The 2nd Annual Community Wellness Day happening on Saturday is part of a national event focusing on educating community members about how to improve their own and their family’s health. The free program designed to increase awareness of preventative health services takes place at Nanuet High School. Organizer Dr. Craig Nugent of New Life Chiropractic in New City is bringing together more than 35 exhibitors including health specialists in the fields of dentistry, eye care, chiropractic and podiatry.
Rockland County residents can get information on health, safety, environmental and financial wellness. Local law enforcement representatives and Masons will be on hand to provide important identification information for children, families and seniors and fire department members will provide fire prevention and safety tips. Other community agencies will share their programs on car and bicycle safety, Internet safety, identity fraud protection, financial literacy, health screenings, drug/ alcohol awareness and senior services.
Last year about 200 people attended, Nugent hopes this year’s program from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. attracts more than 500 participants.
Nugent said proceeds from exhibitors’ fees will benefit Meals On Wheels, a Nanuet-based non-profit agency. Nugent said the event’s corporate partners are Walgreens, Hudson Valley Radiology Associates, Provident Bank and Barry’s Estate Jewelry. Scheduled Community Wellness Day participants include: Moondance Reiki, Hudson Valley Audiology, Quinn Podiatry, Fidelis Health Care, Cosmetic and General Dentistry, HealthSav, Body Bank Fitness and Eye Adventure.
“Last year we raised over $1000 for our not for profit partners,” said Nugent. “This year we should be in the same neighborhood.”
Kids can enjoy face painting, bouncy gyms, Xbox Kinect contests and musical theater. Adults can participate in Tai Chi and Yoga classes. Raffles will be held throughout the event including one for the grand prize of a free I pad. and healthy, fresh food will be available free of charge.
Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack will issue a proclamation at the event and Barry Fixler of Barry's Estate Jewelry in Bardonia will be honored for his philanthropic acts in the community and will be presented with an award.