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pampered in the park
it seems like a no-brainer that national parks would focus on wellness, but in the U.s. this idea is relatively new. think about it: When was the last time you had a decent salad at the grand Canyon? thanks to visionary national Park service director Jon Jarvis, this is changing. When the food concessions at muir Woods in California started offering healthier fare, not only were visitors happy, but it delivered higher profits, too. that led to the idea of spas in or near national parks, with new ones opening in yosemite (ascent spa at tenaya Lodge), the grand Canyon (amangiri) and the golden gate national Recreation area (Cavallo Point). the newest entry in park wellness: Park Prescriptions. spearheaded by family physician daphne miller, m.d., in conjunction with the institute at the golden gate, the campaign supports the idea of actual “prescriptions” designed to get patients walking particular natural park trails. so far, prescriptions have been formulated for parks in California, new mexico and indiana. and the health-insurance industry is responding; one company, seeChange, is reimbursing patients for entrance fees to California state Parks, while larger companies like Kaiser and Humana are considering similar plans. next step: formulating a nationwide plan that will turn parks into bastions not only of natural beauty, but also of health and wellness. BY AMY WESTERVELT
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Hilton’s New “eforea”
Fasting to Beat Jet Lag
does crossing time zones leave you up in the air with jet lag? if so, a food fast may be the quickest way to reset your body’s rhythms, according to a study led by Clifford B. saper, m.d., the head of neurology at Harvard medical school’s Beth israel deaconess medical Center. saper suggests that if you fast for 16 hours before landing, then resume eating on the local schedule, you may avoid jet lag altogether. — Annette Burden
If the word “eforea” seems a bit foreign, wait a few months. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is rolling out this new spa brand to unify its global spa business, transcend languages and evoke a place of spiritual calm for weary travelers. With 123 hotel and resort spas worldwide, Hilton is poised to become a major global spa presence. More than 100 properties have committed to introducing the eforea concept, which has three core signature “journeys”: Essentials, using Kerstin Florian botanical products; Escape, featuring organic Li’Tya products; and Men’s, offering a series of goal-driven treatments and VitaMan products. Want to get a preview?
The Hilton Short Hills, in Short Hills, New Jersey, debuted the first eforea in October 2010. Our pick: the Escape line’s Total Healing Body Experience (90 minutes, $195); based on natural Australian products and ancient aboriginal healing techniques, it includes a desert-salt exfoliation, a wrap in mineral-rich Mapi mud, a waterfall scalp massage and a rhythmic body massage. Spring 2011 sees the openings of eforea spas at Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, Australia; Hilton Pattaya, Thailand; and the Millennium Hilton Bangkok. By June, there will be a second domestic eforea at Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, in Sedona, Arizona. hilton.com — Donna Heiderstadt
There are no more excuses for not exercising on the road. This year, Westin Hotels & Resorts has partnered with New Balance footwear to offer guests gratis workout paraphernalia. With the program, already started in 10 cities around the world (including Boston, San Francisco, Beijing and Berlin), healthconscious travelers can borrow men’s and women’s running sneakers (with new disposable insoles), shorts, shirts, pants, sports bras and socks. Celebrity trainer Holly Perkins has also created special in-room stretching and strengthening workouts so simple that they don’t require equipment. Want to hit the pavement outdoors? Grab one of each property’s local 3- and 5-mile running maps. If you’re traveling for a marathon or other athletic event, participating properties offer turndown service that will gift you with amenities like high-performance pre-race snacks and a “good luck” wake-up call. Now you can save that extra room in your luggage for important stuff, like shoes. — Nora Zelevansky
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nearly a decade ago, when the first Willow Stream Spa opened at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona, few could have realized the impact it would have on improving the quality of resort spas worldwide. Now, the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brand may be trailblazing once again with the introduction of Lifestyle Cuisine Plus. Moving beyond the expected heart-healthy and low-cal fare in its restaurants, Fairmont takes things a step further with this global initiative, providing seasonal menu choices for guests following a variety of food restrictions including DASH, diabetic, vegan, raw, macrobiotic and glutenfree — and not just in restaurants, but also for in-room and spa dining. How are they doing it? With the help of special software that translates traditional recipes into versions with ingredients that meet specific dietary needs. Dishes include Chilled Pea Soup at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Florida, designed for DASH dieters, and vegan Curry Chick
Pea Couscous and gluten-free Chocolate Ganache Flan at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Canada (both pictured; get recipes for all three at spamagazine.com/ fairmontrecipes). Delicious menus that cater to almost every type of spa-going foodie? We hope this is another trend that catches on. fairmont.com — Liz Mazurski