It takes more than just a few extra pounds to gain acceptance into Get in Shape For Women’s weight-loss program. That’s because the staff wants to make sure each candidate is committed, coachable, and ready to chase a measurable goal. This falls under the pillar of accountability, just one of the four foundations of the Get in Shape For Women training regimen, which includes weigh-ins and body-fat-percentage measurements every two weeks. The other three program pillars––weight training, cardio, and nutrition––help participants slim down and satisfy these checkpoints with help from relied-upon exercises including lunges, squats, core training, pushes, and pulls. With only one to four women per group, trainers are able to customize these moves to each participant’s fitness level, increasing difficulty as endurance improves and scaling it back when tired sneakers cry uncle.
Owned and operated by the Village of Howard, this 9-hole, par 36 municipal course welcomes orb smashers with twisting water hazards, challenging bunkers, and pristine tree-lined fairways obscured by teasing turns from the tee box. Seasoned swingers will be able to navigate doubles drive carts ($15 value) with sidekicks or parole officers around the hilly landscapes of the course's varying holes, including the its signature 161-yard Hole 5, which forces golfers to tee off over a large lagoon and avoid the trash-talking trees that yell the names of obscure French films while you're trying to putt. Those famished from the fairway can return to the clubhouse for a frosty brew and a weekly fish fry, featuring salmon, grouper, walleye, and more.
A quartet of dental specialists at Park-West Pediatric Dental Associates brightens youngsters' smiles with meticulous exams and preventative care administered in a kid-friendly setting. New patients can explore the office on a guided tour before submitting their chompers for a thorough evaluation. Doctors scrutinize cuspids for cavities, oral cancer, and orthodontic needs, appraising mouths on their overall hygiene and comparing bite measurements to those of famous sharks. Areas around the jaw such as the tonsils and lymph nodes also undergo inspection before topical fluoride gels shield tooth enamel against decay and demineralization. Parents can remain with their offspring during appointments, with all patients receiving a dental goody bag, balloon, and 12-foot novelty toothpick upon departure.
Helping customers improve their vision is the main concern of the optometrists and eye-care professionals at Eye Boutique, who provide preventive screenings and help choosing from their more than 1,800 frames at each location. In each shop, licensed doctors of optometry scan eyes with comprehensive exams before diagnosing issues or prescribing high-definition Zeiss lenses and contact lenses from Optix and Acuvue. Designer frames from Guess, Nike, and Kenneth Cole house lenses fashionably, and Teflon protective layers help guard lenses from scratches and reduce glare. Sunglasses from brands such as Ray-Ban and Coach also protect eyes from harmful UV rays, creating an accessory that is both stylish and useful, like a diamond with a job.
Dr. Kirk Fishbaugh and his team of deft dental docents combat teeth foes while exuding compassion in a comfortable setting. Skill-honed hygienists meticulously scrub customers' choppers, eradicating pesky plaque, tenacious tartar, and squatting Tooth Fairies. Dr. Fishbaugh will scour clients' primary head-holes, utilizing digital x-rays and intraoral cameras in search of cavities, tooth decay, malformed roots, and signs of oral cancer and gum disease. Clients can even tune in to their favorite cable television shows about cat beauty pageants while sitting in the treatment rooms.