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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I don’t know about you, but when the holiday season rolls around, I’m like…give me all the treats! It starts with Halloween candy and goes right up until New Year’s Day, if I’m being completely honest. While I exercise regularly and even joined a new gym this year that really got me out of my comfort zone and improved my strength and endurance (I got my fitness reimbursement, too!), what you’re putting into your body also matters. A lot. And some of us are now over 35 with two kids, which doesn’t help anything (cough, ME, cough).
The holidays are supposed to be a time for joy, but for some people, they can introduce feelings of stress – about work, family, finances, and about how to balance it all.
Feelings of anxiety or depression can also develop during the holidays, and that’s why it’s important to recognize the difference between temporary melancholy and something more serious.
Getting outdoors to work out is always nice, but extreme temperatures, inclement weather, and my personal least favorite thing of all time – humidity – can make it challenging. Luckily, our five, free Fitness Connect locations are exempt from all of these deterring factors, so you can get a work out in no matter what!
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?
Whether we like to admit it or not, we are living in a technology-crazed world. I knew I was in trouble when my not-even 2 year old learned how to scroll through Facebook on my iPhone! The good news is that we reside in an area where we can take kids to do many cool things that don’t involve media, including going to fun local parks and playgrounds. Not only is it a great way for kids to burn off energy, but they’re also free, and there’s bound to be one near you. continue reading →
One of my favorite things about CDPHP® is that we’re always searching for ways to meet members where they’re at. This means whether someone is perfectly healthy, newly diagnosed with diabetes, or managing multiple illnesses, CDPHP is trying to help them live their healthiest life.