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Free Yoga This Weekend at Delray Marketplace Amphitheater

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Local yoga instructor and physical therapist Bea Gruman will be teaching a free yoga class at the Delray Marketplace Amphitheater, at 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

The event, called Yoga in the Park, is for all levels of yoga experience. People only need to bring a mat and towel.

While the class is free, any donations made at the event will go to support Lynn Cancer Institute and Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

The inspiration for the event came from a local network of teens, called Teens of Pink Ribbon. Teens of Pink Ribbon was founded in 2014 by Fern Duberman, a Boca Raton resident, professional interior designer and cancer awareness advocate. The group has evolved into a growing network of local teens and adults committed to wellness, education and fundraising, according to Duberman.

“[Teens of Pink Ribbon] is dedicated to advancing awareness and education about cancer, genetics, lifestyle choices, prevention, treatments and technological innovations [for] teens and adults, as well as fundraising to support local medical facilities and resources,” Duberman says. “This specific event was created by the teens, and Delray Marketplace went along with the idea and donated the space!”

Boca Raton resident and yoga instructor Katherine Karageorges Sharp, who is a cancer survivor, will close Yoga in the Park with meditation.

“My yoga practice really brought me to my meditation practice,” Sharp tells Bocamag.com. “Since beginning a regular meditation practice, I feel happier, lighter and more grounded. I am less reactive to external events—things I cannot control.”


Gruman teaches yoga at Synergy Fitness Boca, Life Time Athletic and Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton.

For more information about Teens of Pink Ribbon, go to: http://www.teensofpinkribbon.org/. For more about Yoga in the Park, email Duberman at fduberman@aol.com.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Anti-Bullying Martial Arts Class Free for Local Kids

Bullying is a scary thought for kids, parents and grandparents. I know that, as a grandparent, I’d like to do something to help my grandson feel less vulnerable and more empowered in school.

Well, here’s an idea. And it’s free.

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The Institute of Human Performance (IHP) is offering a free anti-bullying class, Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. to noon, with Danillo “INDIO” Villefort, a professional mixed martial artist, world-class judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

The class is designed to empower children, ages 5 years and older, by combining self-defense skills, self-awareness and self-confidence, Villefort says.

Villefort doesn’t teach these classes because he was bullied when he was a kid. He does it because he was the bully.

“It’s something that makes me feel really ashamed.” Villefort says. “That’s why I teach kids how to protect themselves. It’s the very [least] I can do. My real mission is to create bully awareness and turn a bully into a shepherd.”

There’s more to the February 25 class at IHP. Instead of sitting around and waiting for their kids to finish the program, parents who attend can work out with an IHP trainer for free. IHP performance coach Marc Saint-Preux is offering a free functional training class to keep parents fit, while their children learn to bully-proof their lives.

To register for the free class, call Villefort at 954/290-1376 or IHP at 561/620-9556. To learn more about Villefort, go to IndioMMA.com.

IHP is at 1950 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Delray Gym ‘Beyond Fitness’ Fighting Parkinson’s with Punches

The gym offers fitness classes for kids with disabilities and adults with Parkinson’s. 

Colleen Greenhalgh during a boxing class at Beyond Fitness.

Colleen Greenhalgh during a boxing class at Beyond Fitness.

I get lots of press releases about how to get fit in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, but this news was something I hadn’t yet seen.

Beyond Fitness, a Delray Beach-based gym that focuses on fitness for seniors, began offering fitness classes specifically for kids with disabilities, including those with Autism, as well as classes for adults with Parkinson’s disease.

“We opened in mid-September, and originally we were focused on seniors only, then realized that the community needed other classes that we could offer” says Colleen Greenhalgh, Beyond Fitness’s owner and head trainer, and Delray Beach resident. “We want to be a place that offers something for everyone, and it’s always changing to meet the needs of the community.”

Greenhalgh has worked with people with special fitness needs, including children on the Autism spectrum or with Down syndrome, as well as with adults suffering from the progressive nervous system disorder, Parkinson’s.

Greenhalgh, 36, started working with seniors 13 years ago and loved it.

“It wasn’t until I went to Indianapolis to get certified in Rock Steady Boxing that I got into the boxing component with Parkinson’s. After leaving the training, I knew I wanted to have that class at our gym,” she says.

