RANCHO LA PUERTA’S NEW EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM
Rancho La Puerta is an old friend to Organic Spa Magazine, so it was no surprise to us when the legendary spa announced Employee Wellness, a program flanked by dedicated medical professionals, health workshops and lifestyle training, for the entire staff at the Ranch. After all, Rancho La Puerta was founded on the principles of inspiring guests and creating healthy living practices, so why not start from the inside and work out?
Complimentary physical exams are given to employees every six months, and, so far, the Employee Wellness program can boast the loss of 1,700 combined pounds and a 4 percent body-fat reduction per participant. Plus, nearby cities and businesses have taken note of the Ranch’s efforts and have begun to follow suit.
What sparked a program so dedicated to universal wellness? “With new statistics showing Mexico to be the most overweight country in the world, we see this program as part of our social responsibility, not only to our employees, but to the entire Baja region as we all strive for health and wellness through a balance of mind, body and spirit,” states Roberto Arjona, Chief Executive at Rancho La Puerta.
Talk about commitment! Find out more about awe-inspiring Rancho La Puerta and its founder, Deborah Szekely, in Organic Spa’s comprehensive feature.
ANOTHER HEALTHCARE SURPRISE!
December 3, 2013 Find out why young people are turning to Vitals.com when it comes to well-rounded healthcare options.
According to a report by Vitals, a company that provides online information about the cost and quality of medical care, young people are turning to urgent care and retail health clinics for complementary care. In fact, younger adults are twice as likely to utilize alternative care facilities as compared to adults over 50.
“For a long time health care and wellness were two separate entities,” says Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals. “Doctors were focused on fixing ailments with medicines and tests, instead of prescribing lifestyle and behavioral changes as preventive measures. With changes in the healthcare system moving from a volume-based to a value-based system, doctors are being incentivized to help their patients achieve health through diet, fitness, meditation and other wellness activities. So now exercise and healthy eating are becoming the new ‘medicines,’ which is good for both the healthcare system and more importantly the health of the patient.”
For more information—whether you’re searching for a doctor, supplementing your existing healthcare or looking for discussions on key health-related topics—check out the Vitals website.
Afterwards, for a bit of healthcare-at-home, sit down with a star and glean some wisdom from “Healthy Living with Daphne Oz.”
SPA WISDOM FOR BLACK FRIDAY
November 25, 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer miraculous deals, but they can pull you away from a focus on things that truly make the holiday season wonderful. Forget the mob scene and honor annual savings with a dose of care and wellness. This Friday and Monday, there will be major discounts on spa services to bring some calm to an otherwise overwhelming shopping weekend.
Lynne McNees, President of the International SPA Association (ISPA), explains why spas are using “spending holidays” to focus on gift services: “The gift of relaxation is something everyone on your list can benefit from,” says McNees. “We are more stressed out than ever before, and in fact, the spa industry has continued to see growth in dollars spent, because we know the number one reason people go to a spa worldwide is to learn how to manage their stress. We have also seen spas creating unique packages for target groups—everything from whiskey facials for guys to sessions targeted towards teaching teens how to care for their skin. It is about getting these individuals into the spas to experience a treatment, and what better way to do so, than to offer an incentive during the holiday season?”
The following spas and resorts have announced discounted services on Black Friday: Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Skana Spa, The Spa at Four Seasons Maui, Sundara Inn & Spa, and Remède Spa at the St. Regis Aspen Resort.
Check in with your local spa for more discounts and deals! And after swapping out stressful shopping for relaxation, meditate on how Organic Spa Magazine brings the spa home.
HOW TO CATCH MORE Zs
November 18, 2013 Attention, sleep-deprived spa-goers! Help is on the way. Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ, just installed Definity Digital Good Night LED light bulbs in each of the Spa’s 116 guest rooms. Together with Miraval’s sleep-centric new programming, which began November 1, this move really underscores the Spa’s commitment to good sleep habits as a component of holistic wellness.
How does the Definity bulb work? Sheryl Brooks, R.N., N.C.M.P. at Miraval explains: “Scientists have found that exposure to blue light—typically associated with artificial light—negatively impacts our body’s ability to fall asleep. As use of television, computers, tablets and smartphones continues to rise, so does our exposure to the disturbing light. Miraval’s new Definity Digital Good Night LED light bulbs decrease the level of blue light emissions without compromising quality of light.” Visit Miraval to experience Definity light, or purchase your own bulbs at Raindance, the Spa’s exclusive gift shop.
Read more about Miraval’s devotion to mindful living and green initiatives in the Organic Spa Magazine article, “A Spa in Balance.”
GOLDEN DOOR SPA: NEW ADVISORY TEAM
November 4, 2013 Taking charge of your health and wellness can be confusing, especially since we are inundated with conflicting news and information every day. To alleviate this stress for guests, Golden Door Spa has formulated PATH, the Professional Advisory Team on Health. “The combined knowledge of our high-caliber team will provide our guests with the best possible nutritional guidance as well as advice on heart health, beauty, fitness and overall wellness,” explains Kathy Van Ness, COO and General Manager. The Advisory Team, made up of authors, doctors, PhDs and more, including Joy Bauer of NBC’s TODAY show and chef Deborah Madison, will work with Susan Piergeorge, the Spa’s dietition and nutritionist. Golden Door is already known for its personalized guest programs, but this addition is sure to take the Spa to the next level.
NAKED FOR YOUR HEALTH
October 28, 2013 Outlining three instrumental steps, Jayson and Mira Calton’s book Naked Calories staves off cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, low energy, stress and poor sleep. It all began when, over the course of seven years, nutritionalist Jayson Calton, PhD, FAAIM, CISSN, CMS, partnered with Mira Calton, CN, FAAIM, CMS, to travel to over 135 countries in search of osteoporosis-preventative lifestyles. The husband-and-wife duo is just in time for World Osteoporosis Day (October 20) with their instructional how-to, which emphasizes what they call “the most widespread and dangerous health condition of the 21st century”: micronutrient deficiency. Surprise, surprise, these essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids are essential to our well-being, and by (1) switching to rich food, (2) driving down depletion and (3) learning your ABCs, you could be on your way to living a healthier, osteoporosis-free life.
For a micronutrient feast, check out David Wolfe’s Superfood Smoothie, powered by the one and only Nutribullet.
October 28, 2013 The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has verified what we’ve all known for years: Vegetarians and vegans eat right. Not only that, but previous areas of concern about a meatless diet, such as deficiencies in key nutrients and vitamins, are now being refuted. Modern-day vegetarians aren’t falling behind when it comes to nutrition, and, according to a new study conducted at Loma Linda University, in California, it seems they are getting ahead when it comes to slimming down. The study found that 70,000 participants had the same amount of energy intake per day—regardless of dietary preference (perhaps disproving yet another prejudice against vegetarians, that they can never be satiated). Further, vegetarians and vegans weighed in at a lower BMI index overall. “There was a clear association between higher proportions of obesity, higher BMI averages, and dietary patterns characterized by progressively higher intakes of meat and dairy products,” said the study’s first author, Nico Rizzo, Med. Dr., Ph.D. It might be time to try a green meal on for size.
How about Tofu Caprese with Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil-Infused Olive Oil? Inspired by our interview with Debi Mazar, this recipe is sure to satisfy even the most tentative tasters.