February 15th, 2017

Supporting American Heart Month in Marina del Rey


Pantone’s 2017 color of the year may be in a shade of green — but when February comes around, it’s all about RED, people. Because (in case you didn’t know), this month happens to be American Heart Month, where the nation shines a light on cardiovascular health. In Marina del Rey, keeping our cardio powering on should be pretty easy with all of the outdoor activities happening around town — but we’ve all been there when work gets busy, life gets hectic and we’re just not taking care of ourselves as well as we should be. That’s why it’s so important to talk about cardiovascular health, and American Heart Month starts the conversation and gets us thinking about what we can do for ourselves and others.

Here are a few ideas to make the most of this month (and keep it going!).


If you’re not into working out all by your lonesome, there are some cool workout classes happening all around town that can keep your system in top shape.

Bar Method (Low-impact/elongates muscles/incorporates stretching with sculpting techniques)
13400 Washington Blvd.
New Client Special: $99 — 30 Days unlimited
Regular Price Single Class: $28


The Studio MDR (Teaches Sebastien Lagree’s Pilates-inspired workout)
330 Washington Blvd, Suite B
New Client Special: $18 (first session)/$39 (first week special)
Regular Price Single Class: $35


YogAqua (SUP Yoga with the water as your mat) 
13977 Palawan Way
New Client Special: Intro 3-Pack — $90
Regular Price Single Session: $44 (includes equipment) or $30 (bring your own board)


JFM Boxing Club (Boxing and kickboxing classes)
3127 Washington Blvd.
New Client Special: First class is free!
Regular Price Single Class: $20
One-on-One Lesson: Starts at $60/hour



CPR is a lifesaver, literally — and learning how to perform it right is one of the best things you can do in case of an emergency. Get certified at one of these excellent training facilities in and around the Marina. You could also set up a CPR training day at your work or your kids’ school!


Pacific Coast Safety Services — Santa Monica
Off-site training for Adult CPR, Child/Infant CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
Call for rates and scheduling: 323.452.2424


Red Cross — Santa Monica & Culver City
Learn CPR and AED in a classroom setting at one of the American Red Cross-approved sites!
Prices range from $74 to $95 depending on times and location.

Visit for more information.


First Aid CPR Safety — Santa Monica
The American Heart Association-certified instructors offer both off and on-site training for individuals and groups.
The basic “Heartsaver® CPR/AED” class is $55.00
Non-certified CPR classes are $45
Call 310.591.6835 for appointments



Eating healthier is a no-brainer when it comes to heart-health and you can find really good options at just about every restaurant in and around the Marina. Mendocino Farms’ Avocado & Quinoa Superfood Ensalada, for example, is bursting with good stuff like kale, quinoa, millet and black beans. Then there’s Café del Rey’s King Salmon — one of the best sources of Omega 3 right there! Tony P’s has heart-healthy items marked right on the menu like the Cilantro-Lime Char-Broiled Chicken Breast Platter, while the legendary Chart House offers your choice of fish simply grilled, seared, baked or blackened, or you can get the Chart House Salad Bar (just don’t go for the creamy dressings or overindulge in the croutons, cream-based salad mixes, etc.). Even the decadent Cast & Plow restaurant has some fabulously nutritious items on their dinner menu, including the Red Quinoa Bowl and the Petaluma Chicken Breast.



The fact is: cigarettes just aren’t a part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. And if you’re a smoker, trying to quit is the best thing you can do for your body. American Heart Month is the perfect time to make a go of it — and if at first you don’t succeed…try, try again! There are so many resources out there that can help you kick the habit so check them out. And if you have a friend or family member who is trying to quit, remember it’s not easy so give them your support. Just remind them — life in Marina del Rey can be even sweeter when you’re smoke-free and feeling great!



Donating money, items, or your valuable time can make a major difference. A lot of companies have a matching gift program so if you want to get involved in a big way, find out if yours will join the cause!


Donate to the American Heart Association

Choose the American Heart Association as your charity on AmazonSmile

Shop online at the AHA website (10% of the proceeds go to support the cause)

Donate your time as a volunteer at the Marina del Rey Hospital or as a Dear Neighbor volunteer

Donate your old vehicle and all net proceeds from the sale will go to the AHA



How are you showing support for American Heart Month in Marina del Rey? What’s your heart-healthy routine? Let us know!