SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Get ready for a week of free health and wellness related activities at various locations in Springfield, including the Edgar May Rec Center and the Springfield Town Library. The second annual Springfield Wellness Week takes place Sunday, March 24 through Saturday, March 30.
Attend fun and engaging activities, classes, and presentations. Learn and experience more about what health and wellness means for you. All events are free!
Springfield Wellness Week is coordinated by the following organizations: The Vermont Department of Health, Springfield Medical Care Systems, Edgar May Health and Recreation Center, Windham and Windsor Housing Trust, Springfield Town Library, and Claremont Savings Bank.
For more information, contact Kate Roome, VT Department of Health, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 24
Tai Chi with Betsy Edridge at Studio Momentum, 71 Main Street, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Discover the benefits of this ancient form of martial arts, which will improve balance, agility, strength, and coordination. This unique class will help you flow through your every day. For more information, call 802-885-2568 or email email@example.com.
Tai Chi with Anne Bower at Unitarian Universalist Church Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Rd., 12-1 p.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 and maintain your agility, balance, and overall health. Practice mindfulness and enjoy the mood-lifting experience of practicing these engaging movement forms with others. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 25
Tai Chi with Meredith Tipps-McClain at 100 River St., The Great Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tai Chi is a gentle, slow-moving series of controlled movements that have been clinically proven, when done regularly and consistently, to lower the risk of falling and to help people suffering from arthritis. Learn a simple sequence of movements that you can easily practice on your own or with friends. The class environment is low-key, funny, and judgement-free. Wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. All of the moves can be done from a seated position so don’t let concerns about your ability to stand keep you from attending! For more information, email Sdoyle@springfieldmed.org.
Savvy Shopping at the Grocery Store with Jill McKinney at Shaw’s at the Springfield Plaza, 1-2 p.m. Come learn how to navigate grocery store shelves with confidence and ease! On this grocery store tour we will discuss how to buy produce on a budget, read nutrition labels, compare unit prices, and how to identify whole grains in the foods you love! Join us to learn how to make smart, healthy choices for you and your family. For more information, email Sdoyle@springfieldmed.org.
Exploring Spiritual Practices with Jeff Taft-Dick at Unitarian Universalist Church Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Rd., 4-5 p.m. 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. Teens and adults welcome. Accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, email email@example.com.
Springfield Wellness Week Fair and Keynote Address with Dr. Scott Durgin at The Great Hall, 5-7 p.m. Dr. Scott Durgin will give a keynote presentation “What is Lifestyle Medicine?” Many Springfield organizations will be participating in this event. Lots of local resources will be available. We’ll have a smoothie bike for the kids too! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 26
Music with Martha at Springfield Town Library, 10-11 a.m. There will be old favorites and new songs too! Music and movement for wellness! Includes story time for families with children ages birth to 5. For more information, email email@example.com.
Money Matters with Nicole Picard at Claremont Savings Bank, 12-1 p.m. Financial planning, saving, and budgeting. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Wellness with Mark Boutwell and Catherine Wisniewski and Affordable Home Repair for Seniors with Daphne Okumus at Senior Solutions, 38 Pleasant St., 1-2:30 p.m. Affordable home repair solutions for seniors and evidence-based senior wellness programs. For more information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sugar: Friend or Foe? with Corrina Johnson at Springfield Health Center, 3rd floor conference room, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Call 802-885-2568 or email email@example.com.
Simplifying Self-Care with Joni Foster-Robison at Wholistic Wellness Center, 160 Wall St., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call 802-263-5249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knit Night at the Springfield Food Co-Op, upstairs Community Room, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Come knit in our community room upstairs whether you’re a beginner or a pro! Email email@example.com.
Student Panel Discussion about Teen Center with Community Action students at Springfield High School Library, 6:30 p.m. A panel discussion about a proposed teen center. For more information, call 802-885-7900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 27
Introduction to Mindfulness with Roger Guest at HCRS, 390 River St., 9-10:30 a.m. Participants will focus on being fully present and self-aware using meditation and some gentle movement exercises. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress or anxiety, help you feel more focused and calm, and to suspend feelings of judgment. Call 802-886-4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art for all Ages with Mona Frye at The Springfield Town Library, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. This event is for all ages; relax, focus, and have fun with an art project provided by the Springfield Art Gym. Call 802-885-3108 or email@example.com.
Gentle Yoga at Studio Momentum, 71 Main Street, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Practice slow, relaxing yoga sequences that help joints and muscles feel good. Appropriate for all levels and abilities. Call 802-885-2568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crockpot Cook-off at Riverside Middle School, 5-6:30 p.m. Families cook their favorite crockpot dish. Bring enough to share, and bring the recipe! For more information, email email@example.com.
