Health Masters Had & PT APRIL 2018

GARDENING: Bringing Family Together

Why You Should Consider Investing in a Family Garden

Deciding on Plants When it comes to deciding which

After spending a winter cooped up inside with your family, there might be a little tension between everyone. Fortunately, it’s spring, and the warm weather, melting snow, and blooming flowers offer a good way to ease restlessness. This season, why not bring your family closer together by starting a family garden? A Learning Experience Nearly every step in the gardening process can be a learning experience for kids and parents alike. Begin by discussing where you should start and why, what supplies you’ll need, and the types of plants you want to grow. Gardening also offers opportunities to learn about science, ecology, and nutrition. Collaboration Gardening gives your family a chance to collaborate. When you’re stuck inside for long periods, you may be spending time together, but it’s usually not quality time. Working in a group to create and maintain a garden is a hands-on experience for everyone. It’s a chance to get the whole family involved with a single project, and you can literally share the fruits of your labor.

plants you want in your garden, there are many variables to consider. Do you want to grow edible plants, ones that have magnificent blossoms,

or ones that are easy to care for? Flowers are a good start if you want a plant that grows a little faster; plus, they lend a pop of color to your garden. Growing vegetables is also rewarding, as the kids will take great pleasure in eating what they’ve grown. Other possibilities include sunflowers, blackberries, peas, and lettuce. You might be surprised at how willingly children eat their greens when they’ve had a hand in growing them. Family gardens can bring something new and fresh to your home. So, get outside, enjoy the sun, and discover the joys of plants and gardening.

Our Newest Physical Therapist! Meet Kate Roby,

At HealthMasters, we pride ourselves on giving patients inexpensive, natural strategies to remedy their pain for the long run. We know that when you’re in pain, it’s not just an annoyance. Pain can cascade into every aspect of your life. Medications and injections may curb

the ways it empowered patients to transform their bodies with direct solutions that used the mechanics of the body instead of medications. As a student looking to intern at a clinic, Kate chose us out of 30 options. “My mom was a patient here back in 2011,” she explains. “She fell onto her outstretched arm while walking her dogs and broke her shoulder. After surgery, HealthMasters is where she went.” It was her mother’s glowing recommendation that led her to seek out Louis Zuniga and his team for her future career. Here, she found a warm, inviting place where everyone works together to provide patients with real results. “Honestly, for me, it’s the people,” she says. “I love all my co-workers. We’re all different, but we work well together, and there’s a lot of collaboration.” Though Kate’s only been here a few short weeks, our patients have already discovered her abundant compassion and eagerness to do whatever it takes to facilitate healing. She’s certainly already a staple around the clinic, and we look forward to being her PT home for years to come!

that pain for a while, but they don’t address the cause of the pain, allowing it to flare up at any time. Instead, we want to uproot your discomfort at the source and help you return to the activities you love. Our newest therapist, Kate Roby, has always wanted to help people improve their lives, but her career path took a turn when she headed off to college. “I was actually a pre-pharmacy major,” she says, “But as I learned more about the drug industry, I started to realize that becoming a pharmacist wasn’t the path for me.” Instead, she turned to physical therapy, inspired by

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