Wa-Rite by Betty Scharf LW contributor
Rosie Andrews regained her title of bachelors of goal weight after hitting the scales at the July 18 meeting of the Wa-Rite Club.
Top loser of the week was Bernice Idsinga after dropping four pounds.
Patsy Steele whittled away another three pounds, the same amount as Linda Barisoff after a one-week vacation.
Overall, the club lost 31-1/2 pounds for the week. It was a happy and motivated group.
Darleen Gardner asked members to weigh in earlier than usual (between 7:30-8:45 a.m.)
The luau contest ends Aug. 15 with a potluck and awards.
Mary Dominick presented her program on lactose intolerance. A mainstay that helps Mary is yogurt.
She presented information on the many confusing choices of yogurt available in markets.
Greek yogurt, which is not produced in Greece, has more protein and calcium and appears to be a good choice. There are many ways it can be used.
Wa-Rite is a support group for Leisure World women who have at least 10 pounds to lose.
The club meets at 9 a.m. Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 after weigh-ins. Interested parties may visit for two or three meetings before joining.
For more information, call Judy Chambers, 430-9966.

Special Events Club

The Special Events Club will sponsor a “Cross Train Your Brain” workshop at 1 p.m. today  in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. There will be refreshments and a 50/50 drawing.
It’s the third in a series of informational workshops sponsored by the club that’s devoted to promoting ways to age well.
Dr. Betty Coven developed the workshops by combining research findings and exercises created by many experts.
They began at a single senior center in Troy, Mich., after the program was featured in the Detroit Free-Press. She went on to teach the class at many other senior centers.
Extensive research over the past 20 shows that stimulation of the brain through many kinds of mental exercises produces a more fit brain.
Mental challenges are as essential for the brain as movement is for the muscles.
It has been shown that the aging brain has the potential for continuous development.
The workshops address two of the most common concerns voiced by seniors, difficulty remembering names and the fear of Alzheimer’s.
Another workshop in the series will be held at 1 p.m., Sept. 19, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

Good Health Club

The first in a series of three workshops on how to change lifestyle and adopt healthy eating habits gave participants the blueprint for gauging smaller portions using the hand as a measurer.
The second workshop, from 6:30-8 p.m., July 28, in Clubhouse 4, Room A, will focus on exercise.
The lifestyle program is based on the Magic-Hand Eating Plan developed in 1980 by epidemiologist Anne Seifert (Ph.D., Berkeley) and provides a model for healthy living. Materials are sent to members at no cost.
To participate in the last two workshops, contact the Good Health Club at dranne9@gmail.com.
All are welcome, but advance notice is required. To attend, send an email.
The third workshop is Aug. 4, also from 6:30-8 p.m.

Dr. Haider’s Column

by Rudolf Haider
HCC Medical Director

Walking is wonderful exercise. People can go for a walk just about anywhere. It costs nothing and requires no special equipment.
But if leg pain starts when walking and is relieved by rest, it could be peripheral artery disease (PAD). The disease occurs when arteries become narrow or blocked, reducing blood supply in the legs.
PAD is caused by a buildup of plaque in the walls of arteries called atherosclerosis. Plaque is made up of cholesterol, blood platelets, fat, fibrous tissue and calcium.
PAD typically occurs in the legs. Factors that contribute to chances of developing the disease including age, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.
People with PAD have a higher risk for coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke and transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke) compared to people who do not have PAD.
Millions of Americans are affected by PAD. African-Americans are more likely to be affected by the disease than any other race. Only about 10 percent of people with PAD have leg pain, called intermittent claudication, and approximately half of people with the condition do not experience any symptoms.
However, others with the disease may show signs of:
• Sores on legs or feet that heal slowly or not at all.
• Pale or bluish skin color.
• Lower temperature in one leg compared to the other.
• Slow toenail growth or decreased hair growth on the legs.
• Weak pulse in the legs or feet.
PAD may be diagnosed following a complete medical history, physical exam and diagnostic tests. One of the most commonly used tests is the ankle-brachial index, which compares blood pressure in the ankle to blood pressure in the arm. An ultrasound also could be done to determine if a blood vessel is blocked.
Treatment for PAD is based on severity of the disease, risk factors and test results. Lifestyle changes that can help control PAD include not smoking, eating healthy, lowering blood pressure, controlling cholesterol and exercising.
Medications to treat underlying conditions may be prescribed, such as statins to lower cholesterol or beta blockers to reduce blood pressure.
Surgery could be recommended to open blocked arteries through angioplasty.
PAD is a serious disease, but may be slowed through treatment. Walking at least 30 minutes a day three days each week can help.
For more information about PAD, talk to a doctor at the HCC, 493-9581 or visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute website at www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

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 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 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, July 28: Italian vegetable soup with crackers, parmesan chicken with marinara sauce, wheat pasta, wheat roll, pineapple chunks.
Tuesday, July 29: Tilapia with Vera Cruz sauce, couscous salad, carrot coins, dinner roll and margarine, apple crisp, orange-pineapple juice.
Wednesday, July 30: Boneless pork chops with orange sauce, mashed potatoes, chuckwagon corn, fresh fruit.
Thursday, July 31: Swedish meatballs, wide egg noodles, broccoli and carrots, tapioca pudding, diet pudding.
Friday, Aug. 1: Not available

LW health, exercise classes

Pilates Club
Corrective and therapeutic non-impact classes are held Thursdays in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $7 per class and is taught by certified Pilates instructors.
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.
Feeling Good exercises
A standing low-impact aerobics class to music is offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays, in Clubhouse 1.
For more information, call 430-9379.
– Cheryl Zimmer
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.

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.

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, 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.
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 Ott-Conn is the Wednesday instructor. The Friday instructor is Matthew Spencer.
For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.
– Patti Endly
Walking Group
The group
meets at 6 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.

Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 4 Lobby; 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.
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 at 6 p.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs.
For more information, call Barbara Magie, 596-4690.
Sign Language Group
Classes are held at 9 a.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
Hearing, hard-of-hearing and non-hearing residents are invited to participate.
Leah Perrott