Plant Protein Power with Robyn Priebe at Springfield Health Center, 5:30-7 p.m. Many people attempting to follow plant-based diets such as Mediterranean diet or vegetarian diet may worry about getting enough protein without meat. Plant proteins to the rescue! Plants are a good source of protein, but it may take time to learn how to use or prepare plant-based proteins such as beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, and the like. In this class, we will discuss how much protein we need, how to obtain that from plant foods, the benefits of plant based eating for reducing your risk of chronic disease, and look at different way to incorporate plant based proteins into your meals and snacks. For more information, email Sdoyle@springfieldmed.org.
What Do Horses Teach Us About Wellness? with Cindy Aldrich at Wholistic Wellness Center, 160 Wall St., 6-7 p.m. Horses have many things to teach us – by their way of life, their way of being, and their powerful presence. Come experience how horses teach us about connecting to ourselves, others, and the community we live in. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 28
Home Meds – Medication Management at Springfield Town Library, 3-4 p.m. Are your medications putting you at risk? Learn about this vital program from Senior Solutions, which includes free medication screenings to help seniors safely manage medications. Call 802-885-3108 or email email@example.com.
Springfield Walks with Dr. Scott Durgin at The Dam 4-5 p.m. Take an early spring walk with Dr. Durgin, our Springfield Wellness Week keynote speaker! This event is weather dependent. Email Sdoyle@springfieldmed.org.
Chair Yoga with Nancy Schaefer at HCRS, 390 River St., 5:15-5:55 p.m. Learn how to incorporate physical activity into your life while seated or standing and holding onto a chair. Chairs make an excellent prop for those with physical limitations. Or if you just want to take it easy, you can still get an excellent workout using a chair. This class consists of joint freeing, range of motion, sun and moon salutations, and breathing and relaxing segments. Call 802-886-4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Traditional Yoga with Nancy Schaefer at HCRS, 390 River St., 6-6:30 p.m. Become balanced, flexible, and strong. This yoga series blends various styles with the use of hand weights, resistance bands, and gymnastic balls. Individual anatomic and structural differences are honored and poses or exercises are adapted to each person’s physical make up and limitations. Call 802-886-4500 or email email@example.com.
Just Breathe Out with Betsy Thompson at Springfield Town Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Manage stress and pain more effectively by learning and using the Breathe Out Dynamic system. This way of breathing focuses on the active, spine-stretching outbreath. Learn how this daily practice promotes relaxation as well as strength. Call 802-885-3108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick & Healthy Meals for Busy People with Nancy Schaefer @ HCRS, 390 River St., 6:45-7:30 p.m. This hands-on class will focus on quick and healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Health conditions and food allergies will be addressed with food choices. Call 802-886-4500 or email email@example.com.
Friday, March 29
Sunrise Power at Studio Momentum, 6-6:45 a.m. This powerful and challenging class utilizes Vinyasa style yoga poses at a faster pace to hit flexibility, balance, strength, and increase blood flow. This class is designed to give you a balanced workout to condition muscles for increased strength and stamina, while propelling your body through a fuller range of motion. Call 802-885-2568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving with Ashley for School Age Children at Springfield Town Library, 4-5 p.m. Come celebrate health and happiness through movement while moving and grooving with choreographer Ashley Hensel-Browning! Geared towards elementary school students and their families. Younger siblings are more than welcome to join in on the fun! Call 802-885-3108 or email email@example.com.
The Healthcare Movie at Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Rd., 7 p.m. This documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different when at one point they were essentially the same.
Saturday, March 30
Intro to Reiki with Lauren Potter at Studio Time and Space, 59 Main Street, 1-4 p.m. Reiki is a gentle hands-on or hand-above-the-body therapy that can enhance energy flow in the body. This can help you feel more relaxed and have a greater sense of well-being. A brief overview of Reiki will be offered at the beginning of each hour. After each overview, participants will have the opportunity to experience a free mini-session. Call 802-591-0507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Swim at the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center, 2-4 p.m. Bring your family in for an evening swim at the EdgarMay. Call 802-885-2568 or email@example.com.
Family Music Night with Claudine Langille, 6 p.m. Claudine plays a mix of original and traditional acoustic music from around the world. Claudine will be joined by student Eme Zellis, a 15-year-old fiddler from the Youth Tradition ensemble. Playing rootsy tunes and songs that are good for cookin’. It’s a musical treat that can’t be beat!