Relax and refresh at Military Park this weekend at the first Urban Stress Less Festival

City life can be stressful, but the Newark Collective is offering a day out for women and families to unwind, reduce stress and improve their health. The first Urban Stress Less Fest will be held this Saturday, August 29 at Military Park from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Urban Stress Less Festival is a celebration of life designed to bring awareness to women about the causes of urban stress, and how it affects our health and well being,”  said Camille Ferguson, Newark resident and founder of the Newark Collective, who is completing her PhD in the study of urban stress at Rutgers University in Newark. The Newark Collective is an informal collection of women scholar community activists.

Programs at the festival include a vision board workshop, fitness demonstrations by the Newark Yoga Movement and Move it Nation, activities for kids such as the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck, music and more.

Those who can’t make the Urban Stress Less Fest can still get their share of relaxation in the park this weekend. “Sweet Peace Yoga” with certified yoga instructor Fayemi Shakur will be held on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Garden. “Gentle Yoga on Sundays” will be held the following day at 1:30 p.m. with Leslie Banger.

In the meantime, the Urban Stress Festival is recommending a “Five Star Approach” for mitigating the effect of stress.

  • Being mindful.
  • Paying attention to our mental,emotional and physical health and being.
  • Maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and others.
  • Paying attention to our resource stability, such as occupation, finances and credit.
  • Achieving a work-life balance.

Military Park is located at 920 Broad Street in Newark, and it offers daily activities , classes, free Wi-Fi, and entertainment facilities. For more information on park activities, visit the park’s website.

Featured image courtesy of Newark Yoga Movement. 

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