Healthy Ulster County Week - Calendar

Healthy Ulster County Week 2017

May 6 – 14, 2017


Special Local Promotions



“Together we can make Ulster County the healthiest County in New York State!” - Ulster County Executive Mike Hein


During Healthy Ulster County Week special promotions are being offered by local businesses and others that want to help keep and improve the overall health of Ulster County Residents.  Healthy Ulster County Week includes events to encourage Ulster County residents to eat better, exercise more, and increase awareness of their health.  There is no doubt that a healthy community is a desirable place to live, work, raise a family, and to grow a business. 



The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings compares counties within each state, throughout the country, on more than 30 factors that impact public health.  Since 2010, Ulster County has moved from #33 to #15 out of 62 counties, a better than 50% improvement.  This ranking has been achieved through an amazing community partnership and I thank everyone involved for their tremendous contributions and all the work they do throughout the County. Ulster County continues to make incredible progress and that is something we can all be very proud of. 


County Executive Mike Hein invites you to visit these Healthy Ulster County Week participants:      

Alpine Endeavors:

Experience the great rock climbing of the Mid-Hudson Valley in the renowned Gunks!  This event is open to participants of all ability levels.  Alpine Endeavors will provide professional instruction with New York State Licensed and AMGA Certified guides based on a 4:1 climber:guide ratio.  Guides will take you climbing at a pace that suits your needs and will make the day as challenging as you desire.  A typical half-day runs approximately four hours long.  They will provide all the technical equipment needed - helmet, harness, rock shoes, rope, etc.  You will need to bring personal gear and lunch, and purchase your own climbing pass for the day ($10 per person).  $75 enrollment fee.  For more information visit or call 877-486-5769.  Meet atRock and Snow, 44 Main St, New Paltz, NY.  5/7, 9am- 12:30pm 

Aroma Thyme Bistro:

Enjoy a Spring Hike with Marcus and Jamie from Aroma Thyme Bistro.  Join them for a 3 mile hike on the Spring Gully Trail.  Includes a cold beverage back at the restaurant upon completion of the hike.  $10 donation to the Trail Association required.  Meet at Aroma Thyme Bistro, 165 Canal St., Ellenville, NY, 845-647-3000.  Saturday, 5/13, 9am


Barner Books:   

Offering 25% off any used books in the following categories: Health, Yoga, and the Outdoors.  Customers must mention “Healthy Ulster County” to receive discount.  3 Church St., New Paltz, NY 845-255-2635. During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6-5/14


Binnewater Ice Co. in Kingston -

New customers who mention “Healthy Ulster County Week” will receive 5 free bottles and 1 free month of water cooler usage.  (Requires a one year commitment and payment of refundable bottle deposit) 25 South Pine St., Kingston, NY, 845-331-0237.   During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6-5/14

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa:

The Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa will be offering healthy menu items during the week which include a Healthy Ulster County Prix Fixe Dinner Menu which includes three courses – starter, entrée and dessert for $40.00 per person at Henry’s at the Farm.  Located at 220 North Rd, Milton, NY, 845-795-1500.  During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6-5/14


Caring Connections of Ulster County: 

Annual Family Caregiver Conference “Bridging the Gap” – Join Caring Connections of Ulster County and RCAL as they present Keynote Speaker: Meg Boyce, M.S.W., Vice President of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association (Hudson Valley Chapter) – “Bridging Where You Are To Where You Need To Be.”  There will also be additional presentations: How to navigate through the cancer diagnosis; Depression: what caregivers need to know; The importance of pre-planning – how to celebrate life; and Respite: what it is and why caregivers need it.  Local vendors will also be on hand with information about community resources.  This is a free conference; registration is required at the website above or by calling 845-901-5744 or email EF12401[at]aol[dot]com.  Continental breakfast, luncheon and afternoon snack included.  Best Western Plus Hotel, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, NY.  Friday, 5/12, 8:30am - 3:30pm


Center 4 Creative Education:

  • Attend a Free DXF® - Dance Xross Fitness® class.   This multi-generational program is structured to provide a fun and uplifting experience benefiting both adults and children and incorporates four disciplines of movement: dance, kickboxing, strength training and soul line dancing into this cardio fun interval training workout.  Just mention “Healthy Ulster County Week.”  Center for Creative Education, 15 Railroad Avenue, Kingston, 845-338-7664. Tuesday, 5/9, 7pm

  • Attend a Free DXF® DANCE! Class. Feel the Energy! DXF® DANCE! is a mix of various movements set to R&B, African, Soca, Motown, Latin, Hip Hop music and more! It’s not about the Moves, it’s about the FEEL! Center for Creative Education, 15 Railroad Avenue, Kingston, 845-338-7664. Thursday, 5/11, 7pm


Christina’s Restaurant:

Christina’s Restaurant in Kingston will be offering healthy lunch and dinner specials.  812 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY (845)-339-7400.  During Healthy Ulster County Week 5/6-5/14

Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County:

Walk for Wellness - CCEUC will be leading a short walk starting at their office located in the Kingston Plaza through uptown Kingston and returning to the plaza to promote walking as a worksite wellness activity.  All are welcome to join in the walk.  Meet at CCEUC in Kingston Plaza, 232 Plaza Rd., Kingston, NY.  Wednesday, 5/10, 3pm-3:15pm

Edible Independence:

Brought to you by Mountain Valley Manor Adult Care Home, buy 3 weeks of prepared meals and get 1 week free! Mention “Healthy Ulster County Week” when calling to order. Only $55 for 7 healthy, tasty, and convenient frozen meals including desserts, delivered to your door! *Seniors should call and check with their insurance provider because the meal delivery service may be free through your policy's MLTC provision coverage! Also discounts are available for Ulster County Veterans. Please call (845) 331-MEAL (6325) to order. During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6 - 5/14


Ellenville Regional Hospital:

Ellenville Regional Hospital will be offering a special menu of healthy foods in the cafeteria during Healthy Ulster County Week. Open to employees and the public. 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville, NY. During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6 - 5/14


Fitness Connection:  

The Fitness Connection is offering free group fitness classes for non-members all week. They have a range of classes to choose from, such as: 30 Minutes to Fit; Strength & Stretch, Cardio & Core.  Please visit their website for calendar of classes and mention “Healthy Ulster County Week” when attending. 618 Ulster Ave., Kingston, NY, (845) 481-3044, info[at]fit-connection[dot]com.During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/8 - 5/14

Healthy Ulster Council:

The Healthy Ulster Council meeting at the Ulster County Department of Health will participate in a Healthy 15 minute walk as part of their bi-monthly meeting.  All are welcome to join in the walk. Golden Hill Office Building, 296 Golden Hill Lane, Kingston, NY.  Thursday, 5/11, 2:30pm – 2:45pm.

High Falls Café:

10% of all salads (after 5 p.m.).  Try one of their popular salads such as: the Wedge Salad, a wedge of iceberg topped with crumbled bacon and bleu cheese, tomato, drizzled with creamy house made bleu cheese dressing; or their B&B Salad with fresh spinach, pickled beets, bleu cheese and walnuts tossed in their own strawberry vinaigrette. They use fresh ingredients and make their own salad dressings! 12 Stone Dock Rd., High Falls, NY  During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6 - 5/14, Dinner only after 5pm.


Highland Public Library:

30 Church Street, Highland, NY 12528, (845)-691-2275

  • Attend the How to Break the Sugar Habit Workshop. Are you thinking about making changes to your lifestyle or simply want to learn more about healthier eating habits?  Information is power!  Learn the basics about sugar and how it can change your body from a certified health coach.  This program is one part of a series about health and wellness and designed to help you make informed choices about your health. Thursday, 5/11, 1pm & 5:30pm

  • Essential Oils 101 - Join, Becky Eidam, Founder of YLandFree, a company whose mission is to educate people on how to achieve wellness, purpose, and abundance by making small, positive changes every day towards better health and overall
    well-being. This program provides an introduction to improving and supporting
    overall health and wellness using essential oils. You will learn how to use
    these tools to support yourself physically and emotionally and sample 11 great oils.  Wednesday, 5/10, 5:30pm

