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What is Zumba Contra Costa?

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on November 23, 2015

What is Zumba with Janice like?  See for yourself in this new video…

To try a class for free get in touch at:  Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

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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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Zumba Walnut Creek – Resolve Now to Join

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 4, 2015

Get a Jump on Your New Year’s Fitness Plans

Zumba Contra Costa, Walnut Creek

It’s not too late to join Zumba Contra Costa classes in Walnut Creek

Ongoing Classes Tuesdays &/or Thursdays • 7:30 pm

Tice Valley Gym, 2055 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek (no membership fee)

Call 415.518.2202 to register or just show up early with cash / CC.

 

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Zumba with Janice Litvin

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on November 1, 2014

Low Impact, High Energy Zumba Classes with Janice

Walnut Creek:  Tuesday &/or Thursday Nights  7:30 pm (Tice Valley Gym) – New session begins January  6th / 8th

Pleasant Hill:  Friday Mornings 9:30 am (1948 Oak Park Blvd., near Putnam)

Alamo:  Sundays 9:30 am (24 Hour Fitness, Alamo Plaza, Alamo)

Call Now for Details!  415.518.2202 to register or Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

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New Zumba – Sunday’s 9:30 am

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on September 21, 2014

Nothin’ But Zumba Fun at Alamo 

Sunday’s 9:30 am

All Are Welcome • Drop-in’s $10 • Ask about a Free Pass!

 

24 Hr Jan 4 with photo

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Friday is Wear Red Day

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 29, 2013

2013 wear red banner

Zumba Contra Costa announces

Sporty for Forty

a 40-day Activity Challenge in support of

American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women

 When:  Beginning Wear Red Day February 1st – March 12th

 What:  a 40-day activity challenge to get you moving more.

How:  Bring at least $5 to any Zumba Contra Costa class during the first week of February and you will receive your 40-day activity challenge.  Throughout the challenge you will receive motivational tips & recipes.  All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

Raffle Prizes & Winners chosen & announced at one of 3 parties during the week of March 12th

Location:  Every Zumba Contra Costa class

Tuesday’s & Thursday’s 7:30 pm Tice Valley Gym, Walnut Creek

Friday’s 10 am, Diablo Theater, Pleasant Hill

This Friday, February 1st is National Wear Red Day®, a day that kicks of the American Heart Association’s  Heart Health Month and the Go Red for Women campaign.  This campaign aims to educate and remind us that heart disease is the number one killer among women.  Whether heart disease is inherited or not, the American Heart Association teaches us that there are several things we can do to protect ourselves, including eating healthy foods, getting our cholesterol checked, and of course, exercising.  The U.S. Surgeon General recommends 150 minutes per week of high intensity exercise or 300 minutes, moderate intensity.

You may be asking yourself, “How can I motivate myself to exercise that much?  I know I made the resolution to exercise more, but life just gets in the way.  And, really, exercise is so boring.”

Here are three motivational tips to help you adhere to your exercise resolution.

#1     Find a physical activity you truly love.  This is the most important step you can take.  Try something new.  There are so many options to choose from nowadays:  Yoga, Pilates, Zumba Fitness, belly, ballroom, or salsa dancing, kick boxing, swimming, biking or hiking with the kids.  If you don’t like gyms, no problem.  Look in the Walnut Creek Recreation’s Program Guide (or your community center’s catalog).  There are so many fun and interesting classes offered throughout the year.

#2     Be specific when making goals, and track your activity either on paper or with one of the new high tech pedometers that track everything from steps to calories to sleep.  Seeing your accomplishments strengthens your resolve.  Keep it simple so you will always have time to track.

#3     Positive Self-Talk.  Being positive has profound effects on intentions and actions.  Telling yourself you’re too tired to work out after a long day is an easy bad habit to make.  But how about following up that thought with, “I always feel better after a workout and I will feel proud that I stuck with it.”  Learning how to develop positive self-talk can have broad implications for other areas of your life.

One of the biggest tactics to adhering to an exercise program is motivation, motivation from within.  Needing to lose weight or reduce cholesterol are examples of extrinsic motivation.  In order to effect a change from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation, one needs only find and develop the motivator within.   The three tips I have outlined above are three of the most important steps you can take to effect this change.  And don’t forget to wear red on Friday.  More information about this campaign can be found at GoRedforWomen.org.

 This year to honor Heart Health Month and support the American Heart Association, I am launching Sporty for Forty, a 40-day activity challenge, described above.  QuestionsJanice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

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Zumbathon for Komen Smashing Success

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on October 29, 2010

Over 90 people danced salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton & belly dance last Saturday at Walnut Creek’s first ever Zumbathon benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure at Las Lomas High School.  Did you know that breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer in women?  Over $1,000 was raised for breast cancer research & awareness, while 6 instructors: Janice Litvin, Eduardo Vargas, Sheyla Moreno Culligan, Raquel Call, Nannette Vides & Debbie Wiesenthal, accompanied by Percussionist Extraordinaire, Roberto Rios led the 90+ men, mothers & daughters.  A big thank you to our sponsors:  Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Diablo Magazine, Target, Trader Joe’s Lafayette, & Allegro Copy+Print.

