ART _ WINE FOR A CURE THURSDAY_ SEPTEMBER 27

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ART & WINE FOR A CURE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Dear Members, Decathlon Club is truly a one-of-a-kind club. When you walk in the door, you are immediately greeted with a friendly hello from one of the staff in our bright, cheerful lobby. Then you're off to one of our clean, well-appointed locker rooms. Depending on your fitness objectives, you might decide to hit the fitness floor, participate in a group exercise class, dive into the swimming pool, or meet a partner on one of our racquet sport courts. No matter where you go when you visit the Club, you benefit from the hard work and vigilant attention of our expert staff. Our team is composed of dedicated, hard-working individuals who take great pride in making your Club experience a good one. We want you to have a great time here, and we go the extra mile to make that happen. Each year, Western Athletic Clubs, our parent organization, awards Service Star and ENHANCE Hero Awards to recognize those employees who exemplify our company culture. This year's Service Stars are Jeff Molina (Sports Desk), Emily Quinones (Childcare) and Jaime Benes (Social and Athletics). These employees consistently demonstrate superior service to our members and our community and have also earned the respect of their fellow employees. The ENHANCE Hero Award is given to those employees who follow our ENHANCE service standard, a set of standards that we use to give our members the highest possible level of care, This year's winners are Jerry Loftin (personal fitness training), Hector Gonzales (food and beverage) and Tim Chapman (Sports Desk). Tim was also chosen as our employee of the year for 2006–07 fiscal year. Please join me in congratulating these fine staff members, and everyone else here at Decathlon Club who gives 100% each day to enhance our member's lives. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Sincerely,

Tomo Ishikawa General Manager

Labor Day Club Hours
Monday, Tomo Ishikawa General Manager September 3 7:00 am–10:00 pm

EVERY DROP COUNTS
Water is a precious resource. Growing populations and ongoing droughts are draining our water supplies, causing natural habitat degradation and impacting our everyday use of water. We have no choice but to pay more attention to how we are using water, and how we may be wasting it. Water is vital to our survival, and we must do whatever we can to ensure that we have an adequate supply of clean water for years to come. Here are a few conservation tips to try. - Take shorter showers. Try a "Navy" shower; get wet, turn off the water, soap and scrub, then turn on the water to rinse. - In the shower, instead of increasing the hot or cold water flow to adjust the water temperature, try decreasing the flow to achieve a comfortable water temperature. - Don’t let the water run continuously while you brush your teeth or shave. Rather, turn it on and off as needed. It might not seem like much, but over time, the water savings add up!
Source: http://www.earth911.org

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HIKE THE COOL WAY: SHADED SUMMER TRAILS TO HIKE IN THE HEAT
Want to enjoy the outdoors this summer without burning up? We’ve got some breezy, shaded hikes that will help you cool off amid the heat. Before you set off on your trip, check out Decathlon’s “Take Five” list below, which will help you prepare for a series of seriously hot summer adventures.

Tomales Bay State Park, California State Parks, Marin County This is an easy, 2.8 mile loop through the woods along Tomales Bay on the Point Reyes Peninsula, with a total elevation change of about 500 feet. A shady, tree-covered trail leads to four different beaches along its course. Pass the wooded hillsides of pine and oak along a course that gradually climbs uphill and then back down, and enjoy the refreshing breezes that drift off the nearby ocean.

Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, East Bay Regional Park District, Contra Costa County Spend a summer afternoon meandering along a 1.7 mile loop that winds through woods and manzanita barrens. Plant lovers will appreciate the many plants in various stages of blooming and fruiting. The elevation change of about 500 feet makes this course a pleasant way to cool off and burn some calories in the process.

Skyline Gate Staging Area, Redwood Regional Park, East Bay Regional Park District, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties Redwood is a large park with a few major trailheads and many minor ones. Pick your own path, or take the 3.7-mile hike that climbs back to the trailhead beneath the shade of the redwoods. It begins with a gentle climb to 1385 feet, followed by a drop to 780 feet, and rises again on the way back to the trailhead. The elevation changes are steep but short. Look for colonies of ladybugs along the steam trail amid an incredible variety of plants. The day use fee is $5, with a $2 fee for dogs.

