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WINTER 2016

VOL. 5, NO. 1

SPRING KLEIN HEALTH, MIND& BODY •

MAGAZINE

Exercise & Your Brain

Exploring the effects of exercise on your brain 10

Making Time

How to find time for fitness 12

Snacking Smart

Snacks that will help you sleep 15


Insured Medical Services Most People Don’t Know About Acne Treatment

Prescribed acne treatments may be covered by your insurance policy depending on your individual insurance policy and the severity of the acne. Your payment portion may be very little, or nothing at all, but this would depend on your policy coverage and requirements. At SKIN 101, they provide options from topical skin care products to prescription medications in addition to our in-office procedures overseen by licensed Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. The acne treatments that may be covered by your insurance companies includes acne cleansing, chemical peels, acne surgery, laser therapy, Cryotherapy and day and evening management regimen.

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Years of sun exposure causes Actinic Keratosis to develop, appearing as rough-textured, scaly, dry lesions or patches that form on the outermost layer of the skin. Most insurance companies will cover the use of laser therapy and chemical exfoliation for these precancerous lesions and Blue U Levulan therapy for precancerous lesions.

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While all warts are skin growths caused by viruses, different warts respond to different treatments and some warts go away on their own. Salicylic acid and nitrogen freezing can help with removal of many warts. Skin tags can simply be shaved or snipped! The Practitioner will assess, diagnose, monitor and remove if medically necessary.

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Most insurance companies will pay for one visit per year. A full body skin exam is an invaluable tool and preventive measure in the early detection of skin cancer as well as many other dermatological conditions.

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Moles may appear black, brown, or tan and are benign pigmented spots of skin. Moles that are larger than six millimeters, itches or bleeds, rapidly changes in color, size or shape, has multiple colors, is located where it can’t

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Cosmetic consults are helpful when considering the use of our skincare products or cosmetic treatments. Fillers, injectables, lasers and chemical peels are just a few of the items that can be reviewed with our staff during these appointmemts. Your first cosmetic consult is complimentary and cosmetic consult appointments thereafter require a small fee which can be applied to your service should you purchase a tteatment.

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Sun damage is the result of long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Sun damage most commonly occurs on the face, hands and arms, and may lead to sun spots, age spots, rough skin and wrinkles. The best treatment against sun damage is preventing it from occurring in the first place. Schedule a free cosmetic consult for more education on how to prevent sun damage.

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Letter From the Editor No matter how you feel about resolutions, chances are most of us are looking to kick off 2016 on a good note. Over the New Year period many people made resolutions, to make themselves better, have a happier life and not surprisingly, lose weight and exercise more. And why not? Exercising is a great way to maintain a healthy mind and body. It is an undeniable fact that by exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, we are less prone to life-style diseases, depression and just simply feel better about ourselves. Whether you want to exercise more, eat healthier, stress less, booze less, lose weight, quit smoking, manage money better, get more sleep, learn a new skill, or go green (phew!), these hints and tips will help, guide and support your efforts. Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year! And when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions remember what Master Yoda said “Do. Or Do Not. There is no try.”

Leanne Donelson Editor of SPRING•KLEIN Magazine

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Table of Contents Exercise Benefits The Brain, Too How To Find Time For Exercise Snack Foods That Promote Better Sleep Power of A Positive Attitude Embrace the Wonders of Wireless At Home Keeping the Fire Lit! Handling Valentine’s Day When You Have Diabetes Social Media AVON 39 The Walk To End Breast Cancer RECIPE Texas Chili With Chipotle Cream SPRING-KLEIN ATHLETE, Spencer Mills Fun Facts About February

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Exercise Benefits The Brain, Too Regular exercise can benefit the body in many ways, helping men and women maintain healthier weights and lower their risks for developing potentially deadly diseases. Though many people are quick to associate exercise with its physical benefits, those hours spent on the treadmill also can boost brain power. According to Dr. Barry Gordon, professor of neurology and cognitive science at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and coauthor of “Intelligent Memory: Improve the Memory That Makes You Smarter,” exercise has a direct impact on the brain. That’s because exercise works directly on brain tissue, improving the connections between nerve cells, creating new synapses, growing new neurons and blood vessels, and improving cell energy efficiency. So while many people may begin an exercise regimen with a goal of trimming their waistlines or toning their bodies, they might be happy to know that those physical benefits are accompanied by several cognitive benefits as well. As the American Psychological Association acknowledges, the connection between exercise and mental health is hard to ignore, and the APA notes that the following are just a few of the mental benefits men and women might reap from regular exercise.