  • Drop in for a free blood pressure screening provided by a nurse from Vassar Hospital.  Tuesday, 5/9, 4pm-6pm

  • Featuring book displays on healthy eating. During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6 - 5/14


Ignite Fitness is offering a $10 Week Pass. Classes are excluded. Non-members only. Pass only valid during Healthy Ulster County Week, not a week from the date of purchase. 246 Main Street (Cherry Hill Plaza), Suite 14, New Paltz, NY. During Healthy Ulster County Week 5/6 - 5/14 – Saugerties:  

Offering a 50% off discount which includes 3 classes and a pair of boxing gloves (originally $19.99), now $9.99. Visit the website to sign up for the web special and use the code “HealthyUC” at checkout.  Route 9W, 6 Twin Maples Plaza, Saugerties, NY 845-246-5425. During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6-5/14


IXL Health & Fitness Club – Saugerties:  Saugerties[at]ixlhealthandfitness[dot]com

Offering all Group Fitness Classes for FREE all week long!  No pass fee required.  Also, get a FREE Kick-off Training Session with one of their Certified Personal Trainers!  Available for non-members and must mention “Healthy Ulster County Week.”  During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6-5/14


Kingston Farmers Market:

It is opening day for the Kingston Farmers Market! Live music from In The Kitchen, plant giveaway, kids sidewalk chalk zone, and more. Check out their Facebook event for more details.  40 vendors this year, more than previous years! Many who travel an average of 30 miles will be selling their wares right on Wall Street in historic Uptown Kingston, in front of the Old Dutch Church. The farmers market will be held every beginning through Thanksgiving.  Saturday, 5/13, 9am to 2pm


Marlboro Free

Attend the presentation: The Trifecta Approach to Better Health presented by Jeanne Schumacher, Ed.D., a Whole Food Plant Based Coach. What we put in our bodies affects how we function. Learn about the Trifecta Approach to better living, how to restore your body to optimal health and last, but not least, how to become an empowered, educated, and healthier consumer.  Please RSVP to the above website by clicking on the Event Calendar, walk-ins are welcome. 1251 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY, 845-236-7272. Thursday, 5/11, 6:45pm-8:30pm       

Minnewaska State Park Preserve “I Love My Park Day:”

Minnewaska State Park Preserve will host volunteers for the sixth annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Lake Minnewaska Area and from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Sam’s Point Area. Get active outdoors, while helping to improve and enhance New York's parks. There are three trail improvement projects to choose from: the Millbrook Mountain Footpath, Blueberry Run Footpath and Verkeederkilll Falls Footpath.  Volunteers are asked to please bring garden gloves, sunglasses, water, a lunch or snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, hiking boots and long pants. Volunteers should meet at the Wildmere Parking Area at Lake Minnewaska for the Millbrook Mountain and Blueberry Run Projects, or meet at the Sam’s Point Preserve Visitor Center for the Verkeederkill Falls Footpath Project. Registration is required at  For more information call 845-255-0752. Saturday, 5/6 10am-4pm (Lake Minnewaska) / 9am-4pm (Sam’s Point)

Mohonk Preserve:
In addition to the monthly passes Mohonk Preserve offered for their Healthy Ulster Spring at Mohonk Preserve, where residents had the opportunity to pick up passes in April to use through May 21st, they are also offering the following:

  • Early Morning Bird Walks - Join Mohonk Preserve Conservation Science staff on an early morning bird walk. No experience necessary, beginners welcome. Bring binoculars if you own a pair (a few pairs will be available on a first come first served basis). This program includes a 1-2 mile walk. Space is limited, Registration is required. Free for Mohonk Preserve members. Non-members receive a complimentary day pass at their first walk. Non-members are welcome to join for the series but will be required to purchase a day pass ($15).  Saturday, 5/13, 7am-9am
  • “Rock The Ridge” - A 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve, New York’s largest non-profit nature preserve. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by walking, running, or any combination thereof, as part of a relay team, or by covering the full distance as an individual or a team. For more information, fees and fundraising requirements, and to register please visit Saturday, 5/6

