Morris/Essex Health & Life - Morris Health & Life February 2011

Couch to 5k in 8 Weeks

This easy "Couch to 5K" program is designed to gently slide you off the couch and push you through the finish line.

Poor Cat Designs jewelry

A cat showed up on the deck of Joseph Romanowski’s house while the designer was planning his line of handcrafted charms, so the animal lover did everything he could to locate the feline’s owner. No one stepped forward, so Joseph adopted the “poor cat,” named him Felix, and used the kitty’s likeness for his logo.

Combat stress with meditation

Boost your immune system, improve concentration, enhance creativity and decrease stress by meditating, suggests Kellye Davis, author of The Bliss Principle ( To find your inner bliss, here are Davis’ step-by-step instructions:

Mayflower Inn & Spa

Nestled in the New England countryside in the idyllic town of Washington, Conn., lies a place of perfection, The Mayflower Inn and Spa. The luxury hotel offers a serene respite for those looking to get away from it all.

Shop Local Leader: Raising the bar

The Bar Method Mountain Lakes is a fitness studio that teaches The Bar Method, a workout program now popular in studios around the country. Owner Jennifer Curtis was a Bar Method student in Summit, and she opened her own Mountain Lakes franchise in March 2009.

Harmony at home

We all long for a harmonious home—a tempting space where color and texture blend seamlessly and each room has a visual connection with the next. A home so well-planned you can chat on the phone while stirring supper, where work lights are aptly placed, and there’s always a connection for the laptop.

Glorious grapefruit

Tart and tangy in flavor, this citrus fruit has health benefits that are pretty sweet.

Art’s at home in Boonton

Among the long-standing antique shops and boutiques along Boonton’s Main Street, a cluster of art galleries has formed, creating buzz about the town’s emerging art district.

Environmental drive: Volkswagon Touareg

Love the space, power and handling of an SUV, but hate the environmental impact? Starting now, you can swap your gas guzzler for a 2011 Touareg, Volkswagen’s first hybrid, and because it’s an SUV, you can still hit the road sitting high. How does it spare the environment?

Eco-friendly sipping

Today’s organic and biodynamic wines aren’t just good for you and for the planet, they’re also delicious

Take charge of your well-being

You know it’s vital to stay on top of doctor visits. But optimum health also involves nurturing your mind, body and spirit.

Brush up for National Children’s Dental Health Month

A healthy smile? It’s easy to achieve, especially if you “remember to brush and floss every day!” That’s the message from the American Dental Association this February in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month. But as any parent knows, getting kids excited about oral hygiene isn’t exactly easy. To the rescue: fun activity sheets and posters you can download and print

Physical therapy meets pilates

Whether you’re treating an injury or just keeping healthy and strong, Kelly says Pilates is a great low-impact exercise that can be tailored to work for anyone. And she’s not the only PT who’s turning to this popular fitness practice.