Improved mood Many people feel great after exercising, especially if that exercise comes at the end of a particularly stressful day. However, those extra laps on the track or those hours spent on the treadmill don’t just pay short-term dividends. In a controlled trial overseen by Duke University researcher and clinical psychologist James Blumenthal, sedentary adults with major depressive disorder were assigned into one of four groups: supervised exercise, home-based exercise, antidepressant therapy, or a placebo pill. Those in the exercise and antidepressant groups had higher rates of remission than those in the placebo group, and Blumenthal concluded that exercise was generally comparable to antidepressants for men and women with major depressive disorder. In addition, in following up with patients a year later, Blumenthal found that those who continued to exercise had lower depression scores than those participants who were less active. Blumenthal’s study was not the only one to conclude that exercise can have a positive impact on mood. In a review of 11 studies that examined the effects of exercise on mental health, Boston University professor of psychology Michael Otto and his colleagues found that exercise could be a powerful tool when treating clinical depression, and even recommended clinicians include exercise as part of their treatment plans for depressed patients.

Antidote to anxiety Some researchers, Otto included, have begun to examine the effects of exercise on treating and possibly preventing anxiety. The body’s nervous system responds

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quickly when people feel frightened or threatened, often causing the body’s heart rate to increase and sweating and dizziness to occur. Those people who are especially sensitive to anxiety respond to these feelings with fear, and that makes them more likely to develop panic disorders. But Otto and fellow researcher Jasper Smits of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University studied the effects that regular workouts might have on people prone to anxiety. Since exercise produces many of the same physical reactions, such as sweating and an elevated heart rate, the body produces when responding to fear or threats, Otto and Smits wanted to determine if exercise might help people prone to anxiety become less likely to panic when experiencing fear or threats. In studying 60 participants with heightened sensitivity to anxiety, Otto and Smits found that the subjects who participated in a two-week exercise program exhibited marked improvements in anxiety sensitivity compared to those participants who did not take part in the exercise program. Otto and Smith concluded that this improvement was a result of the exercise group participants learning to associate the symptoms common to both fear and exercise, such as sweating and an elevated heart rate, with something positive (exercise) instead of something negative (anxiety). Regular exercise benefits the human body in numerous ways, not the least of which is its impact on the brain. More information on the link between exercise and improved mental health is available at www.apa.org. To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email: info@SpringKleinMagazine.com


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ADVICE

How To Find Time For Exercise Many men and women cite hectic schedules as the primary reason they fail to get enough exercise. Commitments to work and family may dominate your schedule, but daily exercise can drastically reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes and help reduce stress. Because exercise can vastly improve quality of life and even life expectancy, it’s imperative that even the busiest men and women find time to exercise several times per week. The following are a handful of ways to do just that. Transform your commute. Many men and women find their commutes to be a significant waste of time. But instead of sitting in traffic or napping on public transportation, consider transforming your daily commute into an exercise regimen. If you live close to your office, ride your bicycle to work each day rather than driving or taking the bus or train. If that’s not an option, avoid working during your commute so you aren’t stressing out on your way into or home from the office. Instead, spend your commute listening to an audiobook in the car or reading a book or watching a movie if you take public transportation. Use your commute as an opportunity to exercise, ease into your day or unwind after a long day rather than extending the workday. Make the most of your lunch hour. Many working professionals are aware that a big lunch in the middle of the day can drain them of energy and make the afternoon crawl. So instead of indulging in a big lunch, use your lunch hour to squeeze in a workout. If your company has an on-site fitness facility, visit it during your lunch hour. If not, walk around the campus during lunch instead of

