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Hiking: The Path Less Traveled

Explore the greenbelts and State Parks of Santa Cruz County in this fun and challenging hiking class. You will become familiar with parts of the Santa Cruz Hiking system, learn a little natural history, identify some flora and fauna, and at the same time get some great exercise. The main emphasis is on movement and fitness. Participants should have at least average fitness levels and be able to hike 5-8 miles on moderately steep terrain. We move at a fairly fast pace, about 3 miles per hour. This class is not for beginning hikers. Each week will feature a different hike on trails not commonly known. If you are new to hiking, contact Phil (phkaplan@cabrillo.edu) before enrolling in the class.
Many questions can be answered in our FAQs: http://www.cabrillo.edu/~pkaplan/hiking_faq.html

See information below about basic dress and supplies to bring.

6 Sat., April 18 - May 30 (No class May 23rd)
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Meet in Parking Lot K

Register by Feb. 23: $98
Register after Feb. 23: $114

Click here for Hiking: The Path Less Traveled Student Information

 

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Phil Kaplan has taught in the Kinesiology Department at Cabrillo for over 25 years and has been leading hikes for the past 15 years.

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Kickstart Your Health: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

Have you ever considered a plant-based diet to lose weight or improve your health, or because you’ve wanted to be kinder to our planet and the animals?  Have you hesitated because you don’t know where to start or you wonder how you would get enough protein?  Whether for health or environmental concerns, or just because you’d like to incorporate more whole foods and vegetables into your diet, you’ll want to join us for this class series. You’ll learn the latest in plant-based nutrition science, as well as how to select, prepare and cook tasty vegan foods while you concurrently “test-drive” this way of eating in a supportive class environment. 

Family nurse practitioner, Susan Lavelle, will offer practical tips for getting started, provide updated information and discuss key nutrients and their impact on your health and longevity, as well as demonstrate how to cook a variety of delicious plant-based recipes at every class.  You’ll see - it’s not as hard as you think!   And, as a bonus, by the end of the class you’ll likely shed some unwanted pounds, reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure, stabilize your blood sugar, and boost your energy and mood.  So come test-drive a plant-based diet and see how this approach can help you feel better and be more energetic than ever!

The book by best selling author, Neal D. Barnard, MD, “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart:  Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health”, will be provided to class attendees.

A materials fee is payable to the instructor at the 1st class to cover food, handouts, materials and supplies.

6 Mon. April 13 - May 18, 2015
6 - 8 pm
HW1119 (Inside the Stroke Center)

Register by Feb. 23: $165
Register after Feb. 23: $178

Plus: Material fee of $35 payable to instructor in class.

 

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Susan Lavelle is a registered nurse practitioner at Cabrillo College’s Student Health Services and also a certified PCRM Food for Life Instructor.  She passionately promotes healthy dietary and lifestyle choices to prevent disease and achieve optimal health.

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The Power of Food: Cancer Prevention and Survival

This class is for anyone wanting to prevent cancer and/or for those who wish to support cancer victims.Certain dietary patterns seem to have a major effect in helping cancer survivors to live longer, healthier lives. This Food for Life: Cancer Project class offers a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge about the link between diet and cancer, experience the benefits of whole foods, plant-based nutrition, and learn practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health.

All of this while enjoying a cooking demonstration and tasting delicious, healthy dishes.

A materials fee is payable to the instructor at the 1st class to cover food, handouts, materials and supplies.

Tue., March 10
6 - 8 pm
New Leaf Market Culinary Classroom, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz

Register by Feb. 23: $30
Register after Feb. 23: $35

Plus: Material fee of $6.00 payable to instructor in class.

 

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Sandi Rechenmacher is a nutritional consultant and veteran Food for Life instructor. She presents an introduction to the world of whole foods plant-based nutrition that allows our body to reconnect with the way it was designed by nature to heal itself and enjoy a pain-free living.

