North County Water & Sports Therapy Center December 2018


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15373 Innovation Dr. #175 | San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 675-1133 12171 World Trade Dr. | San Diego, CA 92128

A TREE ADORNED WITH MEMORIES Ornaments That Tell Our Story Like every Christmas tree, each family is different. Some people opt for well-designed and symmetrical trees like the kind you’d find in an interior design magazine. Others favor a hodgepodge tree, especially if they have young kids who are making ornaments in school. Whatever your personal preference, the best way to decorate a tree is the way that is most meaningful to your family. In our case, that means a tree full of knickknacks and mementos. My husband, James, and I love to pick up objects on our journeys that end up on our tree. These items aren’t always ornaments per se, but that’s what we use them as. For example, we brought home one of those kitschy Eiffel Tower keychains when we were in Paris. We knew it would never be used as intended because it was going to hang on our tree. We’re also fortunate enough to have ornaments that remind us of special people in our lives. One of James’ grandmothers was an avid crocheter, so hanging her handmade snowflakes has been a tradition for as long as we’ve had a tree. Another one of our most prized ornaments is a gingerbread man that James’ niece made some 20 years ago. She’s an adult now, but we’ll always have a reminder of her childhood creativity. Pretty cool, right? Because so many of our ornaments are precious to us, setting up our tree is always a trip down memory lane. Every ornament we pick up calls to mind cherished experiences and important relationships. And when we get to the Red Sox ornament — surprise, surprise that a New England girl has a Sox ornament — I can’t help but recall one of the greatest Christmas presents I ever received. If you’re familiar with baseball, you know the most iconic feature of Fenway Park is the left-field wall known as the Green Monster. About 15 years ago, the Red Sox decided to put a section of seats on top of the Monster, which immediately became the most desired place to watch a game. Getting

tickets to sit there is a multistep process that involves no shortage of diligence, persistence, and good fortune. They’re allocated on a lottery basis, meaning only a few people who apply for each game are lucky enough to have the opportunity to buy tickets. So when James got us a pair of tickets on the Green Monster, I knew he must have expended a lot of effort to make that happen. He probably spent at least a week constantly logging onto the Sox website in hopes of being selected. And the game itself was worth the effort! Recalling fond memories like this one is the best part of setting up our Christmas tree and one of the highlights of our holiday season. I hope you have some personal traditions in your house that fill you with just as much warmth.

Happy Holidays from everyone here at North County Water & Sports Therapy Center!

–Beth Scalone

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BAKE WITH IT. Whether you have an excess of candy corn or candy bars, you can bake with your sweet leftovers. The next time you make chocolate chip cookies, swap out the chocolate chips for candy corn. Or the next time you make brownies, chop up leftover candy bars and add them to the batter. From peanut butter cups to mint patties, there are so many different types of candies that can take traditional baked goods to the next level. STORE IT. Although not great for you, candy is fine to eat in moderation. A good way to moderate your holiday treat intake is to store your leftover sweets in the freezer. That way, you can pull a little from your supply each month to make sure you aren’t overdoing it. That said, be sure to check the expiration dates on all candy you save.

Sometimes we get a little too much of the sweet stuff. Between Halloween and New Year’s Day, candy is everywhere. It’s at home, at work, and on store shelves. Then, as the year comes to an end, many people start thinking about eating right and losing weight. When those are your New Year’s resolutions, you have to do something about all the leftover candy so it’s not around come Jan. 1.

Here are a few ways to get rid of your leftover candy ASAP.

DONATE IT. While you may have an abundance of sweets, not everyone does. Consider donating wrapped and packaged candy to your local food bank or other nonprofits, including local homeless or women’s shelters. You can also look into donating candy to nearby schools. Many teachers will gladly take candy off your hands to reward students (or themselves) with treats throughout the rest of the school year.



There’s no better way to spread holiday cheer than by helping out worthy organizations and those in need. This year, North County Water & Sports Therapy Center will once again be participating in a holiday drive to benefit the San Diego Fisher House. We are honored to work with such an amazing institution, and we hope you’ll contribute to our efforts. Last month, we discussed our appreciation for veterans and the ability to treat them in our cover article. But treatment isn’t the only way we give back to the people who have given us so much. Supporting the San Diego Fisher House helps us make the holidays a little brighter for active-duty servicepeople, veterans, and their families. When servicepeople and veterans need medical attention, they travel to the city’s VA and Naval hospitals. If these heroes and their families need a place to stay, the Fisher House puts them up at no cost. That way, families can be close to their loved ones receiving treatment. In addition to this incredible work, the Fisher House also operates the Hero Miles program. This program uses donated frequent flyer miles to allow family members to travel to their loved ones wherever they are receiving care. In cities without Fisher Houses, the organization also offers free hotel stays through their Hotels for Heroes program.