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Riding a bicycle to work instead of driving to the office is one way to make time for daily exercise.

sitting at your desk. Exercising during your lunch hour is a great way to squeeze in a workout, and chances are your afternoon productivity will benefit from your midday workout. Get up early. Men and women who workout in the morning often rave about the impact such workouts have on the rest of their days. While it might not be easy to rise when it’s still dark out, waking up as little as 30 mincontinued

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utes before you normally would can work wonders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week and some muscle-strengthening activities that focus on all the major muscle groups on two or more days per week. So setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier and making the most of that dusty fitness equipment in the basement is all that stands between you and a much healthier lifestyle. Once you get used to exercising in the early morning hours, you might realize just how much more energy you have throughout the day and how little you miss that extra sleep in the morning. Forgo happy hour for workout hour. The days when professionals would finish off a workday with a few drinks at a nearby tavern are largely a thing of the past, but some professionals still like to indulge in one or two alcoholic beverages at the end of the workday. If that’s your modus operandi but you bemoan your lack of time to get to the gym, then say goodbye to happy hour in favor of working out at the gym. Working out after work is a healthier way to relieve stress than having a few drinks, and choosing to work out instead of going out for drinks is a great way to trim your waistline. Daily exercise can drastically improve your quality of life while significantly reducing your risk for potentially deadly diseases. And even the busiest men and women can find time to exercise every day when motivated to do so.

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Snack Foods That Promote Better Sleep According to the National Sleep Foundation, changes in sleep patterns are a part of the aging process. Many people experience difficulty falling asleep and then staying asleep as they age, and that difficulty can make men and women over 50 feel more tired during the day. But even though difficulty sleeping may be a part of aging, that does not mean men and women over 50 cannot take steps to improve their sleeping patterns. For example, certain snack foods may help to improve quality of sleep, especially when these foods replace less healthy snacking options. While men and women over 50 should always consult with their physicians before making any changes to their diets, the AARP notes that the following are a handful of snack foods that promote better sleep.

ALMONDS Magnesium is a mineral with muscle-relaxing properties, and almonds contain enough magnesium to help men and women get a better night’s sleep. A small amount of almonds before bed might be enough to make falling and staying asleep easier.

BANANAS Much like almonds, bananas provide a substantial amount of magnesium. Bananas also contain the amino acid tryptophan, which many people associate with Thanksgiving turkey. While tryptophan might be most often associated with the sleepiness people feel after eating a holiday meal, it also has been linked to better sleep quality, so a banana shortly before bed might be just what you need to fall and stay asleep.

CHEESE AND CRACKERS

which are loaded with tryptophan, folate and vitamin B6. Folate has proven especially beneficial to older men and women who need help regulating their sleep patterns, while vitamin B6 helps the body regulate its clock.

PEANUT BUTTER

One more traditional snack may just help you get a better night’s sleep. Cheese and crackers contain tryptophan and carbohydrates, which can induce a better night’s sleep and help you fall asleep sooner.

Peanut butter is another snacking item loaded with tryptophan. Spread some peanut butter on a carbohydrate, whether it’s a slice of toast or some crackers, before going to bed, and you may enjoy a better, longer sleep.

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WALNUTS

Cherries contain the sleep hormone melatonin, and the AARP notes that recent studies indicated that participants who drank tart cherry juice on a daily basis fell asleep more quickly and slept longer and better than participants who did not.

Like cherries, walnuts contain melatonin, which can contribute to a longer, more restful night’s sleep. Walnuts also can help regulate stress, which is a leading cause of sleeping difficulty.

