MADISON, NJ – In true holiday spirit, four area health-related businesses are honoring more than 700 teachers and staff of the Madison and Chatham public schools this year by presenting them each with a “Gift of Health” certificate valued at $500.

The gift includes a chiropractic treatment at Hollenbach Family Chiropractic, massage therapy at Therapeutic Oasis, nutritional counseling with Nutritional Harmony and a yoga membership at Powerflow Yoga. 

“The ‘Gift of Health’ is our way of saying ‘thank you for taking care of our kids’ and to help provide teachers with a much needed time to de-stress after the holidays,” Jim Hollenbach, owner of Hollenbach Family Chiropractic in Madison, said.

“Collectively our goal is to get people healthy, and, more importantly, to keep them healthy,” Hollenbach said.  “Both my parents were teachers, and I witnessed the stresses that were involved in the education field. This is just a way for us to provide the educators in our community the opportunity to sample our services, giving them a boost towards achieving optimal health.”

Emma Kealy, instructor at Powerflow Yoga in Chatham says yoga is a perfect follow-up to the hustle and bustle of the holidays. “It’s a great way to get moving and sweating and take a break from the kids,” she said. “Preventative care has always been a part of my recipe for health.”

Jennifer Dennisseur, CMT, of Therapeutic Oasis in Madison says management, both physical and mental, is the key factor to achieving good health.  “A deep-tissue massage is a wonderful way to keep your body in balance,” she said.

Ann Cicarelli of Nutritional Harmony in Chatham believes she can help teachers achieve their health goals. “They may have weight loss goals or want to work toward disease prevention,” she said. “Educating teachers about nutrition has a bigger scope because they work with kids. They are also so busy they don’t take a lot of personal time for themselves. As with any busy professional, personal goals can fall by the wayside.”

The “Gift of Health” businesses hope that other area businesses will follow their lead in this New Year and offer similar programs. 

Jamie Zidle, teacher at Southern Boulevard School in Chatham expressed her appreciation to the area business owners: “The Gift of Health is a great opportunity for teachers to relax and refuel for the New Year,” she said.

Valarie Piccolo, a first grade teacher at Central Avenue School said it was an honor to receive such a generous gift. “The holidays are exciting but can be tiring. I really look forward to taking advantage of something so rejuvenating and relaxing in the New Year,” she said.