Take Five: What to Bring on Your Hike
1. An up-to-date map. An easy-to-read Bay Area map is a must! The AAA San Francisco Bay Region map is a good place to start and can be found on the AAA website. 2. Plenty of water. Drink an adequate amount before your hike, and bring an easy-to-carry bottle with you. As you hike, remember to replenish your fluids every 30 minutes. 3. Sunscreen. Even though the trips suggested above are shady, and therefore help to protect skin from the scorching sun, always apply and bring sunscreen. 4. Sturdy running or cross-training shoes. You won’t know until the end of the trail whether or not your shoes had enough padding; always wear shoes with plenty. Your feet will thank you later! 5. A small zippered bag. A zippered bag will hold your wallet, keys, cell phone, and any other important items in one place. Having these items scattered in a backpack creates the risk of losing them when you pull things out of your pack. When they’re in one place, you will know where they are at all times.

Portola Redwoods State Park/ Pescadero Creek County Park, California State Parks, San Mateo County Parks, San Mateo County This 5-mile loop through mixed woods crosses Pescadero Creek several times and is packed with redwood groves. The trails are well maintained, and there are several loops to choose from. On a hot summer day, this trail is shady and cool, and is one of the easiest hikes in the park as elevation ranges from about 300 feet to 2000 feet. The park has a $6 entrance fee.

ATHLETICS
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ASK THE EVENT PLANNER
By Jaime Benes, Social Director

Dear Event Planner, I have two kids and a whole summer calendar to fill. What are some local activities I can plan that will keep both the kids and my husband entertained? Sincerely, Bored in San Jose

Dear Bored, Lucky for you, the Bay Area is full of great summer activities for the whole family! Here are a few of my favorites to keep all of you happily occupied. For the active family: On August 18, join us here at Decathlon Club for the most happening event of the summer. Summerfest 2007 has something for every member of the family — a pool party, carnival games, music, a BBQ and lots of kid-friendly entertainment! Summerfest is a free event, and is open to the public. For the dramatic family: Try a visit to Cinema St. James at St. James Park every Friday evening, when the park transforms into an outdoor movie theater. Movies begin at dusk, but get there early to snag good seats. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy the free show! The summer lineup includes the Wizard of Oz on August 17 and Back to the Future on August 24. For the adventurous family: The circus is coming to town! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the longest-running circus troupe in America, will play at San Jose’s HP Pavilion from August 22–26. Don’t miss out on dazzling feats and daring spectacles! For the outdoors family: A day trip to Angel Island is a perfect outing for the whole family; with hiking, biking and kayaking options, this is an outdoor adventure that everyone is sure to enjoy. For an extra treat, take the open-air tram ride and learn more about the history of the island. Whatever you do this summer, remember to be safe as you enjoy quality time with the ones you love.

SUMMER SPA NIGHT
Come and join us for Spa Night on Thursday, August 9, from 5:00–8:00 pm on the pool deck. Unwind into a warm summer evening as you experience either a complimentary 15-minute massage or a mini facial. Sign up at the Sports Desk or the Shop to reserve your spot starting Wednesday, August 1.

DID YOU KNOW?
Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage can help to combat that staggering number; massage it is a perfect elixir for good health, a way to integrate body and mind. By producing a meditative state and creating the heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, thus bringing true relaxation and peace.
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STRATEGIES FOR BEHAVIOR CHANGE
by Amy Chang, Health/Fitness Director, MA, ACSM

