Wa-Rite Club by Betty Scharf LW contributor
Robert Bridges in “The Growth of Love” wrote “Beauty sat with me all the summer day.”
That could be true for Wa-Rite members last week.
May’s queen of the month was Darleen Gardner with an 11.5-pound loss; Mary Ann Custer and Frances Rosenblatt earned a masters’ of goal weight; Linda Baristoff lost 6.5 pounds after a vacation, and Patsy Steele lost 8 pounds in May.
 Members said goodbye to their favorite maintenance guy who was an unofficial member with a 150-pound loss after two years of weighing in every Friday.
The business meeting showed a healthy financial report and good attendance.
Three members were featured on “Inside Leisure World” on SBTV-Channel 3 talking about Wa-Rite.
Weight is a sensitive issue, and it took members a long time to be willing to talk about their club. Members value anonymity and confidentiality. 
Exercise was a hot topic because of this great spring weather.  Chair exercises, swimming pool, gymnasium workouts and walking were mentioned as ways to stay active and be healthy and happy people. 
One member reported she is going to Seattle, Wash., where she has a second home.
While this trip usually results in a free-for-all of rich foods, she will call another member every week to report her weight so she can return to the club without a gain. 
Maintaining weight can be difficult for an overeater. 
Members are asked to bring their own coffee cups every week to reduce the use of foam cups and protect the environment. 
Ladies of LW are welcome to join the club if they need a support system.
To join the club, call membership chair Judy Chambers at 430-9966.

Health Care Center Presentations

Two more presentations are scheduled this month at the Health Care Center conference room.
Following today’s 1:30 Medicare education presentation on low income subsidy, “Practicing Balance from the Ground Up” is planned at 1:30 p.m., June 19.
Lorraine Goldman, physical therapist will cover target exercises with actual practice of those exercises in the class.
Since ample room is needed for the exercises, the class will be limited to 20 participants.
At today’s Medicare program, George Ekita and Joseph Barrantes, will discuss eligibility for the low income subsidy available to the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.
It also will include information on those who are automatically deemed eligible and those who must apply to determine eligibility. To make reservations for any of the presentations, call the HCC hotline at 795-6204.
– Terri Furlow, Administrator

Senior Meals

Community SeniorServ (CSS) offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center opens at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, for coffee. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:30. Arrive by 11 a.m. to register and find a seat. 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 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, June 16: Macaroni and beef casserole, four-way salad mix with Italian dressing, country-blend vegetables, angel food cake.
Tuesday, June 17: Tilapia and tarragon sauce, couscous salad, carrot coins, roll and margarine, apple crisp, orange/pineapple.
Wednesday, June 18: Chili cheese dogs, shredded cheese and diced onions, sweet potato fries, whole wheat bun, chocolate ice cream, fresh fruit.
Thursday, June 19:
California swiss burger with mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes and onions; waffle cut french fries, wheat bun, assorted cut melon.
Friday, June 20: Italian vegetable soup, parmesan chicken marina sauce, angel hair pasta, whole wheat roll, margarine, pineapple chunks.

Long Beach Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB), a non-profit group, delivers a variety of home-cooked meals to Leisure World shareholders; cost, $6.50 per day, $32.50 per week. Meals are delivered between 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Apply by phone or online. Contact Lisa Valdez at 433-0232 or visit www.mowlb.org. Call 439-5000 before noon to cancel orders for the following day. Menu subject to change without notification.
Monday, June 16: Swedish meatballs, sour cream mashed potatoes, braised cabbage, mixed green salad, sliced peaches, turkey and cheese sandwich, chick pea and spinach salad.
Tuesday, June 17: Vegetable primavera, garbanzo beans, mixed vegetables, mixed green salad, oatmeal cookie, tuna salad sandwich, tomato and cucumber salad.
Wednesday, June 18: Hawaiian pork roast, coconut rice, steamed carrots, chicken salad with kale and crackers, pineapple tidbits.
Thursday, June 19: Meatloaf with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, mixed green salad, chocolate pudding, egg salad sandwich, pasta salad.
Friday, June 20: Agava chipotle glazed chicken breast, herb rice, carrots, mixed green salad, Jell-o, salami and cheese sandwich, lentil and spinach salad.

Dr.Haider’s Column

by Dr. Rudolph Haider
HCC Medical Director

Sunny days are here as another Southern California summer approaches. More than 3.5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, making it the leading form of the disease.
There are three main types of skin cancer, including the more common basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas that are rarely life threatening. But melanoma, the third type, can be dangerous and even fatal if not detected and treated in the early stages.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 76,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed and about 9,000 people die of the disease annually. Melanoma can be cured, but it has to be detected first.
Here are a few tips to identify the disease.
Melanoma can appear in the skin without warning. It may originate in or near a mole or other dark skin area. The first sign of melanoma may be a sore, lump, skin growth or change in the size, shape, color or touch of an existing mole.
Melanoma also may cause bleeding from a skin growth.
Features of a cancerous mole usually include the following characteristics.
• Asymmetry. The abnormal area is not perfectly round.
• Border. Melanomas have irregular edges that may be ragged, notched or blurred.
• Color. A lesion or growth may have uneven color with shades of black, brown and tan, as well as white, gray, pink, red, even blue.
• Diameter. Most, but not all, melanomas are larger than a quarter of an inch, about the size of a pencil eraser.
People at increased risk for developing melanomas are more likely to be those who have fair skin, a personal or family history of melanoma, many moles (more than 60), a weakened immune system, severe sunburns at a young age, and extended exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
Melanomas can occur on any skin surface as well as in the eye. It often develops on the lower legs in women and is typically found on the head, neck or between the shoulders and hips in men. People with dark skin rarely develop melanoma. However, if they do, the disease tends to appear under fingernails or toenails, or on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet.
Treatment for melanoma is determined by the location, thickness and depth of the tumor, whether melanoma cells have spread to other parts of the body, and the patient’s overall health and age.
Surgery usually is recommended to remove the growth as well as some normal tissue surrounding the cancer to reduce the chance of leaving any cancer cells behind. If cancer has spread, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these methods may be necessary.
To prevent skin cancer, the physicians at the Health Care Center recommend the use of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, avoid tanning beds, wear protective clothing and minimize exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
If any change in skin or a moles are noticed, check with a doctor as soon as possible. For more information about melanoma, and other types of skin cancer, talk with your dermatologist, or visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.
To make an appointment with a HCC physician, call 493-9581.

Leisure World Health and Exercise Classes

Zumba Club

Classes $3 each, are offered Mondays at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Sundays, 2:30 p.m.
Instructor is Stef Sullivan.
All classes are in Clubhouse 6 except Thursdays, when they are in Clubhouse 3. For more information, call Mary Romero at 431-0082.
– Mary Romero
Tai 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
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 by the mat class, which requires Pilates or yoga experience.
For more information, call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044 or Linda Neer, 430-3214.
– Susan Hopewell
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.
For more information, call Catherine Millot at 760-4545.
– Catherine Millot
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.
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
Viniyoga Therapy with Mat
A class is available from from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, in Clubhouse 6, Room A. All shareholders are welcome.
Viniyoga refers to the adaptation and application of yoga techniques to help people facing health challenges manage their conditions.
For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.
– Patti Endly

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.
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.

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
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.

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.
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.
– Ron Kellet