Lobby Renovations at Bayside, Great Neck & Princess Anne
Front desk at Princess Anne before renovations.
The lobbies at Bayside, Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers are being renovated to improve traffic flow and provide a single front desk area complete with a scanning station. Also, the window by the pool office will be changed to make it easier for you to speak with the aquatics staff.
If you've been to Bayside lately, you've surely noticed that renovations have begun at this center. Once complete, Great Neck's lobby will be renovated; we anticipate this work will begin in July. Princess Anne's lobby will be renovated upon completion of Great Neck and work is anticipated to begin in September.
The renovations will change the flow of traffic to improve customer service and safety, and will clearly direct customers to the front desk area. The doors at the entrance will be replaced with sliding doors that are better suited to high traffic. Lighting and seating in the lobby will also be improved, with additional seating at the pool spectator area. A layout of the new floor plan is available here.
The recreation centers will be operating as normal during these renovations, with classes and programs scheduled as usual. Safety of our customers is our primary concern; at times, customers may need to walk through a construction tunnel to access other areas of the recreation center.
Healthy Fast Food? Tips for Better Fast Food Choices
Fast food is cheap, convenient, filling, and to many of us it tastes good. If you are eating out, a fast food restaurant is often the cheapest option, but unfortunately not a healthy one. Eating just one fast food meal can pack enough calories, sodium and fat for an entire day or more. Eating fast food on a regular basis can lead to a host of different health problems, both physical and psychological.
Still, in a bad economy the quick-and-cheap temptation can often be hard to resist. As an informed customer, though, you can make healthier choices and still enjoy the price and convenience of fast food restaurants.
Tips for making healthy choices at fast food restaurants:
- Make careful menu selections - pay attention to the descriptions on the menu. Dishes labeled deep-fried, pan-fried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded, creamy, crispy, scalloped, Alfredo, au gratin or in cream sauce are usually high in calories, unhealthy fats or sodium. Order items with more vegetables and choose leaner meats.
- Drink water with your meal. Soda is a huge source of hidden calories. One 32-oz Big Gulp with regular cola packs about 425 calories, so one Big Gulp can quickly gulp up a big portion of your daily calorie intake. Try adding lemon to your water or ordering unsweetened iced tea.
- "Undress" your food. When choosing items, be aware of calorie- and fat-packed salad dressings, spreads, cheese, sour cream, etc. For example, ask for a grilled chicken sandwich without the mayonnaise. You can ask for a packet of ketchup or mustard and add it yourself, controlling how much you put on your sandwich.
- Special order. Many menu items would be healthy if it weren't for the way they were prepared. Ask for your vegetables and main dishes to be served without the sauces. Ask for olive oil and vinegar for your salads or order the dressing "on the side" and spoon only a small amount on at a time. If your food is fried or cooked in oil or butter, ask to have it broiled or steamed.
- Eat mindfully. Pay attention to what you eat and savor each bite. Chew your food more thoroughly and avoid eating on the run. Being mindful also means stopping before you are full. It takes time for our bodies to register that we have eaten. Mindful eating relaxes you, so you digest better, and makes you feel more satisfied.
Read the full article for specific items to avoid and what to select in a variety of fast food restaurants.
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Meet the Instructor: Mike Laramore
Mike has been involved in martial arts since he was 12 years old. He started training in Aki-Jitsu and is currently a third degree black belt. Mike has been teaching tai chi of the yang style for approximately 20 years. He likes teaching tai chi because it teaches people about themselves and about limitations and avoiding extremes.
Tai chi is a slow moving exercise which uses the mind, body and spirit as one. You perform a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
Tai Chi Level I has upcoming classes at Great Neck, Bayside and Princess Anne. For those looking for a more advanced class, Tai Chi Level II is being offered at Princess Anne.