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Jan 13, 2014 5:46 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Inaugural Hamptons Wellness Week Under Way

Jan 14, 2014 9:42 AM

For people looking to shed those holiday pounds, find their niche in the fitness world or simply improve their overall health and well-being, there couldn’t be a better time to be in the Hamptons.

The inaugural Hamptons Wellness Week is under way, giving East End residents a chance to try out fitness classes at a variety of gyms and studios at a reduced rate, and learn about ways to make their lives healthier, both in terms of physical fitness and mental well-being.

The event, which started on Sunday, January 12, and concludes on Friday, January 17, is the brainchild of Kiley Sabatino of Sag Harbor and Anastasia Gavalas of Bridgehampton. The pair, who met and became friends over the summer, share a passion for fitness, wellness and health, and wanted to find a way to share that love with the community.

Sabatino started a website, www.onehealthyhamptons.com, eight months ago. The site offers everything from healthy recipes to workout routines, as well as tips on mindfulness while also spotlighting local businesses and people who are making a difference in the local health and wellness scene. Gavalas, a mother of five and a family life teacher, is the founder of the Wing It Project (www.wingitproject.com), a hands-on program for children that aims to raise awareness about the inequality of education around the globe.

Sabatino said last week that she and Gavalas hit it off immediately when they met, finding common passions despite coming from different backgrounds and being at different stages in their lives. They were discussing their own experiences with fitness and exercise when the idea of creating Hamptons Wellness Week was born.

“She was telling me how she had tried a couple of classes and didn’t love them and felt squished in with a lot of people,” Sabatino explained. “And we thought, wouldn’t it be cool if during the offseason you could try classes for $5 and see what they’re like? We were just chatting over coffee and we said, let’s make this happen.”

Sabatino said the response from the community was extremely positive from the get-go.

“As soon as we decided we’d run with it, local businesses jumped on board,” Sabatino said. “It’s the start of a new year, everyone wants to kick start it in a healthy way, and local businesses are looking for buzz and want to get new people in the doors during the quiet season. It turned into a win-win-win for everyone.”

The week includes $5 fitness classes at more than 15 fitness studios from Montauk to Westhampton, as well as evening lectures, nutritional consultations and even spa treatments like facials.

“There’s everything from balancing family to goals and vision coaching to seven strategies for your best year,” Sabatino said. “There really is something for everyone.”

Sabatino said that the response from the community, local business and fitness studios has been so overwhelmingly positive so far that they plan on making Hamptons Wellness Week an annual tradition.

For more information on Hamptons Wellness Week, visit www.hamptonswellnessweek.com, email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com or visit www.onehealthyhamptons.com.

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