"The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors." — Anthony Robbins In past issues of this newsletter, I've written about looking beyond the "pounds" in your pursuit of health and wellbeing. I've also discussed how to explore physical activities that best match your respective personalities. In this issue, I want to share some strategies that you can use to adopt healthful behaviors or eliminate ones that cause stress. Check to see if any of these questions sound familiar: Why can't I exercise regularly? Why did I drink too much at the party last Saturday night? Why can't I eat healthy foods in sensible portions? We frequently wish we had or had not done something. Worrying about our inability to change our behaviors can be stressful, because we feel less in control of our lives. In order to gain control over our behaviors, there are several questions we need to answer first: - What behaviors do I need to adopt or change to optimize my health? - What is preventing me from making it happen? (*Note: This is not an invitation for excuses!) - How do I redesign my life so that I CAN make it happen? Answers to the above questions will help you gain selfawareness and allow you to anticipate challenges you may experience as you attempt to adopt or change behaviors. Once you have this self-knowledge, you can then apply some proven methods for behavior change. 1. Self monitoring — observe and record behavior. If you utilize a food & exercise log to better understand your patterns of nutrition intake and activity level, you will begin to gain self-awareness of where you are now and where you want to be. 2. Tailoring — make changes specific to your lifestyle and personality. For instance, if you hate running and are not a morning person, but you commit to run with your buddy at 5:30 am three times a week, you're setting yourself up for failure. Perhaps joining an evening Yoga class three times a week would be a better fit for you. 3. Material and social reinforcement — reward behavior with a tangible object or social approval. If treating yourself to a new pair of designer shoes, tickets to the Giants game, or simply hearing your significant other tell you how amazing you look motivates you to make change, by all means use it! However, we need to remind ourselves the true reason we're making the change is NOT about the rewards. Otherwise, we risk losing intrinsic motivation over time.

4. Contracting — make a contract with yourself or a significant other. Contracts and commitments can be a great way to follow through with resolutions. Be as specific as possible in your contract. Your goals should be specific, realistic, and measurable. For example: "I will go to group cycling class every T/Th at 6:45 am for the next 3 months." 5. Shaping — bring in components of a change sequentially. It's difficult to go "cold turkey" on negative behaviors, and it's equally as hard, if not impossible, to get into tip-top shape in a matter of weeks. Shaping is a process of gradual change. For instance, start exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes and work up to 45 minutes and then an hour. 6. Reminders — remind yourself to perform a particular behavior. Most people rate their health as one of their top 3 life priorities but very few live their lives that reflect this view. Why not schedule your workouts into your calendar just as you would any other "important" meeting of the day? 7. Professional help — ask and get help from an expert. There are professionals in every field who can assist you in making life changes. A personal fitness trainer can help you maximize your time spent in the fitness center and a registered dietitian can help you find a way to eat a healthful meal when you're on the go. I hope you will find some of these strategies helpful as you make positive changes in your lives. I look forward to hearing your inspirational success stories. "To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior." — Maxwell Maltz
Reference Greenberg, J.S. (2006). Comprehensive Stress Management, 9th ed.

Got 21 Days? Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. If you want to make working out your habit, get ready for Decathlon Club’s Fitness Adventure Challenge. To join in the fun and get a chance to win some great prizes, contact Stephanie Doty, Member Services Representative, for details and registration at (408) 738-2582, ext. 110, or sdoty@decathlon-club.com.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD OVERCOME SEPARATION ANXIETY
By Jennifer Reyes, Childcare Director

