Fit Together in Action- May

Fit Together in Action May News

Fit Together 5210 School Highlights

Health and Wellness Festival comes to Torringford School

On May 17, Forbes and Torringford sister elementary schools teamed up to hosted an interactive wellness festival at Torringford. Committee chairs Janice Harrington and Erin Considine were thrilled with the turnout with over 600 people participating. This year the event changed venues and with the added space the festival was able to host more interactive booths and demos.

Students and families were given a ‘passport’ to stamp after visiting each of the health and wellness booths (including Fit Together 5210).  Completed passports allowed families an extra raffle ticket to win cool prizes like a bike or active toys.Kudos to both schools’ wellness teams!!!

Fit Together Spring Mini Grant Awardees

We awarded five mini grants to local nonprofits for the spring cycle:

  • Torringford and Forbes schools- Sensory Hallways Project
  • Torrington Kids Marathon- Final Mile June 2
  • Winsted Senior Center- Farm to Senior Table
  • PAL- New touch less water fountain for the Armory

Next mini grant cycle October 15, 2019

Fit Together Gold Partner Spotlight

GOLD Partner sites are celebrated for proactively implementing evidence-based strategies to increase daily healthy habits. This month’s GOLD partner spotlight goes to Dr. Sophia Grant, pediatrician at Litchfield County Pediatrics.

“What’s great about the 5210 program is that families get the same message about healthy habits for their children from different members of our community. They see posters and engage in discussions about health at my office, at school, and at daycare. We are all working together for a common goal - a healthier future for our children.”

Do You want to be a GOLD partner site? Contact Jessica Stewart for more information @

Recipe of the Month

Berry and Barley Spinach Salad Recipe

Whole grains aren't just for warm, savory dishes! Chewy barley lends tasty texture, fiber, vitamins and minerals to this refreshing salad. Put summer's fresh berry crop to use in this delicious side salad.  Or, use frozen berries all year round!


2 cups cooked and cooled barley

1 tablespoon olive oil

Juice and zest of 1 lime

5 ounces (4 cups) fresh baby spinach

¼ cup finely chopped red onion

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1 avocado, diced

2 cups fresh or defrosted berries

Optional: Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, gently mix together barley, olive oil, lime juice and zest, spinach, red onion, fresh basil, salt and pepper.
  2. Gently fold in avocado and berries.
  3. Serve salad immediately or chill and serve within 2 hours.

Nutrition Information Serving size: ½ cup  Serves 10

Calories: 106; Total fat: 5g; Saturated fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 14mg; Carbohydrates: 16g; Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 4g; Protein: 2g

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