Mother Earth’s Storehouse:

Stop in Mother Earth’s Storehouse for Healthy Eating Education and Cooking Demonstrations at 300 Kings Mall Ct., Kingston, NY. Demonstrations will be held on the following dates: 5/6 (1pm-3pm), 5/9 (1pm-3pm), 5/11 (12pm-3pm), 5/13 (1pm-3pm)


Mountain Valley Manor Assisted Living Home:  

New residents can take $1,000 off (couples will receive $1,500 off) their first month’s rent during the month of May/June 2017 by mentioning “Healthy Ulster County Week!”  “In our home, you are on your own, but never alone!” For more information call (845)-331-1254, 397 Wilbur Avenue, Kingston, NY.


Mudita Yoga Lab:

Offering a discount on all yoga classes on their regular schedule ($5/class) and all meditation classes are free.  Just mention "Healthy Ulster County Week."  Please visit the website for schedule or call 845-481-3108.  243 Fair Street, 3rd Floor, Kingston, NY.  During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6 - 5/14


Olive Free Library:

Learn Knife Skills as Janie Greenwald of Cornell Cooperative Extension teaches you to chop like a chef.  Learn time saving knife skills and enjoy your time in the kitchen.  Learn which knives you really need and how to care for them.  Preregistration is required. Discounted fee of $15 for class. 4033 Rte. 28A, West Shokan, NY, 845-657-2482. Saturday, 5/6, 10:00am


Overlook Mountain Bikes:

Join Overlook Mountain Bikes for a group road bicycle ride. A 20 mile route on roads in and around the Town of Woodstock will begin at the Overlook Bicycle Shop and will be at a friendly pace (14 mph), stopping at all key intersections to regroup. This is a social and inclusive ride and participants are advised to have prior experience with a ride of this distance and speed and to have a dropbar (road) bicycle.  Afterwards, ride participants can enjoy coffee and crumpets at the shop.  Meet at the Overlook Mountain Bikes Shop in Woodstock. Located at 93 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY, 845-679-2122. Saturdays, 5/6 & 5/13, 9am


Scenic Hudson:

Scenic Hudson will be hosting their Spring Sprint 5k Trail Run. Lace up your sneakers for a challenging and technical race on the rugged trails of Shaupeneak Ridge in Esopus. While competing for medals on one of the toughest 5k courses in the Mid-Hudson Valley, runners will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Hudson River and Louisa Pond. The race is rain or shine. Registration is free! To register, please visit the website above.  Meet at Shaupeneak Ridge’s Upper Lot, 143 Popletown Rd., Esopus, NY. Sunday, 5/7, Registration 9am-10am, Race begins 10:30am

TRT Bicycles:

TRT Bicycles is offering a 15% discount on clothing and accessories with the mention of “Healthy Ulster County Week.” Located at 1066 Rt 32, Rosendale, NY. During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6 – 5/14

William Weinstein Acupuncture:

William Weinstein Acupuncture will be offering 20% discount for one initial acupuncture session, including history, exam and treatment. Weinstein Acupuncture specializes in the treatment of pain, sports injury and athletic event prep, stress reduction and wellness. Please visit their website for a thorough explanation on their approach to acupuncture! For more information call (845)-255-2070.  Located at Performance Sports & Wellness in Cherry Hill Plaza, 3 Cherry Hill Road, New Paltz, NY.  During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6 – 5/14


Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix:  A women’s only bicycle race traveling through Woodstock, Saugerties, and Phoenicia, beginning and ending in Woodstock. The Grand Prix is a “display of feminine sportsmanship covering over 50 miles of demanding terrain, touching and inspiring many communities, illustrating the wonder of cycling.”  See website for more information and to register.  Community Center, 56 Rock City Rd.,Woodstock, NY.   Saturday, 5/6

