HELLO GLOGIS!! Its been a while, but I wanted to make sure I shared with you an (upcoming) article about the Whitestone Wellness Fair that I was a part of organizing. Please read what its all about, save the date and COME ON BY for a great day and a great start on ALL of your New Year’s Resolutions!!!

It’s that time again. The holidays have ended and a new year is upon us. While some may be full of hope about the prospect of getting started on those health and fitness resolutions, others may be wondering just how to get on track toward their goals.

Three women from Whitestone, Queens decided to organize The Whitestone Grace Wellness Fair in order to help their neighbors do just this. The committee of three are health and wellness experts: Sabrina Havens is a Licensed Acupuncturist, and Herbalist from North Nassau Acupuncture LLC in Great Neck and a Young Living Esssential Oils Distributor. She will be at the fair providing massage, acupuncture demos and therapeutic essential oil samples; Vera Levine is a retired Registered Nurse who has previously worked in Mount Sinai, Booth Memorial, Brookdale and North Shore Hospitals. In past years, she ran three health fairs at the church and was instrumental in bringing in medical professionals from NY-Presbyterian Hospital, who will be joining us this year at the Wellness Fair to provide all kinds of information regarding prevention and screening; Susan Blayer is a NY state licensed Psychotherapist and certified Group Fitness and YogaFit Instructor, who created her own fusion exercise class called Yogalicious Fitness (www.yogaliciousfitness.com).

The trio, who met through Grace Episcopal Church, which has offered the space for the event, are passionate about providing this forum for the community to encourage residents to improve themselves, their relationships, and their quality of life.

Another objective of the Wellness Fair is to give local health and fitness professionals an opportunity for networking and free publicity. As Ms. Blayer puts it, “We wanted to make sure that we were giving back to the community, not only by providing great wellness information, but also by offering local businesses, particularly the smaller ones, with an opportunity to advertise their services, free of charge.” While there is a request for participants to make a tax-deductible donation of their choice to the church (for providing the space), this is not required to have a booth and/or do a demo or presentation at the fair.

Whether attendees want to trim down and tone up, beautify and anti-age, reduce pain and promote healing, or spice up their romantic relationships, this fair has it covered!

Amongst those who were first to sign on for this day of wellness was local Chiropractor Dr. Stephen Simonetti, who will be bringing his adjustment table to do posture screenings. He will also be doing a presentation about making health and lifestyle choices. Dr. Jay Feld, Licensed Marriage and Couple Therapist, is on board to enlighten us about the best ways to boost intimacy and happiness in our relationships.

Representatives from the Whitestone New York Sports Club branch (under the leadership of Fitness Manger, Emmanuel Laflotte) will be providing body fat analysis, a live demo of their popular UXF training class, and will be sharing ways to get the most out of your diet and exercise program. Health Nuts, of Bayside, will be sending Manager Carla Duarte and her team to speak on the importance of investigating alternative medicine to increase health and heal ailments. These knowledgeable representatives from this extensive local health food store will also have on hand that day many of supplements and superfoods for purchase, and will be there to answer nutrition and supplement-related questions.

Two local moms, Kourtney Radice and Marissa Luna, who are Beachbody coaches and creators of Fixed Up Recipes, will be present to promote their latest and greatest weight loss and fitness programs. Michelle Khan, Isagenix associate and Sr. Director at Nerium International will be dolling out anti-aging and detox tips, product information and yes, samples!! Speaking of samples, if you haven’t tried Fitteam Fit All-Natural & Organic Weight Loss and Energy Drink, stop by Pam Miceli’s table to try it out. There will also be natural beauty products from Donna Casali of BeautyCounter, who will be talking to the crowd about non-toxic cosmetics. Dandylion Tea will be bringing hand-crafted, health-boosting teas full of dandelion goodness. Participants will also find tables with Chinese herbals and natural bee-products. To top it all off, there will be a live DJ to liven the mood!

Sabrina, Vera and Susan hope this event will help Queens’ residents tap into the best local resources for health, fitness and wellness. Again, it is open to the public and absolutely free to attend.

Event: Grace/Whitestone Wellness Fair
Date: Sat. January 9th, 2016
Time: 11am- 2pm
Location: Auditorium of Grace Episcopal Church
Address: 14-15 Clintonville St, Whitestone (across from Whitestone Library & Shopping Center)
Cost: FREE
For more information, contact Susan Blayer @ sblayer12@gmail.com

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