July 26th is National Dance Day

Enjoying music during exercise is highly rated according to a recent study by Cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn. He found that exercising while listening to joyful music that increased feelings of happiness and relaxation for 30 minutes was superior to exercise alone in improving markers of artery health. Just listening to music improved artery function, but not as much as when combined with exercise. To expand your exercise AND relaxing music options, join one of my relaxing Tai Chi-QiGong classes. Enjoy my new lineup of tunes and improve your artery health too! Tai Chi is a dance between control and surrender, between pushing and letting go. When to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended explorations of your being. 

Kim’s Favorite Gluten-free Product

With the increasing increase in reducing inflammation in the body, I will feature my favorite gluten-free discovery each month. I welcome your favorites and your “thumbs up or thumbs down” if you try it!

Watercress – this highly alkaline green vegetable helps neutralize acidic waste products throughout the blood and lymphatic system. High in vitamins A, C, and E, it is used in treating skin issues like acne & eczema.

Where: Sprouts, Whole Foods produce case in a sealed pack, since it is a “live” plant to eat!

Cost: $2.50 (cost may vary by retailer)

Gluten-free bread by All But Gluten and Essential Baking – try freezing them and eat sparingly as calories can add up fast! Another delicious brand is Canyon Bakehouse online or at Sprouts.

Where: Safeway Fulton Ranch Bakery department on the bread wall! Let’s tell the Safeway manager how we appreciate their expanded inventory, so they keep it stocked for our gluten-free lifestyle!

Cost: $3.49 – $5.99 (approximate)


UPDATES for Kim’s Weekly Easy & Gentle Tai Chi-QiGong Classes

I am looking forward to our classes throughout the balance of the summer – click here anytime for my class schedule. NOTE: various dates for cancelled summer classes.

Reminder: ALL venues and classes are fragrance-free. No equipment needed – just rubber-soled shoes and water!

Cottonwood Country Club, Sun Lakes NO CLASSES on Friday July 4 and August 1 

Day/Time: Fridays, 10-11:00am – Intermediate OR 11:30am-12:30pm – Beginner

Cost: $5.00 per one hour drop-in class or a series of six for $25.00.

Venue: Cottonwood’s Phoenix Room / A-9 (attached to the ladies fitness center, near the swimming pool)

Fitness Forum – Chandler

Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 11:10-12pm

Cost: All participants must be qualified Silver Sneakers member, a Fitness Forum member or pay a guest fee.

Venue: northwest corner of Dobson Road & Chandler Blvd

Arizona Priority Care-Senior Advantage Club, Gilbert (call 480 499 8718 to register for FREE class)

Arizona Priority Care Urgent Care Center: 706 N. McQueen Rd, Gilbert

Day/Time: Wednesdays, Beginner: 9:30-10:30am

Arizona Priority Care-Senior Advantage Club, Casa Grande (call 480 499 8718 to register for FREE class)

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Community Center, 201 S. Picacho St, Casa Grande

Day/Time: Mondays, Beginner: 1:00-2:00pm

Renaissance Senior/Assisted Living Center, Sun Lakes  

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15am and Thursdays, 9:30-10:30am

Cost: Residents only

Tai Chi for Parkinson’s – Mirror Room, Sun Lakes Country Club

Day/Time: Thursdays, 11:00am-noon. Classes finish in mid to late July and resume September 4. * Pre-registration is required – call Darolyn at MAPC 602 406 6903

Art of Movement for Parkinson’s – Sun Lakes Methodist Church, Sun Lakes
Day/Time:Mondays, 10:30-11:30am. Classes finish in mid to late July and resume September 8.  * Pre-registration is required – call Darolyn at MAPC 602 406 6903

Congrats to: Penny Fox was named 2014 Ambassador by Neighbors Who Care for her tireless efforts to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s disease.

Thank you to: Sherrian, Facilitator of Women’s Exchange Group for inviting me to speak about Enjoying a Gluten-Free Lifestyle. Thanks Sue for filling in at the June meeting. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my passion and purpose for living gluten-free!

 Upcoming events: Tuesday, July 1, Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)of Maricopa County:GIG of Maricopa County is the first gluten free support group in the Valley under the banner of the highly lauded national Gluten Intolerance Group. https://www.gluten.net Organized by the physicians at Arizona Integrative Medical Solutions, Tempe, AZ. GIG of Maricopa County will start doing FREE monthly gluten free support groups and help people understand the complex and confusing worlds of Celiac, Non-Celiac Gluten Enteropathy, how to eat and live gluten free, and how to heal up intestines which have been harmed by gluten. Please direct any questions to Arizona Integrative Medical Solutions: 480-284-8155

Saturday, July 26, 10:00-11:15am – National Dance Day: Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) is sponsoring a class adapted for PD dancers, “So You Think You Can Dance.” For more info, contact Instructor Debbie Braganza: Debbie.Braganza@gmail.com