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Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Band Series

West La Civic Center Bandshell
1645 Corinth Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Wednesday, July 11
Beatles Night. Starts at 7:30pm
Beatles Tribute Band In Full Regalia - Free!

Igor & Red Elvises
Your Favorite Siberian
Rock N' Roll Band!

Southern California
Jazz Company
17 Piece Jazz Big Band & Swing Dancers!
Costumed New Orleans Party Band & Dancers!

FREE parking! Estacionamiento gratis

YUMMY food! Comida deliciosa

FaMILY friendly! ambiente familiar

Source: West L.A Neighborhood Council

Sing along and dance.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Founder of Fit-Twist

P.S. Join Let's Move West L.A!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yoga Therapy

Susan Raglin aka "Anasuya" has been a dancer all her life. She was into ballet, modern dance and martial arts. At age sixteen, she took some yoga classes, but was more into dance. She "blew out" her knee (tearing the ACL) 10-12 years ago. After physical therapy, she turned to yoga to help her heal from the injury. In 1986, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety. According to Anasuya, yoga helps her in managing pain with deep, slow breathing and relaxing. She has taught yoga for over 20 years In 1994-95, she was certified as a yoga teacher. In 2004-05, she graduated from LMU and was certified to teach yoga therapy. Vini yoga focuses on adapting the poses to the needs of students, a majority of them are over 50 years old who suffer from some type of injury. "Be real with what you can really do and what's healthy." Anasuya said in our interview.


If you have a story to share, contact me ASAP.
I also welcome comments and guest posts.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LetsMove! WLA Training

LetsMove! WLA Training - Brentwood Science Magnet Elem
June 14, 2012 from 8am to 8:30am
740 Gretna Green Way, 90049
Celebrity Trainer Luis Aracena will lead a session with the graduating 5th grade class at highly-rated Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary School.  The brief workout will highlight the value of exercise as the right way to start a day of learning. 
Luis is a Personal Trainer on Univision TV's 'Dale Con Ganas' created by the producers of 'The Biggest Losers'.
Check out upcoming fun, free events at
Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Green Events

Tour of Santa Monica Place, Farmers Market & Cooking Demo 
June 9, 2012 from 9am-11:30am
Meet at the corner of 3rd St & Arizona
Registration is FREE but space is limited to 45 rsvps

Join A Sustainable Kitchen's Annette Eason for a morning at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Immediately following the demo, there will be a tour of some of the sustainable features of Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica Place is one of the very few shopping centers to ever receive LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Menu: Warm Roasted Weiser Potato with Arugula/Walnut Pesto, Beans and Pancetta, Fresh Ricotta with Mixed Herb Salad, Lemon and Olive Oil

Would you like to take the Green Living Workshop but don't want to go alone?
Then recruit 5 Santa Monica residents to attend all 3 meetings of the 1-week workshop, and earn $100.
For the very first time, you can complete the entire Green Living Workshop in one week!!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Energy & Transportation
6:30 - 8:30pm

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Water & Shopping/Food
6:30 - 8:30pm

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Waste & Chemicals
2:00 - 4:00pm
Santa Monica Main Library 
601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica 90401

Contact Gina Garcia with any questions.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate

Friday, June 1, 2012

Brentwood Community Fair

Local Event


11 am - 4 pm at 740 Gretna Green in Brentwood. This is fun-filled, much anticipated event includes moon bounces, giant slides, games, exhibits, stage shows, food booths and a fantastic silent suction. There are no admission fees. All costs are kept low to keep this a fun-filled and family-friendly event.

The exciting Silent Auction includes items such as golf for 3 guests at Riviera Country Club with Sugar Ray Leonard, celebrity signed items such as Magic Johnson's Lakers jersey and Pau Gasol's basketball, a Kardashians poster signed by all of the Kardashians, a gourmet chef-prepared dinner for 10 at your house, jewelry, classroom gift baskets, summer camps, restaurants and spa certificates, tickets to Disnelyland, Legoland, Dodgers and much more. The proceeds from the auction help support the school's arts and music programs and gives needed supplies for the magnet school science classes.

