March 2020
Greetings!
March is finally here and spring is just around the corner! One sure sign of spring is Daylight Savings Time. Don't forget to "spring forward" at 2 a.m. on Sunday March 8th 2020.

March is National Nutrition month. We recognize the importance of healthy nutrition as well as the multiple benefits associated with balanced dietary habits. How we eat powers our workouts and helps us achieve the best results.

So, eat those fruits and veggies and have a wonderful month!

In good health,
Liberty Athletic Club
Member Spotlight
By Kim Stetson
Dancing with the Michigan Stars (DWTMS), an event committed to raising funds for local charities, will be held at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, March 12. This festive black tie event will feature ten local celebrities partnered with professional ballroom dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Studios, as they compete to win the championship title.

Five Liberty members are greatly involved with this year’s DWTMS.  Tansy Degen is the organizer of Dancing with the Michigan Stars and the owner of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Ann Arbor and Northville. Ira Mark, Nerissa Sarantos, Heidi Elder Ewing and Kristin Finn are celebrity dancers.

Tansy became interested in dancing in college, while bartending at a bar filled with swing dancers. From there she learned how to swing, and the rest is history! She got a job as an instructor at Arthur Murray, competed in national dance competitions, and purchased the Ann Arbor Arthur Murray Dance Studio in 2005 and the Northville Arthur Murray Dance Studio in 2010. This year will be Tansy’s sixth year as the Dancing with the Michigan Stars organizer. 

The mission of DWTMS is to combine the love of dance with community outreach.
For the first five years of the fundraising event, proceeds were donated to one local charity. This year the dancers get to choose the charity of their choice. 

“This year,” Tansy explained, “we wanted to get more grass roots about it, in hopes of supporting local and small organizations that don’t get funded.”

Each celebrity dancer receives 20 to 30 dance lessons with their professional partner over a four-month period. “The less dance experience the dancers have,” Tansy shared, “the better.” “People like to support someone who’s willing to make a fool of themselves!”

Dancing with the Michigan Stars begins at 6 p.m., with appetizers, cocktails, a live band and gift bags for the first 200 guests. Dinner is served at 7 p.m., and the first half of the dance competition, including five teams, begins at 8 p.m. A 45-minute intermission separates the first half of the competition from the second half, where the remaining five teams will perform. An awards ceremony will conclude the event around 10 p.m., but guests are welcome to stay to dance and socialize.     

Ira, Nerissa, Heidi and Krisitin are four of the ten celebrity dancers nominated to participate this year. Their energy and unique personalities, combined with their commitment to their charities, ensure an exciting and successful Dancing with the Michigan Stars.
 
Nerissa Sarantos comes to this event as a bit of a “ringer.” She was a cheerleader and a member of the dance team in high school; and the Senior Superlative in her high school yearbook read, “Most likely to dance in a Rap video.”

In the Dancing with the Michigan Stars competition, Nerissa will perform a salsa and samba combination to “Hips Don’t Lie,” by Shakira. A challenge to perform, Nerissa proclaimed, “I’m in it to win it.”

Nerissa is dancing to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where “no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay;” and where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.

She chose this charity because her girlfriend’s one-year-old child is currently receiving aggressive chemo treatments at St. Jude’s. “Having two young daughters, myself,” Nerissa shared, “I cannot fathom the heartache and stress my friend’s family is enduring.” “This little girl is a fighter. She’s brave. She’s my hero. I’ll be dancing in her honor.”

Nerissa is the lead renovation and design consultant with Ewing Pros Renovations and a member of Ewing Pros of Real Estate One
 
Heidi Elder Ewing arrives at Dancing with the Michigan Stars with “zero” dance experience and admits she was clumsy as a child. As an adult, though, Heidi grew into an athlete with a committed workout ethic. “I love the challenge dancing provides,” she exclaimed.

Heidi is dancing to raise money for North Star Reach, a summer camp for children with serious medical conditions, free of charge, in Pinckney, Michigan. “Campers at North Star Reach experience all of the fun, joy and independence that all children receive at camp and appreciate a rare sense of normalcy.” A health center staffed by medical professionals allows children with complex medical needs to come to camp.

Heidi’s five-year-old son, Theo, was diagnosed with Focal Epilepsy in 2019. As a result, the Ewing family is focused on all the positive ways Theo, and all children with a medical diagnosis, can live a normal life.

The ability for these children to go to summer camp holds a special place in Heidi’s heart. “You know how something calls you?” Heidi asked. “Camp calls me.” “My husband, Rob, volunteered most of his childhood at YMCA Storer Camps, and his father was director of the facility for over 25 years.”

“I’ll be dancing with my heart,” she continued, “to a salsa inspired dance.” “I chose a nostalgic song that should be a crowd pleaser.”

Heidi is co-creator of Ewing Pros Renovations and a real estate professional at Ewing Pros of Real Estate One.

Kristin Finn is participating in this year’s Dancing with the Michigan Stars to “sacrifice her dignity” in order to raise awareness and money for the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund. Her past dance experience is limited, but her senior project at Greenhills School was “ballroom dancing” with her boyfriend, where they ultimately performed four dances.

Today, Kristin hopes her athleticism and competitiveness will contribute to her performance. She’ll be dancing a cha-cha to a Jennifer Lopez song, wearing a sparkly blue dress with lots of fringe. A maize colored accent to her outfit is yet to be determined!

Kristin’s been involved with the Event on Main, a fundraiser for the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund, for the past ten years and currently serves as its chair. Its mission is “to advance innovative research ideas that have great potential to transform treatment approaches and offer real cures for children who need it most. At a time when industry and government support for creative programs is shrinking, especially when it comes to pediatric medicine, the Woodson Initiative is ensuring young investigators’ breakthrough discoveries.”

“It’s the research, including all of the innovation and collaboration within,” Kristin elaborated, “that excites the inner nerd in me.”

Kristin is an active member of the Ann Arbor non-profit community, working extensively over the years for the Junior League of Ann Arbor, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Cause for a Party.
 
Ira Mark agreed to participate in DWTMS because he could choose his own charity. He comes to the event with no previous dance experience. “And in addition,” Ira added, “I have no rhythm and can’t even clap to a beat.” “My goal is to make sure I don’t hurt my partner or myself!”

Ira’s been practicing with his professional partner, once a week, since November. He’s keeping the type of dance he’ll perform a secret, but teased, “I’ll be dancing to an upbeat variety pack that suits my flexibility.”

Washtenaw 100 will be the recipient of Ira’s fundraising efforts. It is an organization that provides “immediate financial support to the families of law enforcement officers in Washtenaw County who die in the line of duty.” In addition, it annually awards college scholarships to the children of active duty law enforcement officers and firefighters, and monetary grants to local law enforcement and fire departments. 

A Liberty member for nearly 20 years, Ira retired from a successful career in mortgage banking in 2009. Among his current commitments, Ira serves as president of the Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club.

If you’re interested in attending this fun and worthwhile event, or in supporting one of its dancers’ deserving charities, call the Arthur Murray Dance Studio (734) 995-9500; or go to eventbright.com and search Dancing with the Michigan Stars.
Vitamin D Deficiency
From the desk of Bethany Williston, M.S., R.D., Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
On January 28th, MLive reported, "Detroit has 19 entirely cloudy days so far in January and eight days with a little sunshine. There have been no sunny days this month."  There are two ways that humans consume Vitamin D: from the sun and in their diet. If there's little to no sun, are we Michiganders at risk for a Vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D deficiency
The simplest answer is yes but even without the gray days of January, if tested, many of us would have blood levels below the recommended level. Studies show that a large proportion of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D: estimates range from 40% - 75% of the teen and adult population. Researchers have also found that there has been a significant increase over the past few decades in the number of people who are deficient. This is most likely due to the increase in sunblock use. 
 
How much Vitamin D should we consume?
The recommended daily value is 400 (10 mcg) - 800 IU (15 mcg) per day. For people living in areas without adequate sunlight, the recommended daily value is much higher at 1000 IU (25 mcg). Some researchers believe that the daily value should be much greater, more in the range of 1000 – 4000 IU per day. Studies have also shown that the more melanin a person has, the more difficult it is for their body to absorb Vitamin D from the sun. Therefore, people with darker skin may need to consume even higher amounts of Vitamin D. 
 
