WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division Be Well WeHo series of programming is set to launch this fall and run throughout the winter to help participants identify and pursue personal wellness goals.
According to a press release from the city of West Hollywood, Be Well WeHo will focus on empowerment, celebration, and connections with others who have similar goals and challenges. The series of classes can provide results that are based on evidence-based practices, which use research from major U.S. universities. The series will begin on Tuesday, September 12, with the Healthier Living series of workshops developed by Stanford University, the A Matter of Balance series of workshops developed by Boston University, and a one-day Mindfulness Series workshop on Stress Reduction.
Stanford University’s Healthier Living, a six-session interactive workshop, is offered in during two different sessions:
-Tuesdays from September 12 through October 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard; or
-Wednesdays from September 13 through October 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
The tools used in the Healthier Living workshop can be used by participants of any age, and at any stage in their lives. Participants will learn how to make powerful, achievable weekly action plans — plans that are the first steps along the path to reach wellness goals.
Boston University’s A Matter of Balance, which aims to reduce the risk and fear of falling, is presented with two options for this eight-session workshop:
-Fridays from September 15 through November 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, or
-Sundays from September 24 through November 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Individuals of all ages are at risk of falling for various reasons. Poor posture, vertigo, joint issues, and poor muscle tone are just some of the conditions that can heighten the risk of falling. A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the risk and fear of falling, but increasing confidence during daily activities. While not an exercise class, there is an exercise component. The workshop will help participants feel confident, strong, and able to continue their favorite activities safely.
The Mindfulness Series one-day lecture on Stress Reduction is offered twice on Wednesday, September 13. The first option is from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard; the second is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The workshop will be led by licensed clinical social worker Maggie Thomas, and participants will learn a variety of techniques to detect and reduce their stressors to create a positive outcome.
Be Well WeHo workshops are led by facilitators who are specially-trained and certified. Group discussions will be held in an open, friendly, supportive environment. Other workshops, including UCLA’s Memory Training, the Arthritis Foundation’s exercise class, and guided meditations will be announced in the coming months.
Enrollment is limited, and there is a $3 fee per workshop, including materials. To register for any of the workshops, visit the City’s Recreation website at www.weho.org/recreation. For additional information, call (323) 848-6534, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For people who are deaf hearing impaired, call TTY (323) 848-6496.