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Fitness Newsletter | October 2011 | 
What's the Scoop on Flaxseed?


FlaxseedFlaxseed is turning up everywhere in foods these days, from chips and crackers to oatmeal and waffles. So, what's all the fuss about? Well, flaxseed is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids ("good" fats), fiber (aids in digestion) and lignans, which have antioxidant qualities.  


There are two basic forms of flaxseed. You can buy it ground or whole. Ground flaxseed tends to be a better option because whole flaxseed can pass through the body undigested. When that happens, your body misses out on all of the nutrient benefits. You can buy whole flax seed and grind it yourself in a food processor, coffee grinder or bullet. Ground flaxseed can be stored in an airtight container for several months and keeps best in the freezer. Whole seeds can be kept even longer if refrigerated.  


You can also purchase flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil contains the omega-3s and lignans, but no fiber. Both flaxseed and flaxseed oil have been used to help reduce total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol levels and, as a result, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Adequate daily intake of flaxseed is 1.1 - 1.6 grams, or about one tablespoon of ground flaxseed.


So, what can you eat with ground flaxseed? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Sprinkle ground flaxseed on your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, or salad.
  • Mix it in mayonnaise or mustard when making a sandwich.
  • Add it to any baked good (muffins, pancakes, bread, etc.) 
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More than 300 people attended Get Fit Virginia Beach at Mount Trashmore Park on October 15! Check out some photos from the day. 


Our next event - Passport to Fitness - will be held at most rec centers on January 14, so mark your calendar!

Take It to the Dance Floor!


Couple DancingWith the popularity of shows like "Dancing with the Stars," it's no wonder that partner dancing has been in such high demand lately. Couples dancing isn't just about the steps and music - it's a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation. Dancing at any level improves your health and enhances your social life while having fun!

When you dance, you are moving continuously which improves your cardiovascular strength, your muscle tone increases and you burn calories without even realizing it. This low-impact aerobic activity also increases flexibility, strength and balance.

When you learn how to dance with a partner, you both start to work as a team and your entire mental outlook will take on a higher motivation and energy level. This new self-confidence in your dancing abilities will transfer to other aspects of your life as well. Dancing as a couple also provides an emotional outlet so that you can express your feelings through your body movements without feeling intimated.

Classes such as Ballroom and Shag dancing lessons are an easy, low-pressure way to meet people and just have fun learning new moves and getting exercise all together at once. We offer classes in both Ballroom and Shag for couples.

Beach Shag for Couples is offered at Princess Anne. This class is a slow and naturally graceful form of dance that has roots in swing dancing. Shag takes on a smooth style of its own.

Dance 4 Fun for Couples Level 1 is an American-style ballroom dancing that includes the basics in Fox Trot, Triple Swing, Waltz and Cha-Cha. This class is offered at both Princess Anne and Kempsville.

Dance 4 Fun for Couples Level 2 is a continuation of Level 1 with more advanced moves for those couples with more experience. This class is offered at Kempsville.

Take a look at all of our dance classes being offered this Fall in our Programs & Activities Catalog or browse available classes and register on EZreg.    
Meet the Instructor: Jayla Pricer


JaylaJayla Pricer is a 500 Level Certified Yoga Teacher in beginner and intermediate Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. She has taught yoga classes at several studios in Virginia Beach and currently teaches at both Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers. 


Originally from Bosnia, Jayla moved to the United States 14 years ago. She was introduced to yoga in 2007 and fell in love with the practice. She soon decided to pursue yoga teacher training for the purpose of deepening her spiritual practice, learning more about yoga philosophy, expanding her knowledge of physical postures (asanas), and learning more about the connection between mind, body and breath.  

Jayla feels that a yoga teacher should approach each and every student with love and kindness and make the yoga practice an enjoyable experience for both beginner and advanced participants. She hopes to inspire her students to find peace and balance within themselves through the dedicated physical and mental practice of yoga.

You can take a yoga class with Jayla at Great Neck on Thursdays at 8:45 am or at Princess Anne on Wednesdays at 9 am. Learn more about our group fitness classes

Stay Active with Winter Sports Leagues!  


Men's BasketballDon't let the cooler weather slow you down this winter! We offer a variety of winter sports leagues to keep you energized! Registration for men's basketball and coed volleyball takes place November 14-28 at the City-Wide Athletics Office located at 4001 Dam Neck Road. The entry fee for men's basketball is $675/team for A, B, and C leagues, $475 for men's church league and $400 for the Sunday league. New for 2011, we will be offering a 50 & over (slow break) basketball league! Registration is $400/team. The coed volleyball entry fee is $400/team for A, B, C and Duffer divisions.
Practices for both sports start December 1 with games scheduled to start the week of January 9. Basketball teams may consist of up to 15 players, while volleyball teams may have up to 12 players. Participants must be 18 years old or out of high school. Basketball and volleyball leagues both have a 60% residency requirement. Men's church basketball waives this requirement if the church is located in Virginia Beach. 50 & over basketball has no residency requirement.
We also offer frostbite softball in the winter! Team registration takes place November 1-4 at the City-Wide Athletics Office. Games are played in December and January at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex. Team entry fee is $325/team with a maximum of 20 players on the roster.
For more information, visit, or call the City-Wide Athletics Office at 385-0458.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on November 11 for Veteran's Day. They will also be closed on November 24-25 for Thanksgiving.   


The pool at Seatack Recreation Center is closed for renovations until approximately the end of November.


Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach Recreation Centers! If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center. Use this locator to help you find one!

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If your child requires additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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