Free Wellness Seminars 2014

The Positive Choice Wellness Center hosts FREE seminars and workshops throughout the year. The seminars are open to everyone. You are welcome to participate even if you are not a member of the Kaiser Permanente health plan. All seminars are held at the Positive Choice Wellness Center unless another location is listed in the description.  Call 858-573-0090 to reserve your space.

CONTENTMENT – MAKE IT AN EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE

Friday April 11, 2014, at 6 to 7 p.m.

It is possible to learn how to be content in all things, even during unavoidable painful life events.  Through meditation and understanding why we are discontent, we can learn how to cultivate inner peace that is derived from inside versus being influenced by people, things and circumstances of everyday life. Kelsang Chokyi, a Buddhist Nun and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center San Diego, will teach simple and effective mediations that will help you cultivate inner peace and happiness.

STROLL THROUGH THE GASLAMP QUARTER AND STINGAREE             

Friday, April 25, 2014, at 10 a.m.      

San Diego’s Gaslamp is one of our hottest spots for art and culture, but it used to be the shady Stingaree.  Join the walking group Walkabout International for a casual 90 minutes and sniff out the old bordellos, fan tan parlors and other 19th Century attractions. Wear comfortable shoes and hat, carry water, and enjoy a narrated walk through this historic quarter of San Diego. This walk leaves from the front of the historic Balboa Theater, 4th and E Street.  Use the free, 3-hr. validated parking in Horton Plaza after 9:30 a.m.

LOOK YOUTHFUL AT ANY AGE — SKIN CARE SECRETS TO THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

May 2, 2014, at 6 to 7 p.m. and September 12, 2014, at 6 to 7 p.m.

Have you wondered how you could affordably look your best no matter your age? How does Botox differ from fillers and what are the benefits and negatives of both? Dr. Melinda Silva, a double board certified physician, specializes in cosmetic skin care and will discuss the many lifestyle and non-surgical options available to maintain a youthful glow and what you can do to age gracefully. 

WALK TO WIN ~ WALK AND BURN CALORIES LIKE A RUNNER

Friday, May 9, at 6 to 7 p.m. and Friday, July 11, 2014, 6 to 7 p.m.

Coach Lizzy Kemp Salvato, MS, a National Race walking Team member, 1992 Olympic Trials race walking qualifier, and exercise physiologist is going to take you on a 30-minute race walk that will leave you feeling energized and renewed. Lizzy teaches a low-impact, injury-free method of walking that burns more calories than running and she will tell you about her weekly walk training groups that meet in San Diego. Come dressed to exercise and with good shoes.

LISTENING TO YOUR INNER VOICE FOR WEIGHT LOSS, STRESS, PAIN CONTROL, AND HEALING USING SELF-HYPNOSIS

May 16, 2104, at 6 to 7 p.m.

Your inner self-talk is the key that allows you to identify, express, let go of, and resolve the blocks of stress, pain, fear, and misunderstanding that restrict you. Learn how to re-program your inner self talk and free yourself to discover and create your own path to letting go of emotional and physical weight, stress, or pain.  Dr. Brian Alman, PhD, author of four books and internationally known clinician will show you how to create positive changes in your life using self-hypnosis, visualization, relaxation, and deep breathing. This seminar will be held at Kaiser Permanente’s Women’s Center, 3851 Shaw Ridge Rd., San Diego, 92130.

THE PERFECT 20 MINUTE WORKOUT

Friday, May 30, 2014, at 6 to 7 p.m. Positive Choice Wellness Center  and Friday, September 19, 2014, at 6 to 7 p.m. Carmel Valley Women’s Center

Sound too good to believe, but it is true that you can become really strong and fit working out just two times per week for 20 minutes! Slow motion training allows your muscle strength to increase 50% faster than traditional muscle toning exercises. Fitness trainer Sara Kincaid will show you how to get results, raise your metabolic rate, lose pounds, and enjoy a healthier body working out only 20 minutes twice a week.

PREVENTING BREAST CANCER NATURALLY

June 6, 2014  6 to 7 p.m.

One out of eight women in the U.S. will get breast cancer, but there are so many things you can do to make sure you aren’t one of them. There are many lifestyle behaviors that can help protect against breast cancer. Dr. Silva, a Family Practice Physician who specializes in women’s health, will cover beneficial lifestyle strategies to help prevent breast cancer. She also will discuss the pros and cons of bio identical hormone therapy and tell you if you are a candidate for natural hormone therapy. This seminar will be held at Kaiser Permanente’s Women’s Center, 3851 Shaw Ridge Rd., San Diego, 92130.

TRAIN TO WALK OR JOG A FULL OR HALF-MARATHON IN SIX MONTHS — ANYBODY CAN DO IT!

Friday, June 27, 2014  6 to 7 p.m.

Meet the organizer and leader of In Motion Fit, Coach Katie, who will tell you about walking/jogging training sessions that meet at Mission Bay and Carlsbad and train people to achieve amazing results in either walking or jogging a half or full marathon. If you think you can’t, you’re probably wrong because In Motion Fit specializes in taking average couch potatoes and turning them into fitness enthusiasts. All groups train for the Carlsbad 5000 that runs along our beautiful coast. Training includes weekly training plans and free fitness and nutrition seminars, but mostly they make getting fit really fun. 

RECOVERY FROM A PAINFUL CHILDHOOD

Friday, March 14, 2014, at 6 to 7 p.m. and July 18, 2014, at 6 to 7 p.m.       

Dr. Vincent J. Felitti speaks on his collaboration with the Center for Disease Control and his ground-breaking research showing that adults just don’t “get over” the effects of a painful childhood. Childhood experiences of emotional/physical abuse or of parental drug/alcohol abuse lead to adults that are 4,600% more likely to experience drug addiction, 460% more likely to suffer from depression, and have over 260% increased risks for other serious health issues such as lung disease, obesity, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.

