By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement—when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.
Southern Images Photography's professional lens pointers snap carefully composed portraits for families, high-school seniors, and special occasions. The luminous smiles of up to 10 family members—including pets—rival flash bulbs as clicking shutters measure time during relaxed, one-hour studio sessions. After the session, subjects can select their preferred pose for a slight retouching treatment that softens lines around the eyes, removes facial blemishes, and erases embarrassing thought bubbles. The photographer immortalizes the finished image on a compact disc, which subjects can take home along with a three-unit package of prints to distribute liberally among relatives and former high-school crushes. For an additional $50, Groupon customers can upgrade to a location shoot.
The Jenny Craig Program provides people with nutritious, heart-healthy foods, a personal consultant, and a plan specially tailored to helping them attain their desired weight. Clients meet with a Jenny Craig consultant to assess their current eating habits and to create a scheme for shedding superfluous pounds. Then, the week-one planned menu unfolds like a paper airplane made of phyllo dough (items in blue are included in the plan, and orange items are recommended additions). A sample day starts with the Breakfast Scramble, a mound of scrambled egg whites and turkey ham topped with melty low-fat mozzarella and served over diced red potatoes. Lunch is beef chow mein, which is packed with vegetables (broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and rooglebetas) and remains unpacked with calories (it has only 220). Dinner brings the comfort of macaroni and cheese and tops it off with a cookie for dessert.
The beauty experts at Premier Med Spa help people look younger and get healthier with the latest technology and products. A licensed medical aesthetician targets signs of aging on the face with the innovative HydraFacial machine. The device's spiral design creates a vortex effect as it exfoliates the skin, removing impurities while simultaneously infusing moisturizing antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. To help diminish sun damage and fine lines, the staff employs Circadia's SWiCH treatment, a leave-on alternative to a chemical peel that encourages cells to repair themselves without tissue damage or audio self-help books.
In addition to aesthetic services—such as laser hair reduction and restoration, teeth whitening, and dermal fillers—the team designs weight-loss programs around each client's lifestyle. The staff teaches people to cook low-calorie dishes or supplies them with fresh, ready-to-eat meals, and clients can enhance their results with energy-boosting B12 injections.