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Power of A

Positive Attitude A balanced diet, exercise, genetics, and even certain medications can work in concert to make Laughter and positive thinking can be good for your health. a person healthy. But a person’s demeanor also can factor into personal health. spire people to live healthier lifestyles that make them The Mayo Clinic says that whether or not a person more likely to get routine physical activity and eat a is an optimist or a pessimist can affect many areas of healthy diet. Happy people also may be less likely to use his or her health and well-being, and those who see the tobacco products or alcohol as a coping mechanism when glass as half-full may ultimately be healthier than those dealing with elevated stress levels, and such people will who see it as half-empty. not have to deal with the side effects that can come with Positive thinking can make it easier to manage stress. these unhealthy behaviors. The body responds differently based on an individual’s Becoming a more positive thinker can take a little efmood, and it may produce stress hormones if a person’s fort for those without a natural inclination for optimism. outlook is negative. Such stress hormones can comproBut because positive thinking boasts such significant mise the immune system, increase blood pressure and health benefits, men and women might want to try the even reduce the body’s ability to burn fat effectively. following methods to embrace their optimistic side. Thinking negatively and being on edge also can increase • Exercise. Start an exercise regimen, as physical a person’s risk for developing cardiovascular disease activity naturally reduces stress and can improve mood. and aging prematurely. • Embrace humor. Surround yourself with others Conversely, maintaining a positive attitude can be who bring a smile to your face. Look for ways to laugh good for your health. Studies have shown that thinking as much as possible. Rather than go out to dinner or a positively can lower rates of depression and anxiety, bar with friends, head to a comedy club. Choose comeincrease life expectancy and provide greater resistance dies at the movie theater and find humor in everyday to certain illnesses, such as the common cold. A 2012 happenings. preliminary study from researchers at Stanford Uni• Identify areas that need change. Think about versity found that daughters of mothers suffering from moments in life that may bring you down or inspire depression were able to witness their own stress levels negative reactions. If work is problematic, figure out go down on a real-time brain scan as they switched from ways to make it better and work toward improving the negative thoughts to happy ones. situation. Researchers are unsure why positive thinking • Be supportive of yourself. Consider what you has such profound effects. But in addition to limiting would say to others and then treat yourself the same stress-releasing hormones, positive thinking may inway. Would you be overly negative or derogatory toward a complete stranger? Probably not, and there is no reason to be harsh with yourself, either. Push negative thoughts away. • Volunteer. One way to see the world in a more positive light is to help others who may be less fortuLaughter combined with positive thinking is a prenate than you. Volunteering not only helps others, but it scription for good health. Research shows laughter also can help you put your own problems in perspective. relaxes the entire body, relieving physical tension Volunteering also helps you feel good about your efforts, which can translate into positive thinking. and stress for up to 45 minutes. Laughter decreases • Think like a child. Take a cue from youngsters stress hormones and increases infection-fighting anand find joy in the little things. Let children be the tibodies. Endorphins that promote an overall sense leaders in activities and mimic what they do. You just may find yourself laughing more and enjoying yourself. of well-being and relieve pain can be released from Being silly for a little while is one way to recapture the a hearty bout of laughter. Furthermore, laughter can feelings of youth.

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TECHNOLOGY

Embrace the Wonders of Wireless At Home Electronic devices enable us to access information, communicate and engage in entertainment. Consumer electronics also have transformed the typical household. Data from the Consumer Electronics Association, CTIA and U.S. Census Bureau paint a picture of just how immersed in new technology society has become. Statistics indicate the typical home of 2.6 people has an average of 24 electronic gadgets in use, including one or more smartphones. These devices include eReaders, HDTVs, laptops, tablets, printers, digital cameras, DVRs, Bluetooth speakers, portable GPS devices, and more. To meet the demands of all of these devices, some homes need an electronics overhaul, including beefing up the capabilities of Internet connections and wireless networks. Many Wi-Fi routers claim to be capable of supporting as many as 255 connected devices. While this is theoretically possible, having that many devices on a standard home wireless router can compromise how well a network works. The results may include slow Internet browsing abilities, long lag time and even connection interference or droppage. When considering renovation projects around the home, it may be worth it to pay attention to electronic devices and their connectivity.

