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Carotid Artery Ultrasound Can Save Your Life

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on August 29, 2018

Should you be tested for a blocked carotid artery (the artery located in the neck which supplies blood flow to the neck and brain)?

YES, if you want to discover your chances of having a stroke. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal on August 27th, clots cause about 700,000 deaths annually in the U.S., and are the primary preventable cause of disability, according to the American Stroke Association.

You might expect that you would have some symptom of artery blockage as a warning before suffering a major stroke. But, no, 80% of patients have no symptoms.

The Society for Vascular Surgery recommends that people over 65 be screened if they suffer from coronary disease, or high blood pressure or have a history of smoking. Remember: three key indicators of heart disease, which is still the number one killer in the U.S., are age, gender, and family history.

What causes a stroke? Fatty plaque accumulates in most people’s arteries and can form clots that break off and clog and interfere with blood flow.  How do you identify symptoms, if you think you have any?  Common mini-stroke symptoms include slurred speech, temporary vision loss, a one-sided facial droop and arm or leg weakness or numbness.

Does high cholesterol cause strokes? Doctors in America, especially within HMO’s whose charter it is to keep it simple and keep it cheap, are quick to prescribe drugs for high cholesterol. Firstly, what is high cholesterol? Nowadays, it’s not as simple as identifying the HDL (good) and LDL (bad). Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF, explains that LDL now has a bad (raised by sugar and refined carbs) and good (raised by fat) component, and that while there is no blood test for the good LDL, you can determine this result by comparing your Triglycerides to your HDL.  A result of “2” or lower indicates a good result.  A fuller explanation can be found in Dr. Lustig’s book, Fat Chance.  HMO’s refuse to acknowledge this test.

Carotid Artery Ultrasound  A simple ultrasound, which is quick and painless, will tell you the health of your carotid artery. It’s a simple waving of a wand over your neck. You can actually see the red and blue flow of blood through your arteries and veins in your neck on the screen.

So, knowing the health of your arteries can and will save your life, or at least prevent a stroke. So why not ask for one, especially if you are over 65?

Janice Litvin is available for keynotes as well as workplace wellness talks and is an ambassador for the American Heart Association, as well as a certified Zumba Fitness instructor and Weight Watcher leader.  She can be reached at http://www.JaniceLitvin.com.

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Zumba Summer Splash Sale

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on May 23, 2018

Zumba Summer Splash Sale

What is your favorite thing about summer?  Mine is long days and fresh, juicy fruit.

Join me this summer on the journey to health by taking advantage of my summer  splash offer.

Bring a friend, get in for free to one Friday 9:30 am Pleasant Hill class at 1948 Oak Park Blvd.  Parking now available right in front.  

To take it a step further I am “juicing” the offer by reducing the punch card pricing:

            One 10-class punch for $50, regularly $80. That’s a 37% savings!

Offer Valid: Memorial Weekend (May 25th) until Labor Day Weekend (August 31st). Punch Card expires 12/31/18.

Questions: 415.518.2202 or Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

Register by attending any Friday 9:30 am class this summer and mentioning SUMMER SPLASH SERIES.

 

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Heart Health Made Simple

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on February 1, 2018

Today Wellness Works Hub posted a well-written article laying out the American Heart Association’s campaign, Life’s Simple 7, to reduce heart disease by 20% by the year 2020. Below is the full text of this article. I will be presenting a talk on Life’s Simple 7 to the JCC of SF on February 9th & would like to do the same for your organization as my way of giving back. Contact me ASAP to get on my calendar. Janice@JaniceLitvin.com.

Every day is a time to focus on heart health, but that focus increases during February: American Heart Month.

Heart health is a key component of any well-run workplace wellness program. Further, such programs can help employees with elevated risk of chronic diseases including obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, as well as help reduce health care cost for employers.

As part of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association writes: “Chances are, we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke, because about 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That’s an average of one death every 40 seconds…The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by as much as 80 percent.”

Healthy Heart Resources

To help people with the challenge, the Heart Association has compiled an extensive set of resources on “How to Prevent Heart Disease.” Today we highlight what they call “Life’s Simple 7.”

  1. “Get active: Daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life. If you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (like brisk walking), five times per week, you can almost guarantee yourself a healthier and more satisfying life while lowering your risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.”
  2. “Control cholesterol: When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. Cholesterol is a waxy substance and our bodies use it to make cell membranes and some hormones, but when you have too much bad cholesterol (LDL), it combines with white blood cells and forms plaque in your veins and arteries. These blockages lead to heart disease and stroke.”
  3. “Eat better: Healthy foods are the fuel our bodies use to make new cells and create the energy we need to thrive and fight diseases. If you are frequently skipping out on veggies, fruit, low-fat dairy, fiber-rich whole grains, and lean meats including fish, your body is missing the basic building blocks for a healthy life.”
  4. “Manage blood pressure: High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When your blood pressure stays within healthy ranges, you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys which keeps you healthier longer.”
  5. “Lose weight: If you have too much fat — especially if a lot of it is at your waist — you’re at higher risk for such health problems as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. If you’re overweight or obese, you can reduce your risk for heart disease by successfully losing weight and keeping it off. Even losing as few as five or ten pounds can produce a dramatic blood pressure reduction.”
  6. “Reduce blood sugar: Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Your body makes a hormone called insulin that acts like a carrier to take your food energy into your cells. If your fasting blood sugar level is below 100, you are in the healthy range. If not, your results could indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes.”
  7. “Stop smoking: Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health. Smoking damages your entire circulatory system, and increases your risk for coronary heart disease, hardened arteries, aneurysm and blood clots. Like a line of tumbling dominoes, one risk creates another. Blood clots and hardened arteries increase your risks for heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. Smoking can also reduce your good cholesterol (HDL) and your lung capacity, making it harder to get the physical activity you need for better health.”

For each of these ways to help address heart disease, the piece also offers key “what to do” tips.

Contact me at Janice@JaniceLitvin.com for more information about Life’s Simple 7 & bringing me into your organization as my gift.

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Wear Red Day 2/2 9:30 am

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 27, 2018

Friday is Wear Red Day

Join us this Friday Feb 2nd 9:30 am 

for heart-pumping Zumba fun & fundraising for American Heart Association – Greater Bay Area.

1948 Oak Park  Blvd., Pleasant Hill

RSVP: Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

415.518.2202

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Zumba Tuesdays Resumes 1/9 7:30 pm

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 7, 2018

The best way to make new year’s resolutions stick is to find

1) fun activity

2) friend to go with

3) regular schedule

Zumba wins 3 out of 3.

Join me on Tuesdays 7:30 pm, beginning 1/9 at Tice Valley Gym, Walnut Creek. Register Now:

www.WalnutCreekRec.org or 925.943.5858

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New Year’s Day Zumba Class

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on December 29, 2017

Announcing: 

FREE New Year’s Day Zumba party

Monday, January 1st • 11:00 a.m.

What better way to celebrate the New Year than with a fun, Zumba party. Join me and Zumba friend, Rosy Straka at 24 Hour Fitness, Walnut Creek Super Sport, 2800 N. Main Street (near Chick Fil-A) Monday 11:00 am.

All guests welcome, but plan extra time for check-in.

Low impact, high fun!

Questions? Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

 

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4th of July Zumba

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on June 23, 2017

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Zumba Contra Costa Celebrates Wear Red Day

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on February 3, 2017

Today is Wear Red Day and Janice Litvin of Zumba Contra Costa in Walnut Creek, CA celebrated the day by getting her participants to wear red. “Any time we can spice up the class we do.  Wearing red brings awareness to heart disease,” says Litvin.  One out of every three women suffer from heart disease, which is still the #1 killer in the U.S.

Janice also speaks about heart health to Bay Area corporations, including WorkDay, Lithium, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Walnut Creek Library and more.  If you would like Janice to speak to your company about heart health or other wellness topics, simply email her at: Janice@JaniceLitvin.com. More information about Janice & her wellness talks can be found at www.JaniceLitvin.com.

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Janice Engages Las Lomas High School at Health Fair

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on September 12, 2016

Recently Janice Litvin of Zumba Contra Costa and Janice Litvin Speaks engaged Las Lomas high school kids to get healthy with her popular Zumba Fitness moves

at their Health & Wellness Fair

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How to Enhance Your Workouts

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on August 5, 2016

I love this post written today by my Zumba Jammer Friend, Tennishia Vines.  Tennishia has been teaching Zumba for over 5 years and is the Assistant Group Fitness Manager at the Osher Family JCC.  I whole-heartedly agree with her ideas about enhancing your fitness workout.

The Secret to Energizing Your Zumba Workout

By Tennishia Vines, August 4, 2016

Teaching over 200 Zumba® participants per week, I have had every type of student: the professional dancer, the front row diva, the can’t-remember-the-moves-but-giving-it-my-all student, the high-impact guru, the leisurely dancer and more. But I’ve noticed there is one type of Zumba®  participant who gets the most out of every workout. No matter how good he or she is at dancing, regardless of age, gender, or any other factor, this type of student always has the best results.

In fact, I use this same technique when I teach.

Q: The biggest secret to having a great Zumba workout?

A: Having a free-spirited, positive attitude and always wearing your smile!

That’s right, be positive and show your grin. I have chosen to do this when I work out because it’s good for my health. I always tell my students, ‘You burn more calories if you smile!’ because you are more likely to do bigger moves. You should be having an emotional connection to the dance.

Here are five reasons why smiling is great for your daily routine.

  1. Smiling decreases stress. Studies have shown that it can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
  2. It helps you recover faster. This was shown in an experiment with people who smiled after accomplishing a stressful task.
  3. It helps you perform better. Runners have noticed the benefits!
  4. It makes you more approachable. Way to make new friends in your Group Exercise class!
  5. And of course, it costs nothing.

Next time you find yourself in class trying to keep up with the moves, burn more calories or just make a new friend, remember to bring your positive, free-spirited attitude. I’d better see you smiling next time!

Exercise with a Smile

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