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Dishing Up Wellness: The 411 on Healthy Eats By Ashley Huntsberry-Lett

Joanne Irwin, a foodie and member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has again partnered with the Cancer Alliance of Naples to present Food For Life: Kickstart to Health Series. Over the course of five weeks, participants learn the vital connection between sound, vegetable-based eating habits and the benefits for weight control, heart health, and cancer and diabetes prevention and survival. Each class features a DVD presentation, a cooking demonstration and food tasting, and the sessions focus on a specific topic, such as “The New Four Food Groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Legumes and Grains)” and “Foods that Tame the Appetite Demons.” Individual series begin in November and occur throughout the season during January, April and March. For details, visit canceralliance or

its participation in Hyatt’s worldwide launch of Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. The initiative is rooted in providing healthy, wellbalanced, and, of course, delicious meals that benefit guests, local communities and the planet. This translates to buying ingredients from area farms and using sustainably grown produce (some from an on-site chef’s garden), hormone-free meats, and cage-free eggs. The new menus will offer gluten-free, vegetarian and Stay Fit Cuisine options, plus a custom-designed organic seasonal children’s menu from the original locavore, renowned Edible Schoolyard chef Alice Waters.


The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa (, already a gourmet enclave in Bonita Springs, recently announced

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The Hyatt has a wide choice of nutritious meals.

Just in case you needed any more reason for a staycation… A favorite spot for luxurious pampering, The Spa at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club ( presents “Spamazing” deals for Florida residents through mid-December. In addition to enjoying specials that change with days of the week— including twofers or discounts on first-class manis, pedis, eyebrow waxing, select massages and products— spa-goers can have a mini vacay, taking advantage of the hotel’s sauna, steamroom, whirlpool and tranquil aura. —Melissa Bell 124  NAPLES ILLUSTRATED

Elyse Sashin, MS.Ed., CPT (2promotehealth .com), brings a focus on fitness to the Naples community. She is a certified personal trainer in mat and stability ball Pilates, and is currently working towards receiving her yoga certification. A training tool she just added to her repertoire is the Power Plate—a machine that vibrates in three dimensions and contracts muscles involuntarily at a rapid rate. Results can be attained in such short sessions that Sashin describes it as “a workout on fastforward.” Although she trains individuals in their homes, at NCH, and at Naples Personal Training, she also helps people living with multiple sclerosis stay active at The MS Center of Southwest Florida. Sashin’s special talent is assessing each client’s individual needs and developing creative solutions and personalized programs to achieve their goals. Her words of wisdom on getting in shape? Embrace activities you find rewarding and look forward to: It is much easier to stick with a fitness regimen long-term when it makes you happy. —A.H.

Naples Illustrated November 2012  

The Naples Luxury LIfestyle

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