Quick, can you remember your bank PIN? How about the last four digits of your phone number…or the month and year your go-to credit card expires? With more and more numbers swirling around in our heads, and as February — American Heart Month — approaches, the Newtown Health District wants residents to be sure and remember a few numbers that are more important than all the rest. Matter of life and death important, according to Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert. Every February, she turns her attention toward heart health, one of the district’s three top community wellness issues, along with tickborne disease and substance abuse prevention. To reinforce the importance of heart health, each week during February, The Newtown Bee in collaboration with the Newtown Health District and its partners, will promote a series of “Love Your Heart” events and activities to help all residents take better care of their cardiovascular health.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) announces a few upcoming events, all open to the public and all free of charge: healing guided meditation, a discussion on transcranial magnetic stimulation, and a painting and pizza party.
What do volunteers from Newtown Youth & Family Service, an administrator at the Resiliency Center of Newtown, a local state representative, an All-Star bus driver, and two Newtown Bee staff members have in common? They were all among the first graduating class certified in mental health first aid (MHFA). Nearly two dozen residents and local workers recently completed the first of several planned MHFA classes being underwritten by the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, and supported by the Connecticut Community Foundation and the Connecticut Department of Health.
Residents living in and around Sandy Hook can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Newtown United Methodist Church will host the community event. Packages start at $149, and appointments are required.
UPDATE: Due to anticipated weather, the Relay For Life-Newtown Planning Committee has announced it will postpone this event to its snow date of January 29. || The official free public kickoff rally for the 2015 Newtown Relay For Life is set for Wednesday, January 28, at 6 pm, at LeReine’s Cuisine, 31 Pecks Lane. Event Chairman Christopher Farrington previously announced that the community’s 2015 Relay will be on Saturday, June 13, from 3 pm to midnight on the Newtown High School track. This marks the first, more streamlined relay that will not extend overnight in the hope of attracting many more participants to the important awareness and fundraising event. The theme for this year’s Relay is Dr Seuss. All Newtown residents are welcome to the kickoff, regardless of whether they plan to participate in the event.
Carla Bates Barzetti will lead guided healing meditation at The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) on Friday, January 16, from 9:30 until 10:30 am. This program had originally been planned for January 9, but was rescheduled to this week. The center, at 153 South Main Street, also has chair massage sessions on its upcoming calendar.
A second round of Mental Health First Aid Certification is being on Saturdays, February 28 and March 7. Participants must attend both 8:30 am to 12:30 pm sessions at Town Hall South. The class is free to people who live and work in Newtown with support provided by The Newtown/Sandy Hook Community Foundation. It is being presented by Northwestern Connecticut Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The second session of classes has been added, Northwestern CT AHEC Executive Director Tricia Harrity told The Newtown Bee this week, because an initial class being offered January 10 and 17 in Newtown is filled.
The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will be sponsoring four classes through the Newtown Parks and Recreation Department beginning this month. Thanks to financial support from NCAC, the fee for two of the classes will be $20, and the fee for the other two classes is $25. Two classes of Drawing Mixed Media, to be held at Newtown Middle School, and Ballet Barre Workout and Broadway Tap, both at The Graceful Planet, will be the inaugural offerings of the Cultural Commission’s programming outreach.
For years Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert has been recommending that residents be proactive and always get their flu shots to create the most robust protection against contracting the annual strains of influenza that circulate throughout much of the winter season. But this year, Ms Culbert is being proactive by clarifying information about a so-called “shift” or “drift” in one of the flu strains current vaccines were designed to attack, to be sure residents do not hear misinformation and opt out of getting their annual shot because they believe it is no longer effective.