Wa-Rite Club Wa-Rite Club members gathered Feb. 28 to support each other while learning to choose foods that will allow them to age in a healthy manner. President Carol Chambers wrote, “If not now, when?”on the white out board.
Some members made excuses about any weight gains. One blamed the Girl Scout cookies stored in her daughter’s garage (the aroma did it).
Another said that the “moisture” in the air was the culprit.
Marcella Ravina Wilson was the top loser. Others were Linda Barisoff, Carolyn Bennett, Erna Durango and Patsy Steele.
Nancy Pomister presented an update about “belly fat.”
There are two types, subcutaneous, which is beneath the skin (the inch you can pinch) and visceral fat, the most dangerous.
That is deeper in the body around the heart and in the muscles, thighs and arms. It puts people at risk of cancer, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Human bodies require fat for various processes, but the fat people consume should be from such healthy food as olive oil, walnuts, salmon, and flaxseed.
Swanna White announced the first contest of the year starting next week.
Wa-Rite welcomes new members who are Leisure World residents and have at least 10 pounds to lose. To join, come to Clubhouse 3, Room 1 by 8:30 a.m. Fridays. Meetings start at 9.
– Betty Scharf
Senior Meals

Community SeniorServ (CSS) offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:30. Arrive by 11 a.m. to register. Sugar-free desserts are offered on request. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079 between 9-11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Call 439-3699, to schedule free bus pick-up.
The Los Alamitos senior lunch and bread program offers the same menu from 11:15-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at the Los Alamitos Youth Center, 10909 Oak St. Suggested donation: $3-$5 for seniors, $5 for people 59 or younger. For reservations, call 430-1073, ext. 526.
Monday, March 10: Homemade stew, brussels sprouts, cornbread muffin, pineapple chunks.
Tuesday, March 11: Chicken strips with alfredo sauce, egg noodles, baby carrots, butterscotch pudding, orange juice.
Wednesday, March 12: Vegetable pasta soup with crackers, tuna salad sandwich, cilantro slaw with wheat bun, cookie.
Thursday, March 13: Barbecue rib sandwich, black beans, country mix vegetables, whole grain bread and margarine, melon.
Friday, March 14: Vegetable soup with crackers, spinach and mushroom quiche, four-way salad mix with vinaigrette, seasonal fresh fruit.

Senior Health Classes, Activities

Diabetic Club

Members meet at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, in the Health Care Center conference room.
For more information about the club, call Paul Harrison at 598-0015.
– Paul Harrison
Line Dance

Classes are available for beginners at 10:30 a.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 1. First-time beginners classes are scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs, and beginners to EZ level, 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Clubhouse 6, upstairs.
For more information, call Barbara Magie, 596-4690.
Pilates Club

Corrective and therapeutic non-impact classes are held Thursdays in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $7 per class.
Taught by certified Pilates instructors, the classes for men and women focus on strengthening core muscles to improve balance, strength, and coordination.
The chair class for beginners starts at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6:45 by the mat class, which requires Pilates or yoga experience.
For more information, call Susan Hopewell at 430-6044 or Linda Neer, 430-3214.
– Susan Hopewel
Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 6 upstairs.
Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter, thought-sharing, and the slow and steady flow of tai chi movements.
A special meditation for relief, healing and energy ends the class.
For more information, contact Ron Kellet at 493-6719.

Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4, Room A; Thursdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The fee is $5 per session.
more information, call Glady Horbay at 308-7221.
– Glady Horbay
Monday Yoga
Classes are offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session.
For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273.
Impaired Vision and Hearing Club
Vision wellness classes are held Mondays from 9:30-11:30 a.m., in the Clubhouse 1 Lobby. Sandra Albear, an instructor from the Braille Institute, will help people understand the issues that those with impaired vision face at home or outside LW on a daily basis.
For more information, call Sharon Kohn at 596-1969.
– Sharon Kohn
Upper Body Strength Class

One-hour classes are offered at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Clubhouse 6. The fee is $4 per class, payable at the start of the month, or $5 a class for those who do not attend regularly.
For more information, call 493-0609.
Movement for Health-Medical Qigong Club
Thursday classes are held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 9-10 a.m. except the fourth Thursday when the class will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, also at the same time.
Classes are taught by qigong practitioner Dave Heilig.
It’s a no-impact class with a focus on joint health, stress relief, pain reduction and wellness breathing techniques.
Non-impact movements can be performed in a standing or seated position. For more information, call Catherine Millot at 760-4545.

Zumba Club

Zumba classes $3 each, are offered seven days a week. Saturday classes are at 11 a.m. Instructor is Stef Sullivan. Other classes: Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Mondays, 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.
All classes are in Clubhouse 6 except Thursdays, when they are in Clubhouse 3. For more information, call Mary Romero at 810-4266.
– Mary Romero
Walking Group

The group
meets at 4 p.m. every Monday in front of the Amphitheater for a one-hour walk. The activity is not strenuous, but residents should check with their doctors if they have been recently ill.
Bad weather will cancel the walk.
For more information, call 799-3841.
– Flo Dartt
Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Chih

Stick exercises, qigong and tai chi chih classes meet Tuesdays from 9:15-11 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
For more information, call Joann Mullens, 596-3936.
ai chi and Qigong
Classes are held Mondays in Clubhouse 4, Room 3, right side
At 9 a.m., instruction begins in tai chi, which helps with balance and has been taught in Leisure World since 1997.
Qigong, a general health exercise, starts at about 9:45, followed by an explanation of the moves until 10:30.
For more information, call Jerry Cohen, instructor, at 596-7528.
– Jerry Cohen