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November 2020 Newsletter

The only way to achieve is to trust yourself


Do it if you don’t feel like it


Build a strong mindset, the body will follow


This lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint

There is no secret, only hard work and consistency

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New Workout Class!

Meet New Instructor Courtney Long!

Courtney is from Waynesville, IL and is a mother of three (ages 7,6, and 3!) and is our newest group fitness instructor for spin and our newest class, TRANSFORM.

"Before I became a fitness instructor I was a member at the Wellness Center and I loved the classes and instructors! They inspired me to follow my passion and get certified. I wanted to share my love for fitness while working with others to reach their goals. It's so rewarding to see our members grow and to make a positive impact on the health of our community."

In her spin classes you can expect a mix of music. "I want to make sure there is something for everyone and love taking song requests. I also love themed rides! I've got everything from a 50's playlist to Rock-tober, breast cancer awareness and Beyonce spin rides."

TRANSFORM is a unique class that blends pilates and yoga moves with strength.  Throughout class she provides a wide range of modifications for every fitness level to enjoy. 

When she's not motivating you to move on the bike or on the mat, she is most likely studying hard to finish her last two classes to earn her bachelors in Health Psychology in December.

She loves birthdays and any reason to celebrate someone -- that someone may be you during her next class! 

From one small town to another she is proud to help better her community.

"I love small town communities! We come together to support each other and are happy to lend a hand when our neighbors are in need," she says.

The Wellness Center is proud to have her join our team and we can't wait for everyone to meet her!

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Don't miss out on events, fitness health tips and motivation from fellow instructors and members.

Feel Good Recipe of the Month
Lovely Butternut Squash Soup

from our Dietician Amy Sammis

If you have never tried butternut squash, it is time to try something new! 

The flavor is mildly nutty and naturally sweet. It can be used in a variety of ways including sauteed for salads, mixed in with hummus as a dip, blended into a creamy soup, roasted and tossed on a green salad, mixed into an omelet.

Beyond its sweet nurturing flavor, butternut squash, like many orange vegetables, provides a variety of health benefits:

Vitamin A: 1 cup of butternut squash provides 100% of your daily requirement for Vitamin A*. Vitamin A is a nutrient important to vision, growth, preproduction, and immunity. It also has antioxidant properties that protects your cells against free radicals that may play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

Vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium: promote healthy cell growth and blood pressure regulation.

High Fiber: Provides about 3 grams of fiber per serving. High fiber foods help to reduce the risk of cancer, especially colorectal cancer. Fiber also promotes blood glucose control and weight maintenance.

*Recommended daily Vitamin A = 900 mcg for adult men and 700 mcg for adult women.


Butternut Squash Soup


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium butternut squash, roasted, then seeded
  • 4 pears, peeled and chopped into roughly 1-inch pieces
  • 2-quart low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup of 1% or 2% milk
  • ground black pepper to taste


Roast Butternut Squash:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cut butternut squash in half, lengthwise

3. Drizzle cookie sheet with olive oil

4. Place both sides of butternut, face-down on cookie sheet

5. Roast for approx. 45 minutes or until soft and browned

6. Allow butternut to cool and scoop out seeds from middle of squash for disposal

7. Scoop out flesh of butternut squash and set aside for soup.

Make Soup:

1. In a 4-quart saucepan warm the olive oil over medium-high heat and cook onions until translucent.

2. Add diced pears, butternut squash, rosemary, and black pepper.

3. Pour in chicken stock until it just covers all the solids in the pan.

4. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until pears are soft

5. Puree in a food processor or blender

6. Add about 1 cup of milk for creaminess


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222 Northwest Grove Street, Hopedale

IL 617477 United States

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