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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Free Exercise Classes

San Fernando Valley Recreation Park
208 Park Ave. San Fernando, CA 91340 -

Adult Program:
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:15 - 9:15am.

Senior Program (low impact):
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:15 - 9:15am.

California State University, Los Angeles -
Obregon Park
4021 E. First Street Los angeles, Ca 90063

Monday and Wednesday - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Friday - 9 am -10 am

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Healthy Communities within REACH

Register for the Healthy Communities within REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Demo Briefing. This event will highlight replicable and scalable policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to reduce obesity and hypertension and decrease health disparities in underserved communities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with approximately 150 health advocates from multiple disciplines and community sectors across Los Angeles County such as community-based organizations, public health administrators, academics, city planners, elected representatives, funders and stakeholders representing South Los Angeles and other disadvantaged communities.
Keynote Speaker: Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH, Chief Medical Officer of The Wonderful Company and President of HealthBegins
WHEN:Friday, September 25, 2015 (8:30 am – 1:00 pm). Registration and continental breakfast will start at 8:30 am. Lunch will also be served.
WHERE:Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC
3540 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Parking is free for all attendees.

SPACE IS LIMITED: Register for this free event at

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I Love Go Greek Yogurt

My own version of yogurt breakfast

I was in Beverly Hills on Monday and found the best frozen yogurt in L.A. I had the honey flavored yogurt and fell in love. I can't wait until Go Greek Yogurt open a store in West L.A, maybe on Sawtelle (food street).

I love that they believe in a healthy lifestyle

Eat Smaller Meals - Over eating breaks down the system requiring your internal machine to work much harder causing many of the ailments Americans endure. LESS is MORE!

Drink water: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Most cravings and feelings of hunger are actually dehydration.

Breathe deeply: A proper breath should start from the depth of your stomach, not your chest. (I practice deep breathing in yoga).

Move around: Any movement you can make during the day is beneficial to your well being. (I walk every day and do 15-20 min of yoga in the morning).

* Focus on the positive and be grateful for everything you have and ENJOY life!

Ingrid Cheng

Friday, September 11, 2015

New Workouts

I tried YogaFit Strength with free weights in a heated room. We also did lots of squats. My thighs were sore 1-2 days after.

"YogaFit is a leader in Conscious Business and supports a variety of nonprofits and community service initiatives. YogaFit (“Yoga for the Fitness Industry”™) was developed in 1994 by Beth Shaw. She created her own style that combined fitness moves such as push-ups, sit-ups and squats with traditional yoga postures linked together in a flowing format."

I also tried Orangetheory, the workout is based on heart rate. I started at the rowing machine, interspersed with core and squats (holding a medicine ball) then went on to do weights 8-10 lbs (biceps, triceps, etc). I finished with the treadmill, starting out at a walk, then upping the speed and incline. I did not push myself because I was still sore from my YogaFit workout.

"Backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), its heart-rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. The result is the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours after your workout!"
I did not notice having more energy after my workout.

Ingrid Cheng

Childhood Obesity Awareness Event

Sunday 9/20


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wellbeing Fest & More

Saturday, September 12, 2015

11:00 am – 4:00pm

Santa Monica Civic Center Surface Lot
1855 Main Street, Santa Monica
Local businesses and non-profits gather at the Festival to provide expertise, advice, and product samples promoting a healthy and happy lifestyle for the entire community. Stores and restaurants from every neighborhood will have food and vendor booths. There will be music, cooking demos and interactive classes on stages and lots of opportunities to get free resources and screenings.
Free Yoga

Yogaraj will be serving refreshments and giving away prizes from lululemon, Manduka, yogitoes, yogacoasters, live sankalpa, heidi the artist and more after each 1-hour class! Come meet our teachers and share in our community. Bring friends! All are welcome!

7am - Warrior Juan Spinola & Joanna Bateman
9am - Jay Co & Christine West
11am - Jerome Mercier & Phyllis Marie
1pm - Liz Arch & Hiro Landazuri
3pm - Andrea Jensen & Emily Whitaker
5pm - Jon Rea & Leah Russell (AcroYoga)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Back to School Fitness

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators has just announced the launch of a new Back to School website with numerous resources for K-12 health and physical education teachers.
Athletes for Active Schools Twitter Chat – Tue, Sep 15th
Join the President’s Council (@FitnessGov), Athletes for Hope (@Ath4Hope), and other Let’s Move! Active Schools partners to increase awareness of physical activity and physical education in schools!

It's time to add the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) to your lesson plans for the year! PYFP is the new health-based fitness assessment program powered by SHAPE America, FitnessGram, and the President’s Challenge that has replaced the traditional President’s ChallengePresidential Youth Fitness Award Youth Fitness Test. It offers age appropriate, relevant standards for your students in categories such as:
  • Aerobic Capacity
  • Body Composition
  • Abdominal Strength and Endurance
  • Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
  • Upper Body Strength and Flexibility
  • Flexibility
Studies show that students who lead active lives have higher attendance in school, perform better academically, and even have higher self-esteem than students who are less active. So, make sure your students stay moving this year by introducing PYFP! This exciting new program also gives your students the opportunity to win awards for meeting the standards! Any student who falls into the Healthy Fitness Zone in at least 5 testing categories is eligible to receive the new Presidential Youth Fitness Award! Visit

PYFP Fitness Club is just the program to get younger K-3 students excited about being active! The Fitness Club program is a modified version of PYFP that is focused on helping younger students learn how to perform the tests correctly and have fun while doing it! Your students will learn the benefits of an K–3 PYFP Fitness Club Kitactive lifestyle while learning how to do tests, such as:
  • Powerful PACER
  • Balanced Body Composition
  • Terrific Trunk Lift
  • Perfect Push-up
  • Stretchy Sit and Reach
And, don’t forget about the awards! By successfully completing these tests, your K-3 kids can earn a special, colorful certificate that crowns their