Start With The Router The wireless router in your home is a technological workhorse. When the router goes down, your devices follow suit. Without a router you will not be able to access the digital signal from your Internet Service Provider and send it out to all of your devices. Many older routers broadcast on a 2.4GHz signal, the same as many other radio devices. Crowding on the 2.4GHz spectrum could cause slowdown during the busiest times of the day for Internet traffic. It may be worth it to invest in a new router that can search for other channels that have less traffic and broadcast through them.

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Keeping the Fire Lit! Tips from Master Josh Arcemont There was once a guy who wanted to improve his life. He wanted more and better friends, to be a better spouse, to improve his finances, and to be a better martial artist. So he thought about all of these areas of his life as they were now, and he thought about how he’d like them to be. Initially, after thinking about this, he had tons of excitement and motivation. He’d wake up with a start, and get right to improving his life. Soon after though, that initial motivation faded. He did less and less to improve things. Shortly after, they stopped improving. Life went on. Another guy went through the same realization. He realized that he wanted his life to be better, and he wanted it now. Only this guy wrote out goals for every area of his life. And he put them everywhere. He laminated them, and hung them in the shower. He hung them on the bathroom mirror. He hung them on the dashboard of his car . . . in his wallet . . . on his desk . . . and everywhere else. Every time he saw those goals, he was faced with an inner-question: “Am I working to achieve them?” If the answer was no, he’d automatically take action. Maybe he’d change his attitude, or call his wife and express gratitude, or stop what he was doing and go to the gym. His life changed and changed and changed. His goals changed, too, as he did. When this happened, he’d update them and swap them out with the old ones. Setting goals is powerful. It can change your life. But it takes constant reminders to stay on track. Both men had an inner fire to change their lives. But once the fire’s lit, it’s our task to keep it that way.

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Handling Valentine’s Day When You Have Diabetes Celebrating a holiday can be challenging for those with diabetes, as sweet treats are a part of many holiday celebrations. Come Valentine’s Day, chocolates, candy and rich desserts can often be found on the menu, which can prove problematic for those who have to watch their blood-glucose levels. Diabetics may be tempted to indulge in too many sugary foods on Valentine’s Day. Fortunately individuals do not have to put their health in jeopardy in the name of Valentine’s Day, as there are many healthy ways to celebrate with some minor tweaks. • Focus on fun, not food. Rather than making food the focus of the day, shift your attention to all the fun things you can do with your valentine. Fill the day with activities such as ice skating or sightseeing. Even though the weather may be cold, it’s possible to enjoy the great outdoors. Dress appropriately and enjoy a walk in the park, or do something out of the ordinary, like sledding. If you must retreat indoors, watch a romantic movie. • Plan ahead when changing your diet. It’s often possible to work small amounts of a particular dessert or food into your normal meal plan by adjusting what you eat for the rest of the day. If you plan ahead for a bite of chocolate, you can balance out sugar levels by eliminating something else. Keep tabs on your sugar levels throughout the day, and always weigh the benefits and drawbacks of the foods you eat. • Include smart substitutions. Many favorite foods are available in low-sugar or sugarless varieties that are diabetic-friendly. Lean toward low-carb offerings

Sweet treats pose a challenge to those with diabetes come Valentine’s Day. and foods that are relatively low in fat. Baking your own treats or cooking your own meals will give you greater control over the ingredients used in your recipes, and that can pay big dividends in terms of health. • Send nonfood items into the classroom. Diabetes affects people of all ages. When sending valentines into the class for children, do not accompany the cards with chocolate kisses or other candies. Instead, choose toys or keepsakes, such as heart-shaped erasers or scented stickers. Moderation is key when managing diabetes around Valentine’s Day. Place a greater emphasis on time spent together, entertainment and socialization rather than potentially unhealthy treats.

