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Publication Date: Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Health Notes Health Notes (September 08, 2004)


THE COST OF LAZINESS. . . The price you pay for physical inactivity doesn't just effect your flabby muscles. According to Fifty Plus Fitness, a lifetime of being sedentary financially drains communities, businesses and organizations. The health organization has created an online calculator that computes the financial drain of a communities' inactivity. The new calculator, located on the organization's Web site, can be used by government leaders, policy makers, and businesses to find out the financial cost of a physically inactive population or employee base. To find out the cost of being a couch potato in your area, log onto www.activelivingleadership.org.

RELAX NOW! . . . Get off that treadmill and slow down a bit, at least that's the message some local fitness clubs and organizations are sending to the community. There are several new fitness classes aimed at bringing peace of mind to youth and teens. Vivre fitness, on Emerson Street, offers a teen yoga class on Tuesday, Sept. 14 and Wed., Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. Teens, ages 12-18, can drop in for the hour-long classes for a cost of $12 or they can buy a 10-class pass for $110. For more information, call 328-2820. At the Unity Church on Middlefield, there's a new yoga class for adults. But Yoga Nidra isn't as much about physical fitness, as it is about mental health. In this class, participants do not strike poses, rather they lie on their backs and practice a series of breathing techniques. The class will be taught on eight Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. starting Sept. 16. Fee per class is $15. For more information, contact Andrea Lenox at 857-0919.

NEW FACES. . . The Children's Health Council has named Stephen Joffe its new executive director. The Children's Health Council is a nonprofit organization that helps children who face complex behavioral and developmental challenges. Douglas B. Stewart joins Stanford University as the associate vice president of medical development and alumni affairs. He will oversee the school of medicine's fundraising efforts.
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