Showing posts with label wellness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wellness. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Exercise & Wellness Classes Starting Soon

Exercise & Wellness Classes
Winter 2022
Starting SOON
Don't be left out! Register today
Yoga, which has been around since the 15th century, helps to quiet the mind & improve health, for all levels - whether you are a beginner or experienced. Join us for a great way to spend the winter!
Vinyasa Flow Yoga OR Yoga For Anyone
Prices vary
This class will empower teenagers to become more self-aware and confident. The girls will gain a sense of well-being while developing strength and flexibility. They will also learn breathing and relaxation techniques.
8 weeks - $80/person
LaBlast is an energizing dance fitness program that uses easy to follow ballroom dance patterns. Students will learn the basic steps of several dance styles, while enjoying music from all genres. Classes are low impact and for all levels of fitness. Partner-free and no experience necessary. 
10 weeks - $90/person

For more class options & additional details visit:

FPS - Lifelong Community Learning | 218 Oak Street, Room 137, Franklin, MA 02038

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Panel event for job-seekers on Thursday May 27 - Financial Wellness

Folks, after the last year, many of you are hurting financially. You may be wondering how you recover. 

Even if you are not hurting financially, you may still have questions.
Do you even know your own financial wellness?  What is financial wellness?

Our director Susan D. Kelly has assembled a top-notch panel to assist you.

Please forward/share the flyer with anyone you feel could benefit.

Creating Financial Wellness during Stressful Times

Join us at this Special Panel Event
Thursday, May 27, 10-11:30am

Financial wellness isn't about wealth. And, it's not about the number
in your bank account. So, what is Financial Wellness?
How would you rate your Financial Literacy?
How would you describe your Financial Behavior?
What are your Internal Emotions toward money?

Join our Panelists to explore ways to achieve Financial Wellness during these challenging times of your job search journey during a pandemic:
  •  Caitlin Peloquin, Ameriprise-Financial Advisor
  •  Paula Harris, WH Cornerstone Investments, Co-Owner and Co-Author
  •  Megan Scipione, Inkberry Financial-Financial Wellness Coach,
  •  Susan Carp, MCOA, Director-Member Services
Download copy of flyer here

Panel event for job-seekers on Thursday May 27 - Financial Wellness
Panel event for job-seekers on Thursday May 27 - Financial Wellness

Sunday, May 23, 2021

P.A.W.S. Event Sunday! May 23, 2021


What do a Police Officer, State Representative, and Child Psychiatrist all have in common? They want to talk with YOU!


JOIN US TOMORROW: MAY 23, 2021 for a fantastic day of speakers including:

Norfolk Police Sergeant Michelle Palladini

State Representative Jeffrey Roy

Child Psychiatrist Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD

Danny Lagarce, peer in recovery

Reverend Tiffany Spigarolo

Emma Kucich, SAFE Coalition

Emilee Purdy, New Hope Community Liaison

All attendees will be mailed a P.A.W.S. l SAFE Coalition swag bag!


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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Nikki Giovanni: "We find the song in the darkest days"

From the New York Times:
"Over the course of her 52-year career, Nikki Giovanni has written 12 children’s books and eight nonfiction books, and she has released 10 spoken word albums. But the genre for which she is best known is poetry.

When you flip through a stack of her 19 collections (it’s a tall stack), you find her face, still radiant and smiling at 77, staring back at you from the covers. This is an unusual choice for the jacket of a poetry book, but Giovanni is the rare poet whom a good number of people will actually recognize — a distinction that is all the more noteworthy considering how long it has been true.

She was name-checked in the 1980 Teena Marie song “Square Biz,” featured in the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn in 2016, and both seen and heard reading her poem “Dream” last fall in a campaign ad for Joseph R. Biden Jr. It was 1972 when Ebony magazine first called her “a personality, a star.” Her staying power over half a century comes from a stream of acclaimed work, her proclivity for a punishing schedule of tours and readings, and a fearlessness born of not caring what foolish people think.

“The best thing you can do for yourself is to not pay attention,” Giovanni said during a video interview from her home in Christiansburg, Va."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Listen to a wonderful interview with Nikki Giovanni and Neil Pasricha

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

SWAC invites you to "Give 2020 the Boot(camp) December Fitness Challenge"

The FPS Student Wellness Advisory Council (SWAC) invites our families and the entire Franklin community to participate in the "Give 2020 the Boot(camp) December Fitness Challenge"!  Physical activity plays a vital role in our overall health and well-being, but sometimes getting started or knowing what to do is a hurdle.  SWAC's Physical Activity Sub-Committee has curated a month of fitness challenges you can do at home; no equipment is necessary! 

