Healthy Parks. Healthy People. Healthy Saratoga!
The "Healthy Parks. Healthy People" initiative is international in scope and recognizes that individual and community health is reliant on a thriving park system that is valued highly by the communities that it serves.
Locally in Saratoga County, New York, we are blessed with limitless possibilities for outdoor recreation in our national, state and local parks and trails. We believe this abundance of outdoor resources is one of the reasons why Saratoga County is such a healthy place to live, work and play.
We have the Saratoga National Historical Park. Here in the autumn of 1777, American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battle of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world. Saratoga National Historical Park is actually made up of three sites, none of them physically touching the others: the Battlefield (in Stillwater, NY), Schuyler House (in Schuylerville, NY, about 8 miles north of the Battlefield) and the Saratoga Monument (in Victory, about 3/4 miles west of Schuyler House). The Park is about 3400 acres in size. The Battlefield is the largest of the three Park units, at about 3000 acres. Within the park, there are multiple opportunities for hiking, cycling, walking, and other healthy recreational activities for people of all ages.
We have three New York State Parks in Saratoga County as well:
Moreau Lake State Park - The activities you can do here include: biking, fishing, hiking, swimming, hunting, ice fishing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and more. Moreau Lake State Park's lake lies amid hardwood forests, pine stands and rocky ridges. Shady groves of trees shelter picnic grounds and a pavilion overlooking the lake. Wooded campgrounds are quiet and secluded, offering facilities for group campers, as well as tent and trailer sites. Two pavilions, each with a 120-person capacity and a 20'x30' tent which can accommodate up to 75 people, may be reserved on a daily basis. The sandy beach, nature, hiking and cross-country ski trails, opportunities for boating, fishing and ice fishing, and proximity to the Saratoga Springs and Lake George areas make the park attractive to visitors. In the summer, beach lounges, beach umbrella and fishing gear can be rented. In the winter, snowshoes are available for rent daily.
Peebles Island State Park - Peebles Island State Park is at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. It offers spectacular river and rapids views for walkers and joggers who take advantage of the miles of paths through the gently rolling and wooded landscape. Picnickers and fishermen come to relax and winter visitors use the facilities to cross-country ski, hike and snowshoe.
Saratoga Spa State Park - Saratoga Spa State Park, distinguished by its classical architecture and listed as a National Historic Landmark, is noted for its diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational resources. In addition to the nationally-known Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater, the National Museum of Dance, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, the Gideon Putnam Resort and Roosevelt Baths and Spa, the park offers a multitude of traditional recreation opportunities.
The Peerless Pool Complex consists of a main pool with a zero-depth entry, separate slide pool with a 19' double slide and a children's wading pool with a mushroom fountain. The slide pool has a minimum height requirement of 48" tall. The Historic Victoria Pool is a smaller pool surrounded by arched promenades. Both pool areas include food and beverage services, showers, locker rooms and restrooms.
The Saratoga Spa State Park Golf Course offers two beautiful golf courses; a championship 18-hole course and a challenging 9-hole course, complete with pro shop and restaurant. For more information and to reserve a tee time online visit: Saratoga Spa Golf
The gentle terrain offers picnic areas, shady stream side trails, suitable for the nature-lover or the casual walker, as well as certified running courses used by joggers and high school and college athletes. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on approximately 12 miles of trails, ice skating, ice hockey.
Local Parks & Outdoor Resources:Saratoga County includes hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, running, cycling, cross-country skiing, horse-riding and more. There are natural trails and mountain biking trails. We're home to the Great Sacandaga Lake, Saratoga Lake, and the Hudson River adding to the recreational opportunities locals and visitors alike can explore and enjoy. Below are a range of local organizations that are working diligently to embrace the idea that our local parks, trails and open spaces can and should be used by those looking to live a more healthy lifestyle.
Champlain Canalway Trail
Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park
Saratoga Greenbelt Trail
Roohan Realty Promotes Saratoga's Healthy Parks:
Parks and Trails Map
Water, Lakes and Rivers Map
Winter Recreation Opportunities
Third Annual Health & Wellness Week - January 17-January 22, 2017
The Chamber's Health & Wellness Council is excited to announce plans for the Third Annual #HealthySaratoga Health and Wellness Week. Modeled after a traditional "Restaurant Week" where people are invited to try out new local restaurants, our Health and Wellness Week involves multiple invitations for local people to "try out" a wide range of health and wellness-related activities. Local health and wellness organizations will open their doors and share information that can help you to accomplish your 2017 Wellness Goals.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - The #HealthySaratoga Cardio Challenge
Cardio exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Face it our bodies were made to move. And we all know that to keep our muscles in shape we need move them. This movement makes them stronger and stronger muscles make for a more efficient and healthy body. Our #HealthySaratoga Cardio Challenge is simple - - do something to raise your heart rate, safely of course. This is the day for you to use the treadmill in your basement. Visit a local fitness center or gym in your community, neighborhood or workplace. Sign up for a spin class. Go outside to snowshoe or cross country ski.
