Looking Good on the Course

For all of you fashionistas out there who golf—and we know there are many of you—we hope you’re taking full advantage of the opportunity that a day on the links can provide for looking and feeling your best. Sure, at the end of the day it’s all about your swing, your put and your handicap, but looking good on the course will make you feel good. And, when you feel good, everything seems to get better—including your golf game, not to mention you’ll be the envy of all of your golf partners as you strut across the course donning fabulous golf fashions and accessories!


Dress for Success

A day on the golf course, especially come the dog days of summer, can leave you hot and sweaty if don’t plan your outfit accordingly. Invest in performance moisture-wicking polo shirts, Bermuda shorts and Capri pants. Ladygolf.com offers many cool brands of golf fashions, so ladies can peruse a wide variety of styles and find a look that makes them feel beautiful on the course. Think Girls Golf, Golftini, Abacus Sportswear and more.


Girls Golf is perfect for the woman who is looking for a fashion-forward look on the links and loves to don bold patterns and tones while Golftini makes pristine-looking polos and skorts; perfect for the woman looking for a more traditional, yet equally polished look. Abacus Sportswear draws its inspiration from its Scandinavian roots, designing functional activewear and every-day apparel in high-performance fabrics to help keep you comfortable while looking your best both on and off the course.


Clubs: Got You Covered

Using covers helps protect those precious woods, from the 9 irons right down to the 3s and wedges. Using them can also enhance your look on the links. If they look good, they’ll create a cohesive look with your golf bag. Try covers by Ame & Lulu and Just 4 Golf.


Ame & Lulu’s covers are made from durable stretch material and fit heads up to 460cc in size. Matching fabric shoe cases, tee bags, belts, ball holders, key chains and even tennis accessories are also available.


Just 4 Golf give their owners the chance to show some personality in their golf club covers, with its animal attraction, by the numbers, red hots, “par-fect” pinks and spot-the-dots collections.


Spikes & Bags

For footwear, our picks are Unutzer, which come in both spikeless golf and street shoes and spring and summer models with traditional soft spikes, and Sesto Meucci of Florence, handmade Italian leather golf and street shoes that are stylish and comfortable, and the Walter Genuin collection, which includes waterproof and linea stretch golf & street shoes. (The linea stretch shoes look like a cross between a ballet flat and a sneaker—simply adorable!)


When it comes to the golf bag, consider the style of bag you want. Are you looking for a classic, stand-and-carry or golf-cart bag? The cart bag is a nice option for women who jet around the course the majority of the time. It has outside pockets, which are perfect for carrying keys, a compact, a tube of lipstick or gloss, sunblock, water and other essentials. The classically designed bags may be carted or carried and they have pockets on the back, but that means the aforementioned essentials won’t be as accessible when secured to the cart.


Also, if you prefer to walk the course, it’s important to pay attention to how the bag feels on your shoulder. Opt for a lightweight, ergonomically designed golf bag to minimize the stress your clubs may place on your shoulders and back. (Of course, if calfskin, genuine ostrich or crocodile leather is your thing, go for it—just remember it may be heavier than a bag made from cotton canvas.)


Ladygolf.com carries a wide variety of golf bags, from classic to sporty and more edgy styles as well. Looking for a Burberry-inspired look? Consider a bag in hunter’s plaid or navy multi-plaid. Looking for a bag that won’t outshine you in whatever outfit you choose? Then, consider a straight-up classically designed saddle bag in a neutral color combination like black and beige.


For women who want their bag to make a really bold statement, consider animal print patterns, like the black/tigress Circa 1904 Vintage Reproduction Sunday Golf Bag. It’s a handmade replica’s from actual Sunday golfbags produced back in 1904 (available from Ladygolf.com for $312).


And, for the grande dame of golf bags, check out Louis Vuitton. It has two models; the first of which retails for $11,700 is elegant and particularly sturdy. It can hold a full set of clubs, as well as clothing, an umbrella, balls or towels. Louis Vuitton’s second bag, which also has ample room for clothing, an umbrella, balls and towels, as well as a full set of clubs, is made of Damier Géant canvas. It retails for $13,000.