  • 6:30 AM:    Registration opens
  • 8:00 AM:    Pro 1/2/3 Official Start
  • 8:10 AM:    Category 4/5 Official Start
  • 11:30 AM:  Awards, Expo and Post-Race Party

Woodstock Land Conservancy:

     -Join the Woodstock Land Conservancy for a Historical Hike at Snake Rocks Preserve as part of the “First Saturdays on the Trail” series. The walk will be led by Richard Heppner, Woodstock town historian, who will discuss the preserve’s quarrying history. Accompanying Richard will be the “Geezer Corps,” who will talk about the techniques used to extract bluestone. During the the 1800’s, a bustling bluestone quarry dominated the forested mountaintop west of Yerry Hill. Today, nature has reclaimed the quarry, creating a unique landscape filled with hidden treasures. This walk is of medium difficulty. Waterproof shoes or boots and hiking sticks are recommended. This event is limited to 20 people. Please park at Rick Volz Field, 34 Dixon Avenue, Woodstock where you will be shuttled to the preserve. In case of bad weather, this event will be cancelled. For weather related updates, check the Woodstock Land Conservancy Facebook page or  This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made via email to kateb.wlc[at]gmail[dot]com. Saturday, 5/6, 2PM

     -Join Woodstock Land Conservancy and Del Orloske for a guided morning hike through Sloan Gorge Preserve at the foot of Overlook Mountain          on the Woodstock-Saugerties Town line. Del Orloske is a licensed New York State DEC Outdoor Guide and also teaches aquatic and forest                ecology at The Ashokan Center. This hike contains some uneven terrain and is approximately one mile long.  Parking for Sloan Gorge Preserve        is located 0.2 miles down Stoll Road, off of Goat Hill Road. Parking space is limited. For more information visit the website above or the                  Woodstock Land Conservancy Facebook page.  Wednesday, 5/10, 8am


Woodstock Public Library District:

-Introduction to Complementary Holistic Healthcare Practices – Come listen to a panel of local practitioners who donate their time for “Healthcare is a Human Right” free clinics in Woodstock, Phoenicia and Kingston.  They will give an overview of their modalities and how they address holistic health.  5 Library Lane, Woodstock, NY, 845-679-2213.  Saturday, 5/6, 4:30pm – 6:00pm


-Foundations of Vibrant Health – Attend a class with Joan Apter to review the basics: what constitutes physical, mental/emotional and spiritual balance.  Topics will include, healthy eating, stress reduction, connection (quiet time), and finding passion and purpose. 5 Library Lane, Woodstock, NY, 845-679-2213.  Tuesday, 5/9, 4:30pm – 6:00 pm


-Healthy Living with Essential Oils, with Joan Apter, Aromacologist – Explore the history of Essential Oils, production benefits and safety precautions.  Essential oils will be passed around for you to experience and there will be time for questions.  5 Library Lane, Woodstock, NY, 845-679-2213.  Thursday, 5/11, 4:00pm – 6:00pm 

YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County:  

  • Open Work Days at the Farm – Lend a hand at the YMCA Farm Project by helping to weed, plant, transplant and more. The Farm is located at the intersection of Susan and Summer Streets in Kingston, NY.  Monday 5/8 & Tuesday 5/9 3pm – 5pm

  • Seeding sale, lobby of YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY – Thursday, 5/11, 3:30pm – 6pm

  • YMCA Day passes available during Healthy Ulster County Week for $5 per person by mentioning Healthy Ulster County Week.  During Healthy Ulster County Week, 5/6 – 5/14

Participate in the YWCA’s 5th Annual Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk.  The race will take place throughout uptown Kingston and will begin at the YWCA and finish at Keegan Ales on Saint James Street with awards and a free BBQ.   Pre-register at the YWCA website above. $15 Adults, $10 for 12 years and younger.  Race day registration is $20 for Adults.  T-Shirts to the first 150 registrants.  YWCA, 209 Clinton Avenue, Kingston, NY.  845-338-6844(x102) Saturday, 5/13, 10:00am-1pm


Take a Walk or Ride your Bike – Ulster County is home to many wonderful places that you can walk and/or bike at any time, including but not limited to: