Iowa Western Community College

Well Being


Practical Self Defense Workshop -- New Class!

Kung Fu Damsels Practical Self-Defense Workshop series is guided by messengers of a tradition who pledge to use their martial skill to bless the lives of others.

This three-hour workshop covers the most effective close-quarter self-defense concepts. This method does not require great strength or memorizing moves for every possible scenario. But we can train our minds and bodies to employ simple, graceful, and powerful actions that are in line with natural strengths and
weaknesses--obeying universal principles of energy, force, and movement.

This class welcomes men and women ages 15 and up of all skill levels. This hands-on training can help anyone learn pure emergency tactics for real emergency situations.

With each registration of an adult at $39, get one registration for a teen-ager (age 15-19) for $10. Each participant also receives a self-defense tool.

Section #  Location Day(s) Start Date Start Time Building   Contact Number
FAMHE 75*02 -
Council Bluffs
W 04/03/2019 6:00-9:00PM Looft 1 session Call 712-325-3255

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Online Learning Opportunities

We offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.

Ed2go online courses run for six weeks. Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on
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Introduction to Natural Health and Healing

Would you like to learn more about natural health but don't know where to start? If so, then this is the course for you! We'll discuss the various stages of health and illness, and you'll discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit. Start a personal health journal to evaluate your current lifestyle and observe how your behaviors can affect your health. Explore naturopathy, which seeks ways for the body to heal itself. You'll find out about proper breathing techniques that enhance health, and you'll learn the value of hydrotherapy, diet, biorhythms, and fasting. We'll also examine using the power of the mind for healing the body--discussing brain function tests, visualization, and relaxation therapies. You'll see the great power of belief. Then we'll delve into vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, free radicals, and the basic requirements that constitute a healthy diet. After our talk, you'll be able to develop menus that improve health. We'll also look at herbal healing, aromatherapy, body therapies, massage techniques, osteopathy, chiropractic, T'ai Chi, reflexology, yoga, Feng Shui, therapeutic touch, natural remedies for common emergencies, and much more. Cost $100
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Healthy Living Suite

Learn how to establish a healthy approach to successful weight loss and weight maintenance for a lifetime. You'll learn how to save money and prepare home-cooked meals that are fast, easy, and delicious, and how to grow nutritious fruit and vegetables that can be used in your meals. Cost $261 SAVE $39 when you take all 3 classes!

  1. Lose Weight and Keep It Off
    Do you want to lose weight and keep it off? Now you can! In this comprehensive course, you'll discover how to establish a healthy approach to weight loss and weight maintenance. You'll master how to set and achieve weight-loss and weight-maintenance goals that make sense for you. 
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    Have you ever wished you had a personal chef preparing luscious, low-fat meals for you? This course is the next best thing! You'll learn how to ferret out fat in recipes, and discover how to reduce fat without sacrificing flavor or texture. Explore how to use flavor profiling to expand your culinary horizons. Learn how to prepare casseroles, crock-pot dishes, vegan dishes, oven-fried foods, meat-based meals, and many other entrees that are both nutritious and delicious!
  3. Start Your Own Edible Garden
    Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! In this course, you'll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season. 

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Handling Medical Emergencies

What would you do if a member of your family suffered a medical emergency? You could certainly call for trained emergency medical responders, but what would you do while you're waiting for them to arrive? This course will identify common medical emergencies affecting children and adults, help you recognize signs and symptoms, and teach you how to render appropriate emergency care. For adults, you will learn how to recognize and manage chest pain, heart attack, stroke, diabetic problems, seizures, breathing difficulty, burns, and allergic reactions. For children, you will also learn about poisoning, fever, childhood illnesses, injuries from accidents, and the signs of abuse. Cost $100

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