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The Power of Food: Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Research studies have demonstrated that a whole food, plant-based nutrition approach can prevent and reverse diabetes. The goal of this Food for Life: Diabetes Initiative program is to empower people who have diabetes and those concerned about developing diabetes, along with their friends and family members with new information and skills. A cooking demonstration and samples of delicious, health-promoting dishes, along with a take-home packet of easy and affordable recipes will be part of this experience.

A materials fee is payable to the instructor at the 1st class to cover food, handouts, materials and supplies.

Tue., March 17
6 - 8 pm
New Leaf Market Culinary Classroom, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz

Register by Feb. 23: $30
Register after Feb. 23: $35

Plus: Material fee of $6.00 payable to instructor in class.

 

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Sandi Rechenmacher - see bio below

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Kickstart Part II - The Power of Food: Healthy Weight Management

This advanced course will take you closer to your natural and optimal weight. For some people, it's the first time the idea of not restricting the amounts of foods, but rather, giving focus to the quality of what one eats becomes the guiding principle for losing weight and staying healthy. The Food for Life: Kickstart-II program will help students find alternatives to the foods that cause common cravings (cheese, milk, meat, sugar, oil, salt, etc.) in order to reach their health goals. In this class, attendees will learn user-friendly nutrition science, enjoy a cooking demonstration, and taste scrumptious alternative recipes.

A materials fee is payable to the instructor at the 1st class to cover food, handouts, materials and supplies.

Tue., March 24
6 - 8 pm
New Leaf Market Culinary Classroom, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz

Register by Feb. 23: $30
Register after Feb. 23: $35

Plus: Material fee of $6.00 payable to instructor in class.

 

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Sandi Rechenmacher - see bio below

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Power Foods for the Brain - Development and Memory

This class offers a cooking demonstration and provides samples of delicious, brain-powering foods along with resources to help ‘keep us as sharp as a tack’. Imagine having a sharp memory, good concentration and alertness, day after day for as long as you live. Focus will be given of the mental and physical exercises that will protect your mind and strengthen your memory. The payoff is huge!

A materials fee is payable to the instructor at the 1st class to cover food, handouts, materials and supplies.

Tue., March 31
6 - 8 pm
New Leaf Market Culinary Classroom, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz

Register by Feb. 23: $30
Register after Feb. 23: $35

Plus: Material fee of $6.00 payable to instructor in class.

 

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Sandi Rechenmacher - see bio below

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The Power of Food for a Healthy Start - Kids’ Health for Parents

In this class, our curriculum highlights the nutrition benefits of the four food groups (whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables).
Parents are empowered with the knowledge and skills (alternatives to the Standard American Diet) they need to establish healthy habits to carry their children well into adulthood. Bring on the picky eaters! The Power Plate offers a foundation for healthy eating at a young age needed to lessen the risk for chronic Western diseases. Sample some kid-friendly foods and take home a resource guide including menus, meal planning, snacks, and recipes.

A materials fee is payable to the instructor at the 1st class to cover food, handouts, materials and supplies.

Tue., April 7
6 - 8 pm
New Leaf Market Culinary Classroom, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz

Register by Feb. 23: $30
Register after Feb. 23: $35

Plus: Material fee of $6.00 payable to instructor in class.

 

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Sandi Rechenmacher - see bio below

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The Power of Food: Immune and Digestive Health

What is The Human Microbiome? This class will give each student the inside scoop on a most vital piece of our immune system. Learn how the microbiome influences our moods and energy levels, creates exceptional immune support, assists with weight loss, and can help prevent common digestive troubles. Students will discover how to deliciously strengthen this symbiotic and vital relationship between one’s body and one’s ‘bugs.’ There will be a live sauerkraut/fermented food demonstration and sampling. An opportunity you can’t afford to miss!

A materials fee is payable to the instructor at the 1st class to cover food, handouts, materials and supplies.

Tue., April 14
6 - 8 pm
New Leaf Market Culinary Classroom, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz

Register by Feb. 23: $30
Register after Feb. 23: $35

Plus: Material fee of $6.00 payable to instructor in class.

 

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Sandi Rechenmacher is a nutritional consultant and veteran Food for Life instructor. She presents an introduction to the world of whole foods plant-based nutrition that allows our body to reconnect with the way it was designed by nature to heal itself and enjoy a pain-free living.

