This year HealthEase reached a milestone! Twenty-five years ago – in 1987 – my company was founded. I had been working for the previous eight years in the commercial fitness industry, as a fitness instructor of a health club in King of Prussia, Pa and then as the fitness director of the just-opened Club La Maison in Wayne, Pa. The trend towards working out on exercise machines and in organized group exercise classes at health clubs was just starting to grow. It dawned on me that companies could benefit from a healthier workforce, but they would need fitness services to offer their employees. The first client of HealthEase was Hartstrings, a children’s clothing company headquartered in Wayne. We designed their small onsite fitness center and provided exercise instruction for their employees. The rest is history – HealthEase now provides a wide range of corporate wellness services to small, medium and large companies. We have always been based on the Main Line, outside Philadelphia, but our clientele now spans several states across the country. The multi-faceted benefits of worksite wellness programs have been clearly established, and companies of every size continue to look for ways to take care of their employees’ health & fitness. HealthEase is excited to provide solutions customized to suit their needs.
My favorite part of the fall season? It’s making pumpkin a big part of my diet. Pumpkins are low in calories and loaded with nutrients like Vitamins A, B6, C and E as well as potassium and folate. This delicious fruit (pumpkin is not a vegetable!) is primarily thought of as a favorite pie ingredient and aspiring Jack ‘o Lantern. But it can be incorporated into your meals without adding sugar, as is the case in many pumpkin recipes. Here are a few health-conscious suggestions you can try:
Pumpkin-Inspired Meal Ideas:
- Add canned pumpkin into a pot of hot oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon.
- Add canned pumpkin into your pancake mix.
- Make a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie in a blender using:
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ banana
- 6 oz. nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ Tbsp. honey
- 1 cup crushed ice
- Make Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese:
- Box of whole wheat penne pasta
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cups spinach
- 1 can of pumpkin puree
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to directions on package minus 2 minutes, and reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water when done.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet. Sauté onions and spinach until softened.
- Stir in canned pumpkin and ricotta cheese. Empty drained pasta plus 1/2 cup of reserved cooking water into skillet and mix well.
- Spoon pasta into 11 x 7 baking dish. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
This collaborative effort by the HealthEase team of fitness professionals is one more way we, as a company, are reaching out to help enrich lives through better health and fitness. Consider us your source for timely, reliable information as well as for fresh insights into employee wellness and how to make it work for you. We invite you to comment on our posts – tell us what you think and what you’d like to know more about!