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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

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Levittown.

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.

The featured speaker at the Levittown Historical Society’s September meeting was John Owens, editor in chief of Anton Community Newspapers, the publisher of the Levittown Tribune.

Historical society Vice President Bob Koenig opened the meeting, which was held at the Levittown Public Library.

Owens discussed the opioid epidemic that has swept over Long Island. Not only have thousands of residents become addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin, Owens said, but also, over the past two years there have been more than 240 overdose deaths.


Sports

Saturday, Sept. 27

9 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Great Neck South at MacArthur

9:15 a.m. JV Football Lawrence at Division

10 a.m. Boys JV Soccer West Hemsptead at Division

10 a.m. Boys Varsity Soccer Division at West Hempstead

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 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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Homecoming

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