Rue & Primavera August 2017

August 2017


These two therapists will be assisting me for right now, but they will eventually take some of my patients as their own. You can expect nothing but the best from these hand therapists, as they are extremely professional, knowledgeable, and a ton of fun! Tabby and Mel are looking forward to meeting you all, so please don’t be shy in introducing yourselves and striking up a conversation. As for the future, you can expect to see a couple of changes around the office and online in addition to our new hires. We are hard at work planning a new feature on our website called “Ask the Therapist.” Each week, the community will be invited to submit questions to the Rue & Primavera therapists, which we will answer in a new blog on the website as well as in a section of the newsletter! We hope that “Ask the Therapist” will not only encourage our patients to ask more questions about their care, but also provide instant, educational information to those seeking it. We will be officially launching shortly, so stay tuned. “This summer, we welcomed Tabby and Mel to our team, and we are just ecstatic to have them.”

F all is right around the corner, and I’m happy to say that Wendy and I have not wasted a second of this beautiful, warm summer. We are homebodies for the most part, but we had a couple of relaxing and meaningful adventures this season, and I am excited to share them with you. Last month, Wendy and I vacationed back to the East Coast for some relaxation and quality time together. We stayed at a beautiful little place on the New Jersey shore, and we spent

our time eating great food, catching some sun, and bodysurfing. Wendy and I try to make it to New Jersey when we can, and although we don’t desire to live on the East Coast anymore, we do enjoy reminiscing about our childhoods. Occasionally, Wendy and I vacation back to her hometown of New York City. Those trips are always action-packed. This month, my daughter, Marri (whom you all know from the office), is getting married on the 26th! Marri and her fiancé, Tycen, will be having the wedding at a local venue, and we are thrilled to share this day of joy and celebration with them. Many of you know that Marri works as our human resources specialist and head of billing, but you probably don’t know that Tycen works at a refinery in town. We are crossing our fingers that the weather stays warm and sunny and the rain stays away; but either way, we know the day will be wonderful. Those of you who have been in over the summer have been introduced to our new staff members, but I wanted to take this time to formally introduce our new hand therapists. This summer, we welcomed Tabby and Mel to our team, and we are just ecstatic to have them.

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RUN IN COLOR Join Us in Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters! For the past four years, Rue & Primavera has sponsored a well-deserving organization with our Run IN Color event. In 2013, over 200 runners raised $3,000 for the Citizens of Domestic Violence; in 2014, we raised $7,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project; and in 2015, we raised $4,000 for the Soroptimist Dream It, Be It program! This year, we hope to make a big impact on our friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County was founded on the mission to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported, one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better. As a preventative program, the goal of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to reinforce positive attributes in children and help them become confident and caring adults within their communities. We are so excited to sponsor Big Brothers Big Sisters this year. Join us for Run IN Color on August 19, 2017. Registration for the 5K is $20, and registration for the quarter-mile dash is $10. The races will take place in Windjammer Park, and registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m., and the quarter-mile dash will begin at 10 a.m. Please remember to bring water! People of all ages are encouraged to register for this fun-filled event where runners in white T-shirts will be dusted with beautiful colors made of cornstarch and food coloring. The wetter your shirt is, the better the colors will stick to you! It is also advised that participants wear sunglasses to keep the powder out of their eyes. We will provide masks. Individuals with breathing problems or asthma should not attend this event.

Making More Cents This Micro-Investment App Puts Your Spare Change to Work Technology has mastered the art of loose change. For decades, pennies and nickels have littered our couches and car seats — or, in the case of the more organized collector, filled up a five-gallon water jug. CoinStar revolutionized scrounging with an easy-to-use machine that eats your change and spits out cash vouchers in return, for a cut of the treasure. Now that cards are king, a new app has hit the market that puts your virtual “change” to work. Acorns is a micro-investing app that invests your extra cents without you even noticing. The app syncs to your debit card, and whenever you make a purchase, the app will round up to the nearest dollar and put the excess into your own diversified portfolio. If you go grocery shopping and your total comes to $44.26, the app will automatically run your card for $45 and invest the extra 74 cents.

Most people want to put their money to work but feel like they don’t have any to spare. The purpose of the app is to simplify the process so anyone can do it. It automatically sends your money into a diversified exchange traded fund (or ETF) of over 7,000 stocks and bonds. With a 256-bit encryption, it’s as secure as using a bank, and your money is protected against fraud for up to $500,000. It feels hands-off, but you can also take control of whether you’re money is invested daily, weekly, monthly, or just one time. You can also withdraw your money at any time for no cost. Additional features include Found Money, in which select partners of Acorns will automatically invest money back into your account when you spend with them. It’s like getting cash back for purchases, only it’s cash forward . Those companies include Kohl’s, Dollar Shaving Club, Airbnb, and others. The service costs $1 per month, which is chump change. After your account surpasses $5,000, the fee becomes 0.25 percent (at $10,000, that’s $2.50). High numbers like that are the ultimate goal, and they’re attainable. If you accrue $5 every few days, within five years you’ll have invested around $3,000. Imagine how many five-gallon jugs that would fill!

