Take charge of your health. We’ve rounded up local spots
that offer workshops, lectures and classes to help
you optimize your well-being.
Written by ERIN NEWMAN
California Health & Longevity Institute
California Health & Longevity Institute provides a variety of workshops. Several classes on life balance help students find happiness while pursuing their life goals. Nutrition workshops offer myth-busting concepts about diet, weight management and healthy foods. The Wellness Kitchen is one of the more popular destinations at CHLI, where registered dietitian-chefs host fun, social dining experiences that offer practical help on choosing and preparing delicious healthy meals. The center also offers various fitness assessments, including performance testing, body composition, posture and movement.
Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village
Great ideas for cooking healthy
It’s here and it’s wonderful! The newly published cookbook from Paulette Lambert, Director of Nutrition for the California Health & Longevity Institute, is brimming with simple recipes designed to maximize health and achieve ideal body weight. Available for $24.99 at the CHLI guest services desk, www.chli.com, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Camarillo Health Care District
Camarillo Health Care District’s quarterly magazine, Healthy Attitudes, lists a full schedule of classes and workshops offered to help residents live a healthful life. A sampling of class topics include thyroid health, diabetes prevention, sleep problems, mindfulness, food sensitivities and vegan cooking. Camarillo Health Care District also offers various health screenings, including those for osteoporosis and bone density, skin cancer, health awareness (diabetes, stroke and cholesterol), dental, memory and hearing. The schedule of classes is available by request or on the district’s website. (See page 46 for a story on CHD’s class for teens dealing with stress.)
3639 E. Las Posas Road, Ste. 117, Camarillo
(805) 388-1952, ext. 100
Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center
Stop by The Oaks mall on the third and fourth Thursdays of the month, January through October, for free community seminars hosted by Los Robles Hospital. Throughout the year the Health Chats cover a number of topics such as eye care, cardiac care and nutrition. Meetings take place in front of the Macy’s Men’s and Home department store on the first floor. Los Robles also offers events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and H2U (Health to You), which includes screenings linked to a scheduled topic at 2:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.
215 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks
Kaiser Permanente offers healthy-living classes on various topics. The free six-week Healthier Living workshop touches on various things that will help you live a happier, healthier life, including stress management, diet, exercise and communicating with your physician. Kaiser’s Women’s Wellness Series is a quarterly interactive lecture series, open to the public and focusing on a different topic each quarter—this year skin, memory, headache treatment and happiness are scheduled. Call (818) 719-2359 to reserve a spot. Also, a variety of programs are offered to help with weight management. Events vary by location and some are for Kaiser Permanente members only.
5601 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills
365 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
3900 Alamo St., Simi Valley
UCLA Health has become a presence in the area by pairing with community partners such as nonprofits, service organizations, YMCAs and Cal Lutheran University to provide talks by UCLA physicians who volunteer their time to educate the public. Lecture topics include aging parents, maintaining heart health, understanding supplements, cancer breakthroughs, brain health, and antibiotic and vaccine information. A women’s health conference, staged by UCLA’s OB-GYN group, is held in the spring in the Conejo Valley.
Locations and phone numbers vary, but more information can be found by signing up for UCLA Health’s newsletter and calendar, Vital Signs.
Dignity Health-St. John’s
Dignity Health-St. John’s reaches out to the community by providing health and wellness information including weight and pulse checks and general health screenings such as blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, and online cardiac-risk assessments. Some events, such as a women and heart disease workshop, are offered through a partnership with the Camarillo Library; others, such as a women’s health oncology lecture series, will be held at a conference venue.
Call the event hotline for details at (888) 263-1350 or visit www.stjohnshealth.org. Dignity-St. John’s has two locations:
St. John’s Regional Medical Center
1600 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard
St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital
2309 Antonio Ave., Camarillo
Simi Valley Hospital – Adventist Health
Simi Valley Hospital, an Adventist Health facility, focuses its attention on providing physicians to senior centers for presentations on a variety of health and wellness topics. Contact the Simi Valley Senior Center or Moorpark Senior Center for more information.
2975 N. Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley
Calabasas Savvy Seniors
This active senior hangout offers courses on diet, bone health, meditation, stress reduction and memory training.
3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas
Conejo Recreation and Park District
Wellness 101, food relationships and back care are current offerings.
403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
Conejo Valley Adult School
Food education classes include Simple and Sane Detox, and Meatless Mondays. Conjeo Valley Adult School also offers meditation, body alignment principles, essential oils, aromatherapy and reflexology.
1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks
Goebel Adult Community Center
Nutrition education, foot care and a wellness fest are scheduled at the Goebel Center. Health screenings include blood
pressure, hearing and vision.
1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks
Moorpark Active Adult Center
The adult center offers screenings for hearing, vision and balance as well as educational seminars provided by Simi Valley Hospital and Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association.
799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark
Simi Valley Senior Center
Screenings for hearing, vision and balance, and seminars on a variety of topics provided by Simi Valley Hospital physicians take place at the Simi Valley Senior Center.
3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley