Wa-Rite Club by Betty Scharf LW contributor Hawaii brings visions of beauty, ocean waves, ukuleles, the hula, and coconuts.
Most people think of the coconut that’s available in many stores. The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm tree.
At the June 20 meeting of the Wa-Rite Club, Betty Scharf presented a program looking at the fat in coconuts.
It is considered one of the good saturated fats although it has 120 calories.
It’s healthier than butter or other fats and useful as a topical product for skin products. A large jar of virgin coconut oil can smooth dry skin conditions and be used as a hair conditioner and hand and foot moisturizers.
Top losers last week were Darleen Gardner, Pam Smithson, and Marelina Bevins, all dropping 2-1/2 pounds.
Swana White reminded members to dress in mumus or similar costumes for the Aug. 15 luau. Festive Dress is optional.
The luau contest begins tomorrow, Friday, when members’ weights will be recorded.
Wa-Rite is a support club for women who have overeating problems.
Finally, womens’ goal weight can be higher depending on age, something most members have always known.
At one time it was favorable to weigh five pounds more for each 10 year period over young adult weight. Members were delighted about such positive information.
The club meets at 9 a.m., Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
Visitors are welcome to attend two meetings before membership is required.
For more information, call Judy Chambers at 430-9966.

Impaired Vision and Hearing Club

The Impaired Vision and Hearing Club will meet June 24, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
A brief business meeting is planned, followed by a luncheon at 1 p.m. The menu will include chicken with the trimmings and ice cream for dessert.
It is advisable to arrive by 12:30 p.m. A 50/50 cash drawing is planned.
A silent auction will be held at the meeting. Members with items relating to hearing or vision can donate them to be auctioned at the meeting.
Proceeds will benefit the club to help defray the cost of lunches during the year.
For those who need transportation, call Security at 594-4754, 24 hours in advance to request the Access bus.
– Joan Shramek

Health Care Center Lectures

Two classes are planned next month at the Health Care Center. On July 10, “Medicare Supplement versus Medicare HMO” is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. in the HCC conference room.
Those who attend will learn the advantages and disadvantages of Medicare with a supplement compared to the Medicare HMOs.
The class, led by speaker Samuel Delgado, health plan advisor, will provide information on the costs related with each one and how they work.
Important information will be provided for residents to know before deciding which to choose.
The following week, Thursday, July 17, also at 1:30 p.m. in the HCC, a class “Home is the Place for Me” will be offered.
No one wants to be hospitalized, yet one out of six older adults who are hospitalize are re-admitted within 30 days after being sent home.
The class will include information on the reasons for that and what can be done to prevent that.
In addition, another in a series of Breakfast with the Medical Director presentations featuring Dr. Rudolph Haider, is planned for Wednesday, July 25.
To make reservations for any of the presentations, call the HCC hotline at 795-6204.
– Terri Furlow, Administrator
Weekly Exercise, Health Classes in LW

Diabetic Club
No meeting is scheduled this month because of the Independence Day holiday.
The next meeting will be held at 11 a.m., Aug. 1, in the Health Care Center conference room.
For more information about the club, call Paul Harrison at 598-0015.
– Paul Harrison
Zumba Club
Classes $3 each, are offered Mondays at 6 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
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
Classes are available from from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, in Clubhouse 6, Room A.
All shareholders are welcome.
Travis Ottconn will be the new instructor Wednesdays, beginning July 2.
The Friday instructor is Matthew Spencer.
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
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.
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.
– Joann Mullens
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.
For 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.
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

Get Up and Go Exercise Column

by Lorraine Goldman
HCC Physical Therapist

Everyone wants the vim and vigor of their youth to last. At some point in life, people need to cultivate the energy they want.
Realizing they cannot recapture the past, a new “now” must be created for a more vital future.
According to a suggestion by the American Heart Association and College of Orthopedic Surgeons, if people want energy they need to expend energy. Energy and exercise are intimately related, and there are many kinds of exercise.
Thirty minutes of cardiorespiratory or aerobic exercise a day is recommended by the American Heart Association and American College of Orthopedic Surgeons. The American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Aging especially encourages people and older to follow that advice.
Regular aerobic exercise has benefits that are preventative, as well as being interventions for a variety of medical conditions.
The benefits of regular aerobic exercise:
• Builds endurance
• Reduces levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides (reducing stoke and heart attack risks)
• Builds muscle
• Improves oxygenation of tissues
• Strengthens bones
• Improves digestion
• Increases energy
• Improves uptake of glucose (preventing and treating diabetes)
• Lowers blood pressure
• Reduces the risk of age-related glaucoma
Some forms of aerobic exercise include walking, jogging/running, road or stationary bike use, arm bike use, chair exercises, dancing, and swimming.
Strength training, flexibility and balance activities are the other forms of exercise that make up a schedule of health promoting steps that can be taken to sustain energy for the future.
Hopefully reading about the benefits of aerobic exercises piques residents’ interest sufficiently to watch for future information about aerobic exercise.
Before changing your level of exercise activity, discuss it with your physician first.
Be well.

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 30: Green chile pork, Mexican rice, roasted corn, spinach salad, tropical fruit cup, ham and cheese sandwich, cous cous salad.    
Tuesday, July 1: Vegetable chickpea tagine, mixed vegetables, wild rice pilaff, mixed green salad, apple sauce cup, chicken salad sandwich, potato salad.
Wednesday, July 2: Chili macaroni and cheese, corn bread, petite sweet peas, mixed green salad, vanilla pudding, egg salad sandwich, honey dijon potato salad.
Thursday, July 3: Barbecued chicken breast, mashed garlic potatoes, broccoli, chicken caesar salad with caesar dressing and crackers, chocolate pudding.
Friday, July 4: Closed for Independence Day.