May 2018 Newsletter
Each month, Get Healthy CT develops a newsletter that contains information about upcoming local healthy eating and physical activity events. Our monthly newsletter also contains links to our monthly resources such as our Monthly Health Features, Workplace Wellness Ideas and Daycare Wellness Features.
GHCT News for May
- GHCT Monthly Member Spotlight: Have you ever wondered what organizations make up this coalition called Get Healthy CT? We will post a new Member Spotlight to our website each month to help YOU learn more about the organizations and people behind Get Healthy CT.
- Our Member Spotlight for the month of May is Sarah Lombino. Sarah is a Registered Dietitian for Bridgeport Hospital/Sodexo and helps on numerous GHCT projects . Click here to learn more about Sarah and her involvement with GHCT.
- Screen-Free Week 2018: From April 30 through May 6, children, families, schools and communities are encouraged to “rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen” with the help of National Screen-Free Week. During this week, take some time to plan ways to unplug and connect with family and friends. Click here for more information and tips to help you plan your week without screens.
- National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day: The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that you get up and move at least once every 30 minutes and on Wednesday, May 2, the ADA recognizes National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day as a way to encourage everyone to get healthy at work by limiting the amount of time they spend sitting. Click here for more information and a helpful toolkit to help you plan to get up on May 2.
- May is Mental Health Month: The Southwest Regional Mental Health Board is celebrating Mental Health Month by promoting numerous local programs that will take place throughout Southwestern CT throughout the month of May. Click here for details on these events and be sure to share with colleagues, family and friends.
- Lung Force Expo (Hartford): Join the American Lung Association during National Women’s Lung Health week on Thursday, May 10 for the 2018 LUNG FORCE Expo at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel. This two-track program is perfect for any health care professional, student, patient, or caregiver that is interested in staying up to date with the latest advancements in lung health, particularly lung cancer. Click here to register. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Hitzel at Elizabeth.Hitzel@lung.org.
Greater Bridgeport Region Events for May
- FreshConnections Produce Pick-up Sites (Bridgeport and Stratford): FreshConnections provides affordable, fresh fruit and vegetables to local residents. The fresh produce is packaged into pre-ordered boxes and delivered twice a month to conveniently located distribution sites in Bridgeport and Stratford. Each box contains pre-selected fruits (3-4 types) and vegetables (3-4 types). Produce varies depending on seasonable availability and pricing. You have a choice of ordering a $10 box (10-12 pounds of produce) that serves 2-3 people or a $20 box (20-25 pounds of produce) that serves 4 or more people. Click here for more information and to see the pick-up site locations and dates.
- Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk (Bridgeport): Join the Bridgeport Department of Health and Social Services and Get Healthy CT for walks with local healthcare professionals! Get some great physical activity while also learning about general health and wellness information. Walks will take place on Saturdays from May 5-June 9 starting at 9:00 AM. Come to as many walks as you can. Please arrive about 15 minutes early. We will meet at the West Beach Bath House at Seaside Park. Free parking available. Click here to register.
- Exercise to Prevent Breast Cancer (Trumbull): Breast cancer prevention starts with a healthy diet and exercise. Come learn how to reduce your risk on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Trumbull Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, located at 6527 Main Street in Trumbull. Classes are free and space is limited. As a follow-up to this first session on May 1, exercise classes will be offered in June, September and November. To sign up contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (475) 210-6158.
- Yoga with Shinda (Bridgeport): Would you like to alleviate stress and increase your flexibility? Do you want to boost your vitality and overall wellness? Could you benefit from optimizing your energy levels? Come out and rejuvenate with these free yoga class on Thursday, May 3 from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM at the Bridgeport Downtown Library in the community classroom. Registration is not required. Remember to bring a yoga mat and water. This class is also offered on other days throughout the month at different library locations in Bridgeport. Click here for more details.
- CROP Hunger Walk (Bridgeport): The 44th annual Greater Bridgeport CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, May 6 at 1:30 PM at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Registration will be held at the Park Avenue entrance to the park. Those walking are asked to bring healthy, nonperishable food to benefit the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport and Sterling House Food Pantry in Stratford. For more information, please call Carole Fanslow at (203) 375-1284.
