The 115 businesspeople who attended the Business Journals’ “Healthy Living Inside Out” event at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich yesterday witnessed the evolution of the business round-table event into a dance-, mist-, juice-, jumping jack- and meditation-infused health fest. A doctor, too, was in the house – internist Erika Schwartz – she moderated, in fact.
Three martini lunch: R.I.P.
The new credo put forth by five hands-on sponsors and affirmed by Schwartz: Get healthy; failure is not an option.
The attendees learned to samba and to meditate – both by doing. Hips were shakin’ and shoulders bobbin’. Deep and introspective breaths were taken and released.
They sampled cold-pressed juices from former actress and model Kylie Cappelli’s Lilli Pilli Health Bar in White Plains. Cappelli’s message of healthy living and of internal cleansing came with the refreshing admission she enjoys a good party and a glass of beer or wine.
Further leaving the “Mad Men” idea of the boozy lunch in history’s dustbin, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa in White Plains set up a firsthand demonstration of the vitamin infusion of human skin with atomized mists.
Author and lifestyle expert Kellye Davis offered a more transcendent take on health, urging the assembled to seek the “thoughtless state,” where bliss exists.
The audience was taught how to lift an object from the floor and they learned why exercise is a 7/365 endeavor: use it or lose it, but for goodness sake personalize and enjoy the effort. The “Viper” on stage, simple as it was, was deemed by Equinox trainer Giovanni Roselli the best single piece of exercise equipment for those who wanted just one.
Kelly Butler and Thomas Varian from Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom in Greenwich taught the assembled how to samba. Before that, they demonstrated how to relieve stress a la Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Dr. Schwartz, who practices in New York City and is the former emergency trauma chief at Westchester Medical Center, offered medical input. Calcium and hormones should be on everybody’s “to monitor” list, she said; they possess evolutionary trajectories all their own as we age. “I am 63 years old,” she said and the quick reaction of the audience spoke volumes: she doesn’t look it.
The next Business Journals event is Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. and is titled “Launching the Next Best Idea,” part one of a three-part series. The site is the Bristal in White Plains. The panelists will be real estate principals Robert Scinto (Shelton-based R.D. Scinto Inc.) and Jeremy Leventhal (New York City- and Boston-based Faros Properties). Scinto is expected to speak to his formula for success and Leventhal to his in what promises to be lively forum for two of the region’s heavy hitters in commercial real estate.