoimmune conditions!

So, the next time you're at The Heartland and you're enjoying your complimentary 40-minute full body massage (which is included with every 2 or 3-night stay), remember this…you're not only going to feel great, but you'll also be doing something important for your overall health.
Enjoy it!

Yours in health,
Harold Lebovic, President
Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort


PS: Our 5-night packages include a facial and four 40-minute full body massages….boy, will you be healthy!

It's Not Too Late to Enjoy the BEST Prices of the Year,
But Space is Limited, so CALL TODAY!

241 Is BackOur "2 for the price of 1" promotion is back and is available for stays during the months of October, November and December, 2011.

Simply pay the single rate and bring a companion for FREE!
Our "2 for the price of 1" deal is the best price of the year, and we're happy to see so many people taking advantage of this incredible offer.

Many dates have already sold out, so if you are considering a visit to The Heartland, please call our office today to inquire about availability. Our personal care representatives are available 7 days a week to assist you. We look forward to welcoming you home to The Heartland. Call us toll free at 800-545-4853 or visit us online www.heartlandspa.com to check dates.

Recipe Corner - There's no TRICK to making this Halloween TREAT!
Chef Barb's famous pumpkin cookies are so good that it's hard to believe that they are fat free and only 54 calories a piece…definitely a Heartland favorite!
Chef Barb's Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¾ cup organic raw sugar* or firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup canned pumpkin
¼ cup maple syrup

* Organic raw sugar is available at most health food stores under the brand name Sucanat.

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper or grease lightly.
2. In medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
3. With an electric mixer, beat together sugar, pumpkin, and syrup until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix well.
4. For each cookie, drop 2 tablespoons of dough, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten dough slightly.
5. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Yield: About 1 dozen cookies

Per serving: (1 cookie)
Calories: 54, Fat: 0 g (3% calories from fat), Protein: 1 g, Carbohydrate: 12 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 48 mg

Upcoming Guest Speakers
Katie Lyons, LCSW, ACSW
October 21 - 23
Living in the Moment:
The Art of Mindfulness
Marilyn DiCola, R.N.
Dance/Movement Therapist
October 28-30
Body Listening - The Path to Wellness
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthIn recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'd like to share some ways to help reduce your breast cancer risk. This list was included in a story that ran in USA Today. Please take a moment to pass it on to the women in your lives.

Maintain a healthy weight
Obesity has been linked to many kinds of cancer.

Limit alcohol consumption
Moderate drinking, or defined as two drinks a day, increases a woman's risk of breast cancer by more than 20%, compared with women who don't drink at all. Over a lifetime, that boosts a woman's risk of breast cancer from 1 in 8 to nearly 1 in 6.

Watch radiation
Reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, such as that from x-rays and CT scans.

Avoid or limit use of hormone replacement therapy
Long-term use of hormones has been linked to ovarian and breast cancer.

Time your childbearing
If practical, have your first child by age 30.

Breast-feed as long as possible, or at least for several months.

Consider medications
If you're at high risk for cancer (i.e. if you have several close relatives with the disease), talk to your doctor about medications such as tamoxifen or raloxifene. While these can cut the risk of breast cancer, they cause their own side effects.

Beware of chemicals
Limit exposure to estrogen-like chemicals, such as BPA, found in many plastics and the lining of metal cans. Also limit exposure to phthalates, chemicals that interfere with the hormone system, often found in plastics, fragrances and cosmetics.

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