15 Healthy Things to Do This Week

Celebrate Columbus Day weekend with bachata, parkour, and rooftop yoga.


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Monday, October 2

Heroines of Health Documentary Screening: Hear from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Russell about her latest documentary, which explores women’s health around the world. Afterward, stick around for a storytelling workshop about global healthcare entrepreneurship.

Free, 5 p.m. Babson College, 231 Forest St., Wellesley, eventbrite.com.

Fermentation 101 Workshop and Dinner: Learn about the history and culture of fermented foods while crafting your own jar of sauerkraut to take home.

$49, 6 p.m. Brassica Kitchen, 3710 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, eventbrite.com.

A Taste of African Heritage

A Taste of African Heritage/Photo provided

Tuesday, October 3

African Heritage Cooking Class: Take a tour of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the American South to learn about foundational foods in the African diet. The workshop will teach you to make sweet potato peanut stew, black-eyed pea salad, and tangy collard greens.

$5, 6 p.m. Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, October 4

Glow Yoga: Wear your brightest clothes for this glow-in-the-dark workout, complete with glow sticks and neon body paint. Stick around to “retox” with a specialty cocktail from the W Lounge.

$10, 7 p.m. W Boston, 100 Stuart St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

Thursday, October 5

Intro to Bachata: Get your groove on and learn the bachata, a social dance from the Dominican Republic. This free, outdoor class is beginner-friendly, so bring friends.

Free, 5:30 p.m. Harvard Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge, harvard.edu.

Rooftop Full Moon Yoga: Roll out your mat and stretch out under the bright October full moon. The whole experience will be complemented by refreshments and a sound bath.

Free, 6:15 p.m. Legacy Place, 680 Legacy Place, Dedham, eventbrite.com.

Down Under School of Yoga

Down Under School of Yoga/Photo provided

Friday, October 6

Down Under Yoga Birthday Weekend: Down Under School of Yoga is celebrating its 12th birthday with a weekend of giveaways and gifts after select classes at its Brookline, Newton, and Cambridge studios. Click here for the full schedule.

$18 per drop-in, various time and locations, downunderyoga.com.

Yoga for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Einat Peled-Katz will lead a light yoga flow as her husband plays the cello. All proceeds go directly to LLS, in memory of Peled-Katz’ father.

$30, 7:30 p.m. Down Under, 306 Walnut St., Newton, downunderyoga.com.

Saturday, October 7

HealthTech Conference for Female Entrepreneurship: Network with healthcare and technology professionals from around the country as you learn about women’s health, patient advocacy, and more. You’ll even have a chance to pitch your best startup idea.

$120, 9 a.m. Aloft, 401 D St., Boston, htvnc.com.

Walk for Suicide Prevention: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host its 14th annual fundraising walk on Saturday. You’ll traverse a scenic three-mile loop along the Charles River.

Free, 10 a.m. Artesani Park, Soldiers Field Road, Boston, afsp.com.

Women of Color with Cancer Workshop: This workshop is dedicated to answering all the health, wellness, and beauty questions that come with cancer treatments. Learn about hair loss, acupuncture, stress strategies, and more in a warm and welcoming environment.

Free, 12 p.m. Kroc Community Center, 650 Dudley St., Dorchester, eventbrite.com.

Sunday, October 8

Bootcamp on Carson Beach: Trainer Yovanny Henningsen will take you through a variety of drills and exercises during this sandy workout. Tickets are two for one, so bring a friend and slap on some extra sunscreen.

$20, 9 a.m. Carson Beach, Boston, eventbrite.com.

Parkour 101: Climb, swing, jump, and roll in this unique class. Developed from military training, parkour is all about efficient movement—and using your surroundings as a built-in jungle gym.

Free, 11 a.m. Lululemon, 776 Boylston St., Boston, eventbrite.com.


Own Your Glow Launch Party: Latham Thomas’ new book Own Your Glow covers her tools for self-care, meditation, and reflection. Attendees can enjoy chair massages and organic treats, and with a VIP ticket, you’ll also gain access to a yoga class with Sara DiVello.

$35, 12 p.m. Healthworks, 441 Stuart St., Boston, wellsummit.org.

Somerville Historic Bike Ride: Celebrate the 175th anniversary of the City of Somerville by seeing the city and its various preservation projects from atop your bicycle.

Free, 2 p.m. Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, facebook.com.