Spring Into Fitness! Free Event This Saturday, April 22

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 3:00pm

It’s never too late to make healthy changes in your life. And regular physical activity and exercise are important to the mental and physical well-being of people of all ages. Even if you’ve never had a regular exercise routine, the Spring Into Fitness event on Saturday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., can help get you on the right track.

Presented by HackensackUMC Mountainside and the Women’s Health Advisory Committee, experts will be demonstrating a variety of fitness routines from power stretching to calisthenics, answering your questions, and providing guidance. Whether you are a beginner or an exercise enthusiast, you can decide which ones best suit your interests and your lifestyle.

This is a free, interactive workshop that’s open to men and women. Attendees are asked to dress comfortably and bring their own mats or towels so they can participate along with the experts. Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided.

“Spring Into Fitness provides a great opportunity for people to try different kinds of exercise – for free – and discover which ones they enjoy. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore, it should be something enjoyable so that you can easily integrate it into your daily routine. And the best part is that it doesn’t matter if you’ve been sedentary for years, you can still exercise your way to fitness and a healthier lifestyle.” said Gayon Hyatt, M.D., MPH, member of the Women’s Health Advisory Committee.

For a complete event schedule and breakdown of sessions, visit www.mountainsidehosp.com/youfirst or call 888-973-4674.

SPRING INTO FITNESS – Presented by the Women’s Health Advisory Committee, HackensackUMC Mountainside
When: Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: The Salvation Army, 13 Trinity Place, Montclair – Ample onsite parking available

Event Schedule:

8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:15 a.m. Fit Forever with Kirk Charles

9:40 a.m. The Essence of Yoga with Lucy Ocampo, Yoga Alliance

10:05 a.m. Evidence-based Warmup with HackensackUMC Mountainside Physical Therapy Dept.

11:20 a.m. Calisthenics with Fit by Aaron

11:45 a.m. Power Stretch with Hakika DuBose

12:10 p.m. Lunch

Montclair Run Celebrates 35th Anniversary

BY  |  Friday, Apr 14, 2017 1:30pm

The YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation Department are pleased to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Montclair Run, which has become a popular race tradition in the Greater Montclair community.

This year’s race, set for Sunday June 4, promises to be just as successful as last year’s, which drew a crowd of over 1,400 runners, walkers and volunteers.

“This is an incredible event and we’re making a few enhancements this year,” says Washima Redding, Senior Health and Wellness Director at the YMCA of Montclair. Washima took over as race co-director from Carol Kearney who recently retired from the YMCA. “Before heading into retirement, Carol ensured that the race became certified, so we’re making minor changes to our 10K route to meet those requirements. Second, advance registration will be online only. Third, participants can use online tools to help raise funds for scholarships individually or with a team.”

“The Montclair Run appeals to runners and walkers of all abilities,” says Pat Brechka, the Montclair Recreation Department Director and race co-director. “It’s a family friendly event that helps promote a healthy lifestyle. And, participants are raising money for a good cause that supports the community.”

For the 2017 race, all runners must register online prior to midnight on May 29. Online registration is now open at https://www.raceforum.com/Montclair. Same day in person registration at the YMCA of Montclair will be available from 7-9 am on race day.

Funds raised make it possible for the YMCA of Montclair to fulfill its mission to strengthen individuals, families, and community by developing spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA of Montclair offers financial assistance for childcare, summer camp, membership, and other programs to ensure opportunities for everyone to grow and thrive. The Montclair Run also makes it possible for the Montclair Recreation Department to offer scholarships for those in need in the community.

In addition to the two races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids, and a moonwalk.

Both the YMCA and the Montclair Recreation Department are dedicated to helping the community improve their health and wellness. The Montclair Run is a great way for everyone to kick off the start of the summer. More than 1,400 runners, walkers, volunteers, and spectators of all ages are expected to participate.

Race Day Schedule

7-9am Registration/Check-In
8:30am 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk starts in front of the YMCA
9-11am Family Fun Activities (wellness & health fair, free sports massages, DJ, games, and a moonwalk)
9:30am 10K Run starts in front of the YMCA
11am Awards
The races begin and end in front of the YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street, Montclair.

This year’s 10K run lead sponsor is the Bravitas Group Inc. They are longtime generous supporters of the YMCA. “Because the Y is there to serve the needs of the community, we want to be there for the Y so they have the resources to do just that,” says Rhonda Silver of the Bravitas Group, who also serves on the YMCA Board of Directors.

“We have many wonderful sponsors who support us year after year,” says YMCA of Montclair CEO Jo Ann Short. “We couldn’t do all that we do to strengthen the community without their support.”

The Montclair Run is seeking energetic, hardworking volunteers to assist with the Montclair Run. To sign up to volunteer, visit http://www.montclairymca.org/volunteer-montclair-run/. Volunteer registration closes May 6.

For further information about the Montclair Run, fundraising or volunteering, visit http://www.montclairymca.org/montclair-run/ or contact Washima Redding at wredding@montclairymca.org or 973-415-6111

YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch Announces Spring 2 Programs

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 10:30am

The YMCA of Montclair believes you can achieve your full potential and wants to provide the support you need to live a healthy, fulfilled life. With the array of programs offered weekly, there are plenty of opportunities to pursue your passion, learn a new skill, create new connections and so much more. Continue Reading

National Youth Recovery Foundation and YMCA of Montclair Form ASPIRE​ Recovery Program for Young Adults

BY  |  Friday, Apr 07, 2017 1:00pm

ASPIRE​ Recovery Program

National Youth Recovery Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports young people up to age 30 in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Cathie Hartnett, the Executive Director and Montclair resident, established a partnership with the YMCA in Montclair to developed a pilot program called ASPIRE (Achieving Sobriety by Promoting an Insightful Recovery Experience), which is funded in part by Partners for Health Foundation.

