Fore Court - November 2018

November 2018

44 Cray Street, Cumberland, RI 02864


Thank You for Being Part of the Club

and facilities have maintained their value over the years despite the passage of time because we’ve adapted to enhance our members’ experiences and added services as members ask for them. My father set a member-focused purpose into place from the beginning, and it’s pretty amazing to say that today, many years later, the same purpose motivates and guides us. It’s the reason we’re here — for our members. From the fitness side of it, we keep our club open 18 hours a day, and almost every day of the year but four holidays. This building doesn’t get much of a break! We want to be here for you when you want to get a workout in, go to your favorite Les Mills class, or just meet up with your group of friends for a match and some quality time together in the lounge afterward. Who are we to turn you away? Your membership means that you’ve committed to your health and well- being, and we want to help you uphold that commitment to yourself. Through the holidays, we’ll be here, so come say hello, bring a friend, and know that I’m glad you’re here. Thank you for being part of what makes this place great.

whose owners I’ve known for years, closed their doors or were sold. One of the facilities that closed last year was built in 1978 and had been in business for 40 years. Another athletic club in Newport was also in business for around 40 years. The owner of the Newport club is a great friend of mine, and it was hard to see him say goodbye to the work he’d dedicated himself to. He ran a very good club, and I know it was a tough decision. When a club closes, we don’t just lose another business; we lose part of the community. There are that many fewer racquetball and fitness clubs in Rhode Island. A building is brought to life by the people who spend time inside it, and it becomes something special for the people who visit them every day. That’s what our club has been for me. Fore Court is where I grew up, where I watched my dad build a tennis and racquetball facility for the community, where I’ve spent time with some of my closest friends, and even where I met my wife! This place means a lot to me, and I’m reminded of that every time I walk through the doors. In Fore Court’s 45th season, I’m thankful we’ve had good fortune and made the choice to stay true to who we’ve been from the beginning — a family-owned and family-operated club. Our programs

I want to take a moment to focus on gratitude this month, and more specifically how grateful I am for all our members. It’s because of your support that we get to offer facilities and activities with world-class instructors and trainers. I am thankful to you for making this your go-to place to meet friends for a game of tennis, to those of you who choose our club to get healthier, and to the parents out there who pass on the gift of fitness to their children. I appreciate all of you. The people who come through these doors make this place great. Isn’t it amazing to think that your dedication to your health and fitness keeps this place running? In the last year, seeing other local facilities go through changes makes me feel especially grateful for our dedicated members and the stability we’ve had. I’ve watched sadly as other longtime facilities,

Have a happy Thanksgiving,

-Dave Morin

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Enjoy These 6 Autumn Activities Fun for the Whole Family!

or wreaths for your front door to greet guests will create the desired autumn vibe you’ve been searching for. MOVIE NIGHT Gather your loved ones in the living room with popcorn, blankets, and a great film. Make the most of your autumn evenings by cozying up and spending quality time with each other while watching some family holiday favorites, like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” or the Thanksgiving comedy-drama “Pieces of April.” HOME-COOKED FOOD When autumn rolls around, pie and warm cider may be high on your list of tasty treats you’re eagerly anticipating. This fall, encourage your family to take part in making annual goodies and sharing them with your neighbors. Nothing warms the heart more than receiving a loaf of freshly baked pumpkin bread during these increasingly cold days. KNITTED SCARVES If you’re handy with knitting needles, now is the season to put them to work. Hand-knitted scarves are great gifts to give throughout the fall and winter, and you can also make it a family activity! Take some time to teach your kids how to knit and crochet to create scarves of their very own.

Throughout November, everyone is eagerly looking forward to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, but you shouldn’t let the rest of the month slip past you! Enjoy these other fall activities with the whole family. HOMEMADE CARAMEL APPLES

Homemade treats are no doubt far better than their store-bought counterparts. Try your hand at making your own caramel apples for the whole family to enjoy. You can also add a number of toppings to liven things up, such as nuts, white or milk chocolate, coconut, sprinkles, or pecans.

BACKYARD BONFIRE During these cold months, you may be tempted to stay indoors, but heading outside for a bonfire is a great way to spend time with your family while enjoying the brisk weather. If you have a fire pit in your backyard, now is the perfect time to take advantage of it by bundling up with some hot chocolate and s’mores. AUTUMN ARRANGEMENTS It’s time to get crafty! Creating your own fall arrangements will ensure that your home has the seasonal decorations you want. Making beautiful fall flower arrangements for your kitchen table


A lot has happened since our last newsletter!

addition of the Audiofetch devices attached to the TVs in the cardio center. When you download the app on your smartphone, you can listen with your headphones or Bluetooth to the happenings on the TVs. If you need a demo, please let us know. We’re happy to help. Pickleball Looking for a social and fun weekend activity that’s easier on the body than baseball? Pickleball might be for you. An informal league has started on Saturday afternoons from 1:30–3:30 p.m. and costs $10 per person. Rackets and balls are available to borrow. Reach out to Sandy at if you’re interested!

