Health & Wellness

Press Releases

High School Girls Needed! A NIGHT for YOU!

00473062a555020ecd43_teenretreat_collage.jpg
What a great night we had last year learning about mindfulness! Credits: Marissa Mastrocola
a31f38f34d2f24fae02a_bracelet_photo.jpg
Create your own diffuser bracelet! Credits: Marissa Mastrocola
f9c5dde253ea6107079a_finalflyer.2018.jpg
00473062a555020ecd43_teenretreat_collage.jpg

Attention all high school girls!  Do you need a night of self-care? A break from school, college prep classes, or just a bit of time to "check out"? Then sign up TODAY ... Our evening of wellness is NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 2 from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Go to http://mindfulkidsforkids.com to register.

Kids for Kids a Mindfulness Movement has created an evening of fun and wellness just for YOU! The evening will include aromatherapy, jewelry design, yoga, pure barre, meditation, massages, acupuncture and more!  We will begin the evening at Pure Barre http://purebarre.com/nj-westfield/ located at 708 North Avenue.  Please ARRIVE  by 6:15 in order to check in and hand in waiver forms.  After some invigorating "physical activities" at Pure Barre we will walk down to The Juice House http://juicehousenj.com located at 410 North Avenue for some RELAXATION!

Arielle Cassidy, owner of The Juice House and advocate for young ladies is opening her doors to you.  "We have partnered with Arielle because of her commitment to empowering and educating young women everywhere!"  "She has created a space not only where you can eat healthy but where you can also connect with others and feel at ease - both Arielle and her employees are the reason for this - their energy and openness is contagious - not to mention the addictive ingredients in their infamous "acai bowls"!  Soooo, all you JUICE HOUSE fans, come and make your own acai bowls with us!  Also, check out Arielle's new venture at http://getfemmed.com.

Sign Up for E-News

Ellen Bernholz, co-owner of Pure Barre-Westfield, and also an avid supporter of women and young ladies throughout our community, will be providing a space to get "PHYSICAL!"  "We all know the benefits of exercise but carving out the time and finding a workout (and atmosphere) that works for you is hard to find!"  "Pure Barre has created a workout that is effective, safe and especially designed for women"  "Ellen has also created an environment where young ladies can feel motivated yet also accept themselves as is!"  We are thankful to Ellen for opening her doors for young ladies to learn more about health and wellness.

Here at Kids for Kids a Mindfulness Movement, our goal is to teach young kids how and why it is important to be more mindfully connected to themselves and the world around them.  A recent issue of Time Magazine had a feature image on the cover for mindfulness, calling it a revolution. One might be wondering; why has it become so popular? You might even wonder; what is mindfulness, really? You may even want to know how you can develop it, or why would you want to.

Here are four definitions of mindfulness, all of them accurate.

1. Mindfulness is awareness.
2. Mindfulness is being more present – More embodied in the moment.
3. Mindfulness is calm, alert, presence with equanimity (Equanimity is being even-minded or non-judgmental).
4. In the book Full Catastrophe Living, the author Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as paying attention on purpose in the present moment without judgment.

To help clarify what mindfulness is, it can be useful to know what it’s not. It is not absent mindedness, mindlessness, or conceptualizing – Unless the latter is intentional and you’re aware of it. An example of non-mindfulness that most of us have experienced is driving down the freeway and suddenly realizing we haven’t noticed anything that we have passed in the last ten minutes. We were caught up in our head; someplace other than where we were.

A QUICK START ON HOW TO BE MORE MINDFUL

  • When possible do one thing at a time!
  • Pay FULL attention to that one thing!
  • When your mind wanders (as it surely will;), bring it back
  • Repeat Step 3, several billion times!
  • Explore distractions with curiosity and openness
  • REPEAT ABOVE OFTEN THROUGHOUT THE DAY

We feel that mindfulness is a revolution that we'd like to take part in.  It is imperative for our youth because we now live in a world that often times promotes disconnection not connection, that instills fear and not comfort and that unfortunately does not protect our youth.  We are trying (along with many other wellness centers in our community) to help kids CONNECT in a more mindful, loving manner and we'd love if you could join us.  Please follow us and let us know if you'd like to be involved!  Stay tuned for our April 2 retreat day for children in grades k-5 and our summer camp series.

View a GREAT video here about the importance of slow breathing!