By Laura Starczewski

Where to Buy Designer Golf Duds &Accessories

Start with Ladygolf.com, which sells a wide variety of golf apparel, shoes, golf bags and golf accessories by many famous designers.

Best Of Health & Fitness

Best Health Club

Worcester Fitness
440 Grove Street

For the past 32 years Worcester Fitness has served the Central Massachusetts community, and this year they’ve earned honors as Best Health Club. Operating two dynamic fitness centers in Worcester, Worcester Fitness represents a true membership club. “We’re very heavy on customer service,” affirms Joe Santa Maria, General Manager of Worcester Fitness. “We’ve adapted every year as part of a commitment shared by our ownership through every staff member to make this the best facility around.” Open to customers of all ages and fitness levels, Worcester Fitness provides a bevy of opportunities for members to join classes, enjoy private instruction, or simply exercise on their own. Worcester Fitness also remains active in the community, working with the city of Worcester for employee health initiatives and youth health programs.

Runner Up

Jewish Community Center
633 Salisbury St # 1

Best Personal Training Facility

Worcester Fitness
440 Grove Street

With a second crown in this year’s Best Of, Worcester Fitness also claims the title as Best Personal Training Facility. General Manager Joe Santa Maria and the staff at Worcester Fitness service members with a tremendous listing of group training courses and classes and also provide specialized, one-on-one training. “This is functional training,” declares Santa Maria, “our trainers aren’t just counting reps – they’re developing creative training solutions built on groundbreaking fitness techniques.” The fitness training and courses at Worcester Fitness cater to exercisers of all levels. “We’ve had people training for marathons, Ironman competitions, looking to lose weight, or just be more active,” explains Santa Maria. “Our team is positioned for anything, and we help people get results.”

Runner Up

All Access Fitness Academy
904C Boston Post Road

Best Health Food Store

Living Earth
232 Chandler St # 1

For the third year in a row The Living Earth claims the title of Best Health Food Store for City Living Magazine’s reader vote. Owned and operated by Al and Maggie Maykel, the Living Earth has supplied Central Massachusetts with healthy foods and supplements for over two decades. The store features locally harvested produce in season from their own organic farm in Rutland along with foods from national suppliers carefully chosen for the highest quality, most environmentally friendly products available. The store takes care to carry many specialty items for dietary restrictions, including gluten-free and vegan items. In addition to great produce and groceries, The Living Earth also stocks a robust selection of herbal and homeopathic supplements, cosmetics, and organic and low-sulfite wines for overall well-being.

Runner Up

Simple Enough Natural Foods
18 Lyman St # 20E

Best Physician

Dr. Debarah Hazen
555 Main St

Dr. Deborah Hazen entered the medical profession later in life than most, but her relentless dedication to her patients has earned her Best Physician in City Living Magazine. Attending UMass Medical School at the age of 40, Dr. Hazen had previously attended Harvard Law School after graduating from her undergraduate degree. “When I was growing up girls weren’t doctors, so I never even thought of becoming a doctor.” After graduating law school, however, Hazen found herself continually reading medical journals and decided to pursue her new interests. Now seeing patients since 1998, Dr. Hazen makes an effort to make herself available to every single patient whenever her assistance is needed. “I work 16 hours a day, seven days a week,” Hazen affirms. “I’ve never not been able to see a patient the same day when sick.”

Runner Up

Dr. Walter Goljan
255 Park Ave, Suite 400

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Sean Thornton
Body Therapeutics
102 Shore Drive

Feeling a creak in your neck or some tightness in your back? Turn to Dr. Sean Thornton of Body Therapeutics. A licensed chiropractic physician with a degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Dr. Thornton has been practicing for the past 10 years. Prior to joining Body Therapeutics, Dr. Thornton worked as an Associate Chiropractor in Webster for six years. He has additional experience working in Wrentham, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Missouri. Seeking to stay at the forefront of health and wellness, Dr. Thornton has continued his education in the fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition, chiropractic and golf, extremity adjusting, and maternity care.