"This year's fair is going to be fantastic and reflects the wonderful community of parents and children at Brentwood Science Magnet" said Brentwood Science Magnet School Principal Ms. Aleta Taylor. "The funds we raise will enable us to continue the arts and music education that is so vital to a child's early education."

The amazing volunteer team of parents, teachers, alumni and community supporters work hand-in-hand to create a day treasured by all. The Fair is open to the public and is a wonderful event that highlights our school and community. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Fair - so help save lives too!

Brentwood Science Magnet is the most diversified school in all of the Los Angeles Unified School District with more than 27 languages spoken in the home. It is a wonderful environment that teaches children to appreciate their differences while working together. Recently, Brentwood Science Magnet was the recipient of a mural of California painted on two full building walls by the acclaimed artist, David Legaspi. The mural was made possible by the generosity and efforts of Brentwood Green, the Brentwood community group responsible for the beautification of school grounds that doubles as a community park.

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Action Alert

The time to end seniority-based layoffs is now. Legislators need to hear from people whose lives and professions have been affected by this harmful policy. Students First and its members care deeply about transforming education and making decisions that are good for kids. Join us.

Click the link below to email your legislators:

Write letters to your legislators on ending Last In First Out. Mail in your letters to your state senator and assemblyman's Sacramento offices.

Click here to look up your legislators and their office addresses.

Thank you for your dedication to making sure EVERY student has a GREAT teacher.

For the Kids,

Elizabeth Doctor
Regional Outreach Manager

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Former LAUSD teacher

Friday, May 25, 2012

Women's Peace Walk

Presented by UN Women: Greater Los Angeles Chapter
Saturday June 2, 2012
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Palisades Park in Santa Monica

Support an environment where we all live in peace.
Collaborate with like-minded people.
Promote participation in your community.
Share your commitment to peace.

Contact Cathy Hillman

Ingrid Cheng @fitnesswla
Health Advocate and Finalist of Urban Rebound: an exciting initiative for women entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses to $250,000 or more in annual revenues. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bingo for Choice

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Join Planned Parenthood Young Professionals for the 9th Annual Bingo for Choice!
Tuesday, May 22, 7:00pm

Specialty cocktails will be served at Happy Hour prices, so don't forget to bring cash!  To preserve the beauty of the venue's beautiful historic floors, please do not wear stiletto or narrow high heeled shoes. Click here to purchase tickets!

During the Lunch & Learn at Westside Family Health Center, we talked about how public funding of family planning prevents about 1.94 million unintended pregnancies, including 400,000 teen pregnancies, resulting in 810,000 fewer abortions and saving taxpayers $4 for every $1 spent on family planning. 99% of women have used birth control at some point in our lives, but the conservative right-wing attacks on basic women's healthcare access threatens our right to choose. If you're not concerned or outraged yet, go to:

Ingrid Cheng
Health Advocate @fitnesswla
Mission: To create a better world and empower women to be healthy inside out.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Community Events

Sunday, May 20, 2012 
Book Drive Celebration at Corner of San Vicente & Montana
10 am - 2 pm

West LA Regional Library Beautification at 2:00PM

Organized by West LA Neighborhood Council Green Committee
1645 Corinth Ave. Los Angeles 90025. (Civic Center Area – Behind the Library)

The day will basically consist of working on the Civic Center Area which is in between several buildings. This event is intended to be the first of several ongoing efforts to sustain the adequate maintenance our public facilities are lacking. For more information and to register for this event, send an e-mail to

P.S. I'm a finalist of Urban Rebound: an exciting initiative for women entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses to $250,000 or more in annual revenues.  

Ingrid Cheng, Founder of Fit-Twist

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Deal of May


To celebrate the office opening on Sundays, get a 50% OFF discount for the treatment of your choice, Bodywork or Reiki, if you visit the office on Sunday during the month of May.