Happy Veterans Day to all our veteran members, including staff members Lee Marsh, Mike Kasun, and Ron Marocco. We appreciate your service. Kara Soucy has started a Ladies Lift Program with over 15 participants weekly. What a great program! It’s very motivating to those involved. More Ladies Lift programs will be starting as well as some group training programs for men. Talk to us about how to get started. Group Fitness Launch Melissa and staff had a ball at their Halloween launch of the new Les Mills classes on Oct. 26, 27, and 28! Our instructors always get into the holiday spirit and everyone has so much fun. Go check one out for yourself this month! What is Audiofetch? If you walk on the treadmill or use the Stairmaster, you will have noticed the new

Have a great November!

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Get Your Grandchildren the Perfect Gifts

Without Breaking Your Budget

well as list any gifts to avoid. Parents’ insights will prove invaluable when it comes time to make a decision, especially because different parents have varying ideas of what’s acceptable. STEP 3: GIVE AN EXPERIENCE Consider giving an experience-based gift rather than a toy or material object. Maybe you want to give all of the children in one family tickets for a getaway. Perhaps you want to accompany them to a museum or sporting event. No matter the experience that fits your family best, these gifts can create lasting memories for everyone. STEP 4: ADD A THOUGHTFUL TOUCH After you’ve purchased all of your gifts, take the time to add something personal to each of them. A handwritten letter, old photos, or other mementos could end up having just as much of an impact as the gift itself. It will also let the child know that you’re thinking of them, which is especially meaningful when you can’t spend the holidays together. STEP 5: HAVE FUN Buying gifts for your grandkids should be a joyful experience and a way to express your love. That’s what matters most of all.

‘Tis the season to flock to the stores to find the hottest deals on the coolest products just in time for the holidays. For older adults, however, braving a crowded parking lot and long lines can be a painful, difficult ordeal. Luckily, you don’t have to participate in this “rate” race in order to give your grandchildren presents they’ll cherish for years to come. Follow these steps to generate ideas for affordable, unforgettable gifts. STEP 1: MAKE A BUDGET Regardless of how much you’ve saved for retirement, you need to consider the finances. The best way to establish a budget is to set aside a holiday fund including the total amount of money you’re comfortable spending. Divide that total by the number of grandchildren you have, and you’ll now know approximately how

much you can spend on each gift. Remember, too, that many presents don’t have to come with a price tag.

STEP 2: TALK TO THE PARENTS Parents are the best resource for ideas of what is and isn’t an appropriate gift. They can tell you what each child is interested in, as

Have a Laugh!

Chipotle- Roasted Carrot Salad


Inspired by Food & Wine magazine

• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 4 ounces watercress, stems trimmed • Plain Greek yogurt, for serving • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

• 30 small carrots (2–3 bunches), tops removed and carrots scrubbed • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the chipotle can • 1 tablespoon molasses


1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a rimmed baking sheet, toss carrots with chipotle peppers, molasses, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and roast for 30–35 minutes. 2. Transfer carrots to a plate and let them cool completely. 3. Once cooled, toss carrots with adobo sauce. Lay across a platter, and top with watercress. 4. Serve alongside yogurt.

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This Issue

Gratitude to Our Members


Caramel Apples, Knitting, and Bonfires November Club Happenings A Gift-Buying Guide for Grandparents Chipotle-Roasted Carrot Salad



Achieve Balance in Your Belly


Balance in the Belly Why Good Gut Bacteria Die and What You Can Do About It

new supplements or changing your dosage can have the same effect.

A major change to your diet can also harm your gut flora. If you introduce new foods or alter your diet significantly, it can shock your system with the sudden change, resulting in a die-off. In this case, even an insignificant die-off can cause you to feel under the weather. For most people, simple and small changes to medications or diets will not have much effect on existing gut flora. After all, the average person has roughly 3 pounds of gut bacteria in their system at any given time — that’s about 100 trillion microorganisms working for your body! But when they do die off, all they need is time to repopulate and restore balance to your digestive system. You can help speed up this process by consuming probiotics like yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, and kombucha.

is self-explanatory when you think about it. Antibiotics attack all forms of bacteria in your body, good or bad. In some cases, people who take too many antibiotics or take them for longer than prescribed experience significant damage to their intestinal flora, leading to digestive issues. Another big threat to probiotics is medication in general. When you start or stop a medication, probiotics in your system can be adversely affected. Taking

Probiotics play a critical role in your digestive system. These good gut bacteria help your body digest food more efficiently and protect your overall health. However, these microorganisms are susceptible to many negative influences that can cause them to die. More often than not, probiotics die off due to a disruption in the balance of your digestive tract. One of the harmful things to your gut bacteria is antibiotics, which

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