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39BREAST CANCER THE WALK TO END

AVON 39 is The Walk to End Breast Cancer and I have been a proud participant for 5 years! Have you ever wanted to walk 39.3 miles over one weekend? The first year I wasn’t too sure myself, but ever since then I can’t wait for the next year to come. Sure there have been blisters, missing toenails, sore muscles, tears, moments where we are not sure we can make it to the next mile marker . . . yet together we do! I mean blisters are truly better than chemo! You are walking next to men and women who have their own reason, their own story, their own battle and it is very inspiring and encouraging. And there is a whole crew helping you along the way! I have to thank my friend Latoshia for getting me started in 2012. My grandmother Peale passed away from breast cancer, so when I heard the ads on the radio

In 2013 my friend Fernanda and I started Team Super Boobies, and we are still going strong for our 5th year in 2016 with Linda (4th year), Tracy (2nd year), Marlon and Amy (our newbies) fighting with us! Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to fundraise as a 100% non-profit team. Every event we have, every item we sale is donated so that we do not have to reimburse an account.

Madison Everingham and Madilynn Desormeaux, sisters crushing breast cancer.

Marie Stenzel and her daughter Madison Everingham at the 2015 walk.

I really wanted to be involved, honor her and fight for my daughter’s future. I wanted to do something big and 39.3 miles seemed pretty big to me! But I was too intimidated I suppose, to make that first step of signing up. God must have known I needed a push because when I went to Latoshia’s house that week she told me she had signed up with her friend Tori. Pretty soon we had one more friend join us, the four of us experiencing this journey together. That was it, we were hooked! Walking next to fighters, survivors and people just like us that want to eradicate breast cancer. Hearing all the stories along the route, seeing the difference the money raised in Houston makes right here in our own city. We left there, albeit limping a bit, blessed! We were able to experience 39.3 miles of Houston in the most fantastic way you can.

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Thanks to local businesses like The Residence Doctor, Community Bank of Texas – Tomball, A.W. Installers, ACME Truck Lines, Plourde Electric, Bass Tool, Howco Metals, Nifer Machine and a great guy who volunteers his time to design all of our shirts Justin Haworth, we have raised over $40,000!!! Our goal for 2016 is take our total to $60,000 and we know we can because we have the best fans, friends and family! The first year we walked, a lot of great memories were made, but what really stood out to us the most was this group of kids, dressed in yellow with big pink tutus that kept showing up along the route. Cheering, smiling, passing out high fives, making us laugh and reboot that depleting energy. They are known as the Youth Crew, one of the many crews you see along the route, all helping you make it to the finish line. To us the Youth Crew was a great group of kids that got us through the toughest, most amazing weekend of our lives. But they are so much more! I found out later that the Youth Crew kids are a group of 8 youth, ages 11-15, boys and girls from our city that are chosen from tons of applications! The kids have to fill out an application, answer six essay questions and go through a phone interview in order to be considered. To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email: info@SpringKleinMagazine.com


Top to bottom, left to right: Tracy Self Wolfe, Fernanda Nieto, Jenny Lindow, Latoshia Johnson, Sarah Silva, Linda Watson, Marie Stenzel, 2015 Team Super Boobies.

If you are so lucky to make it on this great crew, you have a lot of work ahead of you. The Youth Crew has a fundraising goal, they are each responsible for raising $500. The weekend of the walk, the Youth Crew has to be there by 10:00 a.m. the Friday before to help set up

the camp and they do not stop working until about 3:00 p.m. Sunday! They might get about eight hours of sleep the whole weekend. I am very proud to say that April 23rd and 24th of 2016, two of my daughters will be part of this amazing crew! For my daughter Madison Everingham, an 8th grader at Doerre, it will be her second year on the crew! Last year she was also chosen to speak on stage at 6:00 in the morning about her story in front of over a 1,000 walkers and crew members, getting everyone pumped up to start their first 26.2 miles of the day. This year her sister Madilynn Desormeaux, a 5th grader at Frank, will be joining her. I am sure their little sister Mazie will follow in their footsteps when she turns 11, only five years to go! I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me to experience this with them. For them to have this experience for themselves! They have been Team Super Boobies biggest supporters since day one and now we are their biggest supporters! Please consider helping us make our goal by donating: www.avonwalk.org/goto/superboobies Or email me with any questions, donations, ideas, company sponsorships: avonwalkteamsb@gmail.com Sign up to walk: www.avon39.org/houston

