Health & wellness expo for people & pets Sunday

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce (FairfieldCTChamber.com) and the Fairfield YMCA will bring together wellness exhibitors, providing information about health and wellness for both people and pets Sunday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at the Fairfield YMCA, 841 Post Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Health-&-WellnessFULLFitness demonstrations (Ninja Kids, Outdoor Boot Camp, Qi Gong) massage chairs, screenings, and spinning will be held at various times throughout the day. The Taco Loco truck also will be available outside throughout the event, to serve am coffee and traditional menu items for lunch.

Important to note is that pets are not allowed in the YMCA building. But, as a pet owner, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with professionals about your pet’s health … as well as, any questions about your own health.

Inside the YMCA, one area will be set up for professionals who work with pets, including dog groomers and veterinarians. Pet bandanas will be distributed to the first 100 attendees by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

A separate area will feature doctors, chiropractic practitioners, fitness experts, nutritionists and other professionals who work with people. Some professionals will offer screenings (vein) and the Department of Health will do a sugar demonstration, which shows people how much sugar is in different beverages, talk about MyPlate plus give nutrition information/education. Stamford Hospital will bring an outside mobile unit for mammography screening. They accept insurance, and offer it free for those women who do not have insurance. Also look for promotional items and giveaways from Expo sponsors and exhibitors.

Stamford Hospital will have its Mobile Wellness Center for mammography screenings.

The mobile unit will accept walk-ins, but appointments are recommended. Insurance is accepted and no-cost mammograms will be available for uninsured and low income women.

If interested in having this procedure, note the following guidelines:

• Screenings are private on the Mobile Unit, however the unit is not wheelchair accessible.

• Insurance is accepted. Remember to check with your insurance carrier to ensure digital mammograms are a covered benefit. And remember to bring a photo ID and insurance card to the Mobile Unit.

• No-cost mammograms will be available to uninsured and low income women.

• Mammography Guidelines:

• Age 35-39: Baseline (one)

• Age 40+: Annually

• When calling for an appointment, please have the following available:

• Insurance information (if applicable).

• Doctor’s name, address, and phone number.

• Appointments are recommended. Call 203-276-PINK (7465) or 203-223-4181 (same day).

• Mobile Unit time availability is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is happy to provide this important screening for area residents to take advantage of during the day. Interested people may also check the Chamber website for same information: FairfieldCTChamber.com. Chamber office, 203-255-1011.

“We are happy to be the host site for this important Chamber event,” said Karen Backus, executive director of the Fairfield YMCA. The YMCA supports wellness on so many levels, that we felt this was a perfect partnership … and it also gives us an opportunity to showcase our facility to the public.”

Current exhibitors include the following businesses:

o Aristokatz, Fairfield

o Associated Podiatrists of Fairfield, Fairfield

o Brain Balance Achievement Center of Norwalk, Norwalk

o Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball, Bridgeport

o Center for Vein Restoration, Stamford

o David Lerner Associates, Inc., Westport

o Earth Animal, Westport

o Elements Massage of Fairfield

o Emergency Medical Group, Fairfield

o Fontana Medical Group, Fairfield

o Get Waisted, Fairfield

o Health Educator – Town of Fairfield

o Kempo Academy of Martial Arts, Fairfield

o Maplewood Senior Living, Westport

o Massage Envy Spa Fairfield

o Muthersbaugh Chiropractic, Inc., Fairfield

o Next Step Living, New Haven

o Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic, Stratford

o Nutrition Kitchen, LLC, Fairfield

o Optimus Health Care, Inc., Bridgeport

o Physical Synergy, Fairfield

o Purium Health Products, Fairfield

o Red Mango Café, Fairfield

o Saugatuck Rowing Club, LLC, Westport

o Southport Chiropractic, Southport

o Southport Veterinary Center, Southport

o Stamford Hospital Mobile Wellness Center, Stamford

o The EDGE Fitness, Fairfield

o The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, Fairfield

o Unity Pharmacy, Fairfield

o Vein Institute of Connecticut, Fairfield

o Venture Photography, Stamford

o ZenRide, Fairfield

“This is a unique and very exciting Expo concept that we think is an important way to help people learn about the growing number of health-related products and services available for the whole family throughout Fairfield County,” said Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President Beverly Balaz. “And since pets are very much a part of people’s families and in need of healthcare services too, we wanted to include them.”

Balaz said the event is made possible by the generous support of Vein Institute of Connecticut and other area businesses. Also sponsoring the event are Saugatuck Rowing Club, ZenRide, Physical Synergy, Maplewood Senior Living and Massage Envy of Fairfield.

“Vein Institute of Connecticut is proud to be a new member of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and also the Event Sponsor for this new and very important Wellness Expo,” said Michael Berluti, Physician Liaison/Marketing, Vein Institute of CT. “Vein health is critically important, and if left untreated, can develop into more serious problems: spider or varicose veins, Restless Leg Syndrome, skin changes, swelling or ulcers. Whether for cosmetic or health reasons, the Vein Institute of Connecticut can identify problems using the state-of-the-art Doppler ultrasound imaging, and treat patients using the latest minimally invasive treatment innovations, such as Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) or Radiofrequency Ablations (EVRF). We look forward to meeting the residents in the Fairfield area to discuss any of their concerns and answer any questions they may have regarding vein health.”

There is still some room available to businesses who are interested in exhibiting, including healthy food items. Fairfield businesses should call the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce regarding table availability. The cost is $225 for chamber members and $299 for non-members. Event information is updated daily, so check the Chamber website for the most current exhibitor listings. Volunteers also are needed. For more information, contact [email protected], 203-255-1011 or visit FairfieldCTChamber.com.

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