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Work Hard, Play Harder

October 7, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Vicki McGrath, PJCC Fitness & Wellness Manager As the PJCC’s leading proponent for the Pink Ribbon Program, the Center’s breast cancer exercise protocol, the irony didn’t escape Vicki McGrath when she herself was diagnosed with the very disease that she was helping women fight. Throughout treatment, Vicki displayed a vigor and attitude that amazed even her […]

Dog Heals Family… And Vice Versa

February 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Debbie Goren 2013 was a tough year for the Goren family. We had lost my beloved father to brain cancer after six grueling months of slowly watching this wonderful father and grandfather slip away. His passing left a hole in our hearts and our healing would be slow. 2013 was also a tough year […]

Why Is It so Hard To Ask For Help?

February 9, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Koko Kaasaki, PJCC Adult Program Coordinator Being independent and self-sufficient are positive attributes, however, we all need help from time to time. But, do you ever struggle to ask for help? M. Nora Klaver, a life coach and author of Mayday! Asking for Help in Times of Need, states that 70 percent of people […]

Five Must-Haves When Investing in a Gym

December 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

By Paul Walker, PJCC Assistant Athletic Director What’s the first question you ask when you research a gym? Likely it is, “How much does it cost to join?” If so, you are like most other fitness seekers looking to join a gym. Most people who call a gym or fitness center don’t know how to evaluate […]

Special Needs Tips – Come As You Are!

August 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

Every month features an awareness day for different special needs. World Down Syndrome Day in March, National Spina Bifida Awareness in October, and Autism Awareness in April. These are just a few of the many special needs that families are dealing with each day. It’s hard to know what a special needs family goes through […]

Warning: Nature Hikes Can Lead to Radical Amazement

May 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

By Deborah Newbrun I have been leading a series of Jewish-themed nature hikes for the PJCC as part of their Jewish Wellness programming for several years. Often the first question on the hike is: What makes a hike Jewish? Jews have a blessing for what Abraham Joshua Heschel calls radical amazement, when you stop to notice […]

Joshua’s Summer of Growth

April 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Diana Blank Epstein Approaching the entrance of the PJCC, visitors are greeted with our guiding principles etched upon the pillars. One of these is Hachnasat Or’chim, which means “welcoming all” in Hebrew. I experienced this inclusivity up close when my husband and I registered our young son, who has special needs, for his very first “TYPICAL” camp […]

Your New Workout: Interval Training

April 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Torre Pusey, PJCC Personal Trainer Ready to take your workout to the next level? Want to burn more calories, burn more fat, see faster results, and be constantly challenged? Consider Interval Training. Often referred to as HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training has become a powerful tool for the everyday gym user. HIIT workouts evolve […]

Functional Training: Taking Your Workouts To The Next Level

February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

By Chris Nash, PJCC Personal Trainer As a fitness professional for more than 15 years, I’ve witnessed many changes in the fitness industry. It used to be that gyms were limited to traditional equipment, such as bench and leg presses, that worked just one or two muscles at a time. But in recent years, a […]

The Case for Camp — Why Kids Need It Now More Than Ever

February 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

By Peg L. Smith Change is a part of life. It is often directly related to survival and can enrich one’s life in ways unexpected. Childhood is in essence a time of profound change and development. It is exciting and disquieting at the same time. When it comes to our children, we need to be […]

Half My Size: A Weight Loss Journey

January 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

By Randi  Reed, PJCC Assistant Camp Director Everyone asks me what happened. How did I do it? As a teenager at age 16 I weighed 350 lbs. If that sounds like it would be hard to overcome, it was. I had PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) and I knew if I kept going and growing the […]

Baby Talk Before Baby Talks

December 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
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How Baby Sign Language Can Help Ease Frustration Every parent’s been there, those fraught moments when their cuddly, cooing, oh-so-cute baby suddenly turns into a cranky, frustrated infant or toddler, spitting food, constantly crying, or even throwing tantrums. When it’s a toss-up over who’s more frantic and confused, baby or mommy, and it’s definitely not colic, […]

PJCC Personal Trainer Trade Secrets

November 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

By Herman Chan, PJCC Personal Trainer A fitness professional since 1989, PJCC Personal Trainer Herman Chan works with all ages, shapes, and types, motivating clients that range from stroke survivors to athletes in training. How does Herman help inspire all levels to maintain their enthusiasm for exercise? Fitness Novice Evaluate your goals. Are they realistic? Create goals you […]

Summer Fun Safety Tips

May 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Seth Hazen, PJCC Aquatics Manager Here are my top 5 tips for both keeping safe in the sun and at the pool. With summer fast approaching this is a great time to start preparing for fun in the sun! SUN SAFETY 1. The sun’s UV rays are strongest from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm […]

For Children, Learning Is Just A Day At The Beach

May 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Lisa Elliott, ECE Program Coordinator A Foundation of Preschool Learning: Water, Sand, Clay, Paint, and Blocks In a society of over-scheduled kids, the expectation of building your scholastic resume early, and so on, childrens’ play time can seem like a waste of time. What are they accomplishing? How will this add to their academic success? […]

Strength Training For Healthy Bones

May 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Kim Knapp, PJCC Personal Trainer specializing in Strength Training and Osteoporosis Prevention Did you know… • Women can lose 3-6% of bone mass annually for the first 5 years following menopause. • 50% of women over age 50 will have an osteoporotic fracture • Within a year, 25-30% of hip fracture patients die or […]

Creating The Lifestyle We Want

April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Betty Burr Want to discover some entirely new career? Looking for meaningful volunteer work? Hope to retire and travel or work on hobbies? Want to continue in your current career, but find more time for other facets of your life? Learn a unique 3-step process that involves balancing the head, heart and spirituality to build […]

Happy Trails: Hiking in the Bay Area

April 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Rhonda Press Guest Author, Rhonda Press, is an Adult Program Coordinator at the PJCC and an avid Hiker. I happen to love hiking.  Being out in nature restores my soul.  Living in San Mateo County, we are lucky to have many miles of hiking trails.  There are hikes that are more like city hikes […]