10 Easy Ways to Get Fit!

Real Simple Ways to Get Fit!

1. Exercise in quick spurts. A new study has found that people who did just four to six 30-second sprints reaped the same heart-health benefits as those who logged a moderate  to 60-minute workout.

2. Make your home a fitter place. To help you flex your muscles more often, leave a set of dumbbells near your microwave and do curls while heating up dinner. Put a yoga mat next to the bed so you can do downward dogs when you get up or at bedtime. Hang a resistance band on the bathroom doorknob and strength-train while the tub fills up. Or use a stability ball as a desk chair to engage your core when paying bills.

3. Track your steps. Wearing a pedometer will log your progress and may motivate you (aim for at least 10,000 steps a day). Simple pedometers measure just steps; sophisticated models track calories burned, distance, and more.

4. Reinvent date night. Have a date night where you are active like dinner and dancing or taking in a museum exhibition.

5. Double Date with a TV and the Gym. Schedule regular workouts at your gym during your must-see TV shows and you’ll work up a sweat and watch the time fly. If you have equipment at home, slide it into TV-viewing position.

6. Deskercise. When the phone rings, take the call standing up to burn 10 percent more calories than you would chatting in a chair.

7. Put it in ink. Every Sunday night, schedule workouts into your weekly planner. To make sure your family members are on board, place the calendar in a common area so they can see it. That way, workout times become public declarations and nonnegotiable parts of your routine.

8. Put a personal trainer in your pocket. If you own an iPod or some other MP3 player, download complete audio or video workouts from iTrain.com or PumpOne.com. To go that extra mile or work out longer, download podcasts of radio shows, or add a few new songs to your playlist every two weeks.

9. Look at yourself. Put a mirror in front of the treadmill. Researchers have found that people who watch themselves while working out exercise faster with less effort. Eyeing yourself can make a new exercise routine feel easier.

10. Increase the beat. Listen to faster music and your feet will follow suit. And, says a new study, you may also exercise for up to 15 percent longer.

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Healthy Foods for the Grill

With Summer around the Corner, Stay Healthy on the Grill!

Build Your Own Shisk Kabob!


Meats for Kabobs:Dijon-Rosemary Steak:
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, stemmed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
Citrus-Tarragon Chicken:
  • 1 orange, zested, then juiced, remainder discarded
  • 1 lemon, zested, then juiced, remainder discarded
  • 1 lime, zested, then juiced, remainder discarded
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
Lemon-Garlic Shrimp:
Veggies For Kabobs:
Balsamic Basting Vinaigrette for Veggies:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 1 hour to retard charring.
  1. Whisk together all of the Dijon-rosemary steak ingredients (except the steak) in a bowl.
  2. Toss the steak in the mixture until evenly coated.
  3. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours. 
  4. Whisk together all of the citrus-tarragon chicken ingredients (except the chicken) in a bowl.
  5. Toss the chicken in the mixture until evenly coated.
  6. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours. 
  7. Whisk together all of the lemon garlic shrimp ingredients (except the shrimp) in a bowl.
  8. Toss the shrimp in the mixture until evenly coated.
  9. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours. 
  10. Cut vegetables into bite-size pieces. 
  11. Puree balsamic basting vinaigrette ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds. 
  12. Place meats, shrimp, and veggies in individual bowls and set out buffet style.
  13. Instruct your guests to skewer their own kabobs and baste veggies with balsamic vinaigrette. 
  14. Grill kabobs directly over heat source for about 10 to 15 minutes, turning 1/4 rotation every 2 to 3 minutes, or until the meat and/or fish is cooked throughout. 

Recommended beverage: Beer

Recipe from The Food Network

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Spring Chef Series at The Pfister!

Spring Chef Series – Let Your Tastebuds Bloom

Saturday April 28th
The Pfister Hotel
10:30am – 12:30pm
$29 per person/$49 per couple

Bring your culinary skills and tastebuds into full bloom when the talented executive chefs of Marcus Restaurants show you how to prepare a variety of amazing seasonal dishes in time for spring!

Foodies rejoice! Here’s your chance to discover trade secrets from renowned Wisconsin chefs. Get to know these culinary leaders, enjoy perfectly paired wines and of course, sample each chef’s preparations. Each two-hour cooking showcase is held at the Mason Street Grill Chef’s Counter located adjacent to The Pfister® Hotel.

Classes are limited to 18 guests. Make your reservations today.

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Peter Pan at the Milwaukee Ballet

Milwaukee Ballet Company

504 W National Avenue,

Milwaukee, WI 53204

Tickets: 414-902-2103


Peter Pan

May 10-13, 2012

Back by overwhelming demand!

Michael Pink’s most recently acclaimed work took five years to create through the collaboration of a renowned production team, resulting in an adventure beyond our wildest dreams. In addition to Pink’s brilliant choreography on stage and in the air, this production includes Judanna Lynn’s illuminating costumes, David Grill’s magical lighting tricks, Philip Feeney’s lively score, and enchanting scenic design by Rick Graham from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Join us once again as Peter, Tinkerbell and the Darling children soar to Neverland for escapades with the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and the infamous Captain Hook.

Family Hint: Peter Pan is about two-and-a-half hours long (including two 20-minute intermissions) and is best enjoyed by children ages 4+ or those that can quietly enjoy a full-length movie. All persons regardless of age must have a ticket.

For more information, visit MilwaukeeBallet.org

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Independent Living at VMP Trinity

Active Senior Living… for the Time of your Life!

