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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Entrepreneurial Training

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The Entrepreneurial Strategic Planning (ESP) Program is an intensive nine-week series of business management classes provided by PCR's Entrepreneurial Training Institute (ETI) for the benefit of small business owners in Southern California. The ESP Program classes are designed specifically to provide a functional, "strategic plan of action" for operating any business successfully.

Click HERE for a description of our ESP Training Program and Future Calendar of classes.
The class curriculum consists of intimate personalized instruction in key areas of business management such as:
•  Managing Your Business Effectively
•  Quickbooks
•  Developing Your Business Plan
•  Recordkeeping and Accounting Principles
•  Small Business Legal Issues
•  Marketing Your Business (including Internet marketing)
•  Analyzing Financial Statements
•  Employee Development/Customer Relations
•  Financing Your Business
•  Business Strategies and Projections
•  Entrepreneurial Development

Class size is 15 to 20 participants. A certificate is awarded to each participant upon completion of the program. Attendance is limited . . . Hurry! Register Now!
For more information, call PCR             (213) 739-2999       ext. 228 or e-mail here

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist

P.S. Join Let's Move West L.A!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Control Type 2 Diabetes

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Fitness is the first line of defense when it comes to diabetes. Exercise can help control blood glucose levels because more glucose is absorbed from the bloodstream during physical activity. The American Diabetes Association recommends people with diabetes do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day to improve symptoms. People with type 2 diabetes have a lot to gain from exercise. Losing weight can actually stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin. Researchers previously thought beta cells in the pancreas that stopped producing insulin were done forever, but a study shows they could begin functioning again. In the study, patients who exercised and ate only 600 calories a day regained pancreas function. This suggests exercising or eating the right amount can reverse some diabetes symptoms. 

A diet of 600 calories is not a lot. Patients in the study only accomplished the feat with liquid diet drinks and vegetables. People with diabetes can benefit by eating fewer calories and burning off some through exercise. Anyone seeking to begin a drastic exercise or diet routine should talk with their doctor or a personal trainer first. Remember even a little regular exercise can have a huge impact on diabetes. Exercise lowers the risk of heart disease in addition to lowering blood sugar. In the modern world, with diabetes medications readily available, it's easy to forget how beneficial exercise really is.

People who exercise can lower their blood sugar and may not need to take oral medication. That's good news for anyone who wants to avoid dangerous medications like the type 2 drug Actos. Actos complications have been linked to bladder cancer and congestive heart failure, and thousands of lawsuits have been filed. People looking to safely manage symptoms should remember that exercise plays a key role in diabetes health and overall health. 

Source: William Richards researches and writes about prescription drugs and medical devices for

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist

P.S. Join Let's Move West L.A!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Moksha Fest

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We are so excited for Moksha Festival to be part of the festivities, and we look forward to having your beautiful presence there.  We understand that festival season can get quite pricy, so as a token of appreciation for all the work you do, we are offering all yoga teachers in the community 50% off two tickets (one for yourself and one for a friend or special someone!) from now until July 8th.

This is the 2nd annual Moksha Festival, and it will be held on August 4th and 5th at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.  There will be all the asana, mediation, pranayama, ayurveda, kirtan, food and a healing camp.
Highlights of Moksha 2012:
  • 3,000 visitors to the festival.
  • 100 vendors representing Individuals & Businesses offering services and products for a healthy, eco-friendly and conscious lifestyles.
  • 14 music bands leading kirtans and sacred music on two stages.
  • 20 classes & workshops on:  Yoga (Asanas), Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurveda, Nutrition, Yoga philosophy
  • Healing Camp representing various healing modalities such as Ayurveda, Reiki, Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Healing, Breema and more healing modalities
  • Discussion panels: Yoga-Next, Spirituality in Hollywood
Yoga Teachers get 50% discount on Moksha festival tickets. You can buy the tickets at the regular price on our website now. The discount will be refunded to you at the festival, upon showing us some identification of your teacher/student status.
For more

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist

P.S. Join Let's Move West L.A!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Green Festival Kickoff

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Monday, July 16th at L.A. City Hall
L.A. Green Festival Host Committee Kick-Off

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Tom Bradley Tower Room 27th Floor
Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.
L.A, CA 90012
(Free parking at City Hall with RSVP)
Refreshments & networking at 5:30, meeting starts at 6:15

This year's festival takes place November 17-18 at the L.A. Convention Center.

Host Committee members:
  • Become part of the dynamic team that makes Green Festival happen.
  • Enjoy great networking opportunities with others interested in green living, social justice and green business.
  • Help shape the Green Festival to reflect your community’s priorities.
  • Get free tickets for you and your community members.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Laurie here

Check out the videos of the 2011 Ford Community Grant winners (including L.A.’s HomeGirl CafĂ©!). This November 17-18, Ford is again giving away $5,000 at the Los Angeles Green Festival, so starting thinking about a sustainable, forward-thinking idea to improve the environment or quality of life in Los Angeles.

The Host Committee meets monthly until the Green Festival, November 17 & 18.
+ You do not have to attend all the meetings!
+ You can help us find best presenters and topics
+ Help get the word out in your community
+ Help us recruit volunteers, exhibitors and media 

Green Festival Facts
+  A project of two nationally know nonprofit organizations, Green America and Global Exchange
+  In its 11th year nationally!
+  Average attendance has been approximately 25,000 per city. We expect over 25,000 in L.A!
+  Green Festivals are also in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and DC. This is the largest sustainability event in the world.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Yoga Recess

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Join the Yoga Health Foundation and thousands of school teachers, parents and passionate yogis and pledge to bring mind body exercises, breathing and stretching into classrooms. Our children deserve tools for a healthy body and mind. 