Overdosing on Vitamin D
Because the recommendations vary greatly, the next question is, how much it too much Vitamin D? One study found that taking 60,000 IU a day for several months caused toxicity. Toxic levels lead to too much calcium in the blood which can cause nausea, vomiting, and weakness. To be safe, in winter months aiming for 1000 IU per day and 800 IU per day the rest of the year should prevent deficiency without causing any harm to your body.
 
Vitamin D's role in the body  
Vitamin D modulates the levels of calcium and phosphorous in the blood. It also helps the body absorb calcium. These two nutrients work together to form teeth and bones. They help prevent rickets in kids and osteoporosis in adults. Vitamin D helps nerve cells send messages to the brain. These messages are transmitted to the muscles to make them move. Vitamin D is also an important player in the immune system. 
 
Symptoms of deficiency
People with a Vitamin D deficiency are more likely to get sick, feel tired or depressed, have back and bone pain, have slow wound healing, bone loss, and hair loss. Because these symptoms can be confused with other issues, many people don't realize that they have a Vitamin D deficiency. The only way to diagnose it is by a blood test. 
 
People who are more likely to experience a deficiency are people with Crohn's Disease, Celiac's Disease, or Cystic Fibrosis because these diseases can all impair the absorption of Vitamin D. Because Vitamin D is stored in fat cells, people who are obese, especially with a BMI of greater than 30 have lower blood levels of Vitamin D. With age, kidneys become less efficient at converting Vitamin D to the active form so the senior population is also more susceptible to a Vitamin D deficiency. Vegans don't eat the sources of Vitamin D so they are also at risk.
 
Other complications of Vitamin D deficiency
In addition to feeling tired and depressed and getting sick more often, Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to some major diseases. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, specifically hypertension, heart failure, and ischemic heart disease. Because Vitamin D helps regulate blood sugar levels, low levels of Vitamin D in the blood can contribute to Type 2 Diabetes. 
 
How can you prevent a deficiency?
You can track how much Vitamin D you're getting in your diet and if it's not near the recommended amount, increase your daily intake. Good sources of Vitamin D are salmon, herring, sardines, canned tuna, egg yolks, and fortified foods like cow's milk, soymilk, cold cereal, granola, and orange juice. You can also take a one-a-day vitamin or Vitamin D drops daily, especially on gray days. If you are concerned about your Vitamin D levels, ask your medical doctor. Only a blood test can confirm a deficiency.  
 
Amount of Vitamin D in the following foods:
salmon, 3 oz = 250 IU - 1300 IU (wild is higher than farmed)
herring, 2.5 ounces = 161 IU
sardines, 3.8 ounce can = 177 IU
canned tuna, 3.5 oz = 268 IU
egg yolk, 1 = 41 IU
cow's milk, 1 cup = 9 IU
soy milk, 1 cup = 60 IU
cold cereal average of 40 IU
granola = varies greatly
orange juice, 1 cup = 100-140 IU
one-a-day vitamin, varies but can be as high as 1000 IU
Vitamin D drops, 1 drop = 2000 IU
 
What to eat?
With another gray month done, have a Vitamin D-filled day of food. For breakfast have an omelette and drink a glass of fortified orange juice. At lunch have a tuna fish sandwich with a smoothie made with soymilk, honey and fruit. At dinner eat salmon for your entrée. There may not be a wide variety of foods that contain Vitamin D but at least the ones that do are delicious!
American Red Cross
T hank  you to all our members that helped make our blood drive a huge success. Because of your generosity, we collected 29 pints of blood and helped save 87 lives!
USTA Summer League Teams
Interested in playing on a USTA team, contact Marybeth Putnam at marybeth.putnam@libertyathletic.net . Summer teams are forming now! 

