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October 17th, 2014

Did you make it to the wellness event last night?? Jason was here to meet residents and welcome you to his new 6 week challenge starting November 4th! If you missed it, don’t worry, he’ll be back next week! The second of two wellness events will be next Thursday, 10/23/14 at 5:30pm in the Cyber Café!

Jason will be conducting body fat testing, nutritional counseling, and samples of protein powder, energy shots, and vitamins will be given away!

The fliers are still above the water dispenser in the gym. Take a look below if you haven’t seen them yet!! We hope to see you next week!

Holiday Slim Down Photo

October 13th, 2014

8 Rules for Better Sleep

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Millions of Americans struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ASAM, 2014), sleep problems can be caused by your body, mind or outside factors. Here are 8 rules recommended by sleep professionals to improve your sleep through a healthy body:

Your Body is Solar Powered

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Rule #1: Spend some time outdoors during the day.

Natural sunlight signals to the brain that it is time to turn off melatonin production and get energized. Help this natural process by getting as much sunlight in the morning hours as you can. If you find yourself feeling sapped for energy during the winter when there is less sunlight, try turning on bright lights first thing in the morning as a substitute.

Rule #2: Shut off electronic devices 30 minutes before bedtime.

Over the past 10 years, electronic devices have become more and more attractive in part because they have been made to emit brighter and brighter light. Looking intently at your television, smart phone or tablet late into the night is likely confusing your body into believing it is daylight. As it gets close to bedtime, rest your eyes by turning off sources of bright light.

Your Body is a Clock

Rule #3: Get up at the same time every day, even on the weekends or during vacations.

You may be tempted to get more sleep whenever you can, especially if you are habitually tired from poor sleep. However, you may be creating “weekend jetlag” and undoing your body’s attempt to establish a healthy rhythm. Instead of compensating for poor sleep by taking naps and sleeping in, help your body by setting a regular wake-up time.

Rule #4: Eat breakfast.27704710_m

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day for many reasons, including signaling to your brain that it is time to wake up and begin producing the hormones needed for healthy growth and maintenance of your body. Digestion is a signal for the body to get going. By the same token, do not eat too close to bedtime and stay away from heavy foods at night.

Your Body is a Temple

Rule #5: If you have trouble sleeping, do not have more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day and avoid any caffeine after lunchtime.

Caffeine stimulates the brain and interferes with sleep. While putting on a pot of coffee in the morning may be an important ritual that helps you with morning blahs, did you know that it can take 4-6 hours for the caffeine in 1 cup of coffee (100 milligrams of caffeine) to reach its peak effect and up to 8 hours for that caffeine to wear off?

Rule #6: Avoid alcohol within 4-6 hours of bedtime.

While alcohol is an effective agent for slowing down brain activity and helps many people relax, alcohol actually hurts sleep quality. Drinking alcohol near bedtime suppresses brain activity to cause dreamless sleep. As the alcohol processes out of the body (usually about 2-3 hours after falling asleep), there is a rebound in brain activity that is often experienced as nightmares and uncomfortable awakenings. With regular alcohol use, most people’s bodies get used to it and begin to need more and more to get the same results.7546168_m

Rule #7: Get active and have some fun!

Whether it’s walking Fido around the neighborhood, taking a yoga class or training for a 5K run, regular moderate exercise that matches your fitness level keeps your body healthy and can help you to sleep. Just remember: try to complete your exercise 6 hours before bedtime so that you do not overstimulate your body late in the day.

Rule #8: Advocate for yourself.

There are many potential health problems that can cause sleep problems. See your doctor for regular checkups so that you can get proper care for any conditions you may have. If you continue to have trouble sleeping, ask your doctor for a referral to a sleep specialist, who may be a another physician or clinical psychologist. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself: You deserve a good night’s sleep!

 

About Dr. Lin

Nancy J. Lin, Ph.D. photographed by Laurens Antoine

Nancy J. Lin, Ph.D. photographed by Laurens Antoine

Dr. Nancy J. Lin is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and served as a staff psychologist and researcher helping to better understand effective treatments for sleep problems related to combat and other forms of stress. As an Assistant Professor at UCSD School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, she trained psychiatry residents in psychotherapy and is herself trained in, among other therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) for nightmares. She has successfully helped men and women returning from combat to get a better night’s sleep and is now devoting her attention to fighting chronic insomnia in her community.

In addition to sleep-related therapy, Dr. Lin is a trauma specialist and is certified to provide in evidence-based treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) . She has received training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Seeking Safety for dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance dependence, CBT for depression and several other therapies.

Dr. Lin is committed to helping clients of diverse backgrounds and strives to create a therapeutic alliance based on mutual respect and openness.

For more information, visit:

www.sleepeducation.org

www.gotosleepsd.com

October 10th, 2014

Holiday Slim Down!!!

As many of you know, we had to say goodbye to our trainer, Joel, at the end of Summer. We were all very sad to see him go and wish Joel the best of luck! Now, we are very excited to have Jason Thai as our new trainer!!! He’s been here the past month and you may have already met him. If not, we have some great events coming up along with the launch of a 6 week challenge that will give you a great opportunity to say ‘hello!’

We have 2 events in October before the start of the 6 week challenge where Jason will introduce himself and have fliers available to promote his upcoming challenge. Check out the upcoming events below!!

Wellness Events:

  • Tuesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 23rd
  • Both events will take place between 5:30p-6:30p in our Cyber Café.
  • Jason will be doing body fat testing, nutritional counseling, and samples of protein powder, energy shots, and vitamins will be given away!

6 Week Challenge:

  • Starts November 4th!
  • Weekly progressive workouts at the regularly scheduled classes
  • Informational nutritional handouts
  • Initial, check point, and final measurement sessions
  • Weekly contact with fitness professional, Jason Thai
  • Winner receives Personal Training sessions!

