September 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 September
- 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 September is Santina Jaronko from the Fairfield Health Department. Click here to learn more about Santina and her involvement with GHCT.
Greater Bridgeport Region Events for September
- Town Days at the Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport): Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite residents of area towns to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with I.D on different days throughout September. Meet and greet with your town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. For more information about these events, click here. The days for the residents in the following towns are: Fairfield: September 8, Bridgeport: September 22, Stratford: September 23, Monroe: September 29.
- Fairfield Cares and HEAT present: Heroin & Opioid Awareness Forum (Fairfield): Join Fairfield Cares & Heroin Education Action Team (HEAT) for a showing of ‘Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict’, a powerful documentary created by the FBI & DEA to educate students and parents about the dangers of addiction. The movie screening will be followed by a panel discussion with a federal prosecutor, DEA agent, and a local parent who lost their child to an opioid overdose. This event takes place September 11 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM at the Fairfield Public Library. Click here to register.
- Community Forum: Health and Disability Issues for Culturally Diverse Communities (Bridgeport): Are you a person with a disability, family member or caregiver? Join Access Independence for this community forum on Tuesday, September 18 from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM at the Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, to help give people living in racially and ethnically diverse communities a chance to discuss their health and access needs. Click here for more information and register by contacting Charlie Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fairfield Run Group (Fairfield): Looking for some people to run with? Join the folks at sound RUNNER in Fairfield for group runs on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM and Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM. Don’t go it alone…it’s always nice to run with friends. Run distance is 3-5 miles on Wednesday and 3-7 miles on Saturday from 1596 Post Road. All abilities are welcome. Click here for more information.
Greater Greenwich Region Events for September
- Heart Health Education: Understanding “Lifestyle” Choices (Greenwich): At this seminar, you will learn powerful ways to improve heart health from managing blood pressure, changing sleep habits, shopping smarter, exercise and relieving stress. This event takes place on September 11 from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM at 5 Perryridge Road in Greenwich in the Hyde conference room. Click here to register.
- A Comprehensive Approach to Weight Management (Stamford): Learn how nutritional and psychological counseling create a one-two punch for making lifestyle changes to maximize weight-loss efforts. Hear about scientifically supported strategies that are the focus of a 10-week comprehensive weight-loss program. This event takes place September 12 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM at 260 Long Ridge Road in Stamford in Conference Room 200. Click here to register.
- A Nutritional Approach to Bone Health (Stamford): The US RDA (recommended daily allowance) of calcium for adults is 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams, depending on age and gender. Denise Addorisio, registered dietician from Greenwich Hospital, will discuss strategies for consuming the US RDA of calcium and other nutrients that promote strong bones. A healthy snack will be provided! This event takes place on September 27 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at 260 Long Ridge Road in Stamford. Click here to register.
- Liver Life Walk (Stamford): Join us as we change the face of liver disease. Your participation will bring awareness to liver disease and provide financial support for our educational programs and patient services offered to the millions of Americans battling one of the 100 known liver diseases. This event takes place September 30 at 9:00 AM at Commons Park. Click here for more information and to register.
- Miles for a Mission and Dogapalooza (Stamford): Join the 6th Annual Miles for a Mission Race and Dogapalooza on Sunday, September 23, 2018! Enjoy a beautiful USATF certified North Stamford 5K course, and combine fitness and fun while raising money for a great cause. This year’s beneficiary is the Americares Free Clinic of Stamford, providing free high-quality health care to low income uninsured community residents. Click here for more information and to register.
- Cardio Fitness with JCC Stamford (Stamford): Get in shape Boot Camp style! A mixture of high-intensity, interval-cardio training paired with body weight strength training that target the major muscle groups Each class brings its own unique challenges, no two classes are the same! Participants will improve cardiovascular stamina, core strength & flexibility while sculpting your body. For more information, click here. This event is held every Saturday this September from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM at Harbor Point Commons Park.