Check out our "Give 2020 the Boot(camp) Fitness Challenge" calendar for links to different exercises to do each day starting tomorrow, December 1st. Keep track of your success on the attached printable calendar, or anywhere! You can also create your own fitness routine!  No matter how you do it or how you track it, we can work together and motivate each other to enter a new year stronger and healthier! 

Let's Give 2020 the Boot, Franklin! #SWACfitnesschallenge 

Find the SWAC Fitness Challenge Clickable Calendar on our website here:
Find the printable SWAC Fitness Calendar here:
Shared from Facebook
"Give 2020 the Boot(camp) December Fitness Challenge"
"Give 2020 the Boot(camp) December Fitness Challenge"

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Franklin Public Schools, MA: Nutrition Infographic

"Franklin Public School SWAC (Student Wellness Advisory Council) is sharing this infographic to provide our families with some helpful nutrition tips!  #swac #nutrition #healthychoices  "
Shared from Twitter:
Other info from the SWAC can be found at

helpful nutrition tips
helpful nutrition tips

Monday, November 23, 2020

2020 Virtual Senior Health and Wellness Fair (Video)

"Senate President Karen E. Spilka is excited to announce a one-hour VIRTUAL Senior Health & Wellness Fair that will be broadcast on local public access channels, Facebook, and on November 20, 2020. Designed to help seniors maintain their mental and physical health during the Pandemic, it will feature expertise and resources from local and state experts, including strategies to beat social isolation with AARP Massachusetts President Sandra Harris; short workshops on at-home fitness, fraud prevention, and getting the right care; and overviews of community organizations and services that can help with transportation, fighting scams, and lifelong learning, as well as helplines and other resources-by-phone."
If you missed the event on Friday, it was recorded and is available for replay anytime you want!  Video link =

Friday, November 13, 2020

virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair = Nov 20

Senate President Karen E. Spilka is excited to announce a one-hour VIRTUAL Senior Health & Wellness Fair that will be broadcast on Facebook and on November 20, 2020, at 10 am. EST. 
Designed to help seniors maintain their mental and physical health during the Pandemic, it will feature expertise and resources from local and state experts, including: strategies to beat social isolation with AARP Massachusetts President Sandra Harris; short workshops on at-home fitness, fraud prevention, and finding the right care; and overviews of community organizations and services that can help with transportation, fighting scams, and lifelong learning, as well as helplines and other resources-by-phone. There will be fun and entertainment too! 
Learn more:
virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair = Nov 20
virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair = Nov 20


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Senator Karen Spilka: virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair - Nov 20

"The virtual Senior Health & Wellness Fair will be LIVE on Friday, Nov 20, 2020! The 60-min show, which will be broadcast on local cable access TV in MetroWest, YouTube & Facebook, will offer expertise & resources from local & state experts, as well as fun!"
More about the event: 
Shared via Twitter:

Senator Karen Spilka: Senior Health & Wellness Fair - Nov 20
Senator Karen Spilka: Senior Health & Wellness Fair - Nov 20

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

FM #238 Kristin Letendre - Mindfulness in a pandemic 4/03/20 (audio)

FM #238 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 238 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Kristin Letendre, Health and PE Director for the Franklin Public School district as well as a teacher at FHS. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about her work on the School Wellness Advisory Council (SWAC), on the Social Emotional Learning Committee, and importantly about keeping learning alive with her approach to mindfulness and a daily practice shared via Twitter.

This recording runs about 20 minutes, so listen to my conversation with Kristin and hear how a mindful approach can really provide help for us to be present during these challenging days.


The Twitter account for FPS Health PE =

The Social Emotional Learning Committee has created this SEL page with resources and a monthly focus

Kristin is an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State 

Resources shared by Kristin as mentioned during our conversation:


Mindfulness Book Recommendations

  • Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration  by Meera Lee Patel
  • Made Out of Stars: A Journal for Self-Realization by Meera Lee Patel
  • The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr. Patrizia Collard
  • Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day by Jennie Marie Battistin
  • Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are by Aimee Chase
  • Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in Everyday by Matthew Sockolov
  • Choose The Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness by Tal Ben-Shahar, PHD

We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know
Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

FM #238 Kristin Letendre - Mindfulness in a pandemic 4/03/20 (audio)
FM #238 Kristin Letendre - Mindfulness in a pandemic 4/03/20 (audio)

Monday, March 2, 2020

Mind-Body-Spirit at St. John’s - a three part series

St John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, MA presents a three-part series entitled "Mind-Body-Spirit". This free series of seminars, workshops, activities, and demonstrations is open to the community and welcomes anyone interested in enhancing their well-being.

