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Healthy Living 2014 February 26, 2014

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2014 Healthy Living

Melding Music, Exercise To Melt Away Pounds BY VIRGINIA STILL


uzion Fitness opened in Escalon almost a year ago, in March 2013. Owner Kristina Santiago quit her job as a paralegal to pursue her passion of fitness. Santiago has a background in dance with a little jazz, hip hop, and tap influence. She began dancing at the Dance Academy in Modesto at a very young age and has continued in dance for the past 25 years. At her first Zumba class, Santiago fell in love with it and soon became certified to instruct. “You don’t even know that you were working out and burning a thousand calories,” said Santiago, when doing Zumba. The fitness studio offers Zumba, Piloxing, TRX, Strength, Boot Camp and Booty Right Abs Tight classes. “Fuzion Fitness is just a fusion of all the different music, the beats, anything that doesn’t make working out seem boring so there’s always music going, it is always

loud, it’s always fun,” stated Santiago. “I love Escalon, I love the feel of it, and everyone is super sweet.” There is a team of three instructors and a few others that teach the classes that are offered. Piloxing is a blend of Pilates, boxing, and dance. Booty Right Abs Tight is a 45-minute class that focuses on glutes and your core. The cardio classes are an hour and the strength classes are 45 minutes. Most of the classes are held in the evenings, and in the morning on Saturdays. The studio is closed on Sundays. There are zero contracts and there is no cost for the first class. If you mention this article, Santiago is offering 15 percent off all services including the Boot Camp, which starts on Monday, March 10. This spring they will be bringing back the Mommylicious Stroller Fitness class for all the moms out there. EXERCISE, Page 3

The Zumba workout at Fuzion Fitness in Escalon is mixed with an arrangement of music and choreographed by certified instructor/owner, Kristina Santiago. PHOTO BY VIRGINIA STILL

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Continued From Page 2 After getting married, having a baby, and opening a new business within the past year, Santiago explained that this past January was in a way the re-grand opening of the studio. There have been some changes made to the studio like removal of classes and addition of some new classes. “But right now we have a great schedule and everyone seems happy with the instructors,” said Santiago. “It is going well.” Along with being a down to earth group, Santiago expressed that all the instructors are knowledgeable regarding nutrition, the classes they teach, and the human body. “I think the people you attract says a lot about your business,” said Santiago. “Everybody is here to workout, everybody becomes friends, and everyone is highfiving at the end of class.” The Boot Camp that starts on March 10 is an eight-week program. For the boot camp they have specific classes, they do weigh-ins, take measurements, have nutritional coaching and are always in con-

tact with the instructors. For the people that need some motivation, Santiago says not to put it off until Monday. Start the class or workout as soon as you think about it or as soon as possible. “The hardest thing I think is just getting into your car and driving,” said Santiago. “Once you are here it is so much fun and so loud and crazy here so we will do the rest.” Santiago also recommends for the beginners to try Zumba at least four or five times, giving themselves a chance to learn the choreography created by the instructors. “So if you come and you have never been you are learning 16 new songs in an hour which is very overwhelming,” said Santiago. “So by coming four or five times, you will most likely be able to pick up the moves.” However, she explained that as long as you keep moving whether you have the moves down or not you will probably be sweating and still burning calories. Santiago expressed that you don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy Zumba because the instructors should teach you the moves. All you have to do is show up. “We are just here to teach and to make


From left, Janelle Giuntoli, Alyse Braner, Kristina Santiago, Lindsay Vrieling were all smiles for the Zumba class that was about to begin at Fuzion Fitness. PHOTO BY VIRGINIA STILL

your life better,” said Santiago. “And it’s not just about being in a bikini; it’s about being healthy. That’s what we do. “We are really down to earth and you will have a lot of fun here. If you mess up;

(by missing a day) just come back the next day, don’t wait until next week.” Fuzion Fitness studio is on First Street in Escalon, in the old Bakery building, near the corner of First and Main.

