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Cabrillo Extension Classes
Health and Fitness



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 ( before enrolling in the class.
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See information below about basic dress and supplies to bring.


6 Sat., June 20 - August 1(No class July 4th)
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Meet in Parking Lot K

Register by June 8: $98
Register after June 8: $114

Click here for Hiking: The Path Less Traveled Student Information


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6 Sat., Sept. 19 - October 24
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Meet in Parking Lot K

Register by Sept. 14: $98
Register after Sept. 14: $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.


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.

Mondays, Sept. 21 - Oct. 26
6 - 8 pm
HW1119 (Inside the Stroke Center)

Register by Sept. 14: $165
Register after Sept.14: $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.


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 Tue., July 7 - August 11
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.


Putting Your Best Face Forward - Womens Edition

Have you looked in the mirror lately and realized "father time" is doing a number on you? Have you noticed fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, acne or just dull looking skin?

Regardless if you are 30 and want to minimize aging or if you are 50 + and want to start taking a stand against aging. Are you having a difficult time deciphering the information on different products or treatments and wonder what it all means, and if it really works? Yet, not sure how to go about finding the information? Many women are often embarrassed that they are concerned with their looks, not wanting people to see them as vain. To the contrary, skin is our largest body organ and the thing people notice first. Approximately 36 % of how we age is predetermined by genetics while the remaining 64% is greatly influenced by lifestyle, nutrition, health and how we treat our skin. We are definitely in control of the outcome.

This workshop will offer insight to many anti-aging products, treatments, ingredients and the "key" things all women should have in their regimen to provide healthy, radiant skin.

We will also spend time on makeup techniques that work best with our eye shape, eye color, our age and tips for bringing out the most beautiful you.

Tue. & Wed., June 23 & 24
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 1606

Register by June 8: $42
Register after June 8: $48

Plus $10 material fee payable to instructor in class.


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Luan Seaman is a licensed Esthetician who specializes in aging skin.  She strives to help people in "learning to love the skin they're in".  


Putting Your Best Face Forward - Teen Edition!

It is important for teens to start taking an active role in their skin care with the goal of loving the skin they are in.  This workshop will take place in two parts: Part one will focus on skin care. What does it take to have glowing, healthy skin? We will learn about products, ingredients and the key ones that should be in everyone's regimen. Part two will focus on makeup techniques designed to enhance features. The goal with makeup is to bring out the most beautiful you! The class will have the opportunity to view different techniques on the same person to see which one is the most flattering. We will also identify the different eye shapes and techniques that complement a given shape as well as understand which eye shadow colors should be used with different eye colors.  Participants will have time to try these new techniques on themselves or one another.  

This is a great workshop to take with a best friend or group of friends.

Tue. & Wed., July 21 & 22
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: 1605

Register by June 8: $42
Register after June 8: $48

Plus $15 material fee payable to instructor in class.


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Luan Seaman is a licensed Esthetician who specializes in teen and aging skin.  She strives to help people in "learning to love the skin they're in". She has worked for Cabrillo College, the Santa Cruz County College Commitment and has been an elementary school teacher. She also has twin teenage daughters. 







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