(Crystal A. Proxmire, March 27, 2017)
Holly, MI –
There are many ways to be healthy, and the second annual Holly Health and Wellness Fair demonstrated over two dozen of them.
ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR STACEY STACKLEY
Among the tables of that vendors at Saturday’s event was Zumba instructor Stacey Stackley of snap fitness.
“I knew I needed to get moving,” she said. She started by following along with videos on demand, but after a while it got boring.
“I wanted to do different moves, and I didn’t really know anybody here. I saw Zumba class of the street, and I was nervous at first. But I figured ‘you can stay here and be lonely or go try to meet people.’
The experience helped her body shrink and her heart grow. “I’ve made quite a few really dear friends from the fitness world. ”
Stackley moved to Michigan from Florida for the sake of love. In addition to teaching Zumba at snap fitness, she’s general manager at Broad Street Valuations.
“I’ve been doing Zumba six years and teaching for a year, “Stackley said. “And I love it! The nice thing about Zumba is you’re dancing. There’s an instructor but you still can go at your own pace and joy yourself. It’s fun. ”
Though it may not be as fun as dancing, dentistry is an important part of staying healthy as well.
Dr. Steven Sulfaro has been taking care of smiles and Holly for over 30 years.
“i’ve seen people when their child and before you know it they’re in college, and then they’re bringing their kids in, “he said. “I don’t know where the time goes. They all grow but I don’t feel any older. ”
Dr. Sulfaro gave out toothbrushes and information about oral hygiene.
When asked his advice for getting kids to brush their teeth, Dr. Sulfaro said, “you have to give them lots of positive reinforcement. Don’t tell them it’s bad not to brush, tell them that it’s good to. Also kids learn from watching with their parents do if they see you brushing they’ll be more likely to do it too. ”
Another place of wellness is a unique therapeutic environment called Rose Hill. This 327-acre farm helps those with mental illness experience holistic healing opportunities.
“It’s not just medications and therapy, but meaningful daily activity, ” said Rose Hill Director Laura Mueller. “I like that it’s not a medical-based facility. It’s a place where I can spend time with residents, play, work out, have fun, and see people get better. ”
Rose Hill is one of only five therapeutic communities in the country, and patients come from all over the world to be in this compassionate environment. Patients at Rose Hill grow produce and flowers. They also care for animals and use wool from the sheep they race to make yarn. They get counseling, attend classes, learn life skills and do yoga among other healthy activities.
The fair featured several demonstrations, including performances by Dance Arts of Holly and Fenton Karate.
Other vendors included: Fenton Karate, Soulful Healing, Camp Wathana, Dance Arts of Holy, DeHaven Agency, Pursuit of Wellness, Easter Seals of Michigan, Holly Masonic Lodge, Restoration Place, Beach Body, VFW Auxiliary 5587, Physiotherapy Associates, Snap Fitness, Holly Area Veterans Resource Center, Vision Source, Premier Medical and Rehabilitation, Oakland County Health Division, Holly Area Community Coalition, Holly Area Youth Assistance, and Families Against Narcotics.