How COVID Colors The Salon Experience

LOVELAND, Colo. — Blush Beauty Bar hair salon had been closed 48 days, a consequence of stay-at-home orders to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But last Tuesday, the shop in this city of nearly 80,000, about 50 miles north of Denver, was finally reopening after the orders had been partially lifted on May 1.

It was booked solid its first day — and for each day the rest of the month. After seven weeks of isolation, it seems people desperately want to get their hair cut.

Still, as Colorado attempts a soft reopening, the three-person staff has had to adjust to a new way of doing business. Even before the salon opened its doors Tuesday, staffers had to rearrange its interior, eliminating the seating in the waiting area, and shifting the front counter to the side, allowing one customer at a time to wait 6 feet away in

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Intermittent fasting: Is it right for you? | Health Beat

A big upside to intermittent fasting: It can keep you from gorging on sweet or salty foods during troublesome parts of the day. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

When you need to lose weight, it’s tempting to turn to the latest diet fad for quick and seemingly easy results.

These days, one of those trends—intermittent fasting—is being highly touted not only for weight loss but for other health benefits, too.

The diet plan includes periods of fasting followed by unrestricted eating. It has proven successful for many in the battle to shed pounds.

But one dietitian urges caution in viewing it as a cure-all for everyone.

“I think a lot of people are looking for a quick fix to lose weight,” said Kristi Veltkamp, a registered dietitian with Spectrum Health. “It seems easier just to skip a meal, but that’s not the same as changing to healthier eating habits.”


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