Orange County Residents Launch New Book -- "Active in Orange County: A Guide to Physical Activity & Exercise in Nature"

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In their new book, co-authors Dr. Nanda Fischer and Jutta Gamboa invite the reader to be active outdoors and at the same time enjoy the fascinating beauty of Orange County. " Active in Orange County: A Guide to Physical Activity & Exercise in Nature" outlines outdoor activities for beach cities as well as inland areas.

Co-authors and friends Dr. Nanda Fischer, a Newport Beach resident, and Jutta Gamboa, an Irvine resident, have been active all their lives. In fact, Fischer, a 30-year cancer survivor, contributes much of her survival all these years to her active lifestyle.

In their new book, Active in Orange County: A Guide to Physical Activity & Exercise in Nature (f+b Publisher, ISBN: 3-980667, $19.95), the authors invite the reader to be active outdoors and at the same time enjoy the fascinating beauty of Orange County.

“Healthy people of all ages and skills levels can exercise with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, hills and mountains,” said Fischer and Gamboa. “Since a great body as well as a great mind is more easily achieved through a variety of exercise, our book outlines lots of activities – hiking, biking, horseback riding, jogging, inline skating, and many more.”

“I recommend Active in Orange County, a comprehensive guide to outdoor exercise opportunities in Orange County. As a physician, I cannot stress enough the importance of regular exercise. With this book as a companion, locals and visitors alike can discover their favorite activities in the great nature of the OC," says Dr. Julian Whitaker, founder of Whitaker Wellness Institute Medical Clinic, Newport Beach, Calif. and editor of Health and Healing.

Some key takeaways from the book include:

  •     Maps for easy access to activity sites.
  •     Color photographs (over 300) illustrating beaches, trails and other activity sites to help facilitate a reader’s choice.
  •     Places where you can exercise for free.
  •     Cultural attractions for side trips.
  •     Listing of casual eateries for a snack or meal.

The book is available for purchase by visiting or visiting your local Orange County book store. Book sellers can order books by emailing avcera(at)gmail(dot)com or call 949-701-0895. Contact the publisher at fandb(dot)publisher(at)googlemail(dot)com.

About the Authors

Nanda Fischer has been active exercising and also competing in different sports since childhood. Presently she is an internationally top-ranked senior tennis player and enjoys exercising in and on the water and on trails in Orange County as often as possible. She holds a PhD in Sports Science and in Literature and was a professor at Loyola University of Chicago as well as at Technical University of Munich. She is the author of over fifty articles and several books on physical activities, sports science and literature, and is editor or co-editor of five books. She also translated numerous American books on sports and physical activity into German. Her book on junior tennis sold 20 000 copies and was translated into Italian. She has three grown children, and has been living in Newport Beach, Calif. part of the year for almost twenty years. Finally, she is a cancer survivor that attributes her wellness to the "positive" stress she has experienced while exercising regularly in the outdoors.

Jutta Gamboa has been passionate about outdoor exercising all her life. Growing up as a competitive equestrian, she now enjoys trail activities like hiking, mountain biking, jogging, inline skating and numerous other sports. Ever since she moved to Orange County in 1984, she has been exploring the outdoors of Orange County, often with activity groups she initiated. She is also actively involved with various local environmental organizations, supporting the preservation of wilderness areas.

She earned a Master’s Degree in German Literature at the University of California, Irvine as well a certificate for teaching English as a Foreign Language. For the last nineteen years, she has been teaching at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif. She lives with her husband and three younger children of five in Irvine, Calif.

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