When you’re trying to walk out the door and your child begins to scream at full volume and clutches at your leg for dear life, is your first thought: “Why me?” Don’t worry; you’re in good company. While not every child experiences separation anxiety, many do. It can start as early as nine months and can resurface again around 20 months. Thankfully, there are many things you as a parent can do to make it better. In the many years I’ve spent in childcare, I’ve learned several tricks that can help to lessen separation anxiety. If your child is having a breakdown whenever you head for the door, try applying the following strategies to alleviate the stress for both of you. Remove the element of surprise. The last thing you want to do is surprise your child and drop them off in unknown territory. Tell them a few days before; talk it up. Get them excited about going to this new fun place. Get them acclimated. It’s always a good idea to check the place out with your child before you leave them there. Introduce them to their new surroundings by walking around the area, showing them all the fun toys, meeting the childcare providers and so forth. Ease them in during D-Day. Arrive at your child’s new school/childcare a few minutes early. Reacquaint them with the area; leave snacks and a familiar item or two to help them feel comfortable. Give them a 2-minute "heads up" before you leave. At the 1-minute mark, warn them again. When it is time for you to step out, tell them that you are leaving and that you will return. Children cry because they often think you are not going to come back. Reassure them that you’ll see them again soon. Make them laugh, hug them, kiss them, squeeze them. If they scream or cry, let it happen. So you turn to leave, and right away your child begins to cry. What do you do? I always tell parents to keep on walking. If you comfort them excessively, they will expect you to stay. Trust in good teachers. A teacher can make things a whole lot easier for you. Teachers are experts at soothing crying kids. If they are ignoring your child, it is because they have a strategy in place. When teachers assist a screaming child, one of two things can happen: 1) The child realizes that “this teacher is safe and is pretty cool, so I can stop crying now.” Or 2) The interaction adds fuel to the fire and the screaming escalates. Remind them of home. Try packing your child’s special blanket, toy or special music for trips away from home. This will give the child a sense of familiarity and comfort. If additional measures are required, trust that there is still hope. Don’t give up! If you receive the dreaded call to pick up your child, don’t despair. Go back and try at least 3–5 more times. Remove them from childcare and work on this
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You Can Leave the Kids With Us!
Our monthly Parent’s Night Out event is your opportunity to enjoy several kid-free hours. While you’re away, your children get to socialize and play with other children in a carefully supervised setting. We offer yummy snacks, a healthy dinner, and fun arts and crafts. We accept children as young as 6 weeks up to 12 years of age. Did you know that we also allow children of non-members to participate? Tell your friends and family! For further information or to sign up, please contact Jennifer Reyes at (408) 738-2582, ext. 167, or youth@decathlon-club.com. Movie Night — No Ticket Required! Saturday, August 25 3:00–8:00 pm Fairytale Fun Night Saturday, September 22 3:00–8:00 pm

anxiety issue at home. Leave him/her with a sitter or with a friend. Get them used to staying with other people, away from you. When you feel that your child may be ready, reacquaint them to childcare. I am neither a doctor nor a child therapist, but I have worked with kids for more than 10 years and I can tell you that separation anxiety does eventually subside. If you are consistent in your response, change will happen. Good luck! I look forward to meeting you and your child at our Childcare Center.

END OF SUMMER TENNIS TIP
by Mark Roberts, Tennis Director

Now that summer is in full stride, consider taking inventory of your current game. Most people wait until the New Year to make resolutions; I think that no time is better than the present! The key is to honestly assess your game and determine whether to attack your weaknesses or enhance your strengths. Players often spend a great deal of time working on what they struggle with, and ignore their weapons in the process. This can be dangerous, as your strengths will often get you through tough matches. If you’re targeting a weakness, attempt your newly corrected stroke in competition. If you’re not willing to go for it, your new stroke might not hold up during a USTA match or tournament. If you’re focusing on making a “big” serve even “bigger,” the key is to see how you can use that shot to set up the rest of your game. For example, rather than focusing on going from 90mph to 100mph, add more spin to your serve or work on better location. The ability to vary spin and location along with velocity make for deadly combinations and will ultimately lead to more success!

DOUBLES DARE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Join us for the 3rd Annual Decathlon Doubles Dare tournament! This tourney will consist of singleelimination men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles events for all levels from 2.5 to 5.5. This is a great opportunity to play in one of Northern California’s premier events at your home Club. We’re hoping that Decathlon Club members will come out and participate! September 21–23 Friday, 6:00 pm start time Decathlon Club tennis courts $31 per player per event Note: Court availability will be limited during this weekend. We appreciate your patience.

You can register or get more information at http://tennislink.usta.com/.

