DARIEN, Conn. — Several community organizations will host an afternoon of activities designed to promote a healthier Darien, including a flu shot clinic, chair massages and a yoga class, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
The Darien Health Department will host its first flu shot clinic of the fall. No appointment is necessary to receive a shot. Anyone over age 3 may get the flu shot.
“Our vaccine is preservative-free, and will be administered by injection only,” said Molly Larson, public health nurse in a statement.
Shots are $15 and can be paid for by cash or check — no insurance is accepted. The high-dose vaccine, which is recommended for those 65 and older, will be available in addition to the standard flu vaccine.
Post 53 also will be in attendance, providing free blood pressure screenings.
Norwalk Hospital will cover integrative medicine and nurses will be on hand to provide information about diabetes, hypertension, Lyme disease and more. It also will offer chair massages. A respiratory therapist will provide sleep tips and advice on proper breathing. A clinical specialist in occupational therapy will cover stroke, fall prevention and joint replacement.
The Darien Library will host three programs during the afternoon to promote healthy life styles. From 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the conference room, Shelly Ransom will have yoga for kids and will demonstrate a series of poses for kids of all ages to begin their yoga practice. Then, from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Ransom, who is a certified yoga instructor, will demonstrate a practice that promotes gentle, therapeutic yoga for adults with injuries.
From 1 to 1:30 p.m., meditation for beginners will be conducted in the conference room. Julie Punishill, a graduate of the two-year intensive training program at the Institute for Conscious Counseling and Coaching in Essex, Mass., will lead a meditation practice ritual for beginners. The library also will have a selection of books on various health topics available on display.
“We’re excited to be working with the health department to make it easy and fun for Darien families to stay healthy as we head into flu and cold season,” said Stephanie Anderson, head of reader services in a statement. “Since the following day will be Post 53’s Hands for Life event to be held at the Darien YMCA, the library is proud to be part of what might be Darien’s healthiest weekend of the year.”