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Cabrillo Extension Classes
Health and Fitness



Hiking: The Path Less Traveled

Explore the greenbelts and State Parks of Santa Cruz County in this fun and challenging hiking class. You will become familiar with parts of the Santa Cruz Hiking system, learn a little natural history, identify some flora and fauna, and at the same time get some great exercise. The main emphasis is on movement and fitness. Participants should have at least average fitness levels and be able to hike 5-8 miles on moderately steep terrain. We move at a fairly fast pace, about 3 miles per hour. This class is not for beginning hikers. Each week will feature a different hike on trails not commonly known. If you are new to hiking, contact Phil ( before enrolling in the class.
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See information below about basic dress and supplies to bring.

6 Sat. Sept. 20 - Nov. 8 (NO CLASS Oct. 11 or Nov. 1)
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Meet in Parking Lot K

Register by Sept. 9: $98
Register after Sept. 9: $114

Click here for Hiking: The Path Less Traveled Student Information


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Phil Kaplan has taught in the Kinesiology Department at Cabrillo for over 25 years and has been leading hikes for the past 15 years.



Kickstart Your Health: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition

Have you ever considered a plant-based diet to lose weight or improve your health, or because you’ve wanted to be kinder to our planet and the animals?  Have you hesitated because you don’t know where to start or you wonder how you would get enough protein?  Whether for health or environmental concerns, or just because you’d like to incorporate more whole foods and vegetables into your diet, you’ll want to join us! You’ll learn the latest in plant-based nutrition science, as well as how to select, prepare and cook tasty vegan foods while you concurrently “test-drive” this way of eating in a supportive class environment. 

Family nurse practitioner, Susan Lavelle, will offer practical tips for getting started, provide updated information and discuss key nutrients and their impact on your health and longevity, as well as demonstrate how to cook a variety of delicious plant-based recipes at every class.  You’ll see - it’s not as hard as you think!   And, as a bonus, by the end of the class you’ll likely shed some unwanted pounds, reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure, stabilize your blood sugar, and boost your energy and mood.  So come test-drive a plant-based diet and see how this approach can help you feel better and be more energetic than ever!

The book by best selling author, Neal D. Barnard, MD, “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart:  Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health”, will be provided to class attendees.

A materials fee is payable to the instructor at the 1st class to cover food, handouts, materials and supplies.

5 Tue. June 17 - July 15 (CLASS FULL)
6 - 8 pm
HW1119 (Inside the Stroke Center)

Register by June 9: $140
Register after June 9: $149

Plus: Material fee of $30 payable to instructor in class.


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6 Mon. October 6 - November 17 (No Class Nov. 10)
6 - 8 pm
HW1119 (Inside the Stroke Center)

Register by Sept. 9: $165
Register after Sept. 9: $178

Plus: Material fee of $35 payable to instructor in class.


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Susan Lavelle is a registered nurse practitioner at Cabrillo College’s Student Health Services and also a certified PCRM Food for Life Instructor.  She passionately promotes healthy dietary and lifestyle choices to prevent disease and achieve optimal health.








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