Strolling to host pavilions about healthy living and home energy

Tuesday June 4, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Strolling of the Heifers is not just a parade of farm animals.

The weekend-long event also features a list of other festivities, including musical entertainment, a scenic bicycle ride, a quiche cook-off and, this year, various ways to learn how to improve one's quality of life.

The Strolling has always provided information regarding healthy living and home energy, but will now offer areas dedicated to giving guests a more in-depth look at both.

Strolling Founder and Executive Director Orly Munzing said there will be two spots at Saturday's Slow Living Expo where visitors can go to learn more about all aspects of their health and how to be more Earth-friendly at home. She said she hopes the draw of the main event will entice people to check out the Slow Living Expo.

Guy Payne, the executive director of Sustainable Energy Outreach Network, said the Home Energy Pavilion will be geared toward residential homeowners and landlords. He said it is solely focused on an educational component to answer any questions regarding energy conservation. He said there is a lot of confusion out there and it can be cleared up Saturday.

Payne said there will be seven tables, or stations, set up and designated for different purposes. One of the stations will be used to explain the Home Energy Challenge, which Payne described as an effort by Vermont's cities and towns to weatherize 3 percent of all residential units in the state. He said Vermont is "way behind" its goal.

There will also be stations pertaining to home energy audits, financing and incentives for weatherizing one's home and how homeowners can "button up" their own residences by taking weatherization measures.

Julie Potter, the Stroll's general manager, said the Healthy Living Village is part of an attempt to "bring together the institutions and providers from the various walks of the health field to show people the great options that are in this area."

She said the focus includes nutrition, mental health and physical health.

Potter said guests will be informed about Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat and the Biologic Wellness Center, among other facilities. She said there will be representatives from various organizations, including Curves and the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

Munzing said there will be information about conventional medicine, as well as alternative medicine. She said the entire Slow Moving Expo is intended to capture people's imaginations while educating them at the same time.

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