Feb. 22 Healthy Family FunFest showcases ‘Aging Well’

February 09, 2015

Information and screenings focusing on healthy aging will be offered at the Healthy Family FunFest on Sunday, Feb. 22. Aging Well, a section designed for older adults, will feature free health screenings, educational materials and information for families with aging loved ones.

Healthy Family FunFest, now in its sixth year, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St., in the Plantsville section of Southington. This free, fun-filled day, open to people of all ages, is centered on healthy living, education and green initiatives.

An array of information will be available through interactive activities, entertainment and demonstrations, wellness tips on eating right and exercise, a kids' section, food samples, free giveaways, contests and challenges, and much more. Guest speaker Dave Caperton, an award-winning educator, writer and comedian, will share how joy, optimism and laughter can boost physical and mental well-being. Radio personalities Renee DiNino and Cory Myers will also be on hand.

Aging Well will offer resources about healthful senior living and healthy aging in place at home or alternative settings. The Good Life Fitness Center, a program of Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, will provide insights on the benefits of exercise for older adults and showcase a plank challenge. Free screenings will include blood, glucose, balance, cholesterol and bone density. Additional information will be provided by Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, Hartford HealthCare’s various home care agencies, Alzheimer’s Association, Prime Time, and independent- and assisted-living communities.

Non-perishable food items will be accepted for Southington’s neighbors in need. Healthy Family FunFest is presented by Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA and The Hospital of Central Connecticut at Bradley Memorial. Main sponsors include Health New England, Bradley H. Barnes & Leila U. Barnes Memorial Trust at Main Street Community Foundation, Bristol Press, Connecticut Prime Time and New Britain Herald. Central Connecticut Senior Health Services is a not for profit Hartford HealthCare Partner.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.healthyfamilyfunfest.com; visit Healthy Family FunFest on Facebook, where you can enter our “Like Contest” for a chance to win some great prizes; follow us on Twitter @healthyfunfest (hashtag #healthyfunfest); or call Nicole Spagnoletti, Healthy Family FunFest sponsorship coordinator, at 860.378.1268.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) is a 414-bed, 32-bassinet acute care teaching hospital with two campuses, New Britain General and Bradley Memorial in Southington. A member of Hartford HealthCare, HOCC services include emergency, inpatient, surgery, laboratory, outpatient, and radiology. Among specialty areas are cardiovascular care, metabolic health, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, and psychiatry/behavioral health. For more information, please visit www.thocc.org; for a physician referral, call 1.800.321.6244.