April Newsletter 2017

This month’s success story is a client who has been with us right from the very start, before corehealth even existed!

You may hear Michelle talking about her succulents during class, now read up on how they can actually keep us healthy!

Read up on all the news regularly happening here at corehealth!

This months recipe is a light and fluffy passionfruit and white chocolate mousse to share on Easter!

Contents

corehealth Monthly Special
corehealth Inspiration
Regular Champions
Let’s Talk Health – Plants Make People Happy
corehealth News
Recipe of the Month – Passionfruit and White Chocolate Mousse

corehealth Monthly Special

During the month of April, attend all of your GE classes without rescheduling and recieve 10% off your next block! Just a little motivation to work off those chocolate easter eggs!

For newsletter subscribers only. Make sure to mention this edition of the newsletter to redeem your offer. Talk to staff for any additional information.

corehealth Inspiration

“Those who row the boat do not have time to rock the boat”

– Amir Sela (kind of)

corehealth Regular Champions

Client Story – Karen Farquar  

This month we interviewed Karen, one of our longest standing clients and a very familiar face to most that come in to corehealth.

What are you currently doing with yourself?

I currently work as Renal Dialysis Nurse and I am soon to retire
When did you initially start coming to corehealth?

As fate has it I have followed Amir’s exercise classes from his days at the UniSA campus at Magill, which then moved to church hall near Magill Road and then corehealth on the Parade. My attendance throughout these years was always inconsistent.
What services were/are you currently doing at corehealth?

I first participated in Pilates classes, in 2008 after I has stopped coming to class Amir rang me and asked me what my intentions were, working out what was best for me. In May 2008 I commenced sessions with an Exercise Physiologist twice a week, in which I have maintained ever since.
How has corehealth helped you?

I have been coming to corehealth as I was to find out I was a very borderline Diabetic. The goal was to reduce my weight to lower my blood glucose levels, which I was able to do and kept them lower until 2016. In 2016 my Glucose was again elevated to borderline high levels and in 6 months we were able to reduce my glucose and cholesterol levels to normal (high but normal) without medication.

The other reason that corehealth has helped is that my right hip is higher (almost abnormally) then my left and this influences the way I use my muscles. Over the years my balance, fitness and coordination have very much improved. I believe these improvements prevented me from falling twice last year, as I was able to maintain balance and remain upright.
What is your favourite part of coming to corehealth?

Coming in to corehealth has become a part of my normal routine. I’m very grateful that I have come to core health as it has prevented me from developing Diagnostic Diabetes and the risks associated including the risk of developing renal failure. As Diabetes is the leading cause of renal failure in Australia, America and the United Kingdom. I have also seen great benefits for my back and hip that are outlined above.

We love having Karen around as one of our clients and thank her for all the years of comittment and motivation she has had on us! We are so very proud of her journey!

– Written by Courtney Hutton

Let’s Talk Health

Plants Make People Happy

By Michelle Lee
Being new to the #indoorplantgang, I thought I would research and write an article on how plants in our living/work space affect us, be it in a positive or negative way.

Good news is that there have been quite a few research studies that have shown how plants have a positive impact on our daily life. The only one negative thing that I have found personally is that I find myself spending more money from buying them! But back to the positives; one of the very many benefits of having some greenery in your daily spaces is that it helps with improving concentration and memory. Studies have shown that tasks performed are better, with greater accuracy and can yield a higher quality result. It is thought that the calming influence of plants helps to contribute to a positive work environment and serves stimulate both the senses and the mind. A recent University of Michigan study showed that having plants nearby could increase memory retention up to 20%.

Improved physiological state. The presence of green life in hospitals or places of rest have also been shown to increase the recovery rate of the ill, be it actual plants in rooms or even just being able to look out to a view of aesthetically pleasing gardens. A study conducted by the Kansas State University found that viewing plants during recovery led to a significant improvement in physiologic responses such as lowered systolic blood pressure and lower levels of pain, fatigue and anxiety. There is even something called horticulture therapy where patients care for and nurture plants themselves while in rehabilitation. Not to mention the scientific benefits of having plants: which include cleaning the air we breathe in by reducing carbon dioxide levels and certain pollutants (such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide), reducing airborne dust levels and also keeping air temperatures down. Some plants such as the snake plant will continue to release oxygen even at night, and can contribute to a better night’s sleep.