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YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO TRY INDOOR CYCLING
Have you ever peeked into our packed cycle room during a class for a glimpse of hard-core exercisers burning hundreds of calories and enjoying great music? Have you been wondering what the fuss is all about? Perhaps it’s time to give it a try! Decathlon Club offers 17 indoor cycle classes each week, including a Cycling Fundamentals class and two youth cycle classes. We think you’ll love cycling, and we’ve assembled some important information that you should know before you start. Read on, then come and join us! Cycling 101: The Basics - Wear bike shorts rather than running shorts or heavy sweats for optimal movement and proper skin ventilation. - Bring a towel – you’ll need it! - Bring a full bottle of water with you; drink before, during and after class. - Arrive a few minutes early and adjust your seat to the correct height. If you set the seat too low, you won’t be able to use your leg muscles efficiently and they will tire quickly. If you set the seat too high, you might strain to move the pedal around, which can lead to injury. - To obtain the correct seat position, follow this rule: you should be able to sit on your seat with elbows slightly bent as they rest on the handlebars. At the bottom of a stroke, your leg should be 10–15% bent. Resist gripping the handlebars tightly or you will put strain on your upper back, neck and shoulders. - Cycle at your own pace. As you get stronger, add speed or tension but always listen to your body. What about RPMs? RPM stands for “revolutions per minute,” which describes the pedal speed or cadence, the number of times the crank will revolve in one minute. Many things affect optimum cadence levels, including length of ride, hill climbs, experience and skill level. There are two ways you can determine your cadence: use a Cat Eye cadence meter or count the times your knee passes “3 o’clock” on the pedal in a 30, 15, or 10 second count. A leg count of 12 to 15 would be approximately 70–90 RPM in a 10 second count. Efficient Pedal Stroke The goal is to develop the ability to deliver effective force to the pedals through as much of the stroke as possible,

while minimizing energy loss from engaging muscle groups not directly related to crank rotation (IDEA Fitness Journal, May 2007). Most of the pedaling force is generated between 12 o’clock (top of the stroke) and 6 o’clock (bottom of the stroke). The region between 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock, on the back of the stroke, is considered the recovery phase of the stroke; in fact, from 9 o’clock to 10 o’clock, no muscular work occurs during the recovery phase. The muscles recruited in the power phase “turn on” in the following order: Rectus Femoris & Vastii (quadricep), Gluteus Maximus, Soleus, Gastrocnemius and Hamstring. (Source: Schwinn Cycling Instructor Training Manual, Nautilus Institute 2007) Flywheel Indoor cycles have a weighted flywheel that usually weighs about 40 pounds. This weight creates inertia and makes it easier for an indoor cyclist to attain higher RPM’s than you would normally see outside on a road bike. Stephen Cheung, PhD, sports science and training editor at PezCycling News, says: “It is this inertia that helps drive the legs through the ‘dead spots’ of the pedal stroke. This gives the novice cyclist help in an indoor cycling class.” Cadence The most efficient cadence is the speed that produces the greatest power output at the lowest energy cost (IDEA Fitness Journal, May 2007). It is important for the rider to have a smooth pedal stroke at their self-selected cadence. Dr. Cheung explains that spinning at lower wattages and higher cadences is not necessarily going to make you fitter; power output is more important that cadence alone. Is there a preferred cadence? During your training week, you should ride at a mix of cadence levels. Higher cadences improve speed and smooth pedal strokes, while lower cadences work on strength; midrange cadence helps you to become more efficient and develops endurance. Challenge yourself to ride outside your comfort zone; work on your weaknesses and develop your strengths. Mixing it up will help you burn more calories. When you ride efficiently, you minimize stress on joints and are less likely to get injured. Now that you have the information you need to take an indoor cycle class, get in there and sweat! Still not sure? Attend the weekly Cycle Fundamentals class on Saturdays at 8:15 am or contact Michele Mandell at groupexercise@decathlon-club.com to set up a one-on-one appointment that will answer your questions and make sure you are ready to attend your first indoor cycling class.

