Second Annual Wellness Fair

Bringing people together to get fit is the mission of the Guilford Chamber of Commerce's Wellness Committee, which presents its second annual Community Wellness Fair on Sunday, Sept. 8 on the Guilford Green. The event will assemble area health professionals to provide wellness education to shoreline residents, build a forum for members of the healthcare field, and share healthy ideas and to help people get questions answered.

"This fair is a great opportunity for people to come out to see what healthy resources we have available right here in Guilford and to learn healthy ways to live," said Janet Testa, executive director of the Guilford Chamber of Commerce.

The educational event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will kick off with a Tai Chi demonstration on the Green at 11 a.m. At 11:15 a.m., there will be a cardio demonstration and at 11:30 a.m. sharp is the start of a very special Kids Run around the Green. Participants will be broken up into appropriate age groups. For the more mature visitors, there will be a Senior Stroll at noon, which will include a walking tour of downtown Guilford, complete with a guide explaining the outstanding points of interest.

Other activities offered throughout the day, will include the opportunity to enroll in the life saving bone marrow registry and to give blood with the American Red Cross. The health of our four legged friends will also be discussed by owner of Yuppy Puppy, Tara Flemming.

Flemming, who is passionate about the health and wellbeing of customers' pets as well as her own, will be on hand to confer about a variety of healthy pet foods for our furry friends.

"I will be handing out samples of several different holistic, all natural foods and treats for people to try for their pets," explained Flemming. "Some pets are very sensitive to different foods, or they have allergies and it's important that we feed them, good, healthy food."

At 12:30 p.m. noted local chef and author Claire Criscuolo of Claire's Corner Copia on Chapel Street, New Haven, will be on hand signing her newest book, Welcome to Claire's, and dispensing some of her, healthy, delicious culinary secrets. She cooks with an emphasis on whole grains, fresh produce, and in season, local goods. A registered nurse, Criscuolo has mastered the art of low fat, adaptable, good-for-you and good-tasting, low cholesterol recipes ranging from afternoon snacks to full-on dinners. Fitting right in with the mission of the day, Criscuolo strives to help people learn how to live a healthy, lively, enjoyable lifestyle.

In addition to learning a new recipe or two, getting a little exercise and maybe finding a new pet food, visitors will also get the chance to speak with health industry experts including, chiropractors and eldercare professionals. There will also be the opportunity to learn more about eastern medicines, meditation and yoga.

For more information, call 203-453-9677.

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