- Safety Around Water Program (Stratford): Join the Stratford Y on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM for this Safety Around Water Program. This program is designed to teach children essential water safety skills. This free session includes exercises to help kids adjust to being in water, instruction on two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in water and fun activities to reinforce skills learned. All ages welcome. Click here for more information and to learn how to register.
Greater Greenwich Region Events for May
- Your Health Questions Answered: Patients, families and community members can get answers to health questions with a free service provided through Greenwich Hospital. The goal of this program is to educate and empower individuals to live healthfully and make better healthcare decisions. Services range from providing information about their health concerns and explaining how to find reliable information on the internet. Program patrons do not need to have any affiliation with Greenwich Hospital or live in the Greenwich area. Contact Carolyn English, Consumer Health Librarian, at (203) 863-3286 or at email@example.com.
- Fairfield County Walks for Mental Health (Norwalk): Register today for this walk that will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 10:30 AM -12:30 PM at the Town Green in Norwalk. This event is being held to raise awareness about mental health. This event will be held rain or shine. All interested individuals and groups are welcome. For more information and to register for the walk, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Diabetes Burnout (Greenwich): This diabetes support group will focus on the challenges of managing diabetes and ways to avoid burnout and is taking place on Monday, May 14 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Greenwich Hospital, located at 5 Perryridge Road in Greenwich. Click here to register or for more information.
- Healthy Weight, Healthy You (Stamford): Come learn how the combination of nutrition counseling, behavioral therapy and endocrinology can work together to maximize weight lose efforts on Tuesday, May 15 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at 260 Long Ridge Road in Stamford. Click here to register or for more information.
- Pre-Diabetes (Stamford): Come learn about diabetes progression prevention through activity, lifestyle changes, stress, sleep and diet adjustment on Wednesday, May 16 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at 260 Long Ridge Road in Stamford. Click here to register or for more information.
- Oral Health-Systemic Disease Connection Lunch and Learn (Greenwich): Recent research has shown a strong relationship between oral disease and systemic diseases that impact the entire body and overall health. Please join topic experts from Greenwich Hospital and the Greenwich Department of Health on Wednesday, May 30 for this informative lunch and learn. Event will run from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM at the Greenwich Town Hall in the 1st Floor Meeting Room. Lunch will be served. Click here for more details on how to register for this event.
Greater New Haven Region Events for May
- Get Healthy, Walk and Talk (New Haven): Start your Saturdays out the healthy way by joining physicians from Yale New Haven Hospital for a healthy walk! Take the opportunity to chat with local doctors and meet people on these easy-paced walks. Each walk lasts approximately 1 hour and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. These walk takes place every Saturday through September and begin at 9:00 AM at 280 Starr Street in New Haven. Free parking is available. Click here to register or email Andy Orefice at email@example.com.
- Fair Haven Family Stroll and Festival (New Haven): Make plans to attend this event filled with family fun which will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Quinnipiac River Park in New Haven. Click here for more details or call (203) 468-1966.
- Fitness in the Park (New Haven): Multiple walks will take place throughout the month of May at various parks throughout New Haven. Types of walks include the following, Baby & Me, Dog & Me, Intensive Walking and Leisure Walking. Click here for more details or contact Morgan Aery, firstname.lastname@example.org or at (203) 946-8027.
May Get Healthy CT Monthly Health Feature
- The Get Healthy CT Monthly Health Feature, located on our website, focuses on a different health topic each month and creates a packet which can be downloaded and printed online. Each packet of information contains simple healthy eating and physical activity tips. Most information is available in English and Spanish.
- Monthly Health Feature: Mental Health Awareness Month
Information for Employers
- Get Healthy CT aims to provide businesses with ideas that will facilitate healthy behaviors for their employees to improve employee satisfaction, productivity and showcase the employer as a role model for health. To support this, GHCT has created 30+ Workplace Wellness Ideas that employers can implement at low or no cost.
- Featured Workplace Wellness Idea: Encourage Gardening
Information for Daycare and Early Childhood Programs
- Get Healthy CT is happy to share our Monthly Daycare Wellness Feature. This packet of information is meant to provide useful, educational materials to daycare providers and parents. We aim to support early childcare and education centers to encourage healthy eating and physical activity among our youngest residents ages 0 to 5. Please share with local daycare center staff, children and parents.
- Daycare Wellness Feature: Reducing Screen Time
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