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RECIPE

Get Ready For Game Day With Texas Chili January marks the dawn of a new year, but for football fans, the first month of the calendar year also means the playoffs are about to begin. Football gatherings can be fun for ardent and novice fans alike. One of the reasons such get-togethers appeal to so many people is food, which typically plays a big role on game days. Hosts who want to wow their guests with homemade chili can try their hands at the following recipe for “Texas Chili With Chipotle Cream” from Neal Corman’s, Virgil’s Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook (St. Martin’s Press).

Texas Chili With Chipotle Cream Serves 4 to 6 CHIPOTLE CREAM 10 1⁄2 ounces goat cheese 2 tablespoons pureed chipotle in adobo sauce 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream Juice of 1⁄2 lemon Juice of 2 limes Zest of 1⁄2 lime 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt CHILI 2 tablespoons Texas Chili Spice Mix (see below) 1⁄4 cup canola oil 2 pounds skirt steak 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1⁄3 pound sliced bacon, diced 4 cups finely diced yellow onions 2 cups finely diced green peppers 1⁄2 cup chopped garlic 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, drained 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons dried Mexican oregano 2 tablespoons Texas-style chili powder (use 3 to 4 tablespoons for a thicker chili) 3 tomatillos, rinsed and diced 3 tablespoons corn masa flour (recommended: Masaca) 2 tablespoons pureed chipotle in adobo sauce 5 cups beef broth 2 16-ounce cans black beans 1⁄2 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped, divided 1 13-ounce bag tortilla chips, crushed

5. In a large, heavy-bottom pot, render the diced bacon until it is crispy. Add the onions, green peppers and garlic, and sauté until slightly brown. 6. Add the tomatoes, brown sugar, oregano, chili powder, tomatillos, flour, and chipotle. Heat for 3 minutes, or until the mixture begins to thicken. 7. Add the beef broth, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour. 8. Cut the steak against the grain into small cubes. Add the steak and beans to the chili, and simmer for an additional 20 minutes. 9. Add most of the chopped cilantro and serve over crushed tortilla chips with a dollop of chipotle cream and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro on top. Texas Chili Spice Mix – Makes 1 cup 2 2 6 4 4

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S P EN CER MIL LS Klein Oak High School Strutters Varsity How/when did you get started in sports? I started out dancing with the Texas Angels Drill Team in first grade and eventually moved on to competitive dancing with the Koenig Dance Company. What are your honors and accomplishments? I have been blessed to win several 1st place solo awards in various dance competitions; to be a part of a DI team that won state and went to Global competition; and to attain Principal’s Honor Roll many times over the years. What is your favorite athletic memory? Winning 1st Place Overall for my Jazz solo at Nationals in 2014 was AMAZING and something I’ll never forget! What is your favorite pregame snack? Something light, like an energy bar or almonds, helps me sail through the high-energy choreography of our half-time performances. What do you do to focus yourself for a game? I like to go over my dance performance visually in my head while I am stretching beforehand. What do you get most out of being an athlete? I would say self-confidence, for sure. Who has been the biggest influence in your athletic career? My first ballet teacher, Ms. Scarlett Banbury Keene, had a really big impact on me and made me fall in love with dance. These days, my drill team director, Ms. Polansky, pushes me every day to grow as an athlete and a dancer. Who is your favorite professional athlete and why? Sophia Lucia is my favorite because she is only thirteen years old, holds the world record for pirouettes, and has become a world-class professional dancer. What is your favorite pro sports team and why? The Dallas Cowboys because they have the BEST dance team, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! How do you balance sports and academics? We practice almost every day after school, so things can get hectic. I make sure and use my time wisely in Panther Den (study period) and at home in the evenings to stay on top of my academic work. What college do you plan to attend? My first choice would have to be The University of Texas at Austin where my sister and mother attended college. Hook ‘em! What keeps you motivated? My amazing Strutters dance directors, Ms. Polansky and Ms. Laroe. They make me want to strive to be the best! Who is your favorite teacher and why? Ms. Polansky because of her unwavering support and the personal interest she takes in me and all her dancers. When not practicing/playing, what do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy volunteering as a member of the National Charity League – Champions Chapter, working on my YouTube beauty channel, hanging out with my Strutter friends, and watching shows like Dance Moms or So You Think You Can Dance? What advice would you like to give to younger athletes? Work hard and stay focused. Take critiques gracefully and grow from them; don’t let them break you down. Take time to ENJOY your success in the moment. 28 SPRING•KLEIN Magazine Winter 2016 To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email: info@SpringKleinMagazine.com


