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Moms Run For Health

Fit and Healthy Mamas Inc. hosts 5K

Runners of all athletic levels huddled around the bananas, bagels and apples, on Saturday, Sept. 29, when families came together to participate in the Healthy Mom 5K race. Companies that sponsored this inaugural 5K included Sprigs, Organic Cravings, Kaitie Monda, Cleansing Concepts, Power Ice, Yoga Rocks, and Parents R Talking.

The hour-long event kicked off in Field 5 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. The field was filled with supporters and participants, expressing a collective appreciation for mothers, as well as full support for leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

Melissa Monteforte, a health and nutrition coach as well as an avid runner, is the founder of Fit and Healthy Mamas Inc. Her vision organizing this race was in effort to bring families together. She told Anton Newspapers that nutrition and being active are the first two steps that bring a person closer to living a healthy lifestyle. She said these were just a couple of the reasons why the race was created.

Although this was the first year for the “Moms Run For Health” event, Monteforte already hopes that it becomes an annual event for families to get together.

From its inception, the race began generating positive response with about 100 pre-race registrants. On the day of the 5K, runners, joggers, and walkers, even as young as 12 years old arrived, ready to run. Monteforte told Anton News that about 130 people completed the run.

One of the run participants included sponsor Kaitlin Monda of Kaitie Monda Graphic Designs, who says she is a big fan of not only Fit and Healthy Mamas Inc., but also of the message that the race sends.

“I think her [Monteforte’s] company is great; I’m 23, so I’m not a mom yet, nor do I plan on getting there quite yet, but although her company gears itself toward mothers,” said Monda enthusiastically, “It doesn’t shy away from welcoming everyone.”

Yoga Rocks, another one of the event sponsors, led a five-minute pre-race stretch and a post-race stretch. Following the race, many of the sponsors, including Gaia’s Essence, shared samples and things from their product lines for runners to purchase, to celebrate their race finale.

“Any step toward health is a step in the right direction,” said Monteforte. The impressive turnout for the Healthy Mom 5K Race showed this was a widespread belief.”

News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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