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Walking: U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on September 9, 2015

walking-web-bannerU. S. Surgeon General Launches Campaign with National Call to Action on Walking

September 9, 2015

Today, the United States Surgeon General issued a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking.

“Walking is the simplest way to add more physical activity into our everyday lives,” said Lawrence E. Armstrong, Ph.D., FACSM, president of the American College of Sports Medicine. “Research demonstrates numerous health benefits of walking and healthy eating, and ACSM supports this call to action to create healthier, more active communities in the U.S.”

“We know that an active lifestyle is critical to achieving good overall health. And walking is a simple, effective and affordable way to build physical activity into our lives.

The Surgeon General’s report discusses the health benefits of walking and calls on individuals to make walking a priority in their lives. Fewer than half of all U.S. adults get enough physical activity to reduce their risk of chronic disease, and only a quarter of high school students get the recommended amount. Physical inactivity contributes to heart and lung disease, diabetes and cancer, which account for 86% of our nation’s health care costs. Building walking into daily life can reduce disease and save money.

“We know that an average of 22 minutes a day of physical activity – such as brisk walking – can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes,” added Dr. Murthy. “The key is to get started because even a small first effort can make a big difference in improving the personal health of an individual and the public health of the nation.”

For more information about the U.S. Surgeon General’s quest to get everyone walking, visit www.surgeongeneral.gov

To find out more about getting healthy with Janice’s Lose for Life program contact Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com or at 415.518.2202.

Join the social media conversation on Twitter:  @JLitvin #stepitup


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Ashley Judd’s Keynote – Zumba Convention

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on September 4, 2015

Ashley Judd Speaks at Zumba Convention 2015

Recently I wrote about Ashley Judd dancing Zumba for the crowd during her keynote speech.  Here is the video of part of her keynote address & some dancing with her own Zumba instructor, as well as Beto Perez, founder of Zumba.

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Janice leads Fitness Break at Heart Association’s Wellness Symposium

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on August 25, 2015

Janice leads Zumba fitness break at today’s

American Heart Association Wellness Symposium in San Francisco.

Janice Litvin leading Zumba break AHA

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Ashley Judd Spoke at Zumba Convention 2015

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on August 17, 2015

Ashley Judd Spoke at Last Week’s Zumba Fitness Convention

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Last week Ashley Judd delivered the keynote address at the International Zumba Fitness Convention (#ZinCon2015) in Orlando.  She loves Zumba and invited her instructor to join her on stage to show her moves.

This article appeared on ETOnline Friday, August 14, 2015

If Ashley Judd got her super-fit body doing Zumba, sign us up!

The 47-year-old actress looked amazing at the 2015 Zumba Convention Kick-Off Session in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, displaying her killer abs in a sparkly bra top and booty shorts. The Double Jeopardy star was a keynote speaker at the event, and surprised the crowd with a special performance alongside her instructor, Laura Boyd.

Clearly, she worked up am impressive sweat onstage.

Judd has expressed her love for the popular dance fitness program before. Last July, she praised the exercise on Facebook. “Well, y’all, I’ve mentioned I found Zumba, and that I love it,” she wrote. “It began as just a little something good for the brain, with friends mentioning a class they really enjoyed. … It has transcended brain work and become an experience of effervescent JOY.”

“When I work out, I try to challenge myself in other ways,” she also told Fox News Magazine in June. “I’ll be in Zumba and the whole class is doing the combination to the right, but I’ll start doing it to the left just to challenge my brain. It improves neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to generate connectivity. It’s regenerating.”

It’s great to see Ashley looking so happy these days, given her Twitter drama in March, when she said she was pressing charges against her Twitter trolls. The Simon Burch star was the subject of vicious tweets after she tweeted her outspoken support for the Kentucky Wildcats during this year’s NCAA Tournament.

“I routinely cope with tweets that sexualize, objectify, insult, degrade and even physically threaten me,” she later wrote in an op-ed she penned for Mic.com. ” … But this particular tsunami of gender-based violence and misogyny flooding my Twitter feed was overwhelming. … What happened to me is the devastating social norm experienced by millions of girls and women on the Internet.”

Ashley_Judd_zumba with Beto

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$5 Zumba – Pleasant Hill

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on July 27, 2015

$5 Zumba Fitness Classes in Pleasant Hill

Now you can find Zumba classes in Pleasant Hill for $5

Simply buy a Punch Card – 10 classes / $50.  [You save $30 off the original price of $80]

Limited Time. Coupon must be purchased by August 31st.

Call Now 415.518.2202 or email Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com today to purchase.

