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Archive for the ‘Heart Health’ Category

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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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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Why You Should Work Out with Weights

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on March 30, 2016

Why You Should Work Out with Weights

Janice Litvin

What happens when you work out with weights?  Well, that depends.  If you go with very heavy weights & a lower number of repetitions, then you will build bulk, aka muscle hypertrophy.  However if you work with lighter weights & a higher number of repetitions, you get what we call muscle endurance.  Muscle endurance, by definition, is the ability of the muscle to perform repeated contractions, against a resistance, over an extended period of time.

Why is this important?

Because as we age, our bodies begin to change, especially in the areas of muscle mass, bone density, and metabolism.  But all is not lost, because you can change all of that?  Did you know that with strength training you can reverse the hands of time?

How, you ask?

According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), one of the unique qualities of the human body is its ability to change, if you challenge it.  Like muscle, bone is living tissue and when you challenge it, the bone becomes more dense and less brittle.

When you build muscle (or muscle endurance), you are increasing the muscle fibers, you are building bone density (to stave off osteoporosis, the loss of bone density), and most exciting of all, especially for you weight watchers, you are changing your metabolism because you are changing the proportion of muscle to fat.

What are some of the purposes of our bones?

Besides the obvious, to give us shape and allow us to move, the bones also serve several other important functions:  protect our vital organs, store calcium & phosphorus, produce red blood cells, and act as anchors for our muscles.

How to get started

One way I have found to get started is to find a strength training class through your city’s Park & Rec facilities, YMCA, or gym, if you belong to one.  Or, to keep it simple, just carry two cans of  food, as you take your walks.  Alternately you can purchase light weights (no more than 5 pounds, at first) and follow a youtube video in the privacy of your own home.

Another option is to work with a personal trainer for a few sessions until you get the hang of it.  I will be writing an entire blog post on how to choose a personal trainer soon, but suffice it to say that just like choosing any professional, not all personal trainers are created equally.  They should have a certification from one of the respected certifying bodies, such as ACSM, NASM, NSCA, AFAA, or ACE.  Also they should assess you and your injury history before one weight is lifted.

The American Heart Association recommends at least one or two weight-lifting sessions per week.  Remember to drink plenty of water, and eat protein within an hour after lifting weights.

Join me in changing your body with weight-lifting, and turn back the hands of time.  You will look better, feel younger and revitalize your body, one repetition at a time.

Janice Litvin can be reached at Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com or Twitter: @JLitvin

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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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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

https://www.goredforwomen.org/

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Beto Perez Appears on CBS ‘The Talk’ recently

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 7, 2011

Beto Perez, founder of Zumba appeared on The Talk this week on CBS teaching basic Zumba moves!

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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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