Runner Up

Back to Health
82 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA

Best Optician

Forgues Eye Care Specialists
152 Russell Street

Run by Matthew and Mark Forgues, Forgues Eye Care Specialists takes the top noch as Best Optician in this year’s reader vote. With two convenient locations – one off of Park Ave. in Worcester and the other on Rt. 9 in Shrewsbury – Forgues Eye Care Specialists offer comprehensive eye examinations and optical and contact lens dispensing. The staff prides itself on recognizing the difficulties of troubled eyesight, working to help people with allergies find the right contact lenses and help maintain and repair broken eyeglasses. Carrying an extensive offering of frames, lenses, contacts, and protective eyewear, Forgues Eye Care Specialists have everything you need for vision care.

Runner Up

Dr. Dennis Arinella
591 Lincoln St

Guest Post

Get in the Best Shape in Just 15, 30 & 45 Minutes

One of the biggest excuses people use for not working out is that they don’t have the time, but often the best workouts can be completed in smaller time increments. According to fitness experts, working hard and at different speeds or intensities is more beneficial than working at the same pace for a long period of time. So drop the excuses, and get with a fitness plan that meets your free period.


Many people view cardio as the most important key in losing weight; however, building muscle is more important in reaching your goals because muscle burns fat. And, you can speed up your metabolism by interval and circuit training, so here are some basic plans you can tackle in close to no time. The key is to engage your entire body to focus on tightening your core, while also sculpting your upper and lower body.



Best 15-Minute Workout

If you have 15 minutes, you want to put the main focus on your legs and back because these are your larger muscle groups, and in return, where you should place the most emphasis for the best results.


Try 10 walking lunges on each leg with a bicep curl. As you walk forward, dip into a lunge with your arms at your side. As you bring your feet together, curl your arms into a basic hammer curl (weighted to meet your personal fitness needs) with your fists facing inward.


For a cardio burst, get in a pushup position and perform 50 mountain climbers, alternating running your knees into your chest until you tire.


To target your back, try 15 bent over rows. Slightly bend your knees, reach your arms down while holding dumbbells, and then pull your elbows back, squeezing your shoulder blades together, and keeping your knees slightly bent.


Finish off with 10 burpees. Start in a standing position, squat down and jump your legs back, do a pushup, jump your legs back in, and then jump with your arms straight in the air. Try going through the circuit twice.



Best 30-Minute Workout

If you have 30 minutes, keep with the 15-minute routine, but add in some extra cardio bursts and toning routines to extend your circuits.


An exercise band can be used for some upper body sculpting. Try looping it around the bottom of the stairwell, bend over with a flat back facing the stairs, and straighten your arms back so that there is no slack. Bend your arms in and then push them back out again 20 times.


Then try some high knees by keeping your back straight, and pumping your knees up as high as you can for a minute.


Next, do another upper body exercise with the exercise band. With your foot standing on the middle of the tube, raise your arms straight to the side at shoulder level, then lower. Try 20 raises to strengthen your shoulders.


Finish off this circuit by adding in a minute of jumping jacks. You can make them harder by turning them into squat jacks, keeping your knees bent for each jack.



Best 45-Minute Workout

If you have 45 minutes to a full hour to exercise, use the exercise circuits from above, but add in even more intervals.


Think sprints, climbing stairs, speed walking on an incline, or jumping rope. All of these let you switch up your range of motion, shocking your body to burn the largest amount of calories.


Walk the plank. Although all of these exercises have already forced you to engage your core, one of the best exercises for your midsection is the plank. With your arms bent at the elbows and hands together, form a straight line with your body so that your toes are popped up. Try to hold this position for a minute. Then, switch so that your legs are stacked and you are on your right elbow with your body forming a straight diagonal down for 30 seconds. Repeat on your left side.


No matter how long you have, you can see that time is not the key to an effective workout. Circuits and intervals really hone in on using your time—or lack thereof—to your advantage. Odds are, with the shorter span you have to work with, the harder you will push. So don’t feel bad if you can’t eek out longer than 15 minutes, what’s important is to get moving in the first place. Every bit helps and can make you not only look better, but feel better, while keeping your heart healthy.

The Health Benefits of Wine

A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away. 

The ever-growing quest to live a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle is evolving. Considering the general stressors and conundrums of a hectic world, the first thing to do is relax. Stress and the lack therein exemplify the symbiotic relationship between body and mind. Fortunately for health-aficionados, there are developing studies proving that drinking wine offers more benefits than spirits.


