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April 29, 2009 > Have a Healthy, Relaxed Mother's Day

Have a Healthy, Relaxed Mother's Day

Women's Center Offers 'Mom's' Massage, Raffle and Great Classes for Mom

Chocolates, flowers - they've been done before. It's time for moms and families to get creative this Mother's Day, says Kathy Hesser, R.N., coordinator of the Washington Women's Center.

"As moms, we tend to do everything for everybody else," Hesser says. "Mother's Day is a great reminder to take some time out this month to do something for you and also spend some quality time with loved ones."

Give the mom in your life the gift of relaxation

During the month of May, in recognition of Mother's Day, the Washington Women's Center is offering a Mom's Massage as part of healthy ways to celebrate mothers.

"The Mom's Massage is a 50-minute massage that incorporates aromatherapy, hand massage, foot reflexology, scalp massage and an upper or lower back massage for a discounted price of $45," Hesser explains. "It's a terrific sample of a variety of different massage modalities."

The Women's Center will be selling gift certificates for the Mom's Massage, which may be purchased by mom herself or family members who want to treat her to a healthy and relaxing Mother's Day gift. Certificates must be purchased by the end of May, but moms can schedule their massage at a date that is convenient for them.

For moms age 40 and older that are due for their annual mammogram, the center is offering added incentive to make an appointment, especially if it is past due. During the first week of May, the center's massage therapist will be on-hand to give 5- to 10-minute mini-massages to women waiting for their mammogram appointment.

"If Mom has been putting off making that appointment for her annual mammogram, then this is certainly a great time to come in and receive a quick massage while she waits," Hesser says.

Additionally, each week in May the center will be holding a raffle drawing for moms to win a free Mom's Massage. Women who come to the center for a class, diagnostic exam - or to purchase a Mom's Massage for their own mother - can fill out a ticket for a chance to win. For more information or to make a massage appointment, call (510) 608-1301.

Hold the salt, sprinkle on the free classes

May is also a great time for all the moms out there to stay on top of their health.

On Thursday, May 14, the Washington Women's Center will hold a special Lunch and Learn Blood Pressure Screening between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., followed by a lecture from 1 to 2 p.m. focusing on Total Lifestyle Changes (TLC) to help control blood pressure.

An afternoon encore session of the Blood Pressure Screening will be held from 1 to 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 12, the center will hold an evening lecture focusing on Internet Savvy for women. The class will cover what to look for when searching for health information online and will also include good sites for general health information, bone health, nutrition and other health-related topics.

Internet Savvy will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. with coffee and social networking from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Classes are held at the Washington Women's Center, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont. To learn more about these upcoming classes, call (866) 608-1301 or (510) 608-1301.

Give the gift of time, family togetherness

Mother's Day is about going back to basics, Hesser says. Innovative ideas to help mom relax on her special day can help bring together the entire family.

Here are Hesser's top five sustainable gift ideas for mom this Mother's Day:
* A shared meal: Hesser recommends a healthy brunch using whole foods prepared at home by the entire family.
* Potted herb: An herb such as basil can be planted in a pot decorated by your child for an extra special touch and will provide fresh seasoning for months to come.
* A family walk: Spring is here! Take mom for a family walk around Lake Elizabeth and make her feel special.
* Massage: Give mom the pampering she deserves with a shoulder massage or a gift certificate for a 50-minute massage at the Women's Center.
* Education: Calling all moms! Treat yourself and your family well by safeguarding your health. Take a class that focusing on your health and wellbeing.

"By focusing on mom's health, relaxation and family togetherness, you can make this the best Mother's Day yet," Hesser says.

Women's Center services for all women

To learn more about the educational, diagnostic and wellness services at the Washington Women's Center, visit, click on "Services & Programs" and select "Women's Health" from the drop-down menu.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram screenings, call (510) 791-3410. You will need a physician order prior to your appointment date. Be sure to bring you physician order with you to avoid appointment delays.

Mother's Day Recipe - Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast
Makes 12 servings

3 cups nonfat milk
2 cups pasteurized liquid egg whites
3 Tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt--optional
1 pound loaf of sliced whole grain bread
1 cup dried apples
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Whisk milk, liquid eggs, honey, vanilla, and salt in large bowl.
2. Trim crusts off 8 bread slices and set aside. Cut the crusts and the remaining bread into 1-inch pieces. Toss with apples, raisins, and cinnamon in another large bowl.
3. Coat a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Transfer the bread mixture to the pan. Lay the reserved crustless slices evenly on top. Whisk the milk mixture one more time, then pour evenly over the bread. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Bake the casserole covered for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until lightly browned--about another 20 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes and dust with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts:
Per serving: 183 calories, 1 gram fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 33 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams protein, 4 grams fiber

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