Match play begins mid May and continues through July.
6.5 Combo
7.5 Combo
Congratulations to the Liberty 6.5 Combo (Captain: Christina Slade) and 7.5 Combo (Captain: Jennifer Sauld) Teams for winning the State Title! They will compete for the Midwest Title March 13th-15th. Good luck, ladies!
Youth Tennis 
Liberty's youth tennis program has many options for the beginner player to competitive juniors. Spring registration has begun! Sign up early; spots fill up fast!

Have questions regarding the youth tennis programs at Liberty? Contact the Concierge at 734-665-3738 ext. 134.
MyZone Technology Meets Group Fitness Energy
We are excited to announce the installation of two new Myzone-enabled televisions in the Group Fitness Studio! LAC Myzone users taking Group Fitness classes will now be able to monitor their effort in real-time! This technology offers our members additional information and the ability to adjust their effort to ensure they are getting the most out of their workouts and staying on track to reach their goals!
 
If you don’t currently own a Myzone physical activity monitor, check out the video above  and ask one of our instructors for more information on how Myzone can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
 
For some classes, e.g. Barre, where cardiovascular demand is reduced, the Myzone monitors will not be turned on to help participants focus on the numerous other benefits received from such classes.
 
We look forward to seeing you in Group Fit!
Bylaws, Waiver & Release
Attached, for your information and review, is the Liberty Athletic Club Bylaws, Waiver and Release.
Spring Program Registration: 
Registration for Spring Programs opened on March 2nd for members and opens on March 16th for non-members! Spring programs begin Monday, April 6th.
Guests
Guests may use the club only when accompanied by a member. Should you know your guest will arrive before you, please contact the front desk to offer proper approval for him/her to use the club. Non-members cannot reserve tennis courts or register for complimentary classes designed for members only.
Child Care Visits
In an effort to service as many of our younger members as possible in the Treehouse, we kindly ask that the time limits associated with each age group be adhered to upon each visit. Length of times are determined to best meet the needs of each age group child, and ensure that he/she has a positive experience and is eager to return for another fun-filled visit.
Thank you for your efforts and understanding. 
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Looking for a fun and friendly place to work? Join the Liberty Team!
We are now hiring for both summer and year round positions ages 16 years of age or older: 

Summer Employment Opportunities – Apply now!
  • Camp Counselors
  • Lifeguards
  • Swim Instructors
  • Assistant Swim Team Coach
  • Café Attendants
 
Current Employment Opportunities
  • Human Resource Generalist/Recruiter
  • Male Facilities - Wednesday 8am-3:30pm, Thursday 4pm-10pm and three additional afternoon hours/wk.
  • Lifeguards – immediate openings (weekends)
  • Swim Instruction – immediate openings
  • Massage Therapist – effective May, 2020
  • Front Desk – Thursday and Friday opening shifts
  • Cross-training opportunities as Café Attendant and Rockwall Attendant
  • Female Facilities – Friday evenings

We urge you to apply as soon as possible because positions fill up quickly. In fact, we have already begun to review and interview candidates for summer employment.

If interested in employment at Liberty, please contact Holly Ohtonen at 734.665.3738 ext. 127 or at   holly.ohtonen@libertyathletic.net , or stop by the Club and obtain an application at the front desk.
Giving Back 
Liberty Athletic Club is pleased to have provided in-kind donations to the following organizations during the month of February 2020

Pioneer Band Association
Saline Hornet Football
Skyline Athletic Booster
St. Mary School
Trails Edge Camp
Washtenaw Christian Academy
King Elementary
Saline Snowball
Ronald McDonald House
Greek School
Penny Seats Theater
St. Paul Christian School
First Steps
Spring Forward 
Daylight savings time arrives on Sunday, March 8th turn your clock back one hour. Longer days and the promise of warmer weather is ahead!
Community Events
Probility Ann Arbor Marathon
Sunday, March 22nd
8:00 am
617 S. Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor

Various distances through some of the prettiest parts of Ann Arbor.
Event benefits numerous charities.

Sunday, March 15
9:45 AM
Downtown Ann Arbor

Dress in green and bring the kids to this super fun 5K and Kids'K! Start and end at Connor O'Neal's and celebrate the luck o' the Irish!