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2014 Healthy Living

Yoga is Not Just For Youngsters


oga is big business, attracting more and more people each year. Designed to promote physical and mental health, yoga has helped millions of people across the globe control their stress and improve their flexibility, and studies have shown that yoga is only growing in popularity. According to a study conducted by the Harris Interactive Service Bureau, roughly 20 million Americans practiced yoga in 2012, marking a 29 percent increase from just four years earlier. While some men and women over 50 may feel their time to take up yoga has passed, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, yoga can pay numerous dividends for the over 50 crowd. * Yoga can help alleviate hypertension. Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a potentially dangerous condition that makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body. Hypertension contributes to a hardening of the arteries known as atherosclerosis, and can even contribute to the develop-

ment of heart failure. A person’s risk of developing hypertension increases as he or she ages, so it’s important that men and women over 50 take steps to reduce their risk of hypertension, and yoga can help them do just that. A normal blood pressure is 120 over 80, but people with hypertension often have blood pressure readings of 140 and above over 90 and above. Studies have shown that yoga can reduce the top number, which is referred to as the systolic blood pressure. In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, researchers found that men and women who practiced yoga for six hours a week for 11 weeks reduced their systolic blood pressure by 33 points. The study’s authors feel that the slow, controlled breathing that’s essential to practicing yoga decreases nervous system activity, helping the body manage its blood pressure levels. * Yoga helps practitioners maintain healthy weights. While yoga may not help men and women shed weight as effectively as more vigorous activities, it

can help them maintain healthy weights. Many men and women over 50 find vigorous or strenuous physical activity too demanding, and might not be able to perform such activities with the frequency necessary to prevent weight gain. But while yoga is physically demanding, those who practice yoga often find it takes a smaller toll on their bodies than more traditional strength training. Another way yoga can help to maintain a healthy weight is through its relation to stress. Yoga can help to relieve stress, and lower stress levels reduce the likelihood that men and women will overeat, which is a common response to elevated stress levels. * Yoga promotes strong bones. Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which tissue loss leads to brittle and fragile bones. Aging is a significant risk factor for osteoporosis, and women are at even greater risk than men. The National Osteoporosis Foundation notes that women can lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass in the five to seven

years after menopause, so it’s important that women (and men) take steps to strengthen their bones. The nature of yoga makes it an ideal activity to promote healthy bones. Because it is a weight-bearing exercise, yoga forces practitioners to hold the weight of their bodies up against gravity. This resistance to gravity puts mild stress on the bones, which respond by laying down new bone growth. But unlike other weight-bearing activities, such as jogging or walking, yoga does not damage cartilage or put stress on the joints. The AARP notes that studies have indicated the weight-bearing activity of yoga can be especially effective at reducing the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Though yoga might not have been popular when today’s men and women over 50 were in their 20s and 30s, that does not mean such men and women cannot take advantage of the numerous physical and mental benefits yoga has to offer.

A. Lee Scaief, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O. James Winnick, O.D., F.A.A.O. Oak Valley Optometric 1390 West H Street, Suite E Oakdale, CA 95361 209-847-1726 Oak Valley Optometric has been serving the eye health and vision care needs of the Oakdale area since 1973. In addition to maintaining its practice and community activities, Dr. Scaief has been teaching as a Clinical Professor for many years at the University Of California Berkeley School Of Optometry. Dr. Jim Winnick has recently joined the practice full time, and brings with him 15 years of experience in primary eye care, ocular disease management and a specialty in contact lenses. As a board member of VSP, he also brings with him a vast knowledge of vision insurance. Both, doctors and staff, feel very strongly that helping patients understand the nature of their vision problems is the key to selecting the most appropriate care. In addition to offering a large selection of fashion eye wear and comprehensive contact lens services, Oak Valley Optometric offers a wide range of eye care services and state of the art instrumentation, including the latest retinal scanning technology to detect and monitor ocular disease in greater detail. The office is located across the street from the Oak Valley Hospital at 1390 West H Street, Suite E