Medicinal benefits. For example eucalyptus has been known to help clear congestion and is found to be an ingredient in many remedies. And an aloe vera plant?; It’s sap can be used as a topical agent to help with pain relief and non-serious burns. A herb that is relatively easy to grow, lavender, has a multitude of medicinal attributes. It’s aroma provides a calming effect that can reduce stress, headaches and anxiety levels.

Increased concern and empathy towards others. Another interesting fact about plants is that research has shown that people who spend an extended length of time around plants tend to have a better relationship with others. This is due to the enhanced care-taking nature inspired by looking after plants and this increases the feelings of compassion. These people are more likely to try and help others and more often have advanced social relationships.

So if you’re thinking about getting an indoor plant for yourself, please do so! There are a multitude of positive effects and so if not, why not?

References:

Interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults: a randomized crossover study.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4419447/

Psychological benefits of greenspace increase with biodiversity.
https://www.fullerlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Fuller-et-al-2007b.pdf

Plants make you feel better. The positive impact of nature.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/urban-mindfulness/200903/plants-make-you-feel-better

Health and well-being benefits of plants.
http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/health-and-well-being-benefits-of-plants/#.WNyN6hSKOJU

corehealth News

corehealth Table Tennis Tournament!

It’s safe to say that our clients know how much we love table tennis here at corehealth, as you sit and wait for your session you can probably hear screams and cries coming from upstairs and wondering what the hell is going on? Well now you no longer have to wonder! We would love to have our clients join in and be a part our table tennis tournament, brand new for this year! Show off your skills or lack there of and just have fun with us! The winner of the competition will recieve a FREE Group Equipment block or an equivalent prize and the runner up will win a one hour massage on us! Some drinks and nibbles will be provided so make sure that you RSVP by April 30th.

Friday May 5th 2017 starting from 5:30pm – until the winner is announced! 

Public Holidays

Just a friendly reminder that the clinic will be closed over the easter period so make sure that you reshcedule all of your appointments beforehand to avoid missing out! Hope everyone has a safe and happy break and don’t eat too much chocolate!

The dates that we will be closed is as follows:

Friday 14th of April – Good Friday
Saturday 15th of April – Easter Saturday
Monday 17th of April – Easter Monday
Tuesday 25th of April – Anzac Day

Fee Increase

Also a reminder that as of April the 1st our fees will be increased for the first time in four years. So please ask staff or take a look at our new schedule of fees at the admin desk to familiarise yourself!

Recipe of the Month

Passionfruit and White Chocolate Mousse

A perfect combination of sweet and tart for this Easter Sunday dessert!

Ingredients

180g white chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups thickened cream
3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup caster sugar
2 passionfruit – 1/4 cup passionfruit pulp. Allow overnight freezing time.
Whipped cream and passionfruit pulp, to serve

Method

Step 1. Grease a 7.5cm deep, 10.5cm x 25.5cm (top) loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, extending paper 3cm from edge of pan on all sides. Place chocolate in a heatproof microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium (50%) for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring with a metal spoon halfway through cooking, or until smooth. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.

Step 2. Using an electric mixer, beat cream for 2 to 3 minutes until soft peaks form.

Step 3. Add egg yolks and half the cream to chocolate. Stir until just combined. Fold in remaining cream. Wash and dry beaters and bowl.

Step 4. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites for 3 to 4 minutes until soft peaks form. Add sugar. Beat until glossy. Fold half the egg white mixture into chocolate until combined. Fold in remaining egg white mixture. Fold in passionfruit pulp. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Cover surface with plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze overnight or until firm.

Step 5. Turn mousse onto a large plate. Cut into slices. Top with whipped cream and passionfruit pulp. Serve.
– Suggested by Marissa Carter