Here's a special "Cardio Challenge" offer from the Southern Saratoga YMCA, in Clifton Park:
On Tuesday, January 17th 6-7pm we decided on a Trecking and Trivia Night in our cardio area. We will have all cardio equipment being used for the full hour. There will be a staff lead trivia game where members can raise their hands and answer a question for a prize during the workout. There will be a staff leading a “workout” of sorts where we will run them through an interval training on whatever piece of equipment they want to use. There will be sign ups in advance for specific pieces of equipment. Because you are advertising this for the community, non Y members can call in and ask for Chris Mann or Pam Capuano-Hodge at 518-371-2139 to reserve a spot. If all spots are taken up that is ok, we are treating this as an Open House and we will waive the joiner fee for new members as well.
Here's a special Cardio Challenge offer from Custom Fitness at 23 Northern Pines Road, in Gansevoort:
Take the Cardio Challenge with the experts in customized fitness training at Custom Fitness Gym. Participants, on Tuesday, January 17th, will receive a free day trial at the fitness center during desk hours 7:30-11:30 a.m. or from 3:30 pm -8 pm highlighting their cardio equipment, posted WOW workouts, and free orientation and assessments. You can also take a free Spin class from 5:30- 6:15 pm or 6:15- 7pm. Call 518-361-6387 or visit www.customfitnessgym.com to sign up. Use the code "healthysaratoga."
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Try a New Healthy Activity
It's a New Year. Perhaps one of your goals or resolutions was to try something "new" to improve your health and wellness. Lucky for you, we've got a few options for you to consider, including:
Spinning, Juicing, & More at the Saratoga Cycling Studio
Free Spinning 101 5:30-6:15, event ends at 6:30. Participants must sign up to ride online to save their bike. Space is limited.
Participants will be able to mingle, sample, and learn from a range of other Health & Wellness Council members during the class if they are not riding.
422 Broadway, Suite 3
Saratoga Springs, NY
Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. Click here to register!
Other Participating Members:
Saratoga Juice Bar
Healthy Living Market
Basic Yoga, Chiropractic Care & More at Namaste Yoga
Susan Cuda will teach a basic level yoga class at Namaste Studio that everyone can participate in. Attendees will also learn from Dr. Jackie Purcell, of Saratoga Chiropractic; Evan VanDyk of Saratoga Awareness; and Trent Millet, an expert on our local healing springs.
2 Franklin Square
Saratoga Springs, NY
Starting at 7:00 p.m.
Click here to register for this FREE event!
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Workplace Wellness Breakfast
Sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York and The Adirondack Trust Company, this breakfast is geared to local employers and employees interested in getting ideas on how to start or improve workplace wellness programs in large and small settings. The event will be held at Healthy Living Market and Cafe, in the Wilton Mall, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The event features a delicious healthy breakfast and the chance to hear from a range of practitioners all with great ideas and lots of experience to help you. Click here to register!
BONUS OFFER/INVITE - The Saratoga Regional YMCA will offer a free day pass to all on Thursday, Jan. 19th association-wide. This includes their Saratoga Springs Branch on West. Ave., Wilton Branch, Malta Branch, Corinth Branch, and Battenkill Branch. Just mention "Get Fit 2017" at the membership desk upon your entrance to any of these Y branches in order to be granted access. You will be required to sign a waiver, and sign our sign-in log. Participants will be granted full access for the day.
DOUBLE BONUS Offer/Invite - Foundations of Mindfulness, on Thursday, January 19 at 6 PM in the Park Office Building, 19 Roosevelt Drive (building with HomeMade Theater). This class is being hosted by Coesa and is $20 per person. Mindfulness has been one of the hottest trends in recent years; making its way into corporations, schools and even Congress. If you have been curious about the Buddhist practice that has been shown to have positive impacts on the mind and body, but are not sure where to start – please join us for a 90-minute workshop and group discussion on mindfulness and how it can positively impact your life. This class is designed both for beginners and those wanting to renew their mindfulness and meditation practices. Renowned counselor and spiritual teacher, Anthony Smokovich, and local attorney and mindfulness practitioner, Libby Coreno, Esq., will explore the following topics: an introduction to mindfulness and meditation, the latest on the physical and mental benefits of practicing mindfulness and meditation, tips and techniques for mindfulness and meditation, and a guided meditation with take home tools to get started in your own practice.
