Yet another legislative session is coming to a close in Albany. The idea of a single payer health care system was much discussed this session, and will likely continue as a health care topic when the legislature reconvenes in 2020. When the debate resumes, let’s hope everyone takes a moment to examine the Realities of Single Payer, as outlined in this informational video.
Sometime around 2002, as a college student at McGill University, I had an epiphany that I carry with me to this day. As a full-time student who never quite mastered effective time-management skills, I was feeling incredibly stressed and overwhelmed. Luckily, at some point, I realized that when I spent more time outside, everything suddenly became more manageable. I attributed this to the fact that I was an “outdoorsy person” who had had been inside studying more than I was accustomed to. As it turns out, spending time outdoors can be good for everyone.
Summers don’t last long in the Capital Region and the North Country. Don’t waste a moment of sunshine; get outside and go on a picnic. Whether you want to tailgate at an Albany Empire game or reward yourself after a long hike, dining al fresco is one of the season’s great joys.
Dr. Disha Spath promotes the value of physical activity to all of her patients at Latham Internal Medicine of Community Care Physicians, P.C., in Latham, New York.
“It’s my big thing,” Spath said. “If my patients get to a healthy weight and exercise, they may get off their chronic meds and only need me for routine check-ups. I’m just fine with that.”
As a CDPHP employee, I consider myself very lucky to have a farmers’ and artisans’ market right in my parking lot every Thursday from June through October. I can buy fresh produce, check out amazing handmade items, and even pick up a tasty lunch.
Do you think I remember to do any of these things on a weekly basis?
Nope. That’s why I’m challenging myself – and you! – to get to the market. Oh, did I forget to mention that it’s open to the public?
I can still recall the day, July 25, 1985, when American actor Rock Hudson announced that he was suffering from Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, also known as AIDS. Although the actor’s name meant nothing to me at the time, my mother’s reaction still lingers in my memory. There was disbelief and disappointment in her voice as she yammered on to her sister about how this handsome man could have AIDS. It was summer in a rural community, and information about AIDS was scarce, so I was left to learn about this new health “monster” from my friends and the rumor mill. continue reading →