 

 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Annette Ferrigno at 917-865-9577 or Marissa Mastrocola at 908-821-7818.  You can also send  mailto:mindfulkidsforkids@gmail.com.  To register for the day workshops, go to mindfulkidsforkids.com.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter @ KidsforKids_ and Instagram @ mindfulkidsforkids to keep up to date with all our events and mindful tips.  Kids for Kids is located in downtown Westfield at 7 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

Scotch Plains Man Arrested for Exposing Himself to Girl at Farley Park

April 19, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A 26-year-old Scotch Plains man was arrested and charged with lewdness after he allegedly exposed himself in front of a girl at Farley Park, police said.

The girl's family members contacted the Scotch Plains police, who arrested Melvin A. Hanciles, who lives near the park on Farley Avenue.

Sergeant David Lavery and Patrolman Chris ...

2018 Municipal Budget is on Collision Course with Principles of Financial Soundness & Stability

April 18, 2018

Having chaired the town council’s finance committee in the recent past, I appreciate the hard work that goes into developing a municipal budget for a town as large and dynamic as Westfield. But as I have expressed publicly and also to the mayor and my council colleagues, I do not support the adoption of Westfield’s 2018 municipal budget. Although the budget contains much that I ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_256ae6910e9127d6507f_picture

Thu, April 19, 7:00 PM

Westfield High School Auditorium, Westfield

Panel on Transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy

Education Green

Carousel_image_dd2853d55f77b53a02e6_13244600_824512737683830_2011645362359518113_n

Thu, April 19, 8:00 PM

Molly Maguires Irish Pub and Restaurant, Clark

Open Mic Night @ Molly Maguires in Clark

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Thu, April 19, 8:00 PM

Union County Torah Center, Westfield

“The Jewish View on Reincarnation”

Religions And Spirituality

Westfield Police Blotter: Residence Burglarized & More

April 18, 2018

April 11, 2018 10:23 a.m.

Raymond Rodgers, 56, of Westfield, NJ was arrested in the area of E. Broad Street. Rodgers was arrested pursuant to an unrelated traffic investigation. Rogers was transported to Westfield Police HQ without incident. At WPD HQ, Rodgers was processed and released after posting the full bail amount ($250). Rodgers was arrested on the strength of an outstanding Westfield ...

Free Living History Event Showcases World War I Centennial

April 19, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to experience battlefield life as a World War I American Salvation Army volunteer, featuring Ms. Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, actress and storyteller, in a special free presentation of “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in France.”

Doughnuts for Doughboys takes place on Tuesday, April 25 at ...

McKinley School Kicks Off its Annual Fundraising Effort for Pediatric Cancer Research

It was an enthusiastic start as students and staff kicked off the 7th Annual McKinley School Mini-THON, a schoolwide, energetic effort to raise money for leukemia and pediatric cancer research.

“As you know, McKinley School does a lot to give back [to the community],” said McKinley principal Marc Biunno as he addressed students and staff gathered in the gymnasium on April 11.

Get Your Home Ready for Summer Before its TOO HOT

Finally, the weather is getting warmer and you are shedding those down coats. Now is a great time to start thinking about summer and getting your home prepared. Paying attention to a few maintenance items can alleviate painful repairs later on if you wait too long. The line ahead of you will build as the summer rush starts. So, let’s not wait.

Check your roof   (hire the expert ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Fear of Rising Rates? Remember The Reason You Own Bonds

If the current interest environment has you concerned about your bond portfolio, remember why you are investing in bonds.  The role bonds, or fixed income, play in a portfolio is not solely based on performance.  Bonds are used to offer stability, particularly when stock market volatility is rising. Rate hikes can dampen bond performance, but keep perspective on how rising rates impact ...

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Hellenic Therapy Center

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 14

On this week’s AtlantiCast, an internationally recognized orthopedic oncologist takes a leadership role at Atlantic Health System, see the newest weapon in the fight against HPV-related cancers, Atlantic Health System leads the Castle Connolly / Inside Jersey Rankings, and much more!

 

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
Read more

Edison Cop Arrested, Charged With Computer Theft and Stalking

April 18, 2018

EDISON, NJ - An Edison police officer has been arrested and charged with computer theft and stalking.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department on Tuesday announced the arrest of Paul Pappas. The 43-year-old officer, an Edison resident, has been charged with computer theft/criminal activity in the second degree and stalking in the fourth ...