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Fairfield - Connecticut's Healthiest Town?!?!

After working and living in Fairfield from 1993-2005, then leaving, now I am back, and these are my thoughts on Fairfield being the state's healthiest place to live!

In my opinion, Fairfield is the healthiest town in Connecticut to live in! I challenge any other town to step up to “the plate.”

(picture: staff of Catch A Healthy Habit Cafe)
Places to shop:

Mrs. Green’s Natural Market –Produce is exclusively certified organic and they have a supplement department second to none with Doreen and Frank there to guide you through it.  Look for Lorraine -- the heart and soul of the store.

Whole Foods opened this past weekend to massive crowds. The highlights for me were “Brad’s Raw Kale Chips” (and meeting Brad himself), plus the Kombucha Tea on tap!  Got me a big bottle of the ginger tea, and I’m almost ready to go back for my discounted refill! I also picked up a huge rain barrel, one of the weekend sales!

is a distant 3rd, some organic options, always helpful and cheerful staff!

Places to eat:

The above mentioned Whole Foods and Mrs. Green’s both offer great food selections for eating in or taking out. Mrs. Green’s has a juice bar where you can also down a wheat grass shot.

Catch A Healthy Habit Cafe is Connecticut's only all raw food cafe, where we only use organic produce and maintain an establishment FREE of dairy, soy and gluten. We also offer an extensive menu of signature juices and smoothies.

Health in a Hurry has been a staple for seven years for organic vegetarian/vegan food to go. Owner Sue Cadwell says, “We are happy to cater any type of event, big or small. We do business meetings, parties, graduations, weddings, or any other event where you want to treat your guests to a health supportive meal.”

The Pantry has a great salad bar and healthier options!

Here’s something rare yet traditional -- Fairfield has a Milkman???!!

Thankfully, with so many choices, we have the help of the “Fairfield Green Food Guide” to catalogue all of these details and beyond!

Health Support:

There are so many great  Naturopathic Doctors in Fairfield as well as Chiropractors, massage therapists and other holistic health practitioners. There are way too many to spotlight here.

Like Yoga? Well Fairfield has and traditional yoga. Yoga for Everybody is a frequent winner in the annual “Best of” edition of the Fairfield County Weekly for best yoga studio. Yogabliations provides a unique approach to yoga as therapy. Yoga Synergy  and Catch Your Breath are other quality options for yoginis!

Fitness:

Staying in business for over 25 years means you are good. of Self Defense is good! Gyms in town include, Southport Racquet Club, Crossfit Performance, Trifitness, and of course the big box gyms, while not for me maybe for you, The Edge and Planet Fitness. Like to Climb? Carabiner’s is the gold standard for climbing! Need to get trained on a personal level? Camillo Fitness, Charged! , Simply Fit Fairfield. How about Pilates Zumba? Need a running partner? Join The Pequot Runners! I almost forgot?  Fairfield has a , Fitness Center and arguably the best “Boys and Girls Club” in the state! There are also two high school tracks to walk and run on and beautiful beaches to get your Vitamin D from!

No town in Connecticut compares! Now as long as landlords don’t get greedy and property taxes don’t skyrocket, (they are already through the roof) Fairfield will continue to be the best place to practice “You are what you eat, drink, think & exercise!”

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Janis Bowersox June 08, 2011 at 02:31 AM
Well researched Glen. Thanks for putting the spotlight on Fairfield and all the healthy choices. There are also a lot of graduates of the INN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition), like the author of this article, Glen Colello. Also, thank you to Glen and his partner Lisa for bringing in fabulous speakers every week. GO FAIRFIELD! Stay healthy!
Tim Wagner June 08, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Well researched ! So he compares fairfield's health amenities to which other town? Sounds like two buddies patting each other on the back. While what he says may be true, but it is only an opinion!
Lena Minervino June 08, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Agreed we have the Healthiest Town in Connecticut... Thank you for featuring my in home personal training company (Simply Fit Fairfield). All the best!
Ed Hartz June 09, 2011 at 05:45 AM
Glen's Raw Kale chips are much better. They are not commercial like whole Foods store is. Ed The Milkman
Ed Hartz June 09, 2011 at 05:54 AM
Yes, Fairfield has a Milkman even when he has no Milk. Years ago the farms had their very own milkman deliver to the area residents. When commercial farming came and these local farms disappeared, then the Milkman was not needed. The cow is the core of a farm. The soil, water, air, grass also. When animals and plant life are close to the way God intended them to be, then things are healthy. It is simple. Nutrient dense foods will nourish. People eat or overeat today because our bodies know that there is not sufficient amount of nutrients in them. So we overeat. This is just a tip of the iceberg. The Milkman is Back to deliver farm fresh foods. Milk, dairy, veggies, fruit and more. If you want to live, then buy local farm foods. Food is medicine. Support The Milkman, your family, the farms. It will work.
Analiese Paik June 17, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Glen thanks for mentioning Fairfield Green Food Guide as a resource. There are so many ways to shop for and enjoy local and sustainable food in Fairfield, yet the options continue to grow. We now have 3 weekend farmers' markets, The Pantry carries some local food, Sport Hill Farm in Easton has a CSA drop at Fairfield Woods Branch Library, CT Farm Fresh Express offers food from almost 50 CT farms delivered to your door, and The Stand will open at the Sportsplex in early August. If it's green food news, we print it!
Carol Dannhauser June 17, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Hi Glen, Great job! Don't forget the farmers market at the Brick Walk each Saturday morning. I know you don't cook at your (delicious!) restaurant. We do some cooking at the market, though. Each week we incorporate CONNECTICUT milk and eggs into our crepes, as well as whatever looks delicious. Last Saturday it was fresh ricotta from East Haven for our cannoli crepes, and gorgeous strawberries from Chaplain Farms combined with pretty much whatever else you you wanted inside. Our classic crepe features delicious honey from Weston. It's a yummy way to start the weekend.
MJ June 22, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Though she is closing down the retail portion of her store, Green Gourmet To Go - just across the Fairfield line in the Black Rock Section of Bridgeport - deserves recognition here. Linda Soper-Kolten is a wonderful cook with a diverse organic, non-dairy menu. She will still cater and offer classes and nutritional speakers.
Analiese Paik June 22, 2011 at 05:58 PM
MJ, I coudn't agree more. Linda's Farm to Chef Program with Sport Hill Farm continues and her prepared foods are available for home delivery through CT Farm Fresh Express. I know she's cooking up some exciting new programs for the community from my call with her this morning. Expect more great things!

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