Springfield’s first Wellness Week event line-up

Check out the line up of events for different activities focusing on facets of wellness. Stock photo.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Springfield’s first Wellness Week is just around the corner! Shake those winter blues, take some time to focus on your wellbeing, and try some new activities. Sunday, March 18 through Sunday, March 25, the Springfield community will be hosting a series of health and wellness related activities, all free and open to the public! The official calendar of events is filled with a diverse and dynamic selection of healthy experiences to appeal to a wide range of interests.

Each participant will get a paper copy of the calendar. For every activity, you will have an opportunity to fill out an evaluation form, which will enter you in a prize raffle. The more presentations/activities you attend and the more evaluations you fill out, the better your chance of winning. Just leave your evaluation form and contact information with presenters.

We hope you’ll join us on the quest to healthy living in Springfield! Bring your family, tell your friends! To stay up to date as things progress, check out the Springfield Wellness Week website at www.svtwellnessweek.weebly.com and follow the Facebook Page: Springfield – VT Wellness Week. For more information, please contact the EdgarMay at 802-885-2568 or email info@myreccenter.org.

Events Line-up:

Sunday, March 18

  • Tai Chi at Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield with Annie Bower at 11:30 a.m. This introductory class will be held after the church service and introduce the healing powers of Tai Chi. Fend off the stresses of modern life; maintain your agility, balance, and overall health; practice mindfulness; and enjoy the mood-lifting experience of practicing these engaging movement forms with others. Contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.

Monday, March 19

  • Emergency Planning with Heather Rigney, M.P.H. at 10 a.m. in the Springfield Town Library. Rigney is an emergency preparedness specialist with the Vermont Department of Health and will hold a discussion and demonstration based session, non-personal preparedness for families, geared especially towards adults in the family.
  • Tai Chi for Fall Prevention from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at 100 River Street, the Great Hall. Contact mtips-mclaine@springfieldmed.org.
  • Snack Attack at Studio Momentum, from 1-1:45 p.m. Join EdgarMay’s Director for Healthy Living and Wellness Coach, Mallory Peterson for your afternoon lunch break “snack attack” at Studio Momentum. Take your lunch break a little later, and join us for a few healthy snack modifications to get you through your afternoon slump at work. From cravings to crunch, we’ll recipe demo a couple of healthy and tasty treats with recipes included! Contact Mallory at 802-885-2568.
  • Business Emergency Preparedness with Heather Rigney, Vermont Department of Health at 1 p.m. at the Claremont Savings Bank. Please use public parking across the street from the bank. Does your business or facility have a plan to ensure it stays open in terms of emergency? What can you do to prevent illness in your workforce? Learn more about Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning and discover how your local health department office can enable you to become a point of distribution for medicines to protect your staff, their families, and your clients.
  • Exploring Spiritual Practices with Jeff Taft-Dick at 4 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield. Some folks find that having a regular spiritual practice is essential to holding steady through life’s ups and downs. This session is an opportunity to explore spiritual practices. We will talk about a wide variety of practices that would appeal to different people and how to try out a practice if one is not familiar with you. Contact Jeff Taft-Dick at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.
  • Discussion of Spiritual Wellness with Malcom Fowler and George Keeler, 5:30 p.m. at the Springfield Town Library. Contact Malcolm at uccprayer@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, March 20

  • The Health Benefits of Volunteering at the Great Hall, 9 a.m. Join Corey Mitchell from Green Mountain RSVP to learn about the ways volunteering in your community can help your health. Corey will be on hand to also discuss local opportunities to get involved. Refreshments will be provided by Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center.
  • Discussion of Spiritual Wellness with Malcom Fowler and George Keeler, starting at noon at Turning Point Recover Center. Contact Malcolm at uccprayer@yahoo.com.
  • Shaw’s Grocery Store Tour with Jill McKenney, registered dietician at 1 p.m. Join Jill Mckenney on a tour of your local grocery store and learn how to buy produce on a budget, read nutrition labels, compare unit prices, identify whole grain food you love and much more! Contact Jill 802-886-8907.
  • Walk with a Doc! With Scott Durgin, M.D. at 5 p.m. Location to be announced. Join Dr. Durgin for a walk and discuss Lifestyle Medicine.
  • Community Dialogue Night with SHS students at the Nolan-Murray Center, starting at 6 p.m. SHS students invite you to join them for a community dialogue night. Students will present their top three strengths and concerns based on data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Come find out what is important to youth and what you can do to support them. Contact Beth Brothers at 802-376-6196.
  • Family Swim at the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your family in for an evening swim at the EdgarMay, free! Contact Christian Craig, 802-885-2568 or info@myreccenter.org.

