Tips for Saving Money around the Holidays

photo-1513885535751-8b9238bd345aIt’s that time of the year again! All the excitement around the holidays is just beginning but for many, there is increased stress around spending and budgeting. According to ABC News, the average American will spend $700 this year on holiday gifts and goodies. Rather than worrying about your budget, we want you to enjoy the holidays with limited stress. By saving and ...

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Nutrition and Breast Cancer

pBreast cancer is the biggest killer of women in America, but we can take action toward kicking some cancer butt! 💪 According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) 90 percent of these women are able to prolong their lives another five years or more. Also, physicians and healthcare practitioners are finding it easier now more than ever to identify breast cancer.

Some facts about ...

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Suicide in Teens

photo-1492045227812-30e5649087d2Suicide tends to be a taboo subject, and can be scary to talk about. Suicide in teens can be an even more difficult topic to broach. It is, however, important if you have teens of your own or work with adolescents to be aware of the signs of suicidality in teenagers and know what you can do if you notice these signs.

As we ...

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Journaling for Your Mental Health

journalMaybe you kept a journal when you were younger. You would write down your deepest, darkest secrets, or just what happened that day, and for some reason after journaling you would feel better. There’s a reason that so many people find journaling to be relaxing. Research has found that journaling can boost your mood, enhance your sense of well-being, reduce symptoms of depression, ...

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Check-in to Check-up

docYou feel good, so you believe that all is well.  Since you believe that all is well, you think that making an appointment to visit your primary care doctor, dentist, therapist, eye doctor or other specialist is not necessary.  It is important to consider that things aren’t always what they seem.  There are multiple benefits to routinely seeing your health care providers.  The ...

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Mental Wellness

estee-janssens-396889-unsplashMany of us are setting new goals at this time of year to take better care of ourselves. I want to catch the wave of this annual enthusiasm and encourage readers to set a goal to take better care of your mental health. While people often think about eating healthier, starting a fitness routine, or quitting an unhealthy habit, they ...

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3 Fun & Easy Holiday Crafts

Chocolate Bar Snowmensnowmen

Great for a holiday party or thank you gift!

You will need:

  • Hershey Chocolate Bars
  • White paper
  • Markers/ Crayons
  • Ribbon

How to make Chocolate Bar Snowmen:

  1. Cut each piece of printer paper in half.
  2. Wrap each candy bar like a present.
  3. Tie a piece of ribbon around the candy bar closer to the top than the bottom (this is the snowman’s scarf)
  4. Draw a carrot nose on each “snowman”.
  5. Draw on ...
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Dark Horse: Signs of Problem Gambling

It’s summer time, and if you have lived in the Capital Region for any period of time, you know that for many of us, summer means Track Season in Saratoga! For many, gambling is fun, no morejonathan-petersson-607955-unsplash than a pleasant social activity, especially when it’s racing season and Saratoga comes alive. New casinos are competing to have the best gambling venues, ...

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Meditation 101

Part 1: What is meditation and how do I start?simon-migaj-421505-unsplash

Have you ever been interested in meditation but you are just not sure where to start? We have been hearing more and more about mindfulness and meditation and the positive effects practicing these skills can have on our health and well-being. Let’s start with a look at what meditation actually is ...

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Connection and Community

What are you plans for the 4th of the July? For some of us, Independence Day might include having a cookout at a friends’ house, going for a hike with your dog, taking the kids swimming or watching fireworks with your neighbors. You may notice that all of these things having something in common; spending time with others (yes, pets included!).
As humans we desire to have social connections with others and a sense of community is important for not only for ...
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