MUSCLE TONING  MADE EASY ~ WORKOUT WITH EXERCISE BANDS AND BALLS

Friday, July 25, 2014, at 6 to 7 p.m.  

Would you like to learn a simple, fun way to tone and strengthen your muscles? Without using complicated equipment or going to a gym? Positive Choice fitness instructor Norma Solomon will show you how you can get a complete strength training workout in the comfort of your home using exercise bands. She will also demonstrate some exercises using one of the most efficient pieces of exercise equipment — exercise balls. Please wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. This seminar will meets at 7071 Convoy Ct. (building next door to Positive Choice) in Room 106.

NEVER DIET AGAIN! LEARN TO EAT INTUITIVELY

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at noon to 1 p.m.

Many of us are very familiar with eating mindlessly in front of the T.V., in the car, on the phone, etc. What most of us have forgotten or never learned was how to sit down, and mindfully enjoy our food. This seminar explores how stress, habit, and our feelings about food affect what, how much, and how often we eat. Dr. Sharon Stinis, MD, will cover the 10 steps to learning how to use your inner intuition to guide your food choices and intake. Dr. Stinis will guide you through mindfulness practices and provide information and support resources for re-learning the gentle and joyful art of eating. This seminar will be held at Kaiser Permanente’s Women’s Center, 3851 Shaw Ridge Rd., San Diego, 92130.

BEYOND PAIN, BACK TO LIFE! TREATMENTS FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Friday, August 1, 2014, at 6 to 7 p.m.

Living with chronic pain makes even the smallest of life’s chores harder and can dim every pleasure. Loved ones of those chronically in pain suffer, too. Despite the challenges, experts agree that people living with chronic pain and those living with them can live full and meaningful lives.  Dr. Melinda Silva will help you connect with resources, support groups, and strategies to minimize your pain and maximize your life enjoyment as well as offering support to family members. There is hope!

GIVE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM A BLAST ~ PHYTO-NUTRIENTS THAT FIGHT FOR YOUR HEALTH

Friday, August 1, 2014, 6 to 7 p.m.

Dietitian Kay Rethwisch, MS, RD, CDE will lead you through the benefits of eating colorful foods and explain the amazing abilities these foods have to bolster your immune system. Learn about the top fruits and vegetables for your health and the fun ways you can easily add them into your life. This seminar will be held at Kaiser Permanente’s Women’s Center, 3851 Shaw Ridge Rd., San Diego, 92130.

LETTING GO OF ANXIETY IN AN ANXIOUS WORLD

Friday, August 22, 2014 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn simple and effective mediations for reducing fear, apprehension, and anxiety. Everyone is welcome – no meditation experience is necessary. Kelsang Chokyi, the Residential Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center San Diego, will teach simple and effective mediations for reducing fear and anxiety and becoming more relaxed and at ease in everyday life and in challenging situations

THE VOICE FOR KIDS

Friday, October 10, 2014 6 to 7 p.m.

The unconscious is not something mysterious, but is just another name for our intuition or inner voice. Kids have an inner voice too, that is self-assuring, self-accepting, and confident. It is what they hear whispering to them in quiet moments, and it can sustain them in the pursuit of happiness and well being. Unfortunately, a child’s inner voice can be drowned out by distressing emotions, negative self-talk, painful encounters, bullying, and so on. In this seminar, national best-selling author Brian Alman, Ph.D., will teach you and your kids how to nurture and “hear” your true authentic inner Voice, creating peace and calm in even the most stressful situations. This seminar will be held at Kaiser Permanente’s Women’s Center, 3851 Shaw Ridge Rd., San Diego, 92130.

NAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS WITH PEACE OF MIND

Friday, October 24, 2014  at 6-7 p.m.

Though the ‘season to be jolly’ is just about here . . . it is easy to lose the joy of the season and instead feel stressed. Whether it’s the stress of balancing parties, family, traffic jams at shopping malls, or not having enough money to buy gifts, sometimes it can be difficult to truly enjoy the season. But there’s another way — all it takes is a peaceful mind. Kelsang Chokyi , Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center San Diego, will share ancient Buddhist wisdom that sees all living beings as precious. Through meditation, we can increase our love and compassion for our self and others by reducing negative thoughts with positive thoughts creating a peaceful state. Experience how to transform the holidays into something truly meaningful.

WALK THROUGH HISTORIC OLD TOWN

Friday, October 24, 2014, 10am

Stride through historic Old Town and relive San Diego’s history. This 90-minute casually-paced walk with the walking group WalkAbout International will include a visit to the oldest adobe, an 18-hole golf course, up a hill to the classic Victorian “ladies” and then through an historic cemetery and nearby Catholic church. Wear comfortable shoes and hat, carry water and be prepared to learn a little history as we saunter about. The walk will meet at the old railroad station clock at the Old Town Transit Station (Green Line Trolley and bus terminus). We suggest you park in Transit or State Park lots.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS WITH WALKABOUT INTERNATIONAL

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10a.m.

You’ll be amazed at the artistic decorations which fill the lobbies of hotel and office buildings in downtown San Diego.  Get in a festive mood with your feet to the ground and a song in your heart as you put aside commercialism and take a 90 minute casually-paced walk with Walkabout International enjoying the beauty of the holiday season. Wear comfortable shoes and hat, carry water and join in on the seasonal fun!  This walk will meet at the historic Balboa Theater at 4th and E Streets (at the edge of Horton Plaza.)  Check on parking status in Horton Plaza, or take the trolley to Downtown.