A wealth of wellness in WAG country this weekend

The fourth annual Stamford Hospital Health Wellness & Sports Expo 2015 will return to Chelsea Piers Connecticut Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18.

Visitors will receive a Passport For Life, sponsored by HealthyCT, which enables them to record their health screening results and collect stamps from visiting the exhibits. Those with 40 stamps will receive a complimentary day pass to Chelsea Piers Connecticut. Expo 2015 will also feature complimentary health screenings for adults by Stamford Hospital, flu shots provided by CVS Pharmacy, children’s activities, athlete and author appearances, the latest information, products, services and demos from more than 90 exhibitors, healthy holiday shopping opportunities and much more.

The public is asked to bring nonperishable food to help stock The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County for the upcoming holidays and enter a raffle to win healthy prizes.

The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Chelsea Piers is at 1 Blachley Road. For more, visit hws-expos.com and follow on Twitter @hws_expos and Facebook.com/hws.expos

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HRHCare, one of the largest federally qualified health center (FQHC) systems in the country will host its 11th annual gala, “Cornucopia: A Celebratory Benefit of Harvest & Health,” on Sat., Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua. The event will recognize HRHCare’s 40-year history of providing quality health care to those in need and look to the future of the growing health care needs in the state. Funds raised at “Cornucopia” will go to cancer research and providing comprehensive, quality primary and preventive care to people in need throughout the Hudson Valley, the Catskills and Long Island.

“This annual event is vital to supporting our efforts to ensure that quality affordable health care is available in our local communities,” said Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH, president and CEO of HRHCare. “The funds we raise will bring medical and dental services to the most vulnerable and underserved populations in our communities and make sure that no matter your income, everyone has access to quality health care. We look forward to a strong turnout and a very exciting event.”

Benefactor tickets (which include a mention in the event program) are $1,000.  Friend tickets are $500. For more, visit http://www.hrhcare.org/donations/cornucopia-2015/.

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Last week, the 10 greatest trotters in the world were on the historic Yonkers Raceway oval for the revival of the Yonkers International Trot. This Sunday, Oct. 18, the great field behind the starting gate will be much larger – 2,000 strong – for an important international cause, the “Walk to Cure Diabetes.”

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Vice President and COO Bob Galterio’s daughter Cara was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9, and the longtime executive immediately was compelled to take action to fight the disease.

So “Cure for Cara” was born. That was 15 years ago, and on Sunday, Galterio will serve as captain of the “Cure for Cara” team as Empire City employees, volunteers and participants turn out for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. (Cara is now 25 and will be married later this month.)

Registration opens at 9 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m. The fundraising goal for the chapter is to raise nearly $545,000 for research.

For more, visit walk.jdrf.org/westchester or call the JDRF Westchester County Chapter at 914-686-7700. – edited by Georgette Gouveia

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