Celebrating 10 Years with EngAGE – a NonProfit
For the past 10 years I’ve had the pleasure to offer my fitness, wellness, and active lifestyle services for a nonprofit organization called EngAGE, which provides programing to thousands of older adults and families living in affordable apartment communities in California, Oregon, and Minnesota. The tailored programing is free of charge to residents and focuses on well-being and the arts. . My tenure has included on-site and virtual classes in the Los Angeles area at The NoHo Senior Artist Colony, The Piedmont, and The Burbank Senior Artist Colony.  The classes I teach have been developed by me specifically for the [...]
Understanding Female Hormonal Health
With 70% of my clients being female, I'm proud to have completed Pacific Rim College's "An Integrated Approach to Female Hormonal Health" course. The endocrine system is like an orchestra - everything works together as one. But when one or more of the endocrine glands are not functioning properly (hormonal imbalance), it causes symptoms that vary according to which gland is affected in females. The symptoms more frequently include: mood swings constipation or diarrhea irregular menstrual cycle infertility pain in the abdomen or the back during menstruation low sex drive insomnia unexplained weight gain or weight loss brittle bones excessive hair growth [...]
Stop Stressors, Break Bad Habits, and Tap Your Personal Energy
Is there an area of your life you just can’t seem to take charge of? Do you find yourself feeling unmotivated and low on energy? Are you uncomfortable in your work or home environment? Do you feel there’s something missing in your life that you can’t quite put your finger on? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions you should consider a Lifestyle Insights Report. One of my staple products throughout the years to help people take charge of their health and wellness is my Lifestyle Insights Report. It is an owner’s manual for your body [...]
Bungee Jumping off The Bridge to Nowhere
“You’re crazy” …”Are you out of your mind?” These were just some of the responses when I told my family and friends I was going to go bungee jumping. I guess jumping off of a bridge with essentially a large rubber band attached to you does sound a bit like a death wish, but it had been on my bucket list (no pun intended) for quite some time, and I found a few brave friends willing to come along. . . The fabled “Bridge to Nowhere Bungee Jump” here in Los Angeles County was the perfect opportunity. You hike five [...]
St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)
One of the most inspirational songs I know. I just love singing it and it's great to be part of this slightly more up tempo / harder rock version of the classic song. Although the original song performed by John Parr was written for the 80's brat pack movie "St. Elmo's Fire", the inspiration for the song actually came from the story of Canadian athlete Rick Hansen who became paralyzed, and from March 21, 1985 to May 22, 1987, Rick and his team wheeled over 40,000 km through 34 countries on his Man in Motion World Tour raising awareness about [...]
Change is Painful, but…
Happy New Year 2023 everybody. The New Year is all about making positive changes in our lives. But sometimes change can be painful. But remember, it's never as painful as being stuck somewhere you don't belong. I'm wishing you positive change in 2023, I myself am working on making positive changes, and let's do this together! https://www.youtube.com/shorts/WKROkmjnnAo
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Grateful in the mist – gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. Did you know? Uganda has 50% of the world’s mountain gorilla population. There are about 450 gorillas in the sanctuary of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where we had the opportunity to trek to a particular family named “Mishaya” on a recent primate safari tour in Uganda, Africa. The tour also featured chimpanzee tracking. After flying into Entebbe, Uganda we made our way first to Kibale National Park to track chimpanzees, the primates with the closest DNA to us humans. But, once we caught up with the community we [...]
South Africa Safari Adventure
It was finally here, our South Africa Safari Adventure. Our South Africa Safari Adventure was a chance to see the Big 5 animals in their natural environment (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and buffalos) as well as giraffes and other exotic African animals! We flew into Johannesburg and rested up for a couple of days, seeing the Mandela House Museum in the suburb of Soweto where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946-1962 before his long prison sentence for standing up against the apartheid government of that era. The house is a single-story red-brick matchbox built in 1945. It has bullet holes in the [...]
A Bicycle Journey through the Florida Keys
Ahhh – the Florida Keys are just one of those places that has its own unique feel. When you’re there, you get the sense that everything runs on “Keys’ time.” It’s laid back and bohemian atmosphere makes it one of those popular destinations for just getting away from it all. It has world class scuba diving and fishing as well. There are many ways to experience this part of the state but we chose a bicycle journey through the Florida Keys We decided to experience it up close and personal by bike riding all the way from Key Largo in the northern [...]
It’s been a year – time to have a serious conversation about our weight problem here in the USA.
After a year of lockdowns, mask wearing, and plexiglass dividers; there’s been one message that has been largely lost during the pandemic: get / stay healthy to keep your immune system optimal.  The CDC reports 78% of hospitalizations for Covid-19 were overweight or obese people. In fact, the risk of death from Covid-19 is about 10 times higher in countries where most of the population is overweight, according to a report released recently by the World Obesity Federation. Here in the USA, 67.9% of our adult population is overweight, according to the report. Think about it, that is almost three quarters [...]