Here’s what Kitty has to say about Zumba Contra Costa:

Here’s what Joanne has to say:

Joanne likes Zumba Contra Costa

Joanne likes Zumba

Buy Now:  Call 415.518.2202 or email Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

For detailed schedule information go to:  Schedule

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Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on June 28, 2015

Who wants to get the fireworks started early?

#Zumba Friday, July 3rd 9:30 am

Diablo Theater 1948 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill

Drop-in $5



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New Body Pump class

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on May 31, 2015

BP Flyer 2015New Body Pump class begins Wednesday June 3rd, 6 pm

As a Zumba instructor I know how important it is to work the whole body, meaning not just cardio for heart health, but also strength training for muscle mass, bone density & metabolism. Did you know that the only way to change your metabolism is to lift weights?

 So why not join me on Wednesday nights 6:00 pm at 24 Hour Fitness – Alamo (near Safeway).

 Body Pump enhances muscle endurance by using low weights & high repetitions.

 First class free with via downloaded pass. Otherwise $10 drop-in. All are Welcome.  Questions: 415.518.2202

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Break Up with Salt

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on February 12, 2015

One of the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 tools is to manage blood pressure.  At 140/90 you are considered hypertensive.  The goal is less than 120/80.  One of the easiest ways to control your blood pressure is to reduce your sodium intake by observing how much sodium is in the products you are buying.  The American Heart Association recommends that you limit your salt intake to 1500 mg. per day.  Guess how much salt is in a all-beef hot dog?

Hot dogHot Dog Nutrition Facts  680 mg. Sodium!

That’s almost half your daily allotment!  The American Heart Association would like you to break up with salt.

To take the American Heart Association’s Pledge to Break Up with Salt, visit: http://sodiumbreakup.heart.org/

Contact Ambassador Janice Litvin at 415.518.2202 if you would like her to speak to your organization about the American Heart Association’s Campaign to reduce heart disease by 20% by the year 2020.

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What is Life’s Simple 7?

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on February 5, 2015

What is Life’s Simple 7?

February 5, 2015

The American Heart Association’s annual Go Red For Women Campaign kicks off Friday, February 6th, Go Red Day. All over the U.S. women will be wearing red to increase awareness of heart disease in women and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health.

As an ambassador for the American Heart Association I had the privilege of talking about the American Heart Association’s campaign to reduce heart disease by 20% by 2020 with Life’s Simple 7TM at Workday in Pleasanton, CA yesterday.

Janice Litvin Speaks about Heart Health at Workday, Pleasanton

Janice Litvin Speaks about Heart Health at Workday, Pleasanton


Death rates have dropped by about 40% but we still have a long way to go. The good news is that research shows that if you are in ideal cardiovascular health by the age of 50, you can expect to live another 40 years free of heart disease and stroke.  And by “ideal cardiovascular health,” we mean that you have no risk factors for heart disease.

That’s where Life’s Simple 7 TM comes in. If your health is considered ideal in each of these seven categories, you are in ideal cardiovascular health.

Life Simple 7 visualFirst of all, know your numbers. Find out where you stand in regards to cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. Then stop smoking, eat better, lose or maintain your weight at a health pace, and get active. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise or 75 minutes of high intensity. The easiest way to stay active is to work it into your day. Ideas such as walking at lunch, walking for meetings, taking the stairs and parking far from the entrance. Workday even has treadmill desks and gives financial incentives for joining a local gym, such as 24 Hour Fitness, where you can find fun classes like Zumba Fitness and Body Pump, a barbell program set to music.

And speaking of strength training, did you know that strength training is the only way to reduce your metabolism? That’s right, for those of you struggling to lose weight, add strength training to your fitness journey, one to three times per week, and those pounds will melt off, without coming back.

If you can make one small change today, say lower your sodium or sugar intake or perhaps, add one more day to your fitness regimen, you will be on your way to improving your heart health. Join the Go Red (goredforwomen.org) campaign and the American Heart Association in stopping heart disease before it starts.  Go Red tomorrow, February 6th and tweet #GoRed @JLitvin on Twitter (https://twitter.com/jlitvin) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ZumbaContraCosta).

I am available to speak to corporate or association groups. Please get in touch at 415.518.2202 or Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com.




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Friday is Wear Red Day

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on February 2, 2015

go-red-for-women-logoFebruary 6th is National Wear Red Day

It’s not just a man’s disease.

Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.

Help raise awareness to end this killer of women.

Make a change on National Wear Red Day and all year long!

  1. Wear Red to show your support for saving women’s lives

  2. Go Red on your social media profiles using #GoRed

  3. Donate to help raise funds for awareness and research


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