Monthly Archives: September 2016

Melissa Brockman, CPT

Meet our Newest Team Member, Melissa Brockman

Welcome, Certified Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer, Melissa Brockman.

Our team is growing once again and Wise Women Fitness is pleased to announce the arrival of our newest certified personal trainer, Melissa Brockman, MS, EP-C, CPT.

Melissa entered the Air Force in 1992 and completed her first fitness certification at the prestigious Cooper Institute and she has been in the fitness industry ever since.  “The Certified Personal Trainer program at The Cooper Institute solidified my resolve to involve myself with organizations and people who wanted to help others do the same”, said Melissa.  She then went on to earn a variety of specialized fitness certifications including Exercise Physiologist from The American Council of Sports Medicine and subsequently a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration and Management.

Once she earned her Master’s, Melissa partnered with Department of Defense and worked with our Air Force members to ensure they were mission ready – – not only mentally, but physically! Read Melissa’s full bio here.

I am thrilled to have Melissa on our team.  Her knowledge, vision and her values are absolutely congruent with our mission here at the studio; she is a perfect fit for WWF and our client base.  The skill set that she brings to the table will change lives with every woman she trains.

We are booking daytime sessions with Melissa now.

As always, stay healthy!



Power Food: Butternut Squash

Fall harvest squashes are available in stores now.

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Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants — and succulent enough to warrant the moniker “butternut” — this graceful, hourglass-like gourd is the perfect addition to an autumn meal.

Health Benefits

Low in fat, butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart-friendly choice. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems. The folate content adds yet another boost to its heart-healthy reputation and helps guard against brain and spinal-cord-related birth defects such as spina bifida.

Squash’s tangerine hue, however, indicates butternut’s most noteworthy health perk. The color signals an abundance of powerhouse nutrients known as carotenoids, shown to protect against heart disease. In particular, the gourd boasts very high levels of beta-carotene (which your body automatically converts to vitamin A), identified as a deterrent against breast cancer and age-related macular degeneration, as well as a supporter of healthy lung development in fetuses and newborns. What’s more, with only a 1-cup serving, you get nearly half the recommended daily dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C.

As if this weren’t enough, butternut squash may have anti-inflammatory effects because of its high antioxidant content. Incorporating more of this hearty winter staple into your diet could help reduce risk of inflammation-related disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

With just 82 calories per 1 cup serving, butternut squash makes an excellent heart-healthy side dish!

As always, stay healthy and stay informed!


P.S.  Want to try some recipes?
Lamb and Squash Tagine
Gingered Butternut Squash Pie