Wednesday, March 21

  • Worksite Wellness Conference, Burlington, Vt. from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. In March 2018, hundreds of Vermont business owners, human resources professionals, and wellness experts will gather to talk about what it takes to create and sustain worksite wellness strategies that promote thriving workplaces.
  • Yoga at Studio Momentum at 10:15 a.m. Slow movement and stretching, with a conscious awareness on the breath, focusing on a theme or a specific part of the body. Adaptations will be offered to make this practice accessible to all. Contact Christian Craig, 802-885-2568 or info@myreccenter.org.
  • Store Tour and Tasting at Springfield Food Co-op from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join co-op staff on a tour of their store with the focus of shopping on a budget. Tour participants will receive recipe cards, coupons, and a gift certificate to the co-op! Contact Lucy at 802-885-3363. Tasting made possible by Southern Vermont Health Education Programs.
  • Laughter is the Best Medicine, 6 p.m. at the Springfield Town Library. Join Linda Thomson, PhD, APRN for a session of laughs. For questions, contact Ponnie Derby at the library 802-885-3108 or stlas@vermontel.net.

Thursday, March 22

  • Credit and the First Time Homebuyer at Claremont Savings Bank from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.at the Springfield Branch. Join Brandy Blackinton to learn what every first time homebuyer needs to know about their credit report, how to fix errors, and increase their scores. Contact Brandy at 603-690-2745.
  • Green Mountain Home Repair at Claremont Savings Bank, Springfield Branch at 10:30 a.m. Windham and Windsor Housing Trust offers affordable repair strategies through its “Green Mountain Home Repair Program.” Program highlights: eligible uses, loan terms, and scope of work. Contact 802-254-4604.
  • Disease…how to get from there to health with John Foster at Springfield Town Library at 5:30 p.m. John is a healer with a private practice in Vermont and a national speaker on Health, Dis-ease, and healing specializing in a major chronic conditions. Learn about the modality known as Healing Touch, which incorporates a combination of both ancient practices and more modern techniques designed to heal mind, body, and spirit.
  • ACEs In Action with Courtney Hillhouse at Springfield Community Center, from 4-5:30 p.m. Join the ACEs in Action Group for a showing of the film “Resilience,” which gives an overview and better understanding about adverse childhood experiences, and how they contribute to chronic disease and addiction. A panel discussion will follow with topics including the developmental assets, ACEs, and Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
  • Adult Game Night: Cationary at the Springfield Art Gym with Elizabeth Meuse from 7-8:30 p.m. Come on out and join Elizabeth for some laughs while we enjoy cats and art! That’s right, cats and art. You’ll have to see it, and experience it, to believe it. Snacks will be provided and donations welcome. Come out of the house, bring your friends, meet some new people, have some fun. Contact Elizabeth at 802-289-2222.

Friday, March 23

  • Arbonne Nutritional Products with Lindsay H. Post at Springfield Town Library at 11 a.m. Learn how to support yourself with nutritional products while healing from Lyme disease. Contact Lindsay at lhpostmassage@gmail.com.
  • Yoga at East View Farm Yoga Studio with Aimee Parnell from 12 -2 p.m. Enjoy a demonstration class and discussion on yoga across the lifespan, from prenatal to elders, with an emphasis on yoga’s benefits to both emotional and physical health in the individual and the community. East View Farm Yoga is located at 689 Massey Road, Springfield, Vt. Contact yoga@eastviewfarmvermont.com.
  • Healthy Living Through Tibetan Medicine and Massage With Lindsay H. Post at Studio Time and Space, 1 p.m. What is Tibetan medicine and how can techniques within this model support healthy living? Join Lindsay Hargis Post, Tibetan massage practitioner, in some gentle movement, breathing exercises, and a brief explanation of Tibetan massage and how it can help you with your goals for wellness. Contact Lindsay H. Post at 802-245-4848 or lhpostmassage@gmail.com.
  • Bone Builders with Green Mountain RSVP at Studio Momentum at 2 p.m. Bone Builders relies upon weight training and balance exercises to protect against fractures, increase muscle strength, increase bone density, and prevent falls. Come try this great class. Contact Corey Mitchell at cmitchell@svcoa.net.

Saturday, March 24

  • String Art with Wendi Germain at Springfield Art Gym from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Join Wendi as she guides you in the art of string. Those who register for this event at www.artgymvt.com will be using a variety of materials to create stunning patterns and geometric designs using string, wood, and nails. This class is great for most ages. The Springfield Art Gym is located at 62 Clinton Street in Springfield.
  • Family Swim at the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center, from 2-4 p.m. Bring your family in for an evening swim at the EdgarMay. Contact Christian Craig, 802-885-2568 or info@myreccenter.org.
  • Enjoy the Healing Power of Irish Music with the Shrewd Berries from Shrewsbury at Springfield Town Library 7 p.m. The Shrewd Berries from Shrewsberry consist of Claudine Langille, Silas Hamilton, and Mark Hamilton. The Shrewd Berries play music from the British Isles and North American in the emerging “Vermonticana” style emigrating from here right in central Vermont. For fun, wear your dancing shoes.

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