RPM Ranges Flats Hills Recovery/Downhill

Ideally 70–90 RPM 60–80 RPM 60–80 RPM

Occasionally 60–69 or 100–109 RPM 50–59 or 90–99 RPM 50–59 or 90–99 RPM

Avoid <60 RPM or >110 RPM <50 RPM or >99 RPM <50 RPM or >99 RPM

*Schwinn Cycling Instructor Training Manual, Nautilus Institute 2007
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THE RIGHT SHOT: VEYSIYE JOHNSTONE, FEATURED SQUASH PLAYER
By Niki Clement

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Decathlon Club member Veysiye Johnstone, who has been diligently working on her squash game for almost a year. Since last September, Veysiye has consistently attended our Ladies Clinics twice a week, where she and the other hardworking ladies engage in squash drills, focus on technique and form, and engage in competitive games against one another. Not only does Veysiye attend these clinics, but she also arrives 30 minutes early to practice her drives, cross courts and other shots. Veysiye also takes a private lesson every week between clinics. As her coach, I have noticed distinct improvements in both her wrist control and leg strength; as a result, she now lunges confidently and consistently to the ball. Everyone in the clinic has noticed Veysiye’s vast improvement, and other attendees are also extremely enthusiastic about their squash game and are working to improve their shots and strategy. Veysiye’s current goals are to lunge lower when approaching the ball and to develop more pace when hitting. The Squash Department is proud of Veysiye and all the ladies practicing on the Decathlon squash courts. Interested in getting started? Veysiye is always eager to play, so look her up! She’d like to meet you on the squash court.

L to R: Ellen Travis, Niki Clement and Veysiye Johnstone.

BLACK KNIGHT “PLAY THE PRO” EVENING
Kick off the new squash season with this special opportunity to play against Decathlon Club squash pros Jon Perry and Niki Clement. Over the course of the evening, special racquet and squash shoe promotions will be offered, and Black Knight will have their latest racquets available for you to demo. Everyone will be guaranteed at least 3 games; beverages and snacks will be provided. Friday, August 31 5:30–9:00 pm $10 for members and $20 for guests To sign up or for more information, contact Jon Perry at squash@decathlon-club.com or (408) 331-2941.

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QUICK FLIP
Want to swim faster? Wish you had tighter abs? Doing flip turns is the answer — they can make your swim workout more efficient and more worthwhile! To master the quick flip, follow these five steps: - Pull both arms to your sides and glide head first towards the wall. - When you are several inches from the wall, tuck your chin and somersault. - Allow your feet to land on the wall under water. - Bring your hands behind your head so that one rests atop the other. - Push off the wall and extend your arms into a streamline.

DON’T FORGET: SWIM LESSONS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!
Group lessons give kids the chance to learn by watching others. Our class environment is both supportive and fun. Offered from late spring through summer, group lessons are divided into the following levels: 2-week sessions (25 minute lessons): $100 for Active Family members $135 for members $175 for guests Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Tadpoles: Guppies: Minnows: Dolphins: Sharks: Phase Phase Phase Phase Phase 1 2 3 4 5 (3–4 years) (4–5 years) (6–8 years) (7–11 years) (7–12 years)

Session 6 7/30–8/10 Session 7 8/13–8/24 Session 8 8/27–9/7 Lessons are every 30 minutes from 9:00 am–12:00 pm and 1:30–4:00 pm. Free Swim is from 12:00–1:30 pm.