VMP Trinity is the forefront of providing health care services to mature adults. Through the years of working with active seniors, to those in need of hospice care, we have identified challenges and created solutions.  That expertise has led to educating health care professionals to care for the seniors of tomorrow.

No other residential community has the depth of on-site health care services or offers more fun events for active seniors!

The VMP Mission

VMP is dedicated to providing a full range of care and services for older adults that respects each individual’s personal, physical and spiritual needs. These needs are met through individually tailored services delivered by a skilled and caring staff committed to providing high quality, cost effective care. Our mission is enhanced by working with community partners, under the guidance of our Pastoral Care Department. We do this in harmony with our Christian tradition in an environment that continually challenges its members to excel and a structure that encourages growth, research and wise use of resources.

Independent Living

The rental plan for active seniors provides the convenience of various services under one roof combined with flexibility of renting an apartment. On-site services such as a bank and medical clinic give you independence. There is no need to ask others for a ride: nor do you need to drive in inclement weather when you can shop, bank or have medical attention just steps away.

To learn more about VMP Trinity, please visit www.VMPcares.com

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Super Noggin – Exercise for the Brain

Why should I exercise my brain?

Starts Monday, May 7th – 2pm

VMP Manor Park – 8621 W. Oklahoma Ave., West Allis

Introductory Meeting with 10 consecutive classes to follow

RSVP at 414-607-4235

The short answer to the question is simply “Use it or Lose it.” A 40 minute introductory mini-class to the Super Noggin series is scheduled for the Spring. Workshops will be held for 10 consecutive Mondays.

To sign up and be part of this exciting program on “Peak Performance” for your brain, call 414-607-4235.

Topcis Covered:

  • 10 Steps to Brain Fitness: Understanding what we mean by a “Fit Brain” & know what lifestyle choices can help you stay mentally sharp.
  • Mental Exercises
  • Remembering Names & Faces
  • Memory Techniques: Method for remembering numbers. Getting organized can be a memory aid. Use an accient technique for remembering anything you need to remember.
  • Stress Reduction: How stress effects your brain and 14 ways to reduce it.
  • Sleep
  • Mindfulness and Memory: Understanding how to become mindful and practice some techniques to become more mindful.
  • Life Review and Memory Enhancement: What is Life Review? Understanding how a life review can improve your long-term memory. Be creative.
  • Laughter and The Mind-Body Connection

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Healthy Foods for Kids

The Sneaky Chef found the trick!

Kids favorite foods can be healthy! Below are the recipes for Pizza, Mac and Cheese and PBJ’s.

Power Pizza

Nutrition Highlights: Vegetables, beans, calcium, fiber, and protein, Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, magnesium, iron, lycopene, manganese, folate, tryptophan, fiber, protein, and calcium


  • 1 store bought pizza dough or 4 “Greek style” pocketless pitas (whole wheat preferred)
  • 3/4 cup store-bought tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Orange Puree
  • 1 to 2 cups low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Optional extra boost: sliced mushrooms, onions, sweet peppers, or artichoke hearts
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and preheat a pizza stone, if using one, or spray a baking sheet with oil.


  1. Stretch pizza dough, or roll out with floured rolling pin on floured surface, to form a pie and transfer it to the stone or baking sheet. If using pocketless pitas, place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  2. Combine tomato sauce with the Orange Puree. Mix well.
  3. Spread 1/2 to 1 cup of the sauce mixture across the large pizza dough (use only 1/4 cup of sauce for each pita), then top with about 1 cup of mozzarella (use about 1/2 cup of cheese per pita).
  4. Cover and refrigerate at this point, or bake for 15 to 20 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned. Allow to cool a few minutes, then cut into triangles and serve.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Nutrition Highlights: vegetables, whole grains, nuts, Rich in vitamins A, B complex, C, E, K, manganese, iron, potassium, folate, riboflavin, selenium, fiber, and protein.


  • 1 cup Flour Blend (1/3 cup whole grain flour, 1/3 cup white flour, 1/3 cup wheat germ) 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • One-half teaspoon baking soda 
  • One-half teaspoon salt 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • One-quarter cup brown sugar 
  • One-quarter cup canola oil 
  • Three-quarters cup Orange Puree 
  • Three-quarters cup smooth peanut butter 
  • 8 heaping teaspoons favorite jam* Note: Jelly doesn’t work as well as the thicker variety of jam; jelly just disappears into the muffins.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until well combined, then whisk in the oil, Orange Puree and peanut butter. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until flour is just moistened (don’t over-mix or the muffins will be dense).
  3. Scoop about two tablespoons of batter into the large muffin cups until half full. Place a heaping teaspoon of jam in the center of each muffin. Cover the jam with another 2 tablespoons or so of batter, filling the cups just over the top. If you’re using mini muffin cups, scale back quantities to fit into the smaller sized cups.


Mac & Cheese

Nutrition Highlights: Compared to traditional mac n cheese recipe: 32% less calories, 48% less fat, 49% less cholesterol, 59% less sodium, 20% less carbs, and 199% more fiber. 


  • 4 cups cooked elbows or other small pasta shape (about 1/2 pound dry)
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated skim milk
  • 1/4 cup White Puree
  • 4 ounces reduced fat light colored cheese (like white cheddar) 
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard (ideally honey mustard; don’t use spicy mustard)


  • Mix all together in pot over low heat, mix; add pasta, stir

Yellow version:

  • Same as above, substituting reduced fat yellow cheddar for white cheddar cheese, and adding 4 teaspoons of Orange Puree


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