Many of us have given up something for Lent (mostly meat, chocolate, alcohol, tobacco and couch-potatoing among my aquaintances). Might as well capitalize on the commitment — there's still six weeks of willpower to sustain — and get proactive about your health (plus get a lot of FREE STUFF). A group of Magazine Street business owners are presenting A Night of Health + Wellness on Magazine Street from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 — (that's TOMORROW for those of us feeling woozy from lack of stimulants).
Earthsavers, LIFE Yoga + Boutique, Lululemon Athletica, Paris Parker Salon & Spa, Pinkberry, Pure Barre, Romney Pilates, Salvation Studio, Southern Runner and Whole Foods Market will have workout demonstrations, personal consultations, fitness assessments, classes and more. They'll give away samples of products, prizes, healthy food recipes, wellness information, lifestyle tips and discounts on products, services and classes. Several businesses are providing refreshments (including a healthy cocktail) aimed at proving that healthy snacks can taste great.
Participating businesses have put together a prize package worth $1,000. For a chance to win, pick up a "Healthy Passport" at your first stop and have it stamped at each of the businesses hosting the event, then turn it in.
A schedule of events and locations follows the jump.
Salvation Studio (2917 Magazine St., 896-2200; www.salvationstudio.com) — Receive fitness assessments and watch demonstrations including Les Mills Body Pump at 5:30 p.m., spinning at 6 p.m. and TRX training at 6:45 p.m. Also register to win prizes from Mackie’s GNC Stores, CC’s Coffee, Cafe Rani, NOLA Baby Bump and chiropractor Dr. Andy Abele.
Purebarre (3923 Magazine St., 342-2208; www.purebarre.com) — Check out the specials on fitness packages and retail products during the open house. The studio also will stage demonstrations throughout the evening, and will serve healthy cocktails and snacks.
LIFE Yoga + Boutique (5422 Magazine St., 267-0380; www.lifenola.com) — Take a free yoga class or watch a demonstration at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., receive a yoga consultation, enter a raffle for class packages or take advantage of discounted class packages (during the open house only). The studio will serve fresh juices and healthy candies.
Paris Parker Salon & Spa (5434 Magazine St., 891-1012; www.parisparker.com) — Healthy hair is the focus, and there will be discussions about salon treatments and do-it-yourself therapies. Pick up free product samples and get a free treatment if you book a haircut appointment during the open house.
Earthsavers (5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com) — Get a free bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to estimate your body composition as well as information about BIA and how it works. The store also will provide shakes and snacks to demonstrate that eating healthy can be tasty, information about detoxing your body and free samples of Eminence organic skin care products.
Pinkberry (5601 Magazine St., 899-4260; www.pinkberry.com) — Pick up a free 2-ounce serving of swirly whip with fresh fruit at the tent set up outside the store, which also will offer a 10 percent discount on fruit bowls
Whole Foods Market (5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; www.wholefoodsmarket.com) — Sample quinoa bars and sip on a strawberry chia smoothie (available 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and watch demonstrations around the store. Pick up recipes and a 28-day healthy eating challenge guide.
Romney Pilates (5619 Magazine St., 895-1167; www.romneypilates.com) — A physical therapist on staff will answer questions following a 6:30 p.m. demonstration on equipment in the studio. Romney also will offer specials on fitness classes. People who sign up for a class package during the open house receive 10 percent off and a free Pilates DVD.
Lululemon Athletica — (802 Nashville Ave. [front door faces Magazine Street], 895-2895; www.lululemon.com/neworleans) — A discussion about community classes and fitness starts at 5:15 p.m., and the studio will have a goal-setting station available throughout the evening, as well as smoothies and goodie bags.
Southern Runner (6112 Magazine St., 891-9999; www.southernrunner.com) — Learn how to stretch correctly and prevent injuries while working out, visit the supplement/nutrition buffet, pose for a picture in a photo booth, and receive a goodie bag.