Healthy Events

15 Healthy Things to Do This Week

Workout to today's top hits, learn about herbal medicine, and try a meatless burger.

Vixen Hip-hop Cardio Workout/Photo courtesy of Hannah Mathews

Monday, November 6

Ready to Grow: Meet and Eat With Local Farmers: Curious about how your food gets from the field to your fork? Check out Ready to Grow, a fundraiser with cooking demonstrations, free samples, and discussions with local farmers. The event supports the Carrot Project, a New England nonprofit helping farmers gain business management skills.

$150, 5:30 – 9 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Vixen Hip-hop Cardio Workout: Sweat it out to today’s top hits with this fun, full-body workout. Instructor Hannah will take you through Vixen, a hip-hop cardio sequence inspired by girl power and the nightlife atmosphere. Get your sass on!

$15, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., The Z Spot, 181 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com

The Impossible Burger Tour: The nation’s food craze is finally making its way to Boston. Try the Impossible Burger, a plant-based patty that still sizzles and smells just like real meat. Plus, it produces 87% less greenhouse gas emissions than a beef patty. Stop by Harvard Square to try the burger for free and play in a giant foam pit with more surprises along the way.

Free, 12 – 6 p.m., Harvard Square, 41 Church St., Cambridge, facebook.com

Tuesday, November 7

Boston Globe Sports Discussion: Former Patriots player Troy Brown will join Boston Globe sports reporter Ben Volin to talk all things football. The duo will discuss their thoughts on the games so far and their predictions for the rest of the season. Plus, hear their analysis on how Coach Bill Belichick will handle player protests on the field.

Free, 6 p.m., the Black Rose, 160 State St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Wednesday, November 8

VivaOmm Fitness for the Veterans Yoga Project: Can’t decide on a fitness class? Try VivaOmm, a blend of yoga, pilates, barre, and Latin dance moves to tone every muscle in your body. Suzanne Biscotti, co-founder of VivaOmm, created the workout with inspiration from her Italian and Colombian roots. Best of all, all proceeds from this class will benefit the Veterans Yoga Project, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing therapeutic yoga with veterans with PTSD.

$15, 6:30-7:30 p.m, Reebok Back Bay, 135 Newbury St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Seminar Series: Health-Ade Kombucha: Kombucha, the fermented sweet tea filled with probiotics, has taken the health world by storm. Tufts alumna Daina Trout will return to campus to speak about the trials and tribulations of her company, Health-Ade Kombucha. From manufacturing to marketing to the science of food, Trout will cover the food industry through her eyes as a nutritionist. The seminar will also be live-streamed on the Tufts website.

Free, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Behrakis Auditorium, 150 Harrison Ave., Boston, tufts.edu

The meatless Impossible Burger/Photo courtesy of Impossible Foods

Thursday, November 9

Intro to Zen Meditation: Clear your mind before the holiday stress rushes in. The Cambridge Zen Center, one of the largest residential Buddhist centers in North America, was founded in 1973 to help locals relax and find their inner peace. Through bowing, chanting, and conscious sitting, you can meditate your way to a healthier peace of mind.

Free, 7-7:30 p.m., Cambridge Zen Center, 199 Auburn St., Cambridge, cambridgezen.org

Everyday Herbs for Immune Health: Stay strong this cold and flu season with tips and tricks from Steph Zabel, a local herbalist and educator. She’ll review which herbs are best for strengthening your immune system to prevent illness and aid minor sores. The class will sample herbal teas and essential oils and leave with handy recipes for home.

$25, 6-7:30 p.m., Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, eventbrite.com

Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo: Stock up for the ski season this weekend at the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo. The fair boasts huge discounts, live performances, and interactive exhibits to inspire you to hit the slopes this winter. Kids can test their skills at the ELITEAM Fitness Challenge, where they’ll test their agility in an obstacle course to see how they stack up to U.S. Ski Team pros. A ticket into the expo also comes with a free, 1-year subscription to SKI Magazine.

$15, November 9, 3-10 p.m., November 10, 12-10 p.m., November 11, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., November 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, skisnowexpo.com

Friday, November 10

Harvard Black Health Matters Conference: Listen to speakers from across the country shed light on health disparities across communities of color, from health care policies to mental health. Attendees can listen to panels and seminars, share their thoughts in an open mic, take a dance workshop, and more at this landmark conference.

$15, November 10-12, Northwest Science Building, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge, facebook.com

Photo courtesy of New Balance

Saturday, November 11

Disabled American Veterans 5k Run: This Veterans Day Weekend, support those who served by running in the Disabled American Veterans Run. Walk, run, or even ride your motorcycle through this scenic 5k loop on Castle Island. Check-in begins at 7 a.m.; the race begins promptly at 9 a.m.

$30, 9 a.m., Castle Island, 2010 William J. Day Blvd., Boston, dav5k.org

“Is Inequality Bad for Our Health?” Symposium: Local health advocates will come together on Saturday morning to discuss how policies can contribute to health inequalities across demographics. Through breakout sessions, attendees can explore how health services, faith, and legislation affect our nation’s wellbeing. State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, Dr. Nancy Krieger from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Bishop Dwayne Royster of PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) are all featured speakers at this symposium.

Free, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Sunday, November 12

Parkour 101: Learn how to run, jump, and land in a dynamic urban landscape with this introductory parkour workout. The workout is sponsored by Project Freerun, a collection of local parkour athletes who train the next generation in a positive, fun environment.

$10, 12-1 p.m., 885 Washington St., Boston, eventbrite.com

Boston River Run 5k: Run or walk along the Charles River this Sunday in the Boston River Run 5K. Proceeds from this event go towards the Andrew Graham Semper Fi Scholarship, in memory of Corporal Andrew Graham Narcus. The race also offers a 3k Youth route, free bag check, and fun raffles and prizes along the way.

$38, 9 a.m., Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, facebook.com

Barre and Bagels: Sunday brunch is overrated; it’s time for Sunday barre and bagels. Instructor Brittany Sousa will take you through an hour-long barre class at New Balance’s main store. Reward yourself afterward with free bagels and coffee provided by Local 338.

Free, 10-11 a.m., New Balance, 140 Guest St., Boston, facebook.com




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