Rock Steady Boxing is a boxing exercise format that trainers use to reduce, reverse and delay symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, according to its website.

“Ever since then, I have taken certification after certification to learn as much as I can about the clients that I am working with,” she says. “I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a teacher and someone that made a difference in the world.”

Greenhalgh says Beyond Fitness aims to offer safe, challenging, fun, joyful classes, which offer an element of mindfulness. That’s regardless of one’s ability.

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Included in the current lineup of classes for kids with disabilities, participants will also learn to dance. A class starting later in the month will be a mix of strength, cardio, yoga and meditation. The cost is $130 for 10 weeks of once-a-week classes.

For those with Parkinson’s, The Rock Steady Boxing class starts with participants introducing themselves, which creates connections and a family feel, Greenhalgh says.

“We do a warm-up with movements in all directions, balance exercises, strength exercises and coordination. We add some shadow boxing so they are ready for the combinations on the heavy bags …,” Greenhalgh says. “We then do some speed bags, which is coordination. [That] helps them stand up straight, and it just makes them feel good. We then go to heavy bags or focus mitts to work on strength, cardio, memory and coordination.”

Greenhalgh says people in the boxing class emerge more able to move and feel hopeful that they can do something about slowing down a disease with no cure. They have more energy, a support group, better balance, coordination and strength.

“We even have some doctors asking our members ‘What are you doing?’ and they [members] are saying ‘Coming to our gym and boxing,”’ she says.

All the trainers at Beyond Fitness have experience working with the populations they teach. The trainers also have big hearts and love what they do, Greenhalgh says.

In addition to her work with seniors, Greenhalgh worked in various positions, including fitness training, at country clubs for 13 years.

“I loved my last job and loved the members, but I couldn’t ignore this feeling inside. So after one night when I was meditating I began to cry and then found myself in this peaceful place. I went into work the next day and gave my notice. My boss was shocked and was wondering what I was going to do. I told him ‘I am not sure yet, but I know I have to do this,’” she says. “A few months later… we opened up the doors to Beyond Fitness.”

Greenhalgh seems to be finding her calling.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day With a Chocolate Hazelnut Pizza

Alina Z. Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat […]

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.
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Healthy Heart 10K and 5K Run Will Get Your Heart Pumping

 

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It’s almost time to lace up for the Saturday, Feb. 25 Healthy Heart 10K (6.2 mile) or 5K (3.1 mile) Run in Boca Raton.

Start time for both distances is 7:15 a.m. at Spanish River Park. The courses will take runners along scenic A1A.

There will be free parking the morning of the race. And runners can hang out after the race to not only claim their trophies but also enjoy food, refreshments and a bounce house for kids. Kids can compete in a free kids’ run (ages one to eight years) starting at 8:30 a.m.

The cost to run the 10K is $30 through February 20 and $35 after. The 5K costs $25 before February 20 and $30 after that date.

The Healthy Heart Run is brought to you by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, Runner’s Edge running store in Boca Raton and The YMCA of Boca Raton.

For more information, call the Runner’s Edge at 561-361-1950 or to sign up, go to www.runnersedgeboca.com.


Training for and running this race could help you reach the American Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity. The recommendation for improving cardiovascular health, according to Heart.org, is doing at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. You can think of it as 30 minutes a day, five times a week.

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Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Delray Beach Medical Center Awarded for Excellence

Healthgrades awarded the local hospital for its excellence.

 

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Photo courtesy of Delray Medical Center

Delray Beach-based Delray Beach Medical Center announced January 17 that it is among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical outcomes, or the results of its care.

Healthgrades, an online resource that provides consumers with information about hospitals and doctors, awarded Delray Beach Medical Center 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

That puts Delray Medical Center in the top 5 percent, or 258 hospitals, of more than 4,500 U.S. hospitals. And Delray Medical Center is one of only four hospitals to have secured the top spot for 15 consecutive years, according to a Delray Medical Center press release.

“Since the inception of the award 15 years ago, Delray Medical Center has been recognized each year due to the tremendous efforts of our employees and our medical staff,” says Mark Bryan, hospital CEO, in a Delray the press release.

The award translates to these results for local patients. Patients treated at hospitals receiving the distinction from 2013 through 2015 were an average 26.2 percent less likely to die (based on 19 procedures and conditions), than if those patients had been treated in hospitals that did not achieve the honor. More than 160,000 lives could have been saved during the same period if all other hospitals performed at the same level.