 

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Shed some pounds with Zumba’s DVD Set

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on July 10, 2010

Now you can shed the pounds and have a blast while you’re doing it! It’s easy with the Zumba® Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set.

Click here to Purchase – Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set

Zumba Weight Loss DVD Set

Zumba Total Body Transformation DVD Set

Loaded with red-hot dance steps, pulsating Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow routines, this invigorating dance-fitness “party” will have you movin’, groovin’ and shakin’ the weight off to the sexy, exotic rhythms of salsa, cumbia, samba, merengue and more! Work your body from head to toe with four DVDs and six exhilarating workouts that teach you all the basics and hit your favorite targets, like your core, thighs and abs. You also get maraca-like Toning Sticks to add some muscle to your body sculpting routines. Now’s the time! Get ready to “Join the Party” and see a whole new side of yourself!

Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set includes: 1) Zumba Fitness Basics Workout;  2) Zumba Fitness 20-Minute Express Workout;  3) Zumba Fitness Sculpt & Tone Workout;  4) Zumba Fitness Cardio Party Workout;  5) Zumba Fitness Live! Workout;  6) Zumba Fitness Flat Abs Workout;  7) 2 Zumba Fitness Toning Sticks

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Zumba Warms Up Weight Watchers’ Walk-it Challenge

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on June 6, 2010

Janice & WW Territory Mgr., Jeanne O’Brien

Today Janice of Zumba Contra Costa prepared walkers for the Weight Watcher Walk-it Challenge in Pleasant Hill (San Francisco’s East Bay area).  Fleet Feet of Pleasant Hill hosted the walkers by supplying t-shirts, water, and healthy snacks.  Starting at 7:30 a.m. Janice warmed and toned the 300 Weight Watchers’ muscles and prepared them for their 5K (3.1 miles) walk-it challenge around the town of Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County.  Everyone finished the walk thrilled and energized, while feeling their endorphin-rush.

Janice teaches Zumba Fitness classes and Zumbatomic (Kids’ Zumba) in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette & Concord.   Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com

WW Leader, Elena Summers

Janice

WW Leader, Marianne Benedetti

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Meet Beto Perlman, CEO, Zumba Fitness

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on May 23, 2010

Born for Business

Zumba co-founder, Beto Perlman

Zumba Co-founder, Beto Perlman

Published: May 21, 2010

My great-grandfather moved from Jerusalem to Colombia at age 20 because he heard there were business opportunities there. He went from town to town selling textiles on horseback although he didn’t speak a word of Spanish.

When I was about 6, I had a watch that had a game on it. I loaned it to a classmate on weekends, and he gave me money in exchange. One weekend my mom me asked where my watch was. When I told her, she called the boy’s mother to apologize and made me return all the money. My father was proud. He said I invented renting.

It was a dangerous time in Colombia in the 1980s. Every time the government would pursue the drug dealers, they’d retaliate and bomb government buildings and public places. We’d hear the popping sounds at school. My dad owned a factory that made leather goods, and when I was 9 we were glad to live in the United States for six months while he opened a distribution center in Florida.

I moved back to the United States in 1994, and in 1998, I graduated from Babson College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in finance and information systems. Working as a management consultant for a while, I analyzed call centers for a bank to determine the effectiveness of its TV advertising. It was boring, but I learned about direct response marketing, which would come in handy later.

When I went home to Colombia to visit, my mother would rave about a fitness class she was taking with Alberto Perez, whom everyone calls Beto, that involved a dance routine set to Latin and international music.

In 1999, I created a business conference called Latin Venture with a partner, where Latin American entrepreneurs presented their business plans. I got companies like I.B.M. and Telefónica to sponsor it, and I lined up venture capitalists as speakers and panelists. We held the conference in Miami.

Then three partners and I created Spydre Labs, a business incubator for Latin American entrepreneurs with ideas for Internet businesses. We raised several million dollars and invested in the start-ups we created.

Then the tech bubble burst, funding dried up, and I had to let everyone go. I decided to return what remained of the investors’ money because my father always taught me that if you’re honest and respectful, it will come back to you tenfold.

My parents had moved to Miami by then, and I had dinner at their house that night. My mother suggested that I talk to Beto about starting a business related to his fitness routine. He had also moved to Florida and was giving fitness classes here.

He and I met and discovered that neither of us had any money. We decided to start a company anyway, and I asked Alberto Aghion, one of my best friends from childhood, to join us. We wanted to sell home fitness videos directly to consumers, so one night we set up on the beach and had a videographer film a fitness class. We started looking for joint venture partners for producing videos we could market on television.

Along with a TV infomercial, the home videos introduced our concept to the public, and when people called wanting to be trained as instructors, the company took off. Zumba Fitness is now in about 50,000 locations in 75 countries. This year we’re introducing a game for Nintendo Wii, Xbox and PlayStation.

I’ve learned that if you don’t take a risk, that’s a risk in itself. I’ve also learned that your customers are your boss. Our main customers are our instructors, who pay for training. They have their own community on our site, and I listen carefully when they tell me what we need to do in the future.

As told to Patricia R. Olsen.  (Appeared in NY Times.com 5/21/2010)

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