We will be accepting donations of needed goods until 12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at our main office on 15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 175. The San Diego Fisher House is looking for the following items: travel- size toiletries, Amazon gift cards, cleaning products, paper towels, toilet paper, sugar, spices, milk, eggs, soda, juice, K-cups, bottled water, and more. You can contact our office for a full list of the most needed items for this year’s drive.

We are lucky to have such a strong veteran community, and we want to do everything we can to give back to them this holiday season. Join us in supporting the San Diego Fisher House and help brighten up the season for active military personnel, veterans, and their families. 2


For those of you who know us, you know we take your health and well-being seriously. But we enjoy having fun along the way.

Sending our Holiday Wishes to you and your family!

THIS YEAR’S WISH: Be a kid again

and your future bright! May your heart be light

Enjoy a Rice Crispy treat.

Love what you do and do what you love!

Believe in yourself and people around you.

Bring a friend to carry half the load.

Don’t just run to fun, drag a friend.

Raise your hands for a little adventure ride!

From our family to yours, have the happiest of holidays filled with joy, love, and laughter! Beth, Jan, Ryann, Britani, Bettina, Jordan, Leslie, and Christopher

Jump for joy!

Slick roads and icy sidewalks become part of the landscape every winter, and every year the risk of falling is very real. For many people, avoiding a fall can be difficult enough without ice coating every walkable surface. Young or old, here are a few ways you can stay on your feet this month. IF THE BOOT FITS The correct footwear can save you from a nasty tumble or slip. Finding boots that are specifically designed to keep you steady on a slippery surface is a must. It’s also a great idea to buy waterproof footwear to keep your feet warm and dry in the snow. Ice cleats can be helpful as well; they slip over your regular shoes and give you the added grip you need. If you don’t want to wear your winter boots anywhere but outside, bring an extra set of shoes with you so that you can switch once indoors. ONE STEP AT A TIME It’s important to move cautiously when you’re on an icy sidewalk. Make sure to keep your feet flat while you’re walking and your hands out of your pockets, which will help you balance should you start to slip. It also helps to spread your weight out evenly by not walking with your feet close together. Try not to be distracted when you’re walking on ice — keep your eyes forward and make sure you know where you’re placing your feet. WHEN YOU CAN’T STOP THE FALL, ROLL WITH IT

KNOWING HOW TO FALL Unfortunately, even with all the precautions in the world, falls still happen. While no one has invented a way to trip and fall gracefully, there are a few ways you can avoid a serious injury when it does happen. If you find yourself starting to fall, lean forward to help prevent a direct impact to your spine or the back of your head. Try to roll with it, or, if you’re falling backward, try to land on your bottom. Also, try not to catch your full weight with your arms or hands, as that can lead to broken arms or wrists. If you do slip and fall this winter, it’s important to address your injury. It’s better to seek out medical attention than ignore the problem, which will only get worse the longer you put it off.



This hearty soup is a quick, easy, healthy addition to your

holiday table. It can also be made vegetarian by substituting chicken broth with vegetable broth.



1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter into warm oil. Add onion and leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, about 10–12 minutes. 2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add cauliflower, broth, and cream. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes. 3. Using a blender, purée in batches until smooth. 4. Top servings with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of pepper.

1 small head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cored and sliced

1 leek, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

• 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth • 1/2 cup heavy cream • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste

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How to Slip and Fall the Right Way

30-Minute Cauliflower Soup


Awesome Events for the Holidays



SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL When: Dec. 31; kickoff at 4 p.m. Where: SDCCU Stadium

A few holiday events and getaways provide the perfect opportunities to cure the cabin fever that hanging out with relatives for days on end can cause. Luckily, there are countless ways to have some holiday- themed fun in our area. Here are a few we recommend checking out.

HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND When: Nov. 17, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2019 Where: Legoland California

CHRISTMAS DINNER AT PROVISIONAL KITCHEN When: Dec. 25 Where: Provisional Kitchen at Pendry Hotel Don’t want to cook a holiday dinner? Don’t worry, because Provisional Kitchen has you covered. Located in one of downtown’s premier boutique hotels, the special three-course dinner will feature classic holiday flavors presented in unexpected ways. There’s also a special menu for kids. Head to to book a reservation before there are no seats left.

The less said about the Chargers’ move to Los Angeles, the better, but at least we still have plenty of football to enjoy in San Diego. The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl caps off the college football season in our city. While we don’t yet know the teams playing, the game always features a team each from the Pac-12 and Big Ten, so you can expect a clash

Legos are some of the only toys to have remained popular for generations, so a trip to Legoland is a delight for parents and kids alike. In addition to the year-round thrills at the park, Holidays at Legoland features themed events to help you get into the spirit one brick at a time. Check out the world’s largest Lego Christmas tree, visit with a real-life Lego Santa, and enjoy holiday treats like churros con chocolate. As a bonus, you’ll probably cross more than a few people off your shopping list with a trip to the gift shop.

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