LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center’s Wellness Solutions is offering the following programs beginning on Monday, Sept. 14:

Ballroom Dancing: ­ The five-week series, led by Diane Williams, is a beginner class for learning the basic steps of the tango and salsa, two dances gaining in popularity. Come with a partner for a fun night out. The class meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays.

Beginner Bellydancing: Class instructor Imari (Lisa Cummings) has more than 17 years experience teaching the unique cardiovascular exercise. The
six-week series is suitable for all ages and body types. Class will be held from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

Bellydancing For Youths: ­ Imari will introduce the basics of the art form to the younger set. The six-week series will focus on building basic knowledge of bellydancing movements and the use of props such as veils, zills and feather fans. The class is suitable for ages 5 to teens. It will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays.

Core Strengthening: ­ Core strengthening not only strengthens back muscles, it tightens and flattens abdominal muscles and slims the hips and thighs. Exercises are performed on a mat. Balls and props are provided. Exercises for beginners, intermediates and advanced participants will be presented. Class will be held from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Fit-n-Fun: ­ The entertaining exercise class is designed for the over-55 crowd and focuses on helping participants improve aerobic capacity, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Class will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Flexible Body, Flexible Life: ­ Bette Swett-Thibeault will lead the six-week series designed to move participants carefully toward fitness, developing dynamic strength and flexibility. The program includes light aerobics, circuit training, stretches and floor work, as well as ball work for balance and core strength. Participants should wear loose clothing and exercise shoes and bring a mat if they have one. Class will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Functional Fitness: ­ Learn to increase both core and upper body strength and improve the stability of abdominal and low back muscles. Participants will discover how to prevent injury due to improper body mechanics and repetitive motion. Class will meet from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Happy Hearts: ­ A class designed for people with a “cardiac event” history, including angioplasty, stents, heart attack, cardiac arrest, valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, stable angina and transplants, ­ who have completed a cardiac rehabilitation program and are looking for a maintenance
program. The class includes general supervision and individual, independent cardiovascular and strength training. It also incorporates group weight training and self-safety skills. Class will be at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Personal Fitness: ­ Begins with a one-on-one evaluation and program development session with a personal health counselor, then progresses to a structured group exercise plan. Class will be at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Step Aerobics: ­ A heart-pumping, muscle-moving and grooving workout that alternates step with muscle work using weights, tubing, etc. Led by Sue Driscoll, the cardio workout is a head-to-toe body strengthener. Class will meet from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

T’ai Chi Chuan: ­ Betsey Foster will lead the six-week series focusing on the ancient Chinese movement art that uses a sequence of precise movements, meditation and synchronized breathing to improve health and well-being. T’ai Chi movement can improve stamina, muscle tone, agility, flexibility and cardiovascular function. Class will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey will lead the series of yoga classes. Participants will learn to center and balance themselves through poses, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation. Classes will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Thursdays. Fees differ for once- and twice-a-week participation.

YouthFit Move And Learn: ­ A 12-week series designed for those between 7 and 17 years of age who are overweight youth or at risk for obesity. Each class focuses on an educational module regarding nutrition, physical activity and/or self-esteem, followed by an exercise game where the child can use what they learn in a physical exercise. Call Jodi at 795-2473 for more details. Class meets from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Zumba: ­ The Latin-inspired dance exercise program uses a variety of basic dance styles set to international music such as merengue, salsa and reggaetone. Using principles of aerobic/fitness interval training and resistance training, Zumba is great for burning calories (up to 500 each class) while sculpting and toning the body. The six-week program will be led by Cynthia Nicholas. Classes will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

All programs are offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building. Fees are assessed for participation in the programs and must be paid prior to beginning the program. Class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Membership in the CMMC Wellness Center is open to the public.

Call 795-2473 to register or to obtain more information. Information is also available through the events calendar at www.cmmc.org.

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