Health & Wellness For A Quality Life
“There is a life force energy that is abundant here and plugging into it regularly – whether catching waves or practicing Tai Chi – will clear the mind, energize the body, and uplift the spirit.” –Matthew ChungCarpinteria residents take a proactive approach to health and wellness, with attitudes and activities that can prevent disease, improve health, and enhance their quality of life. That, coupled with a new wave of affordable wellness products and services, fitness classes and opportunities, and healthy dining options make living well in Carpinteria remarkably easy.One tremendous resource that residents have to help them get moving is the Carpinteria State Beach (CSB), part of the California State Parks, Channel Coast District. With 1,350,414 visitors in 2016, CSB boasts swimming and surfing, fishing, and a new boardwalk provides visitors easy access to the beach. The boardwalk can also be used as part of an in-park walking loop when combined with the Palm-to-Linden trail that leads to Tomol Park, adjacent to Linden Field in the northwest section of the park. CSB is routinely used by members of the community and tourists alike, and also features 200 family campsites, seven group campsites, and a hike/bike campground.“We always say that just being outside can lower your blood pressure, clear your mind, and reduce stress,” Danita Rodriguez, Superintendent of CSB said. “Not only is this (CSB) the highest revenue generating campground in the state, the park is used by the community year-round, and enthusiasts are walking, working out, and visiting several times a week.”The American Heart Association (AHA) advocates for many of the same outdoor activities CSB provides. With the Healthy for Good initiative, the AHA works with area businesses to inspire employees to create lasting change in their health and their lives, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: eat smart, add color, move more, be well.Monica Merryman, Executive Director if the AHA Central Coast & North Central Coast Division, finds that partnering with companies and organizations in Carpinteria is a great way to have an impact.“Whether we have a lunch and learn, visit wellness departments, or simply work with a company’s cafeteria for heart healthy options, we are raising awareness.”“There are so many small changes that a person can make to positively impact their health,” Merryman added. “We hope that when we help a company with their employee wellness, they take that information home and it impacts their families too.”Passionate about supporting the community in their quest to embrace a wellness lifestyle, Roland Rotz, Ph.D., with Lifespan Development Center, has seen the health and wellness industry grow a lot in the 18 years he’s been practicing in Carpinteria.“Working as a group, service Providers in Carpinteria are passionate about providing high quality services in affordable ways,” Rotz added. “Working as a group, service providers are in a position to learn from and challenge each other to be the best. By creating the perfect blend of competition and cooperation, Carpinteria is becoming well known for its unique and growing wellness culture.”Brian Falk is a Practitioner of Chinese Medicine who grew up in California. He sees the small size of Carpinteria as a big springboard for growth.“We have this amazing location, and our small-town vibe actually creates opportunities for us to network and support one another.”Those opportunities are what helped Danielle Bordenave with Spark45 Fitness and Physical Therapy expand from 600 sq. ft. to almost 2000 sq. ft. in just under two years.“The community has been so amazing,” Bordenave said. “I am very grateful to my clients, and the other small business owners. They supported Spark45 by sharing what I offer with friends & family.”“This whole area has so many options,” Bordenave added. “The quality of our produce is amazing, the entire town is walkable, and with everything from beach walks to the Franklin trail, there are plenty of ways to get out and get moving.”Matthew Chung has also recognized a lot of community support since opening United Studios of Self Defense – Carpinteria. When the community was faced with the potential closure of the studio, he and his partner Amy decided to purchase it, and keep it open for students to develop flexibility, strength, and endurance, and also a range of skills that will enable them to succeed in all areas of life.“Carpinteria is a beautiful place, and a constant inspiration – with the beach and the mountains, both nearby. There is a life force energy that is abundant here and plugging into it regularly – whether catching waves or practicing Tai Chi – will clear the mind, energize the body, and uplift the spirit.”“Carpinteria is a special town where everyone knows each other and looks out for each other,” Chung said. “When the word got out that we were saving the studio, local businesses around us rallied in support of our efforts and goals and word spread.”The food choices in Carpinteria are also amazing, and the perfect complement for an active, healthy lifestyle. As families are ditching junk food and focusing on fresh, healthy options, area restaurants are meeting the demand. The weekly Farmer’s Market, the Farm Cart Organic Produce stand in downtown, and the new Community Garden are also local favorites and provide amazing choices for residents to stock their kitchen with fresh ingredients.With unlimited sunshine, cool ocean breezes and virtually every opportunity that residents need to be healthy right in their own backyard, it’s easy to see why living a true wellness lifestyle is easy in Carpinteria.
From the 2018 Guide
Article titled "Health and Wellness Activists in Motion"