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2018-06-13 / News

Healthy Choices, Lifestyles Focus of 2nd Annual Walton Wellness Day

By Lillian Browne


Rachel James, owner of A Time to Heal Massage provided free chair massages. Here, Mary Torma Kelly enjoys a mini-session. 
Lillian Browne/The Reporter Rachel James, owner of A Time to Heal Massage provided free chair massages. Here, Mary Torma Kelly enjoys a mini-session. Lillian Browne/The Reporter WALTON - Upward of 100 people attended the second annual Walton Wellness Day held at Veterans’ Memorial Plaza on Saturday, June 9, causing organizer Stacey Stevens, a certified personal trainer and owner of Empowered by You Fitness, to deem the event a success.

Twenty-eight vendors gave demonstrations, sold health-related foods, products and wares. The purpose of the event, Stevens said, is to educate residents and surrounding communities about the abundance of health and wellness services available in the area.

Stevens offered free body-scanning which measured body mass index, basic metabolic rate, body mass, body fat percentage, measurement of visceral fat and muscle mass, with a cellular device which was linked to a step-on-scale like accessory.Stacey Stevens, owner of Empowered by You Fitness and organizer of the event, offered free body-scanning sessions.
Stacey Stevens, owner of Empowered by You Fitness and organizer of the event, offered free body-scanning sessions.

Body scanning, Stevens said, is a great way to start people on their fitness journey, allowing them to compare ratios and calculate ranges to achieve weight, health and fitness goals.

Knockerball, a plastic half-body cocoon which allows players to roll and bump with little impact, was a huge hit with children.

Eagle Hollow Farm’s Christina, left, and Mary Masciola, were vendors at the 2nd Annual Walton Wellness Day and sold alternative sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, along with alpaca yarn and dill lip balm.Eagle Hollow Farm’s Christina, left, and Mary Masciola, were vendors at the 2nd Annual Walton Wellness Day and sold alternative sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, along with alpaca yarn and dill lip balm.Many other vendors, including Eagle Hollow Farm’s Christina and Mary Masciola sold alternative sweeteners like honey from their beehives and maple syrup tapped from their trees, at the event. The mother-daughter team also sold alpaca yarn sourced from their alpaca farm and hand-crafted dill lip balm, explaining that dill subdues sweet cravings.

A Time to Heal Massage owner Rachel James provided free chair massages, explaining the health benefits of massage which include relaxation, which supports stress reduction and mental health.

Elija Williams, age 4, of Walton, played Knockerball at Veterans’ Memorial Plaza on Saturday.
Elija Williams, age 4, of Walton, played Knockerball at Veterans’ Memorial Plaza on Saturday. Other wellness advocates including reiki practitioner, Angela Porpora, owner of Reiki Reset located on Delaware Street, provided mini-session of the energy-based modality.

Sponsors for the event included the Walton Big M, Danny’s Restaurant, TA’s Restaurant and Feather and Stone Restaurant.

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