PLANTSVILLE – As the free 11th annual Healthy Family FunFest approaches on Sunday, Feb. 23, two local women who previously attended shared their experiences and what they learned about living a healthier life.
Sharon Corlette, 73, of Plainville, and Sharon Kupiec, 76, of Southington, were both volunteers; however, when browsing the exhibitors’ tables, they soon realized there was a vast trove of information that could benefit not only themselves but loved ones.
Last year, Corlette was at Healthy Family FunFest to promote WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, the nation’s only patient-centered organization serving the 48 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease. She speaks from experience – she felt healthy and was shocked when she learned in 2015 that she needed heart surgery. Since that lifesaving procedure, she has embraced a new mission: to educate others, especially women, to learn more about living healthier and taking care of their hearts.
Healthy eating is just one of the many topics showcased at Healthy Family FunFest. “What you eat now, affects you later,” Corlette said, explaining she would like more young people to realize that fact. Healthy Family FunFest gives people of all ages the opportunity to learn about every aspect of health, she said.
This year she will once again be volunteering at WomenHeart and plans to visit other exhibitors to pick up educational materials or have a cholesterol screening like she did last year. “I love Healthy Family FunFest. It is an excellent event,” she said.
Kupiec has also attended previous FunFests as a volunteer at a self-help table. She, too, always stops at the other booths to learn more about health-related topics and new procedures. “I like to chat with the professionals, especially if I’m not familiar with something. Then I can pass on the information to other people,” she said. “This is a real educational tool and a good experience. Hartford HealthCare is doing a great service.”
Healthy Family FunFest will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St. The area’s biggest health-focused event will feature more than 100 Hartford HealthCare health professionals representing dozens of specialties, resources and interactive wellness activities.
Shuttle bus service will be available from the commuter lot on Route 10, South Main Street at the intersection of Mulberry Street.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for Southington Bread for Life.
To learn more visit healthfamilyfunfest.org or Healthy Family FunFest on Facebook.
-- Press Release