Health fair brings different disciplines together

Published on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:53


NEWINGTON - Visitors to a recent health fair went home inspired that personal wellness is on the horizon.

It’s fitting, then, that the event was hosted inside Horizon Personal Training on Market Square, in conjunction with the Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center of Newington, located just upstairs.

These business owners partnered with other health-minded professionals in Newington to bring information and resources to the public.

“We’re just trying to get everyone together to meet each other and be active members of the community,” Horizon general manager Dan Fischman said.

Joining them were Amanda Bayer of Newington Bicycle; Katie D’Onofrio and Heather Blair of Del Soul Spa; Sandy Byrne of River Rock Yoga in Wethersfield; Lisa DiGirolamo of Ananda Wellness, and the team from Fleet Feet of West Hartford. Each of these representatives gave a presentation on different health topics based on their company’s focus. Rooster Co. on Main St. provided the evening’s sampling menu.

Bayer invited visitors to try out a new app being utilized at Newington Bicycle. Zwift provides cyclists an interactive video training system to enhance their stationary bike experience.

“What we are demonstrating here is a smart trainer and virtual app combination - this setup will work with basically any bike out there,” she explained.  “The technology allows us to make indoor riding not only more exciting and enjoyable but also more productive.”

Zwift and other virtual riding apps adjust to individual workouts, providing more resistance to simulate hills, for example. Riders from across the world can also join forces to compete in virtual races and take group rides in popular and scenic destinations.

“There are courses of varying distances and difficulties and because you’re riding with other people it can get quite competitive,” Bayer pointed out.

Horizon staff are building a partnership with Newington Bicycle to provide services to cyclists.

Fischman’s clients came to the fair to support him and the company, which just opened its Newington location last year.

Jennifer Bernaiche travels from Southington to train with Fischman. She’s working on a body transformation, and has lost 60 pounds so far.

“I still have a ways to go,” she said, adding of her trainer, “He’s the best. There is something to be said for someone who is really and truly invested in your success.”

Bernaiche also praised the Horizon environment, which is centered on transformation and support through understanding

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:53. Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2018 19:55.