March 22nd & 29th 2 PM–4 PM
If you are experiencing stress and anxiety, come learn how Dr. Trudy Good, a clinical psychologist with 12+ years of experience,
can help. Join us for Dr. Good’s seminar and workshop to learn about how our minds deal with stress, mindful practice (the science behind it and its practical application to your life). Learn self-care for managing stress and how mindfulness can help.

April 26th 12:30 PM–4 PM
Looking for new ways to care for your body? Come to St John’s Health and Wellness Fair. Register to enjoy a free, catered lunch.
Explore healthy eating habits, new exercise routines, and ideas for preventative care.
Enjoy samples of healthy and tasty snacks. Learn about nutrition, and watch demonstrations from award winning nutritionist Tricia Silverman. Participate in activities to learn first-hand how you can take better care of your body, including sessions on T'ai Chi, Yoga, and Zumba.

Take a minute (or 10) to relax with a free chair massage. Learn more about acupuncture and get a confidential health screening to check your blood pressure, glucose, and more.
Leave feeling relaxed and more in control of your body.
Mind-Body-Spirit at St. John’s
Mind-Body-Spirit at St. John’s

Enter to win door prizes and raffles for gift vouchers to local vendors, including:
a 3mo fitness membership or 6-mo individual tennis membership to Adirondack Club-$220 value
  • a $175 Gift Certificate to Franklin YMCA
  • Free Trial Week Passes to Franklin YMCA
  • a Ninja personal blender and to-go cup
  • a Whole Foods gift certificate
  • a Healthy foods gift basket
  • a fruit infuser water bottle
  • and MUCH more!

May 17th 2 PM–4 PM
Allow Ethel Fraga, a highly respected mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor, centering prayer presenter, and a spiritual director, to guide your spirit in understanding and connecting with the sacredness of life.
Ms. Fraga has been a student of contemplative spirituality for 52 years and practices meditation daily. Learn from her how you can enrich your life through Christian Contemplative Practice.

All events are free, but registration is highly recommended. Childcare and refreshments available at all events.
To learn more visit:
To register, or to learn more, please contact: Amali De Zoysa (508) 528-2387
St John’s Episcopal Church-237 Pleasant St. Franklin, MA 02038

Download your copy of the flyer here or from copy embedded below

Friday, July 26, 2019

Healthy Weight and Your Child Program Enrolling for September 10 Start at Burke Memorial School

In response to a critical health care issue that can lead to serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, the YMCA’s Healthy Weight and Your Child (HWYC) is an evidence-based, weight-management program that seeks to empower children and families through education, healthy eating, and physical activity. The program’s goal is to elicit positive change and help families learn skills and behaviors that enable them to live a healthier lifestyle so that children enter adulthood at a healthy weight.

foster the health and wellbeing of our students
foster the health and wellbeing of our students

"Medway Public Schools recognizes the importance of collaborating with community partners to best foster the health and wellbeing of our students,” says Dr. Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness for Medway Public Schools. “We are extremely proud to partner with the Hockomock Area YMCA and Community Pediatrics of Medway, with the support of the Greater Milford Community Health Network, to assist our families in living a healthy lifestyle. Healthy Weight and Your Child has the potential to greatly impact our students' health and ability to learn."

Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 25-session program, which will begin Tuesday September 10, 2019 and run for 15 weeks. From September 10th through November 14th, participants and their parent or guardian will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Burke Memorial School (16 Cassidy Ln, Medway, MA). The final five meetings will run one day a week through December 17th. 

Each session includes content and physical activity. Made up of groups of 10 to 15 families (child and adult), the program creates a safe, fun, and active environment where families have the opportunity to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle. Included in this program is a no charge family membership to the YMCA for the duration of the sessions.
HWYC program emphasizes three elements
HWYC program emphasizes three elements

The HWYC program emphasizes three elements: healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change, and engages the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight.

To be eligible for the program, each child must be between the ages of 7 and 13, have a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, be cleared for physical activity by a health care provider or school nurse, and be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.

Thanks to a generous grant from CHNA 6 and the continued support of the Stop and Shop Our Family Foundation, there will be no cost for the first ten families enrolled in the upcoming Medway class. Please contact or call 508-339- 4053 to join HWYC. For more information, visit and attend an information night for families on September 10th (also at Burke Memorial School).

About the Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit