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April 15, 2009 > InfoBrain: Friends and Fitness are Free at Newark Library

InfoBrain: Friends and Fitness are Free at Newark Library

"Friends are Free" for participants in BeHealthy5 at Newark Library. Buying one entrŽe at participating Newark restaurants qualifies a friend (or family member) for a free entrŽe of equal or lesser value until the end of May. Participating restaurants in Newark include Bombay Garden, Chevy's Fresh Mex and Mehran Indian and Pakistani. Pick up your "Friends are Free" card at the Information Desk at Newark Library when you sign up for BeHealthy5.

BeHealthy5, Newark Library's five-month health initiative promotes a different aspect of health each month: financial, mental, social, physical and spiritual. It continues in April with a Checklist for Physical Health. Interested people can sign up to complete 12 activities and win a prize and a grand prize entry for a $15 gift certificate to a local store of their choice. Prizes are courtesy of the Newark Library League. Sign up at Information Desk at Newark Library or e-mail and return your list by May 15 to qualify. May's checklist will focus on spiritual health. Earlier checklists for financial, mental and social health are still available.

Saturday programs continue to encourage health and fitness. On April 18 from 2 - 4 p.m., step into the virtual gaming space of Wii Sports or Wii Fit at the new Wii League for Adults. Socialize and meet new people while you bowl, golf, box or play tennis or try yoga, aerobics or strength or balance training.

Discover the fastest growing Asian health movement sweeping the nation at a health qigong workshop and demonstration on Saturday, April 25 from 3 - 5 p.m. Qigong (chee kung), an ancient Chinese discipline, strengthens and unblocks your qi (energy) for better vitality, stamina, flexibility, balance and overall health. It benefits the mind, body and spirit. Gentle movements can be practiced by people of every age and ability.

The workshop will be led by Sifu May Chen, one of the few certified health qigong teachers in the United States. Sifu Chen teaches the qigong forms as revised, choreographed and standardized by the Chinese Health Qigong Association (CHQA) in 2002. She is president of Health Qigong USA, the only official organization recognized by the CHQA in this country, and teaches tai chi and qigong at Ohlone College and the Fremont Adult School. Her students will demonstrate the forms.

The qigong workshop will be followed by four health qigong classes on May 2, 9, 16 and 30 from 3 - 5 p.m. Registration is required and limited to 20 people. Sign up at the Information Desk at Newark Library, call Barbara Telford-Ishida at 795-2627 x20 or e-mail

Newark Library, a branch of Alameda County Library, is located at 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue. BeHealthy5, which continues through May, is funded by through the California State Library.

Barbara Telford-Ishida, Adult Services Librarian, Newark Library
(510) 795-2627 x20,

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