Wine, beer and liquor altogether elevate ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels, similarly found in oatmeal, nuts and fruit. A recent Harvard School of Public Heath study revealed that wine—especially red varietals—had benefits more than keeping the heart finely tuned … but why red?


Red wine’s got heart


Harvard already stated, “Red wine may contain more and more various substances in addition to alcohol that could prevent blood clots, relax blood vessel walls, and prevent the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, “bad” cholesterol), a key early step in the formation of cholesterol-filled plaque.” In addition to keeping heart disease at bay, when accompanied with a meal, red wine offers more cardiovascular benefits than beer or spirits. Drinking wine with a meal is natural and who understands that better than the French.


The phenomenon known as the ‘French Paradox’ exhibits the low percentage of heart disease and obesity combined with a high intake of saturated fat. A diet rich in whole dairy, red meats and other saturated ‘no-no’s’. Perplexed? Of French adults, only 7 percent are obese. If obesity is a main contributor to heart disease and illness, can red wine be the magical formula to a healthy lifestyle?


The power of red wine is found in the seeds and skins of grapes, the same antioxidants found in blueberries and the Acai and Noni berry. Resveratrol, a molecule belonging to a group of plant compounds called polyphenols, are found in red wine. Both white and red wines have levels of Resveratrol yet red wine holds the greater benefit.


Red wine is fermented with the skins, allowing the wine to extract the Resveratrol whereas white wine is fermented after the skin has been removed.  Case in point, Pinot Noir is generally paired with its red color as it is made with red grapes. A wine’s color comes from the grape, not the flesh. A white Pinot won’t have the same benefits as a red, however delightful.


Reservatol offers different benefits for men and women. Harvard concluded that Reservatol counterbalance androgens, the male hormones that stimulate the prostate. It dampens the cell activity of the genes that activate cellular growth leading to prostate cancer. Resveratrol also kills prostate cancer cells, a process call ‘apoptosis’. A man who chooses to drink two glasses of wine a day not only reduces his risk for prostrate cancer but aids in his quest for longer life.


Women need half as much alcohol as their male counterparts to gain the health benefits of wine. The researches at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center found women who drink red wine in moderation may reduce their chances of getting breast cancer. The chemicals within the skins and seeds of grapes lowered estrogen levels, a great factor in breast cancer risk.


If these deterrents are not enough, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases stated that the antioxidants in grape skins and red wine aid in the destruction of pancreatic cancer cells by reaching to the cell’s core energy source, paralyzing its function. Red wine is becoming more logical and attractive even to those who wouldn’t ordinarily drink it, perhaps a logic-minded option for health.


With all the scientific evidence on red wine, it may seem appropriate to overflow one’s cup, correct? The answer is a definitive “absolutely not.” The idiom “too much of a good thing” rings true with not just red wine, but alcohol in general. Men and women alike can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and the possibility of a stroke by drinking moderate amounts. Conversely too much alcohol be it red wine or any other spirit can cause high blood pressure, damage to the heart muscle, brain damage, pancreatitis, osteoporosis, intestinal bleeding and cancers of the mouth, voice box and upper digestive tract.


Exercising moderation is the greatest philosophy to balance and activate every health benefit the power of red wine has to offer. Remember: good food, good friends and a good health. Cheers!


By Julie Bilotta



Julio’s picks on some fabulous reds


Abraham Lerner, assistant wine director at Julio’s Liquors of Westborough, has suggested some attractive & provocative reds to enjoy:


Wines made of the varietal (Tannat) responsible for the French Paradox:


2006 Folie de Roi, Madiran, France, $13.99

2006 Producteurs Plaimont, Monastere de Saint-Mont, Saint Mont, France, $30.99

2009 Pueblo del Sol, Tannat, Uruguay, $9.99


Other wines from around the world:


2007 Sant’Angelo, Negroamaro, Salento, Apuligia, Italy, $9.99

2009 Girard, Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, California, $28.99

2006 DeTrafford, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa, $44.99


A personal favorite:

2009 Dreaming Tree, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, $12.99