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YMCA offers two weeks free membership
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE– Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired in these COVID-19 times? The Northwest CT YMCA invites all in the community to participate in a free six-week Reset challenge designed to help transform spirit, mind and body. “Now, more than ever before we need to recharge and refocus,” said Northwest CT YMCA CEO Greg Brisco. “The COVID-19 pandemic has worn us down. It’s isolated us in so many ways. This challenge provides an opportunity to get active and healthier by yourself or as a Y family.”
We invite the community to opt-in to a motivational experience by texting RESET to 844.795.0914. Follow the prompts to sign-up for the challenge that begins February 1st.
Each week our goal is to be active 30 minutes a day for 5 days, AND try one of our weekly reset challenges from national experts in fitness, mindfulness, & nutrition. These challenges also include guidance from an inspirational coach, spiritual coach & happy coach. Participants will receive three texts a week filled with motivation, challenges, workouts and more.
To kick off the challenge we are offering 2-weeks of free YMCA membership starting February 1st. Prizes will also be awarded to the first 100 participants to track their workouts throughout the challenge – keeping us motivated to complete the full 6-weeks!
Everyone in the community is invited to try the NEW Virtual YMCA through March 2021 and workout wherever you are. Free YMCA live-streaming and On Demand classes will be available including Zumba, yoga, HIIT and many more.
Challenge participants can also join in a variety of outdoor activities, like our winter hiking/ snow-shoeing series, or walking, hiking and running on their own. All activities count towards the challenge! Visit the website at and learn more about the Reset challenge and all of the free community activities. “It’s the perfect time to take back our lives, reenergize, achieve goals, feel better and stronger,” added Brisco.

Winter Weekend in Norfolk 2021
NORFOLK/PRESS RELEASE — Help us put together another virtual weekend to whet visitors’ appetite for Norfolk. Teach kids something fun, perform, conduct a tour of your favorite Norfolk place, show off your artwork, demonstrate your skills, read from your poetry or prose…. We need both live-streamed and pre-recorded events to promote our special town, starting February 20. We can help with video and Zoom. Please email Sue Frisch ( with questions and to sign up.

Community Health and Wellness Joins Statewide Social Wellness Network
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE —Community Health and Wellness has signed on to Unite Connecticut, a statewide initiative of the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) that connects health and social services providers through a shared technology platform (Unite Us) designed to identify and address the social needs of patients through a closed-loop referral process.
“We’re very excited to bring Unite Connecticut to our clients in the northwest corner of the state,” comments Joanne Borduas, CEO of Community Health and Wellness.
“The system will allow us to screen and directly refer our clients for a wide variety of social and medical services, with the ability to track those referrals and follow-up as needed. It’s a way for us to be sure that our clients are getting the help they need with day to day needs that affect their health.”
Unite Connecticut was launched twelve months ago. It is a partnership between CHA and Unite Us, an outcome-focused technology company that supports the development of coordinated care networks. The Unite Us platform is being offered to member hospitals and community-based organizations across Connecticut free of charge by CHA. Through this work, hospitals, health systems and community healthcare providers are integrating social determinants of health into healthcare practice to address patients’ social needs. Currently seven hospitals in Connecticut are enrolled, with five more in process. They are partnering with a growing number –currently about 200– of community-based organizations across more than 20 service types including food assistance, housing, transportation, mental health, substance use, etc. These providers work together to address all manner of health-related issues. The network also includes the resource database of 211 Connecticut, a program of United Way of Connecticut.
“We understand that meaningful improvement in community health requires us to extend beyond the hospital walls and reach out to our partners in the community,” says Jennifer Jackson, the CEO of CHA. “Hospitals and social service providers are working closely together in a more organized network through Unite Connecticut to address elemental needs such as housing, healthy food, and transportation, and to enhance the overall health and well-being of our communities.”
Community Health and Wellness serves about 6,000 patients from its Torrington and Winsted locations.
“We have screened our patients for social determinants of health for a long time,” adds Borduas. “Unite Connecticut provides a more complete, uniform process for all providers to see and address the whole patient. That’s a scenario in which the patient is supported to make fundamental life changes that make them healthier for the long run.”

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