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BODY WATCH : A Healthy Choice : After-shave? Neckties? Slippers? This holiday season, you might junk the usual suspects and buy gifts that benefit mind, body and spirit.

November 29, 1994|C.A. WEDLAN | LOS ANGELES TIMES

This year you could tackle that holiday must-buy-something-for-everyone list with the usual tie for Dad, robe for Mom and slippers for Grandma.

Or you could go with something luxurious . . . such as health gift certificates.

You can treat someone to a mammogram or a prostate exam. There are certificates for exercise programs for new moms and for people with arthritis. You can even have groceries delivered to the homebound. Here are some options.

Fitness

* Yoga Works, 1426 Montana Ave., Santa Monica.

Moms can take prenatal or postnatal yoga exercise classes. A gift certificate covers a single class for $12, eight classes for $80 or 16 classes for $135.

* The Sports Club/LA, 1835 Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles.

A $125 "Perfect Day" gift certificate includes a one-day guest pass, valet parking, carwash, an hour with a private trainer, full body massage, facial, manicure and lunch.

* The Spectrum Club, 2425 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica; 6833 Park Terrace, Los Angeles; 2250 Park Place, El Segundo; 1815 Centinela Ave., Santa Monica; 2040 Ave. of the Stars, Los Angeles; 5115 N. Clareton Drive, Agoura Hills.

All locations offer a $145 gift certificate, which provides three private sessions with a trainer in addition to a one-month membership.

* Centinela Hospital Fitness Institute, 666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City.

Exercise program: $50-$75 a month. Workout equipment, aerobic classes, exercise physiologist on staff for personal goals.

Golf Performance Profile: $350. Golf-specific test as provided to PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour players. Geared toward improving strength, endurance, flexibility and overall golf game.

* YMCA. Call individual locations for availability.

Rehabilitation

* Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, 333 N. Prairie Ave., Inglewood.

Specialized Fitness Center Membership, starting at $65 for two months, includes a complete range of fitness activities for disabled and able-bodied people, from swimming to modified aerobics.

Some of the classes with physical therapists include:

A pool class for multiple sclerosis patients that emphasizes stretching, balance and mobility.

"Hot Joints," a pool class designed for people with musculoskeletal limitations--such as arthritis and back pain--who need overall mobility workout.

"Sea Horses," a pool class for people who have suffered a stroke or have a neurological weakness.

Safety

* Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, 333 N. Prairie Ave., Inglewood, and 4650 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey.

Infant/Child Safety and CPR. Increase safety in the home, yard and automobile, and learn techniques to assist a choking infant or child. $20 gift certificate per person for new parents, parents-to-be and grandparents. (Classes in adult CPR and the Heimlich maneuver also available.)

Travel Medicine

* Centinela Hospital Airport Medical Clinic, 9601 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles.

Travel Medicine Precautions program offers shots and medication for $35-$100, depending on itinerary.

Physical Exams

* Centinela Hospital Fitness Institute, 666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City.

Head-to-toe physical, cancer screening, cardiovascular stress test, hearing, vision. $950.

* Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, 333 N. Prairie Ave., Inglewood.

Complete health and fitness exam, $295-$575. Physicals tailored to the individual's needs. Exams can include exercise stress test, complete blood panel, physician consultation, exercise prescription and nutrition counseling, body fat testing, hearing and vision tests, lung function tests and chest X-ray.

Women's Health

* Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 967-1111. A $65 gift certificate provides a clinical (manual) breast exam, mammogram and training for breast self-examination.

* Centinela Hospital Medical Center. $45 gift certificates for mammograms are available at the following Centinela facilities: 555 E. Hardy St., Inglewood; 6201 Bristol Parkway, Culver City; 13252 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne; 2709 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

* Centinela Women's Health Center, 2709 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. $50 gift certificates for osteoporosis screening to determine bone density. (Some restrictions apply.)

Men's Health

* Centinela Hospital Medical Center. $40 gift certificates for prostate exam, which includes blood test and physician exam are available at the following Centinela facilities: 9601 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles; 455 Main St., El Segundo; 6201 Bristol Parkway, Culver City; 13252 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne; 15603 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Lawndale; 2809 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

Grocery Delivery to the Homebound

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