National Physical Therapy Month is hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association each October, and this year, the focus is on healthy aging. At fisio Physical Therapy, 172 Mt Pleasant Road, physical therapist Karen LaBanca said that chronic neck and back pain are common issues for her older patients.
The Tapping Solution Foundation announces the release of its award-winning documentary, "Project Light: From Rwanda to Newtown — a story of hope, healing, and possibility." A free screening will take place Monday, October 19, at 6 pm, at Newtown Middle School. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Nick Ortner, Dr Lori Leyden, and JT Lewis.
Team Ryan will host a Poker Run on Sunday, October 11, in Danbury, to continue its fundraising efforts for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Team Ryan is named for young Sandy Hook resident Ryan Costa, who was diagnosed in 2014, at age 2½, with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). His family has been fundraising to find a cure for the disease, which is common in boys, according to his doctors. Pre-B ALL is treatable with a three-plus year protocol.
After careful consideration and weighing the risks of possible severe weather, organizers of the Newtown’s 22nd Annual Health & Public Safety Fair have decided to cancel the inflatable MEGA Body exhibit that had been planned to take over much of the front lawn at 11 Queen Street. They are still expecting all other activities at the event to happen as planned, however. The free community health showcase and informational event is set for Saturday, October 3, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Most events will be set up inside the school's gymnasium. Dozens of health and safety organizations and agencies have committed to this year’s event, from local first responders, Social Services, Parks & Recreation and Public Works representatives, to those who will be offering acupuncture, flu shots, posture analysis, cardio screenings, and more.
The Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western Connecticut State University has postponed its annual conference, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, because of a family emergency experienced by one of the speakers. Organizers say they regret having to postpone the conference. It will be held in the spring, however.
As a local singer, Tracy James can often be found fronting an ensemble of philanthropically minded musicians that play under the banner of "Band Together." But on October 4, James will be banding together an ensemble of her own who all pledge to walk beside her and help fund a cure for Alzheimer's Disease. Ms James and her growing team of supporters, including Band Together co-founder Jerry Vigorito, are among the confirmed participants in The Fairfield County Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year's event is set for Sunday, October 4, from 8:30 am until 1 pm at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. While registration for the annual event, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, continues to shatter records and currently boasts 183 teams and 800 walkers who have raised $135,776 to date, for Ms James, the effort is very personal.
It’s hard for kids, or adults for that matter, to really understand what the dentist is doing in there when they’re working intently filling a cavity. And what the heck does asthma look like from inside your lungs? These and many other questions about the incredible interworkings going on inside us will be answered by MEGA Body, the 50-foot-long special guest that will be on hand at Newtown’s 22nd Annual Health & Safety Fair — a free community health showcase and informational event, set for Saturday, October 3, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Newtown Middle School. The exciting free exhibit, says co-chair Donna Culbert, is a wonderful way for anyone to experience the inner workings of various systems and individual parts of their bodies all at once, including how cavities form in your teeth and how asthma affects the lungs.
HARTFORD – The State Mosquito Management Program announced September 24 that five human cases of WNV infection have been identified in Connecticut so far this year. Four of the five cases are Bridgeport residents. The fifth case is a Shelton resident. The five patients are all adults between 30 and 80 years of age. Onsets of illness occurred from the third week of August to the second week of September. Four of the five patients were hospitalized; all five are recovering. Officials said that West Nile infected mosquitoes in Bridgeport were identified from August 5 through 27.
Newtown High School's girls' soccer team will look to bounce back from a season in which the team did not qualify for the South-West Conference playoffs. Newtown's boys' booters, meanwhile, is looking to get back into the SWC playoffs. Both teams begin the season on September 11, with the girls hosting New Fairfield and the boys visiting New Fairfield.