If you are unable to make it during the promotion period, please feel free to forward this to your friends.
If your friends come for a treatment, you'll get a 15% OFF discount for your next visit, either Saturday or Sunday (for each of your friend).  If you friends get a 50% OFF during the promotion period, they will get a 15% discount for their second visit :)

If you have any question, or would like to make an appointment (or appointments), please call Sachi at            310-800-1295       or simply respond to this email.

Sachiko Nishi
California State Certified Massage Therapist
Bodyworker & Reiki Master

1137 2nd Street, Suite 103
Santa Monica, CA 90403

P.S. May 6 is World Laughter Day - Join us at the beach for a fun, free Laughter Yoga celebration. You don't need to know yoga to have fun & laugh. RSVP at 

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy resource 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Healthy Moms and Kids

Mobile Clinic
Cedars Sinai Nutrition and Fitness Program

The rate of childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. Obese or overweight children are at increased risk of developing medical and mental health problems that can undermine the social and emotional capacities required for them to learn. There are many factors contributing to this problem.  For children who come from low-income families, the most important factors are limited access to healthy foods, resources, and safe places to play. The services provided by the COACH for Kids® program focus on prevention and early intervention.  To help combat the rise in obesity in the communities served, the COACH for Kids® Nutritionist provides school based nutrition/fitness education, nutrition education workshops for parents, risk assessment screenings, nutrition counseling, and referrals for other types of intervention services. 

Like Westside Family Health Center (WFHC), they also have a mobile clinic but theirs is for kids. WFHC's new Scion allows its Community Outreach & Education (COE) staff to reach out to the community with educational presentations. Recently, COE visited University and Olympic high schools for reproductive health presentations and Venice Beach for street outreach to young adults. The fight for women's health rights is a never-ending battle but we have come a long way, Debra A. Farmer, President/CEO of Westside Family Health Center told attendees at WFHC's recent Lunch & Learn in recognition of National Women's History Month.
Speaking before a group of more than 50 attendees at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica on March 21, 2012, Ms. Farmer drew a picture of women's health from the Middle Ages to present day during her presentation, "Trending Women's Healthcare.'' (Click here for full remarks.)

Ingrid Cheng
Health Advocate

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Children's Event

Kid-Friendly Event

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Westside Children’s Center will be hosting a community fair to celebrate the “Week of the Young Child” from 10:00am to 1:00pm. We are expecting approximately 300 children and families from WCC’s programs, our partner agencies and the larger community to attend. Children will enjoy arts and crafts, jump roping, a bouncer, and face-painting, while parents learn about the resources available to them in their community. Partner agencies include: Free Arts for Abused Children, UCLA Community Health and Advocacy Training Program for Pediatric Residents, Open Paths Counseling Center , and The Help Group.

WCC has been serving low-income and at-risk children for 25 years, providing child development and child welfare services to communities in southwest Los Angeles , including Culver City , Inglewood and Ladera Heights . WCC services include:

·        Early education (0-5), including Early Head Start
·        Child welfare (0-18), including family preservation, foster care and adoption
·        Special needs screenings, referrals and advocacy (0-18)
·        Health and mental health referrals

Come out and support the Westside Children's Center (WCC) as they host a community fair to celebrate National Week of the Young Child! WCC will be hosting a community fair for its families that will be filled with fun activities, fantastic performances and information about community services. Volunteers 16 and older are needed from 9AM-11:30AM and from 11:30AM-1:00PM If you are interested in volunteering at this wonderful event, please RSVP first to David Silverstein, Director at Action Agape at 310-348-1260 X1515, then contact Tivoli Sisko at 310-846-4100 ext: 6166

P.S. I’ve volunteered for D.A.R.E Afterschool Program, Free Arts for Abused Children, UNICEF and Read to Me L.A. at public libraries. I continue to be involved with many causes and non-profits like The American Diabetes Association, The American Heart Association and Let’s Move West L.A.

Ingrid Cheng
Making a difference everyday