Senator Lesser and Health New England to Host Third Annual "Thrive After 55" Wellness Fair in June

SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser announced today that he will host the Third Annual “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair in June, in partnership with Health New England, Springfield College and the Center for Human Development.

This year's fair will be held on Friday June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Field House, located on the campus of Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield.

The “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair is free and open to the public.

With more than 70 local organizations ranging from health and fitness to nutrition and elder law, the annual fair will connect residents of the Greater-Springfield area with information and resources to help them thrive.

“I’m excited to host this event again this year after two successful years of bringing people together to learn about what’s available to them in Western Mass,” said Senator Lesser. “Last year, we had more than 1,000 people attend. This year we are eager to offer an even greater variety of resources, seminars and raffle prizes!”

Jody Gross, Interim President and CEO of Health New England, commented on the continued success and growth of the event and said, “Health New England is pleased to provide important and reliable information about health, healthcare and lifestyle resources available to anyone 55 years of age and older. People can talk to vendors representing diverse areas of interest to learn about the local services available and explore opportunities for active, healthy living.  The Health New England mission is to improve the health and lives of the people in the communities we serve, and we are grateful to be an ongoing part of the team that makes this event possible.”

"We are pleased to once again participate in Senator Lesser's Wellness Fair," said Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper, president of Springfield College. "Health and wellness are the hallmarks of a Springfield College education. It is who we are. To partner with Sen. Lesser and his staff to continue to push for efforts that support our community members perfectly aligns with our Springfield College mission and our Humanics philosophy of spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to others. We look forward to seeing everyone on our campus again this June." 

Ben Craft, Vice President of Community Engagement of the Center for Human Development (CHD), said the “Thrive After 55” Fair provides important connections between people and services that can significantly impact their lives. “Mental health and wellness is a lifelong journey, and CHD is committed to supporting and caring for people across our communities and walks of life. We’re proud to partner in Senator Lesser’s efforts to build a healthier and more vibrant western Massachusetts.”

The Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair will also feature several educational seminars which will highlight areas of interest for attendees, including: estate planning and elder law, scam avoidance, and diet and nutrition. Heart Song Yoga Center of East Longmeadow will return for a third year with an interactive demonstration of chair yoga and movement.

The free program includes a boxed lunch, educational seminars, hundreds of raffle prizes, and access to information and experts to talk to. To attend, please call Senator Lesser’s office at 413-526-6501 or visit SenatorLesser.com/thrive to RSVP.

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Ryan Migeed