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Five Foods For The Over 50 Crowd


en and women must alter their diets as they age. Portion sizes that young adults might have been able to get away with must shrink when those same men and women enter their 30s. And as thirty-somethings head into their 40s, what’s on the plate requires more careful consideration than it might have a decade ago. The same goes for men and women over 50, who must take steps to reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. One of the easiest ways to do just that is to eat healthy foods. The following are five flavorful and healthy foods tailor-made for the over 50 crowd. 1. Apples: Apples definitely qualify as a superfood, helping reduce cholesterol by preventing plaque buildup in the blood vessels and, as a result cutting an individual’s risk of diabetes considerably. In fact, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that eating at least two servings of apples per week can reduce a person’s risk of type 2

diabetes by as much as 23 percent. Apples also make for a great source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. 2. Blueberries: Blueberries help men and women maintain healthy blood sugar levels because they are high in soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol while slowing the body’s uptake of glucose. And despite their relatively small size, blueberries contain more fiber, vitamins and minerals per ounce than any other fruit. 3. Broccoli: Though broccoli might not have been your best friend during childhood, you may want to cozy up to this powerful green vegetable now that you have cracked the half-century mark. Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C. A single 3.5 ounce serving of broccoli contains more than 150 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which can shorten the duration of the common cold. In addition, a 2013 British study published in Medical News Today found that broccoli may help prevent osteoarthritis, a degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone that

is most common from middle age onward. A similar study from researchers at New York’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute published in the same publication six years earlier found that just three servings of broccoli per month can decrease bladder cancer risk by as much as 40 percent. 4. Fava beans: Fava beans are cholesterol-free and low in fat. Fava beans also may provide cardiovascular benefits and help men and women maintain healthy weights. Fava beans are considered “nutrient-dense,” a term used to describe low-calorie foods that boast lots of nutrients, and are an excellent source of vitamin B1, which is important for nervous system function and energy metabolism. 5. Oatmeal: Another food that might never make youngsters’ lists of their favorite foods, oatmeal is nonetheless a healthy option at the breakfast table. Oatmeal is loaded with soluble fiber, which can reduce cholesterol levels and subsequently reduce a person’s risk of heart disease. Also low in calories, oatmeal can help men and women main-

Making wise food choices and learning about healthy ‘super foods’ can help make the aging process a little easier. tain a healthy weight. Those who find oatmeal a tad too bland for their tastes can double on their superfoods by adding some blueberries into the mix, making their breakfast more flavorful and more healthy.

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DR. ALBERT GELDERS received his medical education from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also holds degrees in Engineering Management and Engineering Physics. Dr. Gelders specializes in Family Practice. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, California Medical Association and past President of Stanislaus Medical Society. DR. MARK COOK received his undergraduate degree in Biological Science from University of California Santa Cruz. He attended the University of San Diego School of Medicine graduating with a medical degree. He also attended Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where he completed a General Surgery Internship. He then went on to complete his family practice internship at University of Texas, Methodist Hospital with a transfer to University of Southern California Family Medicine Department serving as Chief Resident. Dr. Cook emphasizes nutrition and diet for maintaining health and practices complimentary and alternative medicine. DR. BRUCE BLACKHART received his undergraduate degree in Biology from California State University in Fresno. He attended medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and completed family practice residency at Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton. He is board certified in family practice, a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, California Medical Association, and a member and past president of Stanislaus Medical Society. DR. LEE HORWITZ, received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and served his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Family Practice Residency program where he became the Chief Resident. Dr. Horwitz worked as an Emergency Room Physician before moving to California. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, California Medical Association and Stanislaus Medical Society. He is past Chief of Medicine at Oak Valley Hospital, and current Chief of Staff at Oak Valley Hospital. PA M T H O R N B E R RY r e c e i v e d a n a s s o c i a t e d e g r e e f r o m M J C , a t t e n d e d Stanislaus State, and completed the Physician Assistant program at UC Davis in 1995. She is a board certified Physician Assistant.

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2014 Healthy Living

Part Of The Family: Insuring Your Pet’s Health Costs By RICHARD PALOMA


any people nowadays consider their pet a family member. Since they travel, have outings, relax with the rest of the family inside the home, it’s impossible to tell if the furry friend will be healthy or have a serious illness or accident during its lifetime. If something bad should happen to them, owners don’t want to have to decide whether to spend thousands of dollars to save their pet or put them to sleep. A 2010 study by the Associated Press found that 41 percent of pet owners are extremely or somewhat concerned they could not afford the veterinary bills for a sick dog or cat. If you’re an individual who would do anything to save your pet in case of emergency or a serious illness, including

spend thousands of dollars on veterinary care, pet insurance might be a preferable alternative to going into debt. Pet insurance is a safety net designed to protect pets and owners’ pocketbooks when the unexpected happens. Today’s veterinary care can provide your pet the latest medical advancements, but this expertise can be costly. Not too many years ago, most veterinarians handled their own emergencies. Now there are one or more emergency centers in most cities. These pet hospitals often deal with life-threatening problems that need intensive care or even emergency surgery – usually at hours when a regular veterinarian isn’t available. There are also veterinarians and technicians who actually specialize in emergency and critical care.

Since pets like Gino and Dante, shown here, are more than ever now considered to be part of the family, pet insurance may be an option to avoid costly vet bills. Today’s veterinary care can provide your pet the latest medical advancements, but this expertise can be costly. PHOTO BY RICHARD PALOMA

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Continued From Page 6 Vets today can offer treatments that were unheard of just a few years ago – and at prices that could make you howl. Treatments once reserved for humans, from radiation therapy to kidney transplants, are now available for pets. Pet owners are having better outlooks for their sick or injured pet as vets today use more current – and expensive – medical techniques and drugs. But that also means once-fatal conditions are now treatable at costs ranging from over $1,000 to more than $5,000. Pet insurance for these types of veterinary care is actually a form of property insurance. As such, pet insurance reimburses the owner after the pet has received care and the owner submits a claim to the insurance company. However, much like health insurance for humans, pet health insurance is subject to deductibles, copays, coverage limits and exclusions for pre-existing conditions. Since pet insurance policies vary

greatly from company to company, the only way to know what is included is to obtain and review a copy of the policy and see what’s covered – and more importantly, what’s not. In most cases, the pet owner pays the amount due to the veterinarian and then sends in the claim form and receives reimbursement, which some companies and policies limit according to their own schedules of necessary and usual charges. It is not uncommon for a veterinarian to allow the owner to put off payment until the insurance claim is processed. Previously, most pet insurance plans did not pay for preventative care (such as vaccinations) or elective procedures (such as neutering). Recently, however, some companies are now offering routine-care coverage, sometimes called comprehensive coverage. Dental care, prescription drugs and alternative treatments, such as physiotherapy and acupuncture, are also covered. Pet insurers have teamed with the American Kennel Club and Petco to offer their insurance, and more than 1,600 companies – including Office Depot and Google – provide the coverage as an optional employee benefit.


Fitness: All In A Day’s Activities

Some people think they have to spend hours at the gym sweating on the treadmill or elliptical trainer in order to burn calories and lose weight. As it turns out, the things you do every single day could be burning more calories than you realized. Some discipline with your diet and certain healthy habits can make the difference for those attempting to lose weight. Getting eight hours of sleep can burn more than 300 calories for the average person. But there’s a good chance you are interested in what activities you can do while awake to help burn calories. Courtesy of Discovery Health and Harvard Medical School, here are common everyday activities and how many calories can be burned depending on weight. These figures are based on a person weighing around 150 pounds and a duration of one hour of activity. * Supermarket shopping: Pushing a wagon around the supermarket for an hour can burn 240 calories or more. Up the ante by bagging groceries yourself and packing and unpacking them from the car. * Raking leaves: If you spent time manually raking leaves this past fall, you were doing something good for your body. In

addition to working several muscle groups, you may have spent 300 calories. * Dusting: Spring cleaning is right around the corner, and that can be good news for your health. Dusting alone can burn as much as 160 calories. * Cooking: Here’s a reason to get fired up about cooking. Making a simple meal can add up to 200 calories lost. Just don’t sabotage those lost calories by cooking up a fattening dinner. * Moving: Packing and moving may seem like a big task one rarely looks forward to, but carrying boxes can burn 460 calories an hour. Packing, moving and unpacking yourself may be the diet plan you’ve been seeking. * Painting: Perhaps you’ve been procrastinating on that house painting project. Here’s inspiration to break out the rollers and brushes. Spending an hour painting can burn 350 calories. After several hours applying a primer and then top coat, you may find you painted yourself thinner. * Community service: If you want to help the environment and your health, spending time picking up trash from a park or seaside can shed some serious calories – 450 an hour.


