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Aptos Village Skin and Body Care

Aptos Village Skin and Body Care

Variety of services and professional etiquette help make this place a haven

We lead busy lives. And while we might already know that it’s best to find the right balance between work and play, we often overlook another important aspect to creating harmony between the mind and body: nurturing. As in, taking care of your skin and body in ways that go beyond basic maintenance. I’m talking about really taking care of yourself.

That’s where Patty Yarr comes in. As a licensed esthetician for 22 years, Yarr has absorbed a great deal of knowledge about skin and body health. During the last 10 years, she’s been at the helm of Aptos Village Skin and Body Care, a unique sanctuary nestled in the most picturesque part of Aptos. Many things shine here but mostly, it’s Yarr’s commitment to great customer care and offering an impressive line of skin care products—it’s one of the reasons she hit our radar in our annual health issue. (See GT’s 2/23 cover story.)

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Have Wheels, Will Heal

Have Wheels, Will Heal

Dominican Hospital’s Mobile Health Clinic serves the Santa Cruz community

It’s the season of sniffles and flu bugs, which is unpleasant enough for those who are sufficiently insured. For members of the community who can’t afford healthcare, it can be a nightmare.

But an alternative exists in form of the Dominican Hospital Mobile Health Clinic, which seeks to serve a rising number of locals who are uninsured or are unable to pay the co-pays required for check-ups and medical treatment.

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Diet-Proof Dining

Diet-Proof Dining

Tips for healthy and guilt-free eating out

It’s late January: how are your New Year’s resolutions faring? If you vowed, like many Americans, to eat healthier and maybe shed a few pounds this year, rest assured that you don’t need to hibernate while your friends go out for a bite. Here are some helpful hints that will let you join the party without compromising your resolutions.

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Healthy Web Favorites

Healthy Web Favorites

Four great healthy recipe websites

 

I recently asked my friends, clients, and family what their favorite healthy recipe websites are.  I enjoyed reading everyone’s responses and chose four sites that I believe have the tastiest, healthiest and most unique recipes. Here they are:

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The Top Calorie-Burning Exercises

The Top Calorie-Burning Exercises

 

Cardio exercise is very important for your body whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or improve your health. The object of cardio training is to improve the body’s ability to utilize oxygen efficiently by increasing your heart rate throughout the workout.

The good thing about cardio is that there are plenty of exercises to choose from, many of which do not require special equipment. The best cardio exercise is simply the one that you enjoy and will commit to doing. Keep in mind, however, that if your goal is to lose weight, some exercises will expedite your results faster than others. I’ve picked a few of the most effective calorie burning cardio exercises, in no particular order. So read up, and get ready to sweat like crazy. (All calorie estimates are from shapefit.com.)

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Thanksgiving Made Healthy

Thanksgiving Made Healthy

I’m sure you know all about holiday weight gain. Don't we all? It's the dreaded, seemingly inevitable extra pounds that pack on from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. But why indulge in high fat foods and gain extra pounds when you can instead consume those same holiday favorites, but made with a healthy twist? Here are two of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes that have been reinvented to include healthier ingredients. Rest assured, the taste has not been compromised.

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Sticking To Your Exercise Goals

Sticking To Your Exercise Goals

Beginning or getting back to an exercise routine involves more than just scheduling your workouts and joining a gym. Exercise should be incorporated into your daily routine like eating, sleeping, and taking your morning shower. It shouldn’t be something you do only when you want to drop a few extra pounds or prepare for a 5K race. Sticking with your goals requires a few mental tricks to help keep you moving, focused, and motivated. The information below may help you stay on course when your motivation starts to waiver. Remember, the result is worth the effort.

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Tips for Healthy Traveling

Tips for Healthy Traveling

Holidays should be a relaxing and joyous time, but you need to be mindful of what the stress of traveling and disruption to your schedule can do to your body. In order to stay healthy and fit during the holidays, you need to have a plan and stick to it. The following are some of my favorite health and fitness tips for dealing with holiday travel: 

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Watch Your Sodium Intake

Watch Your Sodium Intake

You've been trying to eat less sodium—just a pinch of table salt on your baked potato and a dash on your scrambled eggs. But a pinch here and a dash there can quickly add up to unhealthy levels of sodium. Many processed and prepared foods already contain lots of sodium, and it's these foods that contribute the most sodium to your diet.

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Veterans Day Workout

Veterans Day Workout

In 2006, I participated in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Physical Fitness Coordinator Program. I trained with some of the top federal government trainers who introduced me to some of the most effective exercises that both law enforcement and military personnel use in their basic training. These two exercises are considered compound movements because they work several muscle groups at the same time.

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