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You can learn about additional features at The app is available in the app store.


hile working out daily is the key to good health, some people speculate about the best possible forms of exercise. Running has been given a bad rap in the past, but it is one of the top cardio workouts! Running develops muscle strength and aerobic capacity, which benefits your long-term health. According to a 21-year study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, runners have longer lifespans and are less likely to develop a disability. Many athletes are under the impression that running will lead to knee problems, but studies show that runners are no more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee that nonrunners. And, if you understand and maintain proper form, your risk diminishes even further. Here are some ways to get the most out of your run and ensure good health. RECOVERY Recovery is not a break from training; recovery is a part of training. Proper rest gives your body a chance to heal and to take a well-deserved break, but proper rest does

not mean that you need to be stagnant. If you can’t sit still, let your body recover by performing a different exercise like swimming or biking. STAY IN THE ZONE Running can keep you in shape, and it can also help you clear your mind and reduce stress. However, actively thinking about your form while running can help you make subtle improvements. Usually, when a runner’s form is compromised, mechanical stress increases and Athletes know how to handle pain, but it’s important to determine what pain is normal and what is cause for alarm. Muscle soreness that eases as you run is normal, but pain that does not subside within several hours of running is cause for alarm. A physical therapist can help determine the cause of the problem and recommend effective treatment options and cross-training exercises. Physical therapists can also correct poor running form and prescribe necessary changes in training to allow the body to repair itself. injury can soon follow. LISTEN TO THE PAIN


Ensure Good HEALTH Turn to Running for a Longer Lifespan


Avocado and Cucumber COLD SOUP Summer may be drawing to a close, but the heat doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere soon. Cool off with this light, cold soup and enjoy those last few sunny summer afternoons!

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Olive oil

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1 lemon, juiced ½ cup cold water

2 medium ripe avocados, halved 1 large cucumber, halved 6 stalks spring onions

1 clove garlic

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¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 jalapeno


Preheat grill to medium-high.

4. Chop grilled veggies and puree with lemon juice, cold water, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Once smooth, portion soup into bowls and refrigerate to cool before serving.

2. Coat halved avocados

with lemon juice to avoid browning. Brush olive oil over avocados, cucumber, spring onions, and jalapeno. Oil grill while hot.

5. Garnish with toasted

cubed bread, avocados, spring onions, chives, lemon zest, or a drizzle of olive oil, if desired.

3. Grill vegetables until everything is grilled or slightly charred. Once

grilled, remove and place on platter to cool.


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Can Running Ensure Good Health? Avocado and Cucumber Cold Soup The Best Water Sport You Haven’t Tried Yet

The Best Water Sport You Haven’t Tried Yet Why You Should Get Into Stand-Up Paddleboarding Today!

I t’s the end of summer, and before fall and winter start to creep in, you can still take advantage of the warm weather and jump into the world’s fastest-growing water sport, stand- up paddleboarding (SUP). This sport is exactly what is sounds like. You stand on a paddleboard — like a surfboard but wider and more buoyant — and use a long paddle to glide across water. It sounds simple enough, but with a 200 percent boost in gear sales in the last year alone, SUP fans can tell you how much fun “simple” can be. Stand-up paddleboarding has ancient roots in African, Peruvian, and Hawaiian cultures. Thousands of years ago, each independently developed traditions of traveling across the water while using a paddle and a longboard. However, it was the Hawaiians who surfed the big waves with a paddleboard, and Maui surf legend Laird Hamilton was the first person to bring SUP to the continental United States.

Most stand-up paddleboarders aim to battle the waves to challenge their balance and core strength, but you don’t need to live by the ocean in order to enjoy paddleboarding. Wide lakes, lazy rivers, and even fierce rapids can all be perfect places to paddleboard. Basically, if you can bring a canoe, you can SUP there, too. Many outdoor gear providers across the world rent out SUP supplies now, so you can try it out with your friends before fully investing in the sport. activities. SUP enthusiasts created specially designed paddleboards for fishing, yoga, racing, and even touring the open ocean. If the combination of yoga and paddleboarding sounds intriguing to you, sign up for classes at Sound Yoga and SUP. Classes are $25 per person if you rent a board, but only $15 if you bring your own. Visit to learn more about the program and to sign up! Part of what makes SUP so fun is how the simple premise has been adopted into so many other


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