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Although more than 10 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis, the majority of patients are not even aware that they have it. Osteoporosis is a disease that results in weakened bones, and often does not produce symptoms until a fracture occurs. A fracture has the potential to be painful and could affect you and your lifestyle. One of the best ways for a physician to know whether a patient has osteoporosis is through a bone mineral density (BMD) exam or Dexa Scan. Both offices can provide Dexa Scans to Non-HMO patients with a written request from your primary care physician. In most cases, Medicare will pay for a Dexa Scan every two years. Our practice is recognized as a community leader in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. We balance the latest technology in bone density measurement with a personal, caring approach to ensure that you receive bone care with the attention and respect you deserve. Who’s at Risk? While most patients can be at risk for osteoporosis, certain people are more likely to develop the disease. The following factors increase your risk. • Women, especially past menopause • Women with early menopause (before age 45) • Caucasian or Asian • Small, thin frame • Family history of osteoporosis • Taking certain medications such as steroids, etc. • Smoker and /or heavy drinker • Inactive lifestyle • Diet low in calcium

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2014 Healthy Living

Exercise Brings Health Benefits No Matter Your Age


xercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. Including exercise in your daily routine can lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and exercise can even sharpen mental acuity, reduce anxiety and improve mood. But as beneficial as exercise can be, many men and women, particularly men and women over the age of 50, who have not laced up their sneakers in years are hesitant to begin an exercise regimen for a variety of reasons, potentially putting their long-term health at risk. Regardless of a person’s age, beginning a new exercise regimen can be intimidating. But it’s especially so for men and women over the age of 50, who might not know where to begin or how to approach adopting a healthier lifestyle. According to the National Institute on Aging, the following are a few points men and women should know as they attempt to improve their physical fitness with a more active lifestyle. * Exercise is safe even if you have not been physically active in a long time. Many older men and women worry that

suddenly embracing physical fitness after years of inactivity may be detrimental to their health. But that’s only true if men and women don’t exercise caution at the outset of their routines. When beginning the routine, take things very slowly at first, choosing to walk or bike every day rather than hitting the treadmill and adjusting it to maximum resistance. When strength training, start off with very little weight so your muscles can grow acclimated to the motions and you can get the exercises down pat. As you grow more comfortable and your body starts to feel more up to the challenges of daily exercise, you can begin to gradually alter your cardiovascular and strength training workouts to make them more challenging. * Exercise can make existing medical conditions more manageable. Men and women over the age of 50 who have preexisting medical conditions are likely to find that exercise alleviates rather than exacerbates their physical problems. The NIA notes that studies have shown that regular exercise and physical activity can

benefit people with arthritis, high blood pressure and heart disease. But it’s still recommended that men and women with preexisting medical conditions consult with their physicians before making any lifestyle changes. Some conditions may affect a person’s ability to be active, and it’s best to get the go-ahead from a physician before beginning an exercise regimen. Doctors may even suggest certain activities that have been known to alleviate particular conditions. * Exercise reduces fatigue, so sitting around to preserve strength is not effective. Exercise improves strength and energy levels, so sitting on the sideline to preserve your strength is counterproductive and could lead to serious medical problems. The “Report on Physical Activity and Health” from the U.S. Surgeon General’s office noted that men and women who are inactive are almost twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active. While getting adequate rest and giving your body ample time recover from physical activity is essential, your body won’t

benefit by avoiding exercise to preserve your strength. However, even moderate physical activity performed on a regular basis can reduce fatigue. * No one is too old to exercise. It’s not uncommon for men and women in their golden years to think they are too old to exercise. Some may feel that their toned down workouts cannot possibly be making much of an impact thanks to the physical limitations old age has put on their bodies, while others may think it’s unwise for someone in their 70s or 80s to be physically active. But no one is too old to exercise, as exercise helps the body stay strong and fit even when you can no longer max out on the bench press or squat hundreds of pounds. Scaling back your exercise routine will be necessary as you get older, but that does not mean you cannot still enjoy and benefit from physical activity. Continuing to exercise as you age is a great way to improve your quality of life and stay as active as possible well into your golden years.


