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Qi Gong

Qi Gong: Level 1
In Chinese Medicine, the condition of one’s Qi is the most critical determinant of health status. This life force is omnipresent and can be transferred and absorbed. In this series, participants learn a set of Qi Gong exercises for self-cultivation of one’s Qi. Practicing these exercises can yield benefits in maintenance of good health and prevention of disease. The students first learn to sense and enhance the flow of Qi within the body and around the inner organs. Then the student learns to improve his/her Qi balance through meditation. The student will learn techniques for the expelling of bad Qi and the drawing in of good Qi from the outside. Students from prior classes are welcome back. Instructor Debbie Dong, owner of Meridians, a provider of Eastern Health Alternatives in Ridgefield. She has taught Qi Gong for many years.

4 Sessions $51 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $38)
Fri., 6/2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.; Venus Building (old high school)



Nutrition

What Are You Eating?
It’s true, you are what you eat. What we eat impacts our health. Do you want to clean up your diet and make healthier food choices? Not sure how to do it? We will cover what you should look for when shopping in the grocery store, the differences between grass fed and grain fed beef, when to buy organic, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup and their impact on your health. Other topics include the benefits of heart healthy fish oil and fats, foods that are good for you and those you want to avoid. Instructor Peggy Krotzer holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon., 10/30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Cooking Nutritionally

Ancient Grains Meet Modern Palates
Ancient grains (farro, red quinoa, millet, freekeh, black rice, etc.) many which are gluten free, are becoming mainstream and widely available in grocery stores. Explore the variety of textures, flavors and health benefits that these whole grains have to offer. Participants will learn how to easily assemble a nutritious and delicious “grain bowl”, as well as prepare other tasty meals/side dishes from scratch that incorporate ancient grains. A food fee of $10-$12 per class is payable to the teacher, Laura Torok-Lobelson. Instructor Laura Torok-Lobelson loves to teach and cook. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and has taught science and math at the high school level. She has been cooking healthy meals “from scratch” and imparting nutritional advice to family and friends for years. Sign up fast. Registration Deadline is Monday, October 23.
2 Sessions $49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $37) + $ food fee
Thur., 10/26 & 11/2 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Scott Ridge Middle School


Soup's On
There’s nothing quite so comforting as a hot, flavorful bowl of soup on a cool fall day or cold winter night. Soup can serve as a meal itself as it is quite filling and highly nutritious, plus it can stretch one’s meal planning dollars and freezes well. Come explore how quick and easy it is to prepare a soothing bowl of nutrition. Participants will learn how to prepare a creamy, pureed soup and a non-creamy (“chunky”) soup both low in calories with great health benefits from scratch. An additional food supply fee of $10-$12 per class will be payable the instructor, Laura Torok-Lobelson. Instructor Laura Torok-Lobelson loves to teach and cook. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and has taught science and math at the high school level. She has been cooking healthy meals “from scratch” and imparting nutritional advice to family and friends for years. Sign up fast. Registration Deadline is Wednesday, November 1.
2 Sessions $49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $37) + $ food fee
Thur., 11/9 & 16 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Scott Ridge Middle School



Appetizers - Healthy One-Bite Wonders
The holiday season will be fast approaching beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s Day. Whether you are hosting a celebration or attending one, appetizers can be a healthy and easy contribution to the gathering. Come explore a world of appetizers that go beyond “chips and dip”. In this class, participants will learn how to prepare a variety of delicious and nutritious appetizers from scratch that will impress their guests or hosts alike; and won’t contribute to the gain of those dreadful “holiday pounds”. An additional food supply fee of $8-$10 per class is payable to the teacher, Laura Torok-Lobelson. Instructor Laura Torok-Lobelson loves to teach and cook. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and has taught science and math at the high school level. She has been cooking healthy meals “from scratch” and imparting nutritional advice to family and friends for years. Sign up fast. Registration Deadline is Wednesday, November 8.
2 Sessions $49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $37) + $ food fee
Tue., 11/14 & 28 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Scott Ridge Middle School



Indian Cooking

Street Foods of India
Street foods are sold in makeshift roadside stalls, carts and small restaurants. These are some of the most tasteful flavors for which Indian cuisine is known. Food is prepared in front of you with the freshest vegetables and chutneys. Dishes are tangy and crisp, the flavor and aromas are hard to resist. We will make: Bhel Puri (the most common street food, a combination of puffed rice, sev, and plenty of fresh vegetables and chutneys); Sev Puri (an Indian snack consisting of long, thin strands of gram flour, deep fried and spiced, topped on puris, along with potatoes and chutneys), and Moong Dal Chat (a type of Lentil that’s mixed with fresh coriander leaves and other vegetables with spices and nuts). Instructor Arpita Sankaran grew up in India and has lived in Ridgefield for the past 16 years. She teaches authentic Indian cooking techniques with a focus on dishes that are easy, healthy, kid friendly, blend a variety of flavors, and use ingredients that are easy to find here. Please bring $8-10 food fee, 2 containers and 4 zip lock bags to class.
1 Session $31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $24) + $ food fee
Tue., 4/18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Veterans Park School

Roti, Curry and Dessert!
Roti is unleavened flat bread similar to the Mexican tortilla, made with whole-wheat flour. Perfect to be eaten by itself or with a dip/curry. We also cover several modifications that can be made from the basic roti recipe. You will also learn to make Peas and Potato Masala (mashed potatoes with an Indian twist) and Kesari Bath, the most popular dessert made in South India. Instructor Arpita Sankaran grew up in India and has lived in Ridgefield for the past 16 years. She teaches authentic Indian cooking techniques with a focus on dishes that are easy, healthy, kid friendly, blend a variety of flavors, and use ingredients that are easy to find here. Please bring $8-10 food fee, 2 containers and 4 zip lock bags to class.
1 Session $31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $23) + $ food fee
Tue., 5/4 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Scott Ridge

Nutrition

What Are You Eating?
It’s true, you are what you eat. What we eat impacts our health. Do you want to clean up your diet and make healthier food choices? Not sure how to do it? We will cover what you should look for when shopping in the grocery store, the differences between grass fed and grain fed beef, when to buy organic, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup and their impact on your health. Other topics include the benefits of heart healthy fish oil and fats, foods that are good for you and those you want to avoid. Instructor Peggy Krotzer holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon., 10/30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Medical Questions:

We expect students to have consulted with their doctor before starting any new exercise program.