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‘Cornival’ continues to raise awareness of food insecurity

Each August for the last three years, I have looked forward to “Cornival,” a chefs’ challenge and charity fundraiser co-hosted by CDPHP® and SEFCU. Not only have I been impressed with the delicious and inventive corn-themed dishes created by some very talented local chefs, but I also appreciate the fact that the event is designed to shine a light on the potentially devastating impact of food insecurity on the health and well-being of our community. continue reading →

Prime Picnic Areas Near New York State’s Hudson Valley and Capital Region

It’s taken a long time for winter to yield to spring this year, and if you’re like me, you’re craving warm-weather activities in all forms. One of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to usher in spring and summer is a picnic with friends or family members in one of New York’s many beautiful, and often breathtaking, natural settings. Whether you prefer tailgating or a simple meal on a blanket near a lake or waterfall, picnics are a great way to change up your meal routine and unwind in the middle of nature.

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student volunteering opportunities

75+ Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities for Students in the Capital Region

Are you a student who needs community service hours to graduate? Are you wondering where to start, or how you’ll fit the hours into your already demanding schedule? You may be involved in sports or a club, or carry a demanding class load, or maybe you’re holding down a part-time job, trying to earn money for your future. You may be asking yourself, “Why does my school even require me to volunteer?” or “What’s in it for me?” continue reading →

yoga for migranes

Yoga: An Alternative Therapy for Migraines

I was probably eight years old when I experienced my first migraine headache.  It was a frightening combination of symptoms: extreme sensitivity to light and a visual field that was almost completely overtaken by large black spots (called an aura), followed by one-sided, intensely throbbing and unrelenting head pain, sometimes accompanied by nausea.   Over-the-counter medications didn’t touch the pain, though the visual aura usually subsided within about half an hour. continue reading →