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2754 TOPEKA STREET • RIVERBANK • 869-4505 Dr. Bell has been practicing dentistry in Riverbank since moving there in June of 1997. The office is conveniently located on the corner of Hwy 108 and Topeka Street. Dr. Bell and his friendly staff specialize in quality, affordable and comfortable dentistry for all ages. Dr. Bell is fluent in Spanish and welcomes new patients. He is proud to offer CEREC same day crowns, Invisalign, Implants and in-office whitening. Dr. Bell received his pre-dental training at Brigham Young University and studied dentistry at U.O.P. Dental School. He and his wife, Amanda, have three children; Sabrina, age 17; Spencer, age 15; and Sadie, age 12. Dr. Bell enjoys music, water skiing and family activities.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Dining Out Is Still Possible Even If You’re On A Diet


ining out at a restaurant is a treat for many people, while for others it’s a way of life. On-the-go professionals often find that dining out is simply more convenient than cooking at home. However, large portion sizes and dishes that tend to contain a lot of sodium and fat can make dining out less healthy than eating at home, which is a concern for those men and women who want to shed a few pounds. But dining out does not have to be done at the expense of your waistline. The following are a few ways dieters can still enjoy their favorite restaurants without having to worry about their weight. Order foods that are broiled, boiled or roasted. Foods that are broiled, boiled or roasted tend to be healthier than foods cooked in other ways. When ordering your meal, ask that oils be used sparingly if not removed completely. When foods look somewhat greasy, dab them with a napkin in the

same manner you might dab the grease from a slice of pizza. Don’t fill up before your meal arrives. Once you have been seated, skip the unending bread basket, forgoing this free appetizer altogether or asking for raw vegetables instead. When fellow diners order potentially fattening appetizers, ask to have a side salad with low-fat dressing on the side instead. Leave a little behind on your plate. Restaurant portions can be substantial, so don’t feel as if you need to finish your entire meal. You can always ask the waiter to pack up what you have left behind, or, when ordering, ask if the restaurant offers smaller portions at lower prices. Skip the dips and dressings. Many condiments can add unwanted calories to a meal, making even a healthy entree a calorie-laden meal that’s best avoided. For example, a salad covered in creamy Caesar salad dressing can take away from the overall nutritive value of the salad. Don’t be afraid to

ask for substitutions or simply ask to have dressings put on the side so if you must indulge you can do so without going overboard. Eat in the hours leading up to your dinner. Low-fat snacks eaten throughout the day will reduce the likelihood that you will overeat at the dinner table. Drink a tall glass of water and enjoy some low-calorie fruit so you won’t be famished once you arrive at the restaurant. Avoid buffet-style restaurants. Many people cannot help but overeat at buffet-style restaurants, where the size of a typical spread can make it hard for dieters to stay disciplined. If you must eat at a buffet-style restaurant, choose healthy fare like salad and steamed vegetables. Look for a low-calorie menu. Many restaurants now supplement their existing menus with a menu of low-calorie fare for those customers who want to eat out but want to do so without abandoning their diets. When visiting

Even men and women on a diet can still enjoy their favorite restaurants, as long as the food choices are made with health in mind. a restaurant, stick to ordering from the low-calorie section of the menu. The food will likely be just as delicious, though not as dense or as large.

River Oak Dental Spa Tourtlotte Dental Corp Christina Tourtlotte, DDS • Mary Tourtlotte, DDS Andrea Pezoldt, DDS 1473 East G St., Ste. C Oakdale, CA 95361 • (209) 848-8074

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River Oak Dental Spa is the dental practice of Dr. Christina Tourtlotte who has been operating her family dental practice in Oakdale since 1994. The office is equipped with state of the art technology for the dental practice and several features to present a relaxing, pleasant and spa like atmosphere for the patient. The dental office has chairs which give the patient a gentle massage, digital radiograph x-rays, in chair patient entertainment systems, and the ability to use nitrous oxide to ease patient anxiety. The office décor includes running water fountains to enhance the soothing atmosphere. Some spa treatments are available on a periodic basis. In February 2013, the office introduced our patients to the newest state of the art technology, Back Row:L-R: Melissa Mora, RDA, Vita Lara, Office Manager, Debbie Acamo, the CEREC. The CEREC is a sophisticated CAD/CAM System for the production of all ceramic inlays, Front Office Coordinator, Mary Tourtlotte, DDS, Tiffany Tobias, Hygienist, Amanda onlays, partial crowns, veneers, and crowns for anterior and posterior teeth. Clark, RDA, Korie Whorton, Hygienist, Ashley Ortega, RDA Dr. Christina Tourtlotte is an Oakdale native and the 1989 Oakdale Rodeo Queen. She received her Front Row:L-R: Deanna Acamo, Front Office Coordinator, Christina Tourtlotte, Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry where she graduated with DDS, Andrea Pezoldt, DDS honors in 1992. Dr. Mary Tourtlotte, the sister of Dr. Christina joined the practice in 2005. Mary graduated from University of the Pacific Dental School in 2005. Mary is also an Oakdale native, graduated Oakdale High School in 1993. Mary is very passionate about aesthetic dentistry and building a private practice. Proudly serves as a Reserve Navy dentist. Dr. Andrea Pezoldt joined our office in January 2009. Andrea graduated from University of the Pacific Dental School, and has been practicing for 17 years. River Oak Dental Spa is welcoming new patients and featuring laser whitening and office bleaching. Look for special pricing on this bleaching procedure in future ads. We thank our patients for their business and we appreciate your referrals.