You may have noticed the fliers in the gym already, if not take a look below! See you next week at the first event!

Holiday Slim Down Photo

October 7th, 2014

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It is that time of the month where we add new video games to our Aquatera library! This month we have added:

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For the PS4:MIDDLE EARTH- Shadow of Mordor!!!!

This game is getting RAVE reviews EVERYWHERE!!! If you look at Gamers magazine, online store apps, Gamers Club, Amazon, Best Buy- the reviews all say the same thing! This game is SICK!!! It consistently has scored over 4 stars in all categories! The graphics are awesome and the story line really draws you in! The story starts up where the Main character is banished to ‘Middle Earth’ away from his family and everyone that he loves. He has to fight to get back to them and claim Middle Earth!

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FOR THE XBOX ONE: ZOO TYCOON!

This is a super fun game for the Kids, especially kids that love animals! This game allows the player to build their OWN perfect ZOO with all of THEIR favorite Animals! With over 100 species to pick from, the player gets to play and experience wild animals at a whole new level!!! SIMS has nothing on Zoo Tycoon!!!

September 30th, 2014

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It is time to separate the men from the boys (proverbially of course). Its Tournament time, elimination style! We are so excited for the addition to our club room with the XBOX one and the PS4. We really focus on delivering a full range of amenities to all of our residents and I am so excited that we will be hosting our FIRST EVER Tournament!

The votes are in and an OVERWHELMING number on residents voted for MADDEN 15 as the ultimate winner!!! We will have pizza, drinks and cookies for everyone to chow down on! Music and teeth clenching competition as our residents go head to head!

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Shoot us an email at Aquatera@hgfenton.com to sign up for the game! The tournament will be on Oct. 18 at 4pm in the club room! The gamer chairs are ready, the anticipation is heating up! Who is in for the win???

September 29th, 2014

What’s on the Menu Mondays

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Restaurant Week 2

San Diego Restaurant Week is Here!!!

San Diego Restaurant week is going on this week through Friday Oct. 3rd. Check out our spotlight on the closest local foodie stops near Mission Valley below and make sure to take advantage of these GREAT deals and savings on local eateries before they’re gone!

100 Wines Hillcrest

Serving up a three course dinner for only $35, pick from duck confit poutine, bbq burger royale and cinnamon rolls.

94th Aero Squadron

It would be difficult to find another restaurant with as much warmth and charm as the 94th Aero Squadron. Located inside a replica of a World War I French farmhouse, the restaurant sits overlooking Montgomery Field Airport, and is packed full of military memorabilia, antique farm implements, and aviation relics. Check out their $35 Prix Fixe Menu at the link above!

Banker’s Hill Bar + Restaurant

Serving American cuisine and brews, Banker’s Hill Bar + Restaurant is offering up a $35 three course dinner menu featuring spice roasted pumpkin soup, lamb meatballs, chili marinated shrimp and bay scallops and devil’s food chocolate cake.

Check out the info for all of the local deals at San Diego Restaurant Week’s Website.

 

September 24th, 2014

IrinaFoodies, this is your favorite time of the year!  San Diego’s top-notch dining scene is being showcased once again this week as San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) is back as it celebrates its 10th anniversary!!!

SDRW runs from 9/21-9/26.  Even better news?  SDRW has been extended, meaning you can grab another helping of the popular and delicious culinary event next week!  Over the course of this time, you can dine at more than 215 participating restaurants across 12 regions throughout San Diego County.

The concept of SDRW is easy to swallow: twice  a year, more than 180 local restaurants and eateries across 12 regions  throughout San Diego County offer special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus so  locals can sample the city’s food scene.   29226674_M

Two-course prix-fixe lunch  menus range between $10 and $20 per person, while prix-fixe dinner menus  will range between $25 and $45.  If there’s a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, now is the time to do it and take advantage!

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diego-Restaurant-Week-Extended-277121351.html#ixzz3ER45pDao Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

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September 24th, 2014

IrinaFoodies, this is your favorite time of the year!  San Diego’s top-notch dining scene is being showcased once again this week as San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) is back as it celebrates its 10th anniversary!!!

SDRW runs from 9/21-9/26.  Even better news?  SDRW has been extended, meaning you can grab another helping of the popular and delicious culinary event next week!  Over the course of this time, you can dine at more than 215 participating restaurants across 12 regions throughout San Diego County.

The concept of SDRW is easy to swallow: twice  a year, more than 180 local restaurants and eateries across 12 regions  throughout San Diego County offer special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus so  locals can sample the city’s food scene.   29226674_M

Two-course prix-fixe lunch  menus range between $10 and $20 per person, while prix-fixe dinner menus  will range between $25 and $45.  If there’s a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, now is the time to do it and take advantage!

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diego-Restaurant-Week-Extended-277121351.html#ixzz3ER45pDao Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

Aquatera 7608647_mBlog written by: Irina Polyak

 

 

September 23rd, 2014

blog pic So the club room is rocking out the xbox one and the ps4. It already has been getting some EXCELLENT usage which I am stoked to say….and now it’s time to take it to the next level. Yes ladies and gentlemen…NEXT LEVEL….of course what I mean by this is TOURNAMENT!!!! Here is how is going to work:

 

 

 

 

 

STEP ONE- everyone votes for the game they want to battle it out for…. so….. VOTE

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STEP TWO- sign up for your heet!!!! We will be doing elimination style!!!
STEP THREE- eat ALOT of pizza, Drink ALOT of soda
STEP FOUR- Repeat step three
STEP FIVE- declare a winner!!!!
STEP SIX- Claim your prize!!!!

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