LAH yoga practice gives athletic intro to breath and body

Pam Walatka, a longtime resident of Los Altos Hills before she moved to the mountains above Los Gatos in 2011, has been leading “Pam’s Yoga Fitness” at Los Altos Hills Town Hall weekly more or less without pause for the past 12 years.

The class, which meets 10:15-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, convenes in the airy, light-filled council chambers, a perk Walatka credits with keeping her students coming year after year. The town’s Parks and Recreation Department recently added a new feature, the Flex Pass, which allows people to pay for individual classes and drop in rather than committing to an eight-week session.

LA clinician uses neurofeedback for eating disorders


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Technician Clay Jorgenson shows Town Crier reporter Grace Hase the different brain waves from her EEG. Los Altos clinician Theresa Chesnut is using neurofeedback to treat patients.

The brain of someone with an eating disorder is fear-based, according to Los Altos clinician Theresa Chesnut.

It’s why sufferers starve themselves, binge and purge their food or compulsively exercise to lose an amount of weight that will never be satisfying.

Author shows link between climate change, health in new book


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In a world where climate change has become a hot topic as a result of increasingly common environmental disasters, physicians Paul Auerbach and Jay Lemery aim to shift the conversation from the environment to health impacts with their new book “Enviromedics: The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health.”

Auerbach, a Los Altos resident, and Lemery, from Colorado, said they coined the term “enviromedics,” defined in the book as “the effects, consequences, and study of the impacts of environmental change upon human health.”

Couples Counseling: Childproofing your marriage post-baby

 

Babies should come with a warning label that says: May be hazardous to your marriage.

Staying Active: How exercise counters cognitive decline

Research and clinical studies from several disciplines of science have recently revealed that increased physical activity reduces aging effects that slow down the brain as well as mobility.

So how does physical fitness add up to 10 years of a more active lifestyle and 36 percent more brain efficiency to seniors’ quality of life?

Passion Fit: Reduce risk of breast cancer via exercise, nutrition

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s important to understand the risks associated with the disease and what can be done to reduce them.

According to breastcancer.org, approximately 12 percent of women – that’s one in eight – in the U.S. will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, and 250,000 women are expected to be diagnosed in 2017 alone. While these statistics are concerning, my goal as a yoga and wellness instructor is to educate, motivate and develop a sense of empowerment to create or maintain the lifestyle needed for risk reduction and prevention purposes. Exercise, nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits could prevent 25-30 percent of cases of breast cancer, according to many studies.


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