Make sure your school or classroom participates. Raise funds for your own school! Register today! Start a team (a school or classroom) or support a participating team and join us as we raise money and awareness for yoga in schools. 

School Teachers, please request access to educational videos and materials to be used in your classroom here.

National Yoga Month has grown into a powerful "healthy lifestyle" national observance and awareness campaign reaching millions with over 1,600 yoga studios participating1,000 events and over 25,000 people requesting One Week Free Yoga during Yoga Month September.If you are interested in volunteering for Yoga-Recess, please complete the Volunteer Registration form. 

Learn more about the Yoga Health Foundation and our sister campaign National Yoga Month September at

Yoga Month is a grassroots campaign for and by the yoga community. Thank you for being part of something really special.

Johannes R. Fisslinger
President Yoga Health Foundation

Monday, June 18, 2012

CDC Grants

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Closing Date for Applications:

Jul 31, 2012 

Expected Number of Awards:50
Estimated Total Program Funding:$70,000,000

The purpose of this program is to prevent heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other leading chronic disease causes of death or disability through implementation of a variety of evidence based programs, policies, and infrastructure improvements to promote healthy lifestyles in small communities that improve health and health behaviors among an intervention population. The program aims to achieve this goal by supporting governmental and nongovernmental agencies and organizations, from multiple sectors, to implement evidence based strategies that align with their mission and to partner with agencies and organizations in other sectors to improve community health. 

Centers for Diseae Control and Prevention (CDC) 
Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) 
Technial Information and Managment section (TIMS) 
Phone             770-488-2700       General Submission Inquiries

P.S. Yoga has more than 5,000 years of history and close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits. In one study, participants 35% improvement in flexibility after only 8 weeks of yoga. Yoga helps to increase energy and reduce stress. It's a process of self-discovery and empowerment. I've been teaching yoga for more than 3 years. 

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Friday, June 15, 2012

Create Now Half-Marathon

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Create Now is partnering with trainers Robert and Euri Mills to put together a Create Now Half-Marathon Team for the LA Rock N' Roll Marathon on October 28, 2012. 

Members of our team will receive 16 training sessions including nutrition and fitness advice. Each session lasts for 1-3 hours. It's only $100 for all 16 classes, and this money will be refunded if you help Create Now to raise $1000 for our programs!

There will be an info session with Coach Robert Mills on:

Monday, June 25th at 7:00PM 

Create Now's Office

1611 South Hope Street

Suite E

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Free parking
. Please RSVP by emailing Kelly Noonan

Create Now

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Get involved: volunteer!
Fit-Twist: Healthy Inside-Out.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Healthy Living Grants

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Grants to Combat Youth Prescription Drug Abuse

The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has announced the availability of grants for community organizations working to provide educational programming that addresses the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

The Healthy Living Grants program awards funds to grassroots health education programs that promote healthy lifestyles and improve well-being at the community level. The program has supported nonprofit organizations in teaching young people about nutrition, physical fitness, and violence prevention. In 2012, the program will focus on supporting medical organizations with prescription medication safety projects that reach children and youth between the ages of 2 and 21.

Medical organizations (defined as hospitals, free clinics, public health departments, medical schools, and/or nonprofit organizations) are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofits, schools, and government entities . In previous years, prescription safety Healthy Living Grants have funded youth-led social media campaigns, parental toolkits and workshops, and age-appropriate e-learning modules.

The program will award $8,000 grants to approximately twenty-five medical organizations.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Let's Move Update

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The fitness movement is sweeping across the nation once again with support from the White House. American Volkssport Association is America’s premier non-competitive sports organization, which represents about 100,000 volkssporters who believe in healthy living through exercise.  We have a grassroots network of more than 280 clubs that conduct and organize about 3,000 walking events in the 50 states each year.  Our organization is located just outside of San Antonio, Texas.

AVA events bring together walkers of all levels who want to improve their physical and mental health through low-stress activity. (Let's Move California currently does not have) walking on its list of physical hands-on sports activities, there may be an opportunity for our organization to assist exercise programs across the country. Is there a contact e-mail/phone number for someone coordinating this movement from the national level?

Thanks in advance for your  assistance and good luck with your June 16th Fitness Feria.

Chuck Blische
Director of Marketing and Publicity                                                                      
American Volkssport Association (AVA)
America’s Premier Noncompetitive Sports Organization

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Monday, June 11, 2012

Top 10 Workout Songs 2012

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It's usually December, when folks take a look back at the year that's passed. But, with summer just around the corner—and plenty of opportunities to get back outdoors—it seemed like a great time to recap the best workout tracks from January through May. Big beats continue to reign supreme in the gym. The workout music royalty—Pitbull, Flo Rida and Lady GaGa—make their customary appearances in the top ten. Additionally, as you might expect, the list features a handful of dance cuts—with Breathe Carolina, Rihanna, and Cobra Starship each getting the remix treatment. Lastly, adding a little variety, there are the crossover hits—both from club producers (like Avicii), rockers (like Linkin Park), or both (like the collaboration between DJ Steve Aoki and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo). Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Source: Chris Lawhorn, Run Hundred. Click here to contact Chris.  

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate