December 2015 Around Town 1

Muscle Metrics Shows You What You Are Made Of

For most people, their single focus in changing their bodies is based on a number on a scale. But, countless studies about health and fitness have proven that the emphasis should be on body composition. In other words, how much fat we carry and how much muscle we have.

However, improving body composition—replacing fat with muscle– is hard. It’s even harder to accurately measure the change. Until now. Muscle Metrics is a new business created to provide powerful information about changes and improvements in body composition.

The company uses a custom-built mobile trailer featuring the Bod Pod. This medical grade test equipment is the gold standard in body composition testing. It is a safe, simple test that takes 10 minutes. Bod Pod has been used by the NFL, NBA, Special Forces and Olympians for 17 years.

To have Muscle Metrics bring its trailer to your gym, company, school or club for convenient testing, visit

Cy Financial Celebrates 
Anniversary at the Outlaw

Cy Financial recently celebrated their business anniversary by hosting a big cigar and barbecue event attended by their clients and friends.

The gathering took place at The Outlaw Cigar Company in Overland Park.  Attendees received a free cigar and were entered into raffles that were held throughout the evening.  Not only was it fun but there were lots to eat and drink as well. “Coach’s Decision,” an award-winning barbecue team created the exceptional food offerings that were enjoyed by all.

Cy Financial has been helping people build a safe and secure retirement income plan for nearly 30 years. Located in Overland Park, Cy provides comprehensive financial planning services including managed money and insurance based solutions. Looking to sleep well at night? Call their team at 913.322.3500.

Scout Council Announces District Restructuring

The Heart of America Boy Scout Council has recently completed a restructuring strategy of their district boundaries, which aligns the three Johnson County area scout districts with their school district boundaries.

The Soaring Eagle District will serve units in the Blue Valley School District.  Scouts who attend Shawnee Mission District schools will be part of the Shawnee Trails District, and scouts who attend schools in the Olathe, Gardner-Edgerton, De Soto and the Spring Hill areas will be served by the Iron Horse District.

The changes, which are scheduled to take place January 1, will provide area scout units the ability to better serve community youth and it will strengthen scouting relationships with each school district.

Synergy Services Breaks Ground on New Children’s Center

Responding to growing demand, Synergy Services recently broke ground on a new Children’s Center to be located at 4512 N. Antioch Road in Kansas City, Missouri. The campus will include a 10,000-square-foot facility to shelter and provide services to children throughout the metro who have experienced abuse, neglect or serious family crisis.

The new children’s center will double the capacity of the current shelter. Capacity which is needed, based on the fact that the agency had to turn away 300 children last year due to limited beds and other resources.

“By relocating our children’s center to a dedicated facility, we can utilize the space formerly occupied at SafeHaven to also expand and improve our services for the women and children housed there,” says Synergy’s Executive Director Robin Winner.

Learn more about Synergy’s work or donate online at

Area Resident Pens Book 
to Help Tots Sleep

Local pediatric occupational therapist and parent of two, Brandi Russell, OTR/L, has created a unique tool to help parents get children to take a nap. Recognizing the vital role sleep plays in good health and behavior throughout childhood, Russell has channeled her knowledge in child development with her real-mother experience and entrepreneurial energy to create a unique family tool to transform a challenging nap time routine into a fun and reinforcing event for children and their caregivers.

Snooze is a colorful 26-page picture book appropriate for toddlers and preschool age children. The main character, Snooze E. Sheep, is a magical flying sheep who knows that children need their rest to feel their best. His mission is to entice children to take a nap by transforming nap time into a fun game. Snooze visits children while they are asleep. Sound sleepers awaken to a trail of Snooze’s Z-shaped clues, leading them to a hidden surprise to find. Of course, Snooze only arrives if the toddler takes their nap. No snooze, no Snooze.

For more information, visit

Lodge at Ironwoods Park 
Available for Rentals

Whether you are planning a wedding, reception, or conducting a seminar, the Lodge at Ironwoods has the right space and service to accommodate your every need. The Lodge is located at 147th and Mission Road inside Leawood’s Ironwoods Park. It has vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, hanging metal chandeliers, a full commercial kitchen, and its beautiful attached patio overlooks the woods. The Lodge can accommodate 300 for dinner and up to 500 people for a meeting. Learn more at or call the Leawood Parks and Recreation Department at 913.663.9153.

Leawood Historic Commission 
Dedicates Historic District

The Leawood Historic Commission recently dedicated the third historic district in north Leawood when Leawood’s Mayor Peggy Dunn proclaimed the Lee Farmhouse Road as a Leawood Historic District in the Leawood Register of Historic Places. The district includes 33 single family homes on West 96th Street bound by State Line Road on the east to Lee Boulevard on the west.

Members of the Leawood Historic Commission and the residents of 96th Street, led by Steven Johnston, prepared the application for the designation.

This new historic district includes one home built in 1888; the Lee home built in 1920; 28 homes built 1945-1965; and three non-contributing homes built 1980-2011. Each home on 96th Street was unique following the styles of the period, the ranch and the Neoeclectic. The Lee home and the 1888 home have undergone major renovations, thus the original historic fabric of the homes is hidden beneath new construction. The street was developed with the Leawood “country lane” ambiance with no sidewalks.