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Free women's health fair at JCC

By First County Bank

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STAMFORD, CT - The Stamford Jewish Community Center in partnership with Stamford Hospital, First County Bank and the Stamford Chapter of Hadassah will host a full-day, women's health and wellness fair on Thursday, March 15. The free event is called Women Living Healthy in 2012 and is open to the public.

This is the second year for the event that focuses on women ages 25-60 offering health screenings, fitness classes, food demonstrations, panel discussions and presentations. This year there will be two Stamford Hospital panels centered on health, three First County Bank financial wellbeing presentations, and a discussion on achieving and maintaining wellness by well-known psychologist Dale Atkins, Ph.D. The event that attracted 300 participants last year is being held at the Stamford JCC, located at 1035 Newfield Ave. in Stamford.

“We’re calling on women of all ages: This is your day to focus on you, from head to toe,” said Risa Raich, president of The Center Women, a fundraising arm of the JCC. “This event will be all encompassing: from health and fitness to diet and financial wellbeing.

“We’re very excited to have First County Bank co-sponsor this event with Stamford Hospital. The bank is extremely community focused,” said Raich, an eight-year Fairfield County resident. “Its commitment to the health fair by providing sponsorship dollars and instructors on financial health will make this event informative for all participants.”

“This is a terrific event for women in the area to enjoy a day for themselves and better their lives,” said Kathy Harris, president of First County Bank. “I plan on being there and I’ve already told a number of friends about it. The JCC has been instrumental in organizing this fair for a second year and First County Bank wanted to be a part of it.” In fact, the bank is in the process of notifying its customers through branch signage, social media and word-of-mouth.

Women Living Healthy in 2012 Schedule

8:30 a.m. -- 1 p.m.

Health Screenings -- cholesterol, glucose, pulmonary function, cardiac risk assessment and chair massages; mammograms at the Mobile Wellness Center – call 203.276.5990 for appointments

8:30 -- 9:15 a.m.

Fitness Classes -- TRX circuit and meditative yoga. Space is limited and sign-up is required.*

8:30 -- 9:15 a.m.

First County Bank Lecture -- Building the foundation for financial wellbeing

9:30 -- 10:15 a.m.

Fitness Classes -- Feldenkrais and Hip Hop. Space is limited and sign-up is required.*

9:30 -- 10:30 a.m.

Stamford Hospital Panel -- Women’s Health Concerns: Span of Life for Women -- Daryl Weiland, MD, OBGYN; Fran Ginsberg, MD, OBGYN, fertility and reproductive endocrinology; Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, breast surgeon

10:45 -- 11:30 a.m.

Fitness Class -- The Miracle Ball Method. Space is limited and sign-up is required.*

10:45 -- 11:45 a.m.

Stamford Hospital Panel -- Genetics & Nutrition: Being in-the-Know -- Erin Ash, genetic counselor; Darlene Negbenebor, MD, gastroenterologist; Lynda Mezansky, MS, RD, CDN; and Joseph Feuerstein, MD, director of integrative medicine

11:45 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.

First County Bank Lecture -- maximizing your finances for a healthy future

11:45 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.

Fitness Class -- Active Yoga. Space is limited and sign-up is required.*

11:45 a.m. -- 1:15 p.m.

Food Demo presented by Sugar and Olives

12:30 -- 1:15 p.m.

Fitness Class – Feldenkrais. Space is limited and sign-up is required.*

5:30 -- 7:30 p.m.

Health Screenings -- cholesterol and glucose

5:45 -- 6:30 p.m.

Fitness Class -- Zumba Plus. Space is limited and sign-up is required.*

6:30 -- 7:15 p.m.

First County Bank Lecture -- achieving financial independence; investment strategies for retirement and risk management

7:30 -- 8:30 p.m.

Dale Atkins Lecture -- Finding and Sustaining Wellness: It’s all about balance -- followed by book signing of “Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life”

*To sign-up for fitness classes, participants should call the JCC at 203-322-7900.

The JCC offers quality programs, classes and special events designed to enrich the mind, body and spirit. It serves as a cultural, educational and recreational center for the Jewish community and the community at large. Programs include the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School, KinderPlace full-day, year-round child care, O-la-mi summer programs for children, the acclaimed Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County and more. Facilities include a full-service health club, aquatics center, senior center and more. For more information, visit the JCC Web site at

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn. for more than 160 years, is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank has more than 220 employees and assets in excess of $1.3 billion. For additional information, please visit Become a fan by clicking “Like” on the bank’s Facebook page at Follow it on twitter at or look for First County Bank on LinkedIn at

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