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This Week in Wellness: Richard Simmons is back, Whole Foods everywhere, and more


Richard SimmonsWelcome to our weekly roundup of wellness news we’ve spotted and reported throughout the week. Our Page Six!

Gaiam announced a new deal with fitness and short-shorts icon Richard Simmons (now age 64). The deal includes a 2013 infomercial, distribution of new DVD and digital programs, and the re-release of classic Simmons workouts. Cue SNL parodies now.

Racked.com reported that Whole Foods will open two new New York City locations in 2014–2015, one on 125th Street in Harlem and one at 87th Street and Third Avenue on the Upper East Side.

A 3.5 mile Zombie Run is taking place on Roosevelt island on October 27, giving Walking Dead fans a chance to mingle with fitness types.

The delish, dairy-free frozen-dessert chain Soft Serve Fruit Co. changed its name for the second time in two years. Now it’s Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. (It was originally Simply Peeled). Because, you know, if Chloe owns the fruit, we’ll be more likely to buy it?

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Get Katie’s bangs at The Bang Station…or at any salon, anywhere. (Photo: NYMag’s The Cut)

In the ever-more-compartmentalized world of beauty salons, The Cut reports that there is now an LA salon that only cuts bangs, with celeb-inspired styles to choose from. Next up: A nail salon that only pushes back cuticles.

The Ritz Carlton in Battery Park is offering a New York City Marathon lodging package that actually makes sense. Out-of-town runners will be just steps from the Staten Island Ferry to shuttle them to the starting line and will get compression socks, Health Warrior chia bars, hydrating sports drinks, and more.

Yoga news is blowing up this week! Yoga 216 opened with six-person classes and wellness services in West Chelsea, Stanton Street Yoga announced it will offer its first Yoga Teacher Training in January, and Yoga Vida is offering new classes like 90-minute Vinyasa and Asana & Philosophy.

Celeb yogi Tara Stiles is screening a new documentary about her roots called Heartland Yogi, and her famous student, Jane Fonda, is debuting a DVD called Prime Time AM/PM Yoga for Beginners this winter.

Clean Plates reported that Manhattan now has its first Community Supported Fishery, the Village Fishmonger.

GrowNYC is hosting The Big Apple Crunch, an attempt to break the record for the most people “crunching” into an apple at the same time. Take your bite at noon on October 24.