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Fun Facts About February

tempt to reorganize the calendar once more to even out the months and give extra time to February. As a result of the shorter number of days, February has some unique attributes. In common years, February can pass without a single full moon. The next time this will happen is in 2018. Once every six years, February is the only month that has four, full seven-day weeks. February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August on leap years. February ends on the same day of the week as October every year. In leap years, it is the only month that begins and ends on the same weekday. People born on a leap year technically celebrate their birthday only once every four years, but most observe it on the 28th. Celebrities born on February 29 include Tony Robbins, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Mervyn Warren, and Dennis Farina. Despite its status as the shortest month, February is packed with many events, including Valentine’s Day and Groundhog’s Day. Americans celebrate the birth of two presidents in February, as well as Black History Month. Mexicans celebrate Flag Day in February, while residents of St. Lucia celebrate their Independence Day. February is also a time for families, especially in Canada, where Family Day is celebrated on the third Monday of the month in many provinces. February is also an important month for sports fans, as two teams will face each other in the Super Bowl on the first Sunday of February. No one really knows for certain why February was relegated to the shortest month. However, with so much trivia and special events surrounding the month, it is still a special time of year.

February is the shortest month of the year, but many people have no idea why that is. February is the only month to have fewer than 30 days, but there is no scientific reason behind that distinction, though there have been various changes to the calendar throughout the centuries, and eventually February became what it is today. The Romans developed a 10 month calendar that began with the Spring equinox in March and ended in December. There is belief that what is now February was overlooked when this calendar was created, as winter weather had little to do with the harvest in the northern hemisphere, where Rome is located. Romans essentially considered the winter a period of time with no distinctive months. When the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius, took to the throne in 713 BC, he had plans to make the calendar more accurate by synchronizing it with the actual lunar year, which is roughly 354 days long. Thus, two new months, January and February, were added to the end of the calendar. Both January and February had 28 days. At the time, even numbers were considered bad luck, and these months were not looked upon favorably by the king. So he decided to make changes once more and added a day to January to make it 29 days long. February was left untouched, remaining an “unlucky” month and one devoted to honoring the dead and performing rites of purification, as the word February comes from februare, which means “to purify.” February remained the last month of the year for roughly 200 years until the calendar was reevaluated and February was reassigned as the second month, with January being the start of the new year. This new 355-day calendar simply could not stay in sync with the seasons because it did not account for the amount of time it takes the Earth to orbit the sun. Therefore, an extra “month” of 27 days was added after February 23 each year to play catchup. Sometimes this extra month was overlooked or not scheduled in time, continuing the calendar conundrum. Julius Caesar was responsible for tackling calendar problems further when he was in power. He wished Minimum Purchase Required. Limited Time Offer! to make the calendar solar-based, like the one Egyptians used, instead of the older lunar-based calendar. This led to the creation of the Julian THE TRADITION CONTINUES calendar. Ten days were added to the calendar year in various months, and February was increased every four years (leap year) to 29 days to coordinate the calendar year to the solar HOME DESIGN CENTER, LLC cycle of roughly 365.2425 days. 5005 Spring Cypress • Spring, Texas 77379 February remains the shortest month of the year. Through the years there has been no widespread at-

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