“For example, patients treated at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 25 percent lower risk of dying from a stroke than if treated at a hospital that did not achieve this distinction,” according to the release.


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Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Take Advantage of the Weather and Go Moonlight Paddleboarding

Go moon bathing for a change

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Island Water Sports in Deerfield Beach is offering stand-up full moon paddle tours. The 3.5-mile scenic route takes paddlers along the multimillion dollar homes on the Intracoastal, just in time for sunset.

Upcoming dates for the full moon paddles are in February (on the 10 and 11) and each month through December. The tours, which are considered easy paddles but require some endurance, start at 5:30 p.m. from Island Water Sports at 1985 NE 2nd Street, where people joining the tour will be carpooled to the launch.

Registration is limited. The cost is $30 a person, which includes a board rental and a tour guide. Those who bring their own boards, paddles and life vests pay $10. Those who have their own boards should also bring a whistle and white flashlight, but can rent those from Island Water Sports, if needed.

The paddle takes about 1.5 hours.

For more information, go to Island Camps’ website, email info@islandcamps.com or call 954/427-4929.


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Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Bethesda Hospital Site for Nationwide Heart Failure Study

 

Bethesda Heart Hospital in Boynton Beach is one of 150 research sites in the United States chosen for a study on a state-of-the-art heart failure treatment.

The recent deaths of George Michael, Florence Henderson and Carrie Fisher have put a spotlight on heart health — specifically, congestive heart failure — which occurs when the heart is weakened to the point that it can’t properly pump blood to the body’s cells.

The clinical trial, called DREAM-HF-1, is studying a group of patients who have suffered from congestive heart failure for six months or longer, looking at the use of stem cells to regenerate heart tissue and improve heart function. The treatment involves harvesting stem cells from healthy donors, then injecting those stem cells into study participants’ heart muscles by catheterization.

The aims of treatment are to reduce death and recurring hospitalizations from congestive heart failure, as well as promote physical activity, according to a Dec. 30 press release from Bethesda Hospital.

Those heart failure patients participating in the study will have one stem cell procedure and periodic follow-up evaluations by phone and at Bethesda for about two years.

Healthgrades named Bethesda Health and Bethesda Heart Hospital one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for 2017, according to the release.

Heart failure patients who want to participate in the study should check with their doctors to find out if they’re eligible. To find out more about the study, call the Bethesda Health Research Center at 561/374-5020.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Local Scientists Discover Imbalance Resulting in Premature Aging

Associate Professor Shuji Kishi led the study on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute. (Photo by James McEntee.)

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., have published a study on zebrafish looking at how premature aging might occur at the cellular level.

In essence, they found that when the spns1 and atp6v0ca genes are in balance, normal cell function occurs. But when spns1 is disrupted it can cause premature aging. The other gene, atp6v0ca, has the power to suppress the degradation of aging. Combined, the genetic disruptions can fight aging, even extend life, according to a Scripps press release.

Cellular degradation or premature aging is also called senescence. It’s the process in which cells stop dividing. It’s also a normal part of aging.

Theoretically, restoring balance could have far-reaching implications—treating disease, including age-associated degenerative diseases. The research by local scientists could also lead to the identification of new genes that impact aging.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
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Free Exercise Class for Teens During the Holiday

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Now here’s a way to throw in a little healthy fun for teens who have plenty of off-school time during the holidays. And it won’t cost parents a penny.

Chris Blackburn, a performance coach at the Institute of Performance (IHP), is holding a camp for teens from 8th grade to their senior year in high school. The camp will be held for an hour, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., every day from December 26 to December 30.

Blackburn tells Bocamag.com that the camp is an introduction to using the gym for teens.

“Half of the class will be focused on teaching different equipment available and correct form [and] technique, while the other half will be a 30-minute workout. We will be touching on creating healthy habits and educating the group on the importance of exercise,” Blackburn says. “Class will help dispel the fear and confusion of stepping into a gym for the first time and provide each student guidelines on how to work out safely and effectively.”

The class is limited to 20 teens.

Sign up by calling IHP at (561) 620-9556 or emailing chris@ihpfit.com. IHP is at 1950 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.