It seems that 2016 is the Year of Wilton Wellness. Even if people typically start the New Year with resolutions to get healthy and get in shape, there are ways aplenty around town that residents can find ways to kick off those resolutions and, better yet, stick to them.

Wilton Family Y “New Year, New You”

Wilton Y New year new you

The Wilton Family YMCA branch is holding a series of free events for families and individuals to inspire them to keep those New Year’s resolutions.

Following last Saturday’s free community event Healthy Family Day, during which the community was invited to take part in a variety of Y activities, there are other events scheduled, beginning today:

Morning of Pampering will take place today, Monday, Jan. 4 from 9–11 a.m.. Free programs will include a Piyo class at 8:30 a.m., massages, manicures, and make up application tips from Adam Broderick. Avon and Witchy Poo Accessories will be on site selling goods.

Learn what it means to get in shape and stay in shape, like a normal person, with a life, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, from 10-11 a.m.. A free lecture titled “Anti-Diet: Eat, Lose and Live” will teach you how to deprogram a diet-addled brain and figure out what reasonable fitness is. Following the lecture a free Barre class will be offered. Try this workout that dancers use to increase their flexibility, strength, power and grace.

A Holistic Health evening on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 6:30–8 p.m. will include a team of holistic professionals who are not only skilled in their field but are genuinely passionate about helping you. Come experience free workshops, classes and demos through the evening while sampling yoga, massages, reiki, acupuncture, chiropractic, and so much more!   Enjoy fresh, healthy local organic GMO free foods.

To help reach fitness goals, the Wilton Family YMCA branch is offering a $16 joiner fee for memberships to celebrate 2016 ($84 savings) through Jan. 31 to encourage individuals and families to join in. For a schedule of programs during the above events contact the Y online or call 203.762.8384. The Wilton Family YMCA branch is at 404 Danbury Rd..

Wilton Library Launches Series, “Get Well, Stay Well”

The Wilton Library is launching a series called, “Get Well, Stay Well,” a health literacy initiative presented quarterly in conjunction with Norwalk Hospital.

Director Elaine Tai-Lauria is excited to bring the series to Wilton residents, and is something she wanted to start since becoming director of the library after years of working in academic medical libraries.

“The impetus was the realization of the almost overwhelming volume and the rapid pace at which we are receiving information today. Hence, the need for us to be selective about the data we receive as well as the sources. Libraries play an important role in this paradigm because our mission is to provide reliable sources of information to answer our patrons’ questions. That information may be available in books, journal articles, databases, presentations or lectures, etc.”

For this series, medical and health experts from Norwalk Hospital will present, and each lecture will be hosted and moderated by Wilton Library Trustee Dr. Saras Nair, who was previously Chairman of the Pathology Department at Norwalk Hospital.

The first lecture is on Wednesday, Jan. 27 (7-8:30 p.m.) and is entitled “Getting to Know You:  Raising Your Wellness IQ.” The first program covers making the most of doctor visits and nutrition. Dr. James Samuel will talk about the two-way communication between doctor and patient. He is an internist with the Norwalk Medical Group and chief of general internal medicine at Norwalk Hospital; he is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Yale University’s School of Medicine. Registered and certified dietitian nutritionist Barbara Schmidt shares her tips and expertise on designing a healthy lifestyle for the new year. With over 30 years of experience as a nutritionist, Ms. Schmidt is the Nutrition Lifestyle Program Specialist at Norwalk Hospital as well as the instructor for the hospital’s popular Transformations Weight Loss Program. There is no charge for the program, but registration is recommended via the library’s website. (137 Old Ridgefield Rd.)

JoyRide Wilton’s “Around the World” Challenge

JoyRide Wilton is challenging spinners at their studio to kick-start their 2016 fitness goals with an “Around The World” challenge this January! Riders commit to taking one class with each of the studios 11 instructors during the month of January and are rewarded with either a JoyRide fleece blanket for one “trip” or the blanket plus a JoyRide Hoodie for two trips (i.e. classes) with each instructor. While registration for the program ended Jan. 3, they’re still welcoming riders to the studio to see what JoyRide offers. (3 Godfrey Pl.)

Hello Yoga Beginner and TRX Series

Hello Yoga is offering a four-week beginner series (starting today, Monday, Jan. 4) and a six-week TRX series (starting Tuesday, Jan. 5). Both series require pre-registration (via the Hello Yoga website) and do not allow drop-ins.

The beginner series (Mondays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.) covers the basics of a vinyasa yoga practice from the ground up in a non-intimidating environment, and will teach basic breathing techniques, proper alignment of Sun Salutations, standing and seated poses as well ways to keep the mind calm and focused.

The TRX series (Tuesdays, 12:30-1:15 p.m.) offers a full-body workout designed by a Navy SEAL, using gravity and your own body weight to perform a variety of exercises. Tone muscles, burn calories and have fun! This high intensity workout will have you sweating within minutes.

Hello Yoga is located at 80 Old Ridgefield Rd.

28-Day Cleanse and Detox Workshop with Comprehensive Nutrition/Loryn Galardi

Clinical nutritionist Loryn Galardi is beginning a 28-day Cleanse and Detox Workshop on Wednesday Jan. 13 (9:30-10:30 a.m. or 7-8 p.m.).

Galardi says her popular 28-day workshop is a natural and gentle way to “increase your body’s natural cleansing ability, improve sleep, bolster your immune system, decrease fatigue, increase energy, improve digestion, reduce weight, eliminate headaches and much more.”

“When the toxic burden in our bodies becomes too much and our natural method of getting rid of metabolic waste from normal human metabolism, environmental pollution and winter comfort foods, it’s time to give our body a little help. From our head to our toes and everything in between, your toxic burden can slow you down, make you feel less-than-optimal and even make you sick.”

To find out more and register, visit Galardi’s Comprehensive Nutrition website.