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Nutrition, Cooking Nutritionally, Qi Gong
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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 $48 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $36)
Fri., 9/29; 10/6, 13 & 20 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

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., 10/5 & 19 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Scott Ridge Middle School



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


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



Pain Management

Natural Solutions for Pain Management
Street You Learn how to naturally care for your body with self-treatment techniques you can do easily in your own home. Using positive compression and tension techniques, you will rehydrate your connective tissue and rebalance your nervous system resulting in improved alignment, muscle timing, and balance while reducing inflammation, joint compression and pain. We will also explore a number of essential oils that provide relief not only from the discomfort of chronic pain, but also the anxiety and stress that come along with it. If you feel stiff in the morning, have neck, back, or shoulder pain, trouble sleeping, or feel great and want to stay that way, this class is for you. Instructor Kristen Hallett Rzasa owns InterPlay Health, a whole-life wellness company focusing on fitness, nutrition, and fun for women. She is a Jazzercise instructor, Health Coach and certified MELT Method instructor, known for her radio show “A Matter of Balance: A Woman’s Quest for Health”.

Please bring a yoga mat, water, and wear comfortable clothing. All participants should be able to get on and off the floor and the roller with little difficulty. MELT tools are provided for use during class – MELT soft rollers, ball kits and the bestselling MELT Method books are available for purchase from the instructor. ing class—MELT soft rollers, ball kits and the MELT Method® book are available for purchase from the instructor.

1 Session $ 25 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 19)
Mon., 9/25 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Aging Gracefully with the MELT Method®
In just a few minutes a day, help yourself look good and feel fantastic with this simple self-treatment method. It’s like a daily facelift! Learn how to stimulate collagen-producing cells in your skin and restore your skin’s natural hydration from the inside out, plus other MELT® Soft Body Roller and Treatment Ball techniques for reducing common aging issues, like aches and pains, cellulite, stiffness, and difficulty sleeping. Instructor Kristen Hallett Rzasa owns InterPlay Health, a whole-life wellness company focusing on fitness, nutrition, and fun for women. She is a Jazzercise instructor, Health Coach and certified MELT Method instructor, known for her radio show “A Matter of Balance: A Woman’s Quest for Health”.

Please bring a yoga mat, water, and wear comfortable clothing. All participants should be able to get on and off the floor and the roller with little difficulty. MELT tools are provided for use during class – MELT soft rollers, ball kits and the bestselling MELT Method books are available for purchase from the instructor. ing class—MELT soft rollers, ball kits and the MELT Method® book are available for purchase from the instructor.

1 Session $ 25 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 19)
Wed., 10/4 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.; Farmingville School


Medical Questions:

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