ASPIRE is a community based life-skill oriented program for people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have six months or more of recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. What makes ASPIRE different from many recovery programs, is that it is not associated with treatment, aftercare, Alcoholics Anonymous or any other recovery program. Instead, life, health and community are the key components. And since recovery is an ongoing, long-term process, an important element is building a community and a network for recovery that will last a lifetime. Following the three-month intensive ASPIRE program there is a nine monthly meeting follow-up phase.

Harnett says the YMCA has been amazing with their willingness to invite this portion of the community into their organization. Local professionals, many who have been in recovery for years, also have joined to make ASPIRE a success.

“ASPIRE helps participants feel relevant in life,” says YMCA of Montclair CEO Jo Ann Short. “Given the right tools, those in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol, can be set up for success and get back on track to develop sustainable relationships and make their mark. ASPIRE provides these things in a stigma free environment.”

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Become a Triathlete in One Hour at the YMCA of Montclair Indoor Triathlon

BY  |  Friday, Apr 07, 2017 11:30am

YMCA of Montclair Indoor Triathlon

Ever think about participating in a Triathlon, but don’t think you’re cut out for it? How about if it was only one hour long? The YMCA of Montclair is hosting an Indoor Triathlon on April 30.

You can participate alone or form a relay team with friends to compete in:
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St. Cassian 2nd Annual 5K and Fun Run

BY  |  Monday, Apr 03, 2017 3:56pm

St. Cassian 5K & Kids Fun Run

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual St. Cassian 5K & Kids Fun Run on Saturday, April 8 at Brookdale Park!

All participants in the Fun Run will receive a ribbon. In the 5K, medals will be presented to the overall male and female winners, along with age category winners (male and female).

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The New Feminine Voice: A Women’s Retreat This Summer in Greece

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 8:47am  |  COMMENTS (1)

The New Feminine Voice

If you’re a women seeking to strengthen or develop a stronger feminine wisdom and dream of doing it on a Greek island, there’s summer retreat for you. Claudia Sherwood — a local and a guide using Reiki and various healing modalities — has organized The New Feminine Voice, a Women’s Retreat on the island of Limnos in Greece.

Sherwood has been spending summers on the island of Limnos in the north Aegean of Greece near Turkey for 10 years after purchasing a home there. “After learning to speak light Greek and living with the local customs and Mediterranean food, I am inspired to share this with others – especially women. I know the tavernas and small hotel owners and the deep beauty and quiet meditative spaces that this large but less known island offers,” says Sherwood.

This year she decided to organize a women’s retreat mid July, “The New Feminine Voice” on developing our inner feminine wisdom using Greek Goddess archetypes seen through the prism of Jungian Psychology. She will offer the retreat with Diana Martinez, who is versed in Gestalt, Family Constellations and Somatic training.

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Montclair Mom Gives Back by Creating the Watchung School Wellness Fair

BY  |  Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 10:30am

The Watchung School Wellness Fair

Hakika DuBose is no stranger to the wellness industry. She opened Power Stretch Studios in Montclair in 2011, and has made health and wellness her life.

Hakika, known as Kika to locals, has decided to give back to her local Watchung school PTA, by organizing a free Wellness Fair at the school for the public to enjoy. “I wanted to create an interactive event that would encourage both adults and children to look at health and wellness from a fun perspective.” DuBose says. Continue Reading

Health Policy Expert to Speak on Reproductive Rights at Bnai Keshet in Montclair, 2/11

BY  |  Friday, Feb 10, 2017 2:00pm

Magda Schaler-Haynes Health and social policy expert Magda Schaler-Haynes will speak on “The Growing Peril to Reproductive Rights” at Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan on Saturday morning, February 11. The Kaplan Minyan, which meets in the Red Gables historic house across the parking lot from the synagogue’s main building, begins at 10:30 a.m. with selected songs and readings.

Schaler-Haynes is an attorney specializing in health and social policy, reproductive health care, health reform and health plan regulation. As an independent consultant, she provides research-driven strategic guidance to diverse public, non-profit and private sector clients. Schaler-Haynes’ recent work for the Center for Reproductive Rights includes serving as Amicus Manager in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the successful U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Texas’s abortion clinic shutdown law. Until June of 2015, she served as Special Advisor for health care and women’s issues to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Previously, she served on the health reform team for New York as Senior Health Policy Advisor at the New York State Insurance Department. Schaler-Haynes is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University where her current courses include Public Health Law and Money, Politics and Law: Abortion and Public Health.

Magda Schaler-Haynes  “The Growing Peril to Reproductive Rights”
Saturday, February 11 at 10:20 am
Bnai Keshet, 99 So. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042



HackensackUMC Mountainside Lit Up In Red for February

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 2:00pm

American Heart Month

If you were wondering why HackensackUMC Mountainside was lit up in red, it’s not Glen Ridge’s new red light district. Instead the hospital is bathed in red to bring awareness to American Heart Month!

HackensackUMC Mountainside has switched out its exterior lights to glow red during February reminding everyone that it’s American Heart Month. The hospital’s illumination in red began on Friday, February 3, the 14th Annual Wear Red Day for Women.

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