Category Archives: Health

LiveBlog: Bike/Pedi Day Should be Every Sunday!

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So great to be able to ride bikes/scooters, walk, or jog down School Road without worrying about cars! An easy way to get kids on the move to stay fit.

Meet Michelle Mecca at the Farmers’ Market – Aug 11

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This Saturday, August 11, Westonite, Michelle Mecca offers two yoga classes at the Weston Farmers’ Market (Weston Historical Society’s Coley Homestead, on the corner of Weston and High Acre roads). The classes will include a focus on posture, alignment and balance, as well as, flexibility and strengthening exercises. Children will be able to participate in a devoted session from 9:30-10:00 am, followed by one for adults from 10:15-10:45 am.

The classes are perfect for anyone who is brand new to yoga or feels a bit out of practice. It is an extremely thorough basics yoga class which explores fundamental postures and the breath work associated with them. Michelle will also be available to answer questions after each session. Please bring a mat, towel, and water.

“Together we will challenge your body’s balance and coordination with a variety of yoga postures designed to reduce stress, increase your energy, focus and calm your state of mind,” says Michelle.

About Michelle Mecca

Michelle Mecca began practicing yoga in January 2004. Shortly after she started attending classes, she was practicing several times a week. Within a few months her passion for the practice inspired her to pursue a career in health and wellness.

Before pursuing a yoga instructor certification, Michelle decided to become certified as a personal trainer and expand her knowledge of physiology and the mechanics of the body. She began teaching cardio resistance strength training “interval training” both privately and in group classes.

Michelle’s passion for self-awareness directed her back to her yoga practice where she became certified as a yoga teacher through the well-respected Sarasvati Yoga Joint.

Her personal yoga philosophy applies to her practice as well as how she lives her life. Michelle believes that connecting with your inner spirit and maintaining a healthy relationship with YOU, will allow you to live from the heart and find balance in your life. “Yoga gives you the connection to your true being and opens you to discover a life that is meaningful to YOU!”

About the Weston Farmers’ Market
The Weston Farmers Market has been operated by the Weston Women’s League for more than twenty years as a community service and fundraiser for Weston charitable organizations. Proceeds from the vendor rental fees are distributed to Weston Senior Services, Weston Warm-Up Fund, Weston Historical Society, and used to build Thanksgiving baskets for Weston Social Services. For more information, visit westonwomensleague.org.

Weston Youth Services Workshops

Good Morning ,

Don’t miss the last of our free Parenting Workshops this week!

On Tuesday, May 1st,, Dr. Barbara Greenberg leads the discussion on Body Image and Weight for parents of students in Grades 5-12.

For parents of students in Grades 3-6, Jackie Lapa Sussan leads the discussion on Overcoming Powerlessness as a Parent: Strategies to Deal with Your Child Effectively. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd.

Both workshops will be held at The Weston Public Library and run from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Commission Room.

Additionally, if you haven’t checked out our exciting summer camps geared for students entering grades 1-9, do so today!

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.westonyouthservices.org.

Best,
Charlene Monn

New Canaan Nature Center Activities

New Canaan Nature Center Activities
New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Rdg

Vernal Pools Night Hike
Saturday, April 14 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Some of nature’s tiniest vertebrates make the loudest sounds in the spring. Join our wader-clad naturalists on an evening exploration of the Nature Center’s vernal pools. These shallow bodies of water form from melting snow and spring rain and are the most important breeding grounds for many of our native amphibians.
Space is limited – call in advance to guarantee your spot! Members: $5 / Non-Members: $8

Junior Green Gardeners (Afterschool Program)
5 Fridays: April 20 – May 18 4:00 – 5:30pm

Junior Green Gardeners ages 5-7 will get their hands dirty and have fun as they help prep the Nature Center’s gardens for spring! Plant seeds in the greenhouse and tend to them until the seedlings are ready to plant in our plots. Gardeners will also make garden-themed crafts and grow plants to take home. Members: $110 / Non-Members: $130

The Best and Worst Foods For You & Your Family
Wednesday, April 25, 7pm – 8:30pm

Are you concerned or confused about how the food we eat affects our health? Do you want a simple explanation and plan for what to avoid and what to be sure is on your menu? Come eat, learn and grow at this informative presentation by Dr. Robert Zembroski at the Nature Center. FREE for members, $10 for non-members.

Mom Motivation Workshop: Sleepy Time for Kids – Dec. 1

Let them “cry it out”! Easier said than done. Impossible if you live in a 2-bedroom apartment where the bedrooms are next to each other and both parents have to get up early and go to work. Even if there is more square footage here, do we have the heart to do that? Are there better alternatives?

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Alison Bevan is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant with a practice in Norwalk, Ct.
As a Gentle Sleep Coach she works with families to solve their children’s sleep problems without leaving them alone to “cry it out”. She is a Q & A Sleep Expert for Kim West’s Gentle Parenting Community, a Certified Happiest Baby Educator, the mother of a ten year old, and the facilitator of sleep success workshops for Pediatricians, OB/GYN’s, Pre-Schools and Mommy Groups across the country. Her website is Sleepy Time Coach.

Join Moms in Weston, CT on Thursday, December 1st from 9:30-10:30 am in the Community Room at the Weston Public Library (56 Norfield Road; 203-222-2665) for a workshop with Alison. Bring your questions. This event is free and open to the public. It is okay to bring your children.

Meet Elahi Yoga for Kids – Oct 28

Time: Friday, October 28 · 9:30am – 10:30am
Location: Weston Public LIbrary Community Room

More Info:

Moms in Weston, CT is pleased to welcome Elahi Yoga to Fairfield County! Elahi Yoga is a great new yoga program designed and taught specifically for kids! Classes invoke children’s imagination and bring a level of non-competitive, creative fun into their exercise routines. Music, art, storytelling, and fun games are incorporated into the class to teach kids the art of yoga in fun and educational ways. Join us for a free story time yoga class that all the family can enjoy.

Each family will also receive a copy of their Student Yoga Workbook with A-Z poses

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Please RSVP here by Thursday, Oct 27th @ 5 pm to receive your copy of the workbook!

buttercup and JAKE Natural Skin Care for Kids (Babycat Milkbar)

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Get Your Flu Shots From the Westport Weston Health District

Flu season is upon us and it’s time to get the annual flu shot. The CDC offers comprehensive information about the flu and flu shots. Check with your doctor’s/pediatrician’s offices for flu shot clinics. You have probably seen the signs outside of pharmacies and grocery stores offering flu shots, too. The Westport Weston Health District is offering flu shots (and Flu Mist – the nasal spray) at $35 for either vaccine (children included). Please check the website for updated dates and locations. You may schedule an appointment online for any member of your family/group (as long as the person is 2 and older). Fill out the permission form prior to your appointment to facilitate the efficiency of your appointment.

The clinics listed below are open to anyone 2 years of age or older wishing to be vaccinated and appointments are available on-line. Walk-in appointments are available. Both injectable flu and nasal flu vaccine will be available and the cost of either vaccine is $35 cash.

We will accept Medicare Part B and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

Participants must bring their insurance cards to the clinic for billing purposes.

The Health District will provide Fluarix vaccine manufactured by Glaxo Smith-Kline and Fluzone vaccine manufactured by Sanofi. This year’s vaccine contains the A/California (H1N1)-like, A/Perth (H3N2)-like, and B/Brisbane (2008-like antigens) strains, which are thought to most likely occur in the United States this winter.

Giving your child the flu shot will help protect your child and others from getting the flu. Prevention is key.

Thursday, Sept. 22 WWHD, 180 Bayberry Lane, Westport 9 a.m. -11 a.m.
Monday Oct. 3 WWHD, 180 Bayberry Lane, Westport 1 p..m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 WWHD, 180 Bayberry Lane, Westport 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 25 Weston Library, 56 Norfield Road, Weston 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9 Westport Center for Senior Activities, 23 Imperial Avenue, Westport 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Stepping Stones Free Day of Play – Oct 1

Stepping Stones Day of Play

Saturday, October 1

FREE – including admission to museum

Building on the theme of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, a major community-wide healthy lifestyle event held annually, Stepping Stones Museum for Children is encouraging children to turn off the TV, video games, computer and come out and PLAY! The all day event held at the museum and throughout Mathews Park coincides with the Open Arms Cycling Challenge.

The day will be filled with interactive outdoor games including karate, hockey, field games, live performances and much more – all for free, including admission to the museum.

All Day Activities

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Victorian Lawn Games
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Lawn


Tricycle Art

Center for Contemporary Printmaking

Jump Rope for Heart

American Heart Association

Celebration Courtyard

Health & Safety Fun

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
Performance Gallery



Morning Activities

10:00 – 11:00 am

Fencing

Fairfield Fencing Academy
Multimedia Gallery

Exhibition Gymnastics Team
Westport Weston Family YMCA’s 
    Showtime Gymnastics Team
Celebration Courtyard



10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Cricket Demonstration

Norwalk Cricket Club
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Lawn

Afternoon

Activities

noon – 1:00 pm

Fencing

Fairfield Fencing Academy
Multimedia Gallery

Music 

DJ,
Celebration Courtyard

Meet Storm – Sound Tigers mascot

Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey Team
Stepping Stones Museum for Children

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Sports Personalities Clinic & Autographs

Fairfield County Sports Commission
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Lawn

Golf – Hitting Stations

The First Tee of Connecticut
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Lawn

1:30 – 1:45 pm

Yoga for Kids

Didi McKay
Celebration Courtyard

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Interactive Dance Performance

Dance Adventure
Celebration Courtyard

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Martial Arts Demonstration

Kempo Academy of Martial Arts
Multimedia Gallery

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Interactive Performance

Junior Art & Music (JAM)
Celebration Courtyard

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Fencing

You Asked: Pediatric Dentists in Fairfield County?

Any recommendations? Do they take insurance (or file claims for you)?