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Touch and Cancer Care: Safe and Easy Massage Techniques

Participants are encouraged to bring the person with cancer in their lives that will be receiving the massage.

Designed for caregivers, health aides, friends and family of people living with cancer, this workshop will include safety precautions, proper hand hygiene, and time for guided practice sessions. Massage is a safe and effective way of alleviating pain, nausea and anxiety, as well as many other side effects of cancer treatment? In this workshop, gentle massage techniques for the hands, neck and shoulders will be taught by an experienced oncology massage therapist and a former Dana Farber Cancer Institute hand massage volunteer. This protocol is safe to practice during all stages of the cancer journey, including while the cancer patient is receiving chemotherapy infusions in the hospital or at home. Learn to provide healing touch for a patient or loved one with cancer without worrying that you are doing something wrong. Simple touch protocol is adapted from the Society for Oncology Massage and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Participants will be asked to bring a bath towel and pillow for bolstering. Oils and other related materials will be provided, including a handout reviewing the techniques covered in the workshop.

Sat., March 28
10 am - 12 Noon
Room: Horticulture 5010

Register by Feb. 23: $30
Register after Feb. 23: $35

 

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Dorothy Wu is a premed student and former Hands on Care volunteer at Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies. She is a graduate of UC Davis Department of Surgery’s Premedical Surgical Internship Program.

Sarah Diaz-Bastin is a Certified Massage Therapist specializing in Swedish, deep tissue, and oncology massage. She received a Masters of Medical Qigong from the International Institute of Medical Qigong and teaches classes and supports patients with serious illness within an integrative healthcare framework.

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Discover Your Baby

Our brains grow and develop fastest in the first 8 months of life. This class will teach you a series of movement development games to connect with your infant, and support movement milestones. Babies are just starting to lay down movement patterns in their brain. With your help they can create a symmetry and balance in their bodies that will last a lifetime. Babies are the perfect age to start with body awareness.
You will learn in this class...

  • How to determine when it is a good time to play with your infant
  • What are the developmental lines of movement
  • How to stimulate your baby’s nervous system keeping symmetry and balance in mind

Note: If this class interrupts your child’s naptime, feel free to come without your child. The information will still be useful. If you do bring your child, please bring a blanket and their favorite toy.

Sat., March 7
9:15 - 11:15 am
Room: 1501

Register by Feb. 23: $65
Register after Feb. 23: $72

 

 

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Stephanie Spencer, MFA, has been teaching Dance and Kinesiology at Cabrillo College for the last 17 years. She is also a Master Trainer in Pilates, GYROKINESIS®, and GYROTONIC®.


Michelle Simon, M.D., has been a practicing pediatrician for over 25 years. She also has graduate degrees (MS, PhD) in Neuroscience where she focused the development of the nervous system.

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Zumba Fitness 101


Get the steps, get the groove and get to the best layer of yourself: Get fit!

Enjoy Latin and international, rhythm to your own pace, get the breakdown of the steps and essence behind each genre while gaining confidence to become an expert by experiencing the benefits of Zumba. Become inspired! 12.5 million of people in the world are doing Zumba and getting their fitness goals incorporating Zumba as a viable way to get results. Become one of them, you will feel more energized, younger and happier after each class!

Each week instructor will do 30 minutes of Regular Zumba class and 30 minutes of other combined Zumba program such as: Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao, Zumba Gold among others. Each week the choreos progress and the body is challenged progressively to a higher level. Come have a blast and get fit with Zumba Life!

These class sessions welcome students of all fitness levels.

No prior Zumba experience is needed and it can also be alternated with other Zumba classes.

6 Wed., July 1 - August 5
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Room: 1117 (Dance Studio)

Register by June 8: $60
Register after June 8: $65

 

 

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Natalia Córdoba-Velásquez has been teaching Zumba in its different formats for 6 years but has been dancing to Zumba rhythms since her childhood. She loves to teach, deepen her understanding of the Zumba world, and help her students feel more confident.

 

 

 

 

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