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Checking Out The Fun Way To Fitness



hile watching my nephew practice for the upcoming little league baseball season at T.L. Davis Sports Park in Oakdale recently, a group of people sprinted from the parking lot located at Ackley Circle and the runners ran the outer perimeter of the sports park and right back into the building from which they had started. Curiosity got the better of me, so after practice I went over to the building. I could hear the group of people in the building while I was still inside the parking lot. There were the sounds of laughter, weights hitting the ground and the sounds of rubber balls hitting what I thought was the ground. When I approached the entrance, it appeared to be an underground gym. I was greeted by the owner of the gym, Alison Huberty. She welcomed me inside and proceeded to tell me about what exactly they do in there. “Welcome to CrossFit Oakdale,” she announced. “This is not just an ordinary

gym. It’s a much faster paced way to work out. And see results. We’re about to start another class if you’d like to sit through it and see firsthand what we do?” How could I pass it up, I was intrigued. A group of 12 people made up the class, both male and female, of various ages and body types. They began the class with basic stretching and then started in for their 60-minute workout. The workout consisted of various activities, including weight lifting, pull ups, squats, running laps inside the building, and then Huberty had them end it with what she called “wallball” (that noise I had heard when approaching the building an hour before that I thought was the bouncing of a ball). “WallBall is an exercise that we do here. You grab a ball, then get in a squat position, and push the ball off your fingertips toward the target on the wall,” Huberty explained. The targets were stars on the wall about eight to 10 feet high. “It helps with your core and strengthens your legs,” she added. During their workout I took a closer

As part of the finishing touches for their workout, CrossFit participants take part in Wall Ball, with instructor Alison Huberty explaining the rules prior to the start of the exercise. PHOTO BY DENNIS D. CRUZ

look around the gym. On the walls were positive messages written by the members on a blackboard. Messages included

“Do what others are afraid to do” “Don’t FITNESS, Page 11

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Back Row L-R: Joseph Corso DDS, Susan Biggs, Rose Johnson, Kerri Carroll, Chris Gilbert, Breanna Lindquist, Dianne Porter Front Row L-R: Joy Montez, Mary Sanborn, Susanna Vera, Veronica Martin, Debby Sanguinetti, Donna Doerksen, Tony Albertoni DDS Not Pictured: Nancy Johnson, Heidi Corso, Danielle Albertoni, and Michelle Carter

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Continued From Page 10 give up� and “You got this�. On another wall there were T-shirts hanging that also included positive messages including “You Don’t Get What You Want, You Get What You Work For�. As the workout was winding down, Alison’s husband Brian showed up for his workout of the evening. “We train here for the CrossFit Games. Which is a competition that determines the fittest man and women on earth,� he said. When I asked when they got introduced to crossfit, Alison Huberty replied: “In 2006. We lived in Brooklyn, New York and there were not any crossfit gyms around so Brian would do his own cross fit training at our regular gym. We moved to California in 2008. And Brian competed in the 2009 Nor Cal Qualifier.� They opened CrossFit Oakdale in 2011 and have been helping people from around the Central Valley improve their fitness level ever since. For more information on CrossFit Oakdale you can find them on the Internet at or just simply stop by; the gym is at 1872 Ackley Circle, Unit 10 in Oakdale.


Instructor Alison Huberty demonstrates the proper pull up to members in a recent CrossFit Oakdale class. PHOTO BY DENNIS D. CRUZ

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