Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Sunday, September 24 (rain date: Sunday, October 1st) for Free Yoga Day with Bridget Briant of YogaToGoNJ.com at Hanson Park, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford from 10:30 AM-1 PM. Come enjoy nature as we kick off the day at 10:30 AM with a free yoga session. At noon there will be a meditation session. This is a perfect opportunity to take in the surroundings of beautiful Hanson Park. And don’t forget your yoga mat!
Yoga Day is presented by the Hanson Park Conservancy. For more information please visit our website, www.HansonParkConservancy.com or like us on Facebook.
September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Each year, it’s estimated that one out of three Americans aged 65 or older will suffer a fall, leaving many of these adults with a fear of falling that can cause them to limit physical activities. This leads to reduced mobility, diminished quality of life, and actually increases their risk of falling. The good news is that falls are preventable.
The Westfield Area YMCA is committed to helping older adults safely get active and learn about fall risk. The Y is hosting a free Balance Screening open to the community 12:30–1:30PM on Wednesday, September 27 at the Main Y Facility located at 220 Clark Street, Westfield. This free screening by a Physical Therapist from AmeriCare Physical Therapy also offers tips on fall prevention and balance exercises. The CDC also suggests these basic lifestyle and safety changes to help reduce risk or prevent falls: begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength & balance; ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines; get annual eye check-ups & update your eyeglasses; make your home safer by: removing clutter & tripping hazards; putting railings on all stairs & adding grab bars in the bathroom; installing proper lighting, especially on stairs.
“It is extremely important to work on balance as we age to prevent falls and avoid injury. Our health & wellness group exercise classes incorporate balance work to help prevent injuries and improve general health. Working the smaller stabilizing muscle groups become even more important as we age, says Jean White, Westfield Area YMCA Health & Wellness Director.
The Balance Screening is free and open to the community. Please contact Jean White with any questions at 908-301-YMCA (9622) x 246 or at [email protected] Learn more about Westfield Area YMCA programs at www.westfieldynj.org.
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The Westfield Area YMCA invites teens in grades 6-12 to grab their friends and join them for some thrills and chills at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest on Friday, September 29 when the park transforms into a “scream park” with Halloween themed shows and attractions in addition to its world-class thrill rides. A Westfield Area YMCA membership is not required.
The bus departs at 4:00PM from both Roosevelt and Edison Schools and will return to the Main Y Facility, 220 Clark Street in Westfield by Midnight. Rain date is October 13. The trip includes round trip transportation, chaperones and admission. Registration and payment is required by September 20. No outside food or drinks are allowed into the park. Participants can bring money for food and games. Register in-person at the Main Y Facility or online at www.westfieldynj.org. Completed permission slip along with payment (discounted fees for those who have a season pass) can be dropped off at the Welcome Center at the Main Y Facility or in the main offices of Roosevelt and Edison Middle Schools in Westfield.
The Y provides affordable structured and supervised activities such as trips, sports classes and leagues, fitness classes, swim team, Leaders Club, Debate Team, Achievers, Friday Night Teen Nights, dances and more. These activities give teens opportunities to increase their level of responsibility and independence and build self-esteem, important building blocks in their healthy development. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
Thanks to the Annual Support Campaign, each year the Westfield Area Y provides over $400,000 in direct financial assistance to individuals and families in need to enable their participation at the Y. Please give today.