Natalia joined CDPHP in 2015 as a communications writer/editor. Born and raised in the Capital Region, Natalia earned a BS in marketing and management from Siena College and an MBA from Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University). A self-professed news junkie and lover of iced coffee, Natalia currently resides in North Greenbush with her husband, two kids, and a faithful yellow lab.
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Once again, the holidays have snuck up on me. It happens every year – the calendar flips to November and bam – I’m hit with toy catalogues and holiday commercials. While you’re making your list and checking it twice, pencil in some time to think about your flexible spending account (FSA).
Earlier this year, two members of the CDPHP communications department welcomed new babies into the world. Natalia Burkart, public relations specialist, had a son, Griffin Joseph, in January 2018. John Fil, digital marketing strategist, also had a son named Jonathan Taras in March.
Though it was my (Natalia’s) second child and John’s first, we both learned a lot and we wanted to share it with the hope that it might help others of you out there preparing to go back to work after the birth of a baby.
Have you been waiting to take a spin on a CDPHP Cycle! bike? Well, don’t put it off too much longer – the program’s official stop date for the 2018 riding season is Friday, November 30. We’ve been pretty lucky with less-than-frigid temps thus far in November, but that could turn any day now!
I consider my family to be pretty lucky in the health department. Yes, when my daughter first started daycare we certainly battled our share of colds and stomach bugs, but nothing I’d necessarily bring her to the doctor for. However, when we did need to go to the doctor for a sick visit, guess what time it would be? Normal business hours, Monday-Friday? Guess again. We’ve found ourselves at urgent care on a Saturday or Sunday following a sleepless night thanks to an ear infection, roseola, etc.
Jeff Gallo of Latham, NY, likes to take an out-of-the-box approach to fitness. Sure, he could have easily joined a gym, but a few years ago he landed on something that worked well for him – indoor rock climbing, an activity that can help individuals burn a whopping 500 to 900 calories per hour.
How many times in your life have you been told to just get back up and try again? For some people, it’s a no-brainer – you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try, try again. But for others, it can be challenging – whatever happened can be tied to a bad memory, an injury, or an unpleasant experience.