- Yoga on the Boardwalk with Exhale Spa (Stamford): Morning exhale flow on the water! Yoga on the Boardwalk returns every Sunday morning this September from 9:45 AM-10:45 AM on the Harbor Point Boardwalk. Begin your morning with the sounds and sights of the Stamford Harbor! In the event of rain – the class will be held indoors. Please bring your own towel/mat. For more information, click here.
Greater New Haven Region Events for September
- Bike New Haven (New Haven): Bike New Haven is the official New Haven Bike Share program. Bike New Haven is a fun, convenient and healthy way to get around New Haven for locals and visitors alike. It provides the most convenient option for choosing bicycling for errands around town, sightseeing, or just for fun! Users can check out and return bikes interchangeably from stations conveniently located throughout New Haven. Download and rent with the Bike New Haven app here.
- 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 walks take 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.
- A Behavioral Health Roundtable with Connecticut Candidates (West Haven): Join legislators, candidates, community behavioral health advocates and constituents in this roundtable discussion highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing Connecticut’s behavioral health care delivery system. This event will feature members from the community sharing their experiences and suggested solutions to current challenges faced by Connecticut’s behavioral health care delivery system including mental health parity, current workforce shortages, access to treatment, and budgetary needs including community supports. This event takes place September 6 from 3:00 PM-4:30 PM at the APT Foundation, 184 Front Avenue, West Haven. Click here to register.
- Live Well with Diabetes (Branford): Take the first step to a healthier life with East Shore District Health Department’s “Live Well with Diabetes” class. This 6 week program meets every Monday evening from September 10 until October 15 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at 688 East Main Street in Branford. Click here for more information.
- Nature Immersion Yoga & Meditation (New Haven): Unplug and unwind by opening all the senses to the natural world around us this fall for a series of outdoor yoga and meditation sessions. Danielle Casioppo, Health Educator for Being Well at Yale and Registered Yoga Instructor, will guide you through basic yoga stretches and breathing practices and conclude with a nature immersion meditation. This event will take place every Thursday through September at 5:00 PM at the McDougal Center Courtyard, 135 Prospect Street in New Haven. Bring your own mat and water. Click here to register and for more details.
- World Health Qigong Day (Milford): Join the Aiping Tai Chi Center, in celebrating the second World Health Qigong Day, for free Chinese Health Qigong classes on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at Gulf Beach in Milford. The practice of Qigong is an effective way to naturally heal and strengthen our internal organs and regulate and maintain proper function of our body’s internal systems. Arrive at 9:00 AM to experience an additional free 1-hour beach Tai Chi Class. Click here for more information.
- Closer to Free Ride (New Haven): When you Ride Closer to Free, you’re joining Connecticut’s best organized cycling event. Now in its 8th year, the Closer to Free will start and end at the historic Yale Bowl and features five professionally-designed and fully-supported routes: 10 miles, 25 miles, 40 miles and 65 miles and the iconic CTF Century at 100 miles. One hundred percent of the funds raised by Closer to Free riders and volunteers goes directly to advanced research and patient care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. The ride takes place on September 8. Click here for more information and to register.
- Branford Run Group (Branford): Looking for people to run with? Join the folks at soundRUNNER every weekend for a morning jaunt. For more information click here.
- City: Every Saturday, 8:00 AM at sound Runner, 1088 Main Street
- Trail: Every Sunday, 8:00 AM at Branford Supply Pond
- Little Hero Heart Day (Middlefield): Join the American Heart Association for the sixth annual Little Heart Hero Day on Sunday, September 9th, from 12:00 PM-2:00 PM at Lyman Orchards, located at 3 Lyman Road in Middlefield). This is a FREE event for Connecticut families that have children with Congenital Heart Defects or children who have suffered a stroke featuring resources and networking for families and fun activities for our heart heroes and their super siblings. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alicia Young 203-303-3326. Click here for more information.
September 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: Healthier Ways to Flavor Food
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: Food Safety
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