DECATHLON CLUB’S COMPANY OF THE MONTH PROGRAM
In June, Decathlon Club kicked off its “Company of the Month” program with a bang. For this first event, we teamed up with Business Objects to help them support their corporate wellness initiatives. Close to 40 of their employees were on hand, participating in competitive boot camp style workouts, a BODYPUMP class and a variety of other activities, including squash and tennis. Our first-rate trainers created a program that was challenging for everyone, from first-time athletes to seasoned fitness veterans. Their day culminated in a sensational dinner, catered by our Food and Beverage department. Decathlon Club’s Company of the Month program creates innovative wellness initiatives for our corporate clients. If you would like to know more about the program, please contact Corporate Membership Representative Jeannine Freeman at (408) 331-2962 or jfreeman@decathlon-club.com.
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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL CHOLESTEROL EDUCATION MONTH
Why test your cholesterol levels? Blood cholesterol levels can indicate whether you are at risk for cardiovascular disease. The higher your total cholesterol, the greater your risk for developing a cardiovascular disease such as heart attack or stroke. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States; each year, more than a million Americans have heart attacks, and nearly a half million people die from heart disease. Total cholesterol is found in all foods of animal origin and is part of every animal cell. It is used to make essential body substances such as cell walls and hormones, and has various other functions. you don't eat foods containing cholesterol, your liver will manufacture enough to supply the body’s needs. In fact, approximately 60–80% of your cholesterol is manufactured by your liver. In order to carry cholesterol and fat in the blood, your body wraps them in protein packages, called lipoproteins. Cholesterol is most commonly found in low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and highdensity lipoproteins (HDL), but it also exists in other forms, such as very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) and intermediate density lipoproteins (IDL). HDL-cholesterol is “good” cholesterol, and serves to transport cholesterol out of the system. This removal mechanism appears to play a protective role by carrying cholesterol away from the arterial walls to your liver, where it is then metabolized. High levels of HDL-cholesterol have been shown to dramatically reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. Cholesterol/HDL Ratio compares the ratio of Total Cholesterol to HDL-cholesterol. This value has more predictive power than the two measures alone and has been clinically shown to be one of the best predictors for future coronary risk. The evolving Framingham Heart Study, begun in 1948, has shown an average risk for vascular disease with ratios of 4.4 and 5.0 for women and men, respectively. Ratios of 3.1 and 3.4 reduce heart disease risk to approximately one half of the average. Non-HDL-cholesterol is the sum of all “bad” forms of cholesterol — including LDL, IDL and VLDL fractions. Recommended levels for average risk individuals should be kept under 150 mg/dl. However, in the presence of additional risk factors, lower values are recommended. Note that the Non-HDL value is not the same as the LDLcholesterol measure alone. The Non-HDL-cholesterol value is calculated by subtracting the HDL value from the total cholesterol. Another representation of Non-HDL-cholesterol is the sum of the LDL-cholesterol plus the triglycerides/5. Glucose is a measure of the concentration of sugar in the blood and is the screening test for diabetes. Diabetes is a serious metabolic disease on its own, as well as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Fasting glucose levels should be maintained between 70–99 mg/dl. Pre-diabetes is defined as a fasting glucose result between

Using the latest medical advances and treatment techniques, BaySport offers preventive medicine and physical therapy services. Programs include executive physical examinations, sophisticated blood profiles and the prevention and treatment of sports- and work-related injuries. BaySport's highly trained staff will help you return to optimum health as quickly as possible, with personalized care and individual attention. For more information, stop by BaySport (located above the group exercise studio) or visit them online at www.baysport.com.

100-125 mg/dl and diabetes is defined by values of 126 mg/dl or higher. Glucose is a dynamic result and repeat testing is required to confirm any diagnosis. Testing nonfasting glucose levels has been clinically shown to predict the future risk of developing diabetes. Non-fasting glucose levels, as defined as less than two hours after eating, should not exceed 140 mg/dl. To test your cholesterol, schedule a screening with BaySport at (408) 738-3200, or just stop by the office.

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ART & WINE FOR A CURE
On Thursday, September 27, please join us at Decathlon Club from 6:00–9:00 pm for our 3rd annual Art & Wine for a Cure event. Sample California's finest wines and feast your eyes on work from local artists... all for a worthy cause. Proceeds from the evening will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society and Western Athletic Clubs will match every dollar raised at the event. Last year, this event raised over $10,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Tickets go on sale at the Sports Desk $20 for members and $25 for guests $25 for members and $30 for guests $30 for members and $35 for guests on September 3 from September 3–15 from September 16–26 at the door

Ticket includes open wine bar from 6:00–9:00 pm and light appetizers. For more information or to order tickets by phone, contact Jaime Benes at (408) 331-2931 or programs@decathlon-club.com.

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