Friday, January 20, 2017 - The #HealthySaratoga Healthy Lunch Day
Get your boss to buy everyone a "healthy" lunch today. Team up with other employees to place a "healthy" lunch order. Or bring your own "healthy" lunch to work. This is the perfect excuse to start eating healthier foods. Check out offerings at the Healthy Living Market & Cafe, or Four Seasons Natural Foods, or Greenhouse Salads or order a Go Box from 9 Miles East Farm. If you have a favorite local restaurant, be sure to order the healthiest options on their menu too. Set up a healthy pot luck lunch in your workplace and share your favorite healthy lunch recipes with your co-workers.
Special Healthy Lunch offer from 9 Miles East Farm:
Chamber member 9 Miles East Farm is on a mission to make it easy for busy people to enjoy healthy food. Clients include Microsoft, MVP Health Care, BlueShield of Northeastern New York, Saratoga County, and more than 125 other leaders who want to improve productivity and health for their teams.
9 Miles East is offering a special program for chamber members to support Health & Wellness Week. The "Finally Friday" program provides a weekly Friday delivery of healthy meals for your team. Meals are in the farm's popular "GO Box" format, and also include hearty farm-made soups and stews incorporating local ingredients. Each week, participating workplaces receive a cooler containing a seasonally selected variety of meals.
Cost is $12.50 per participating employee per week, with a minimum of five employees. Companies that sign up for four-week subscriptions starting Friday, Jan. 20 will receive the fifth week free. Want to improve your team's productivity and health? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with ChamberDeal in the subject line. Tyler can also answer any questions you may have about the program.
Special Healthy Lunch Offer from Greenhouse Salad:
Make a copy of this web page and bring it to Greenhouse Salad, on Friday, January 20th, to get a 10% discount on your "#HealthySaratoga Healthy Lunch."
Special Healthy Lunch Offer from Four Seasons Market and Cafe:
Make a copy of this web page and bring it to Four Seasons Market, on Henry Street, or Four Seasons Cafe, on Phila Street, both in Saratoga Springs, on Friday, January 20th and get 15% off your order that day.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Saratoga Farmer's Market and Wellness Fair
This is our Third Annual Saratoga Farmer's Market and Wellness Fair. Please join us anytime from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Bath Building, in the Saratoga Spa State Park, just off Route 9, in Saratoga Springs. The Farmer's Market features a wide range of healthy food options from local farmers and vendors. The wellness fair is mixed into the market with members of the Chamber's Health & Wellness Council offering advice and ideas as well as resources to help you live a more healthy lifestyle.
BONUS OFFER/INVITE - The Alpine Sport Shop, on 399 Clinton Street, in Saratoga Springs, is offering free snow shoe lessons from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 21st to celebrate Health and Wellness Week. Here's a great chance to give snow shoes a try! No registration required. Join us at the warming hut at the Saratoga Spa State Park and you can participate.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - Yoga & Hops at Common Roots Brewing in South Glens Falls.
This unique combination starts with an introductory yoga class in the brewery, at 11 a.m. After the class, participants can stay to try a sample of Common Roots Breweries finest beers. While participation is FREE, pre-registration is requested and all guests will be asked to make a donation to support the Moreau Community Center.
To register, please click here.
Third Annual Employee Wellness Month Celebration - June 2016
Sponsored by The Adirondack Trust Company and BlueShield of Northeastern New York, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate National Employee Wellness Month this June 2016 with a series of events and activities designed to encourage local employers and their employees to partner to improve health and wellness in their workplaces. This is the third consecutive year that our Health and Wellness Council has organized this effort and we're pleased to be expanding this year's program of work.
Lion's Club Duathlon - - Sunday, May 29th: We're kicking off our Employee Wellness Month a couple of days early this year. The Lion's Club Duathlon offers individuals the chance to run a 5K, bike a 30K, and run a 5K or you can create a team from your place of work to participate in the corporate challenge. The Corporate Challenge allows employers to have two or three employees participate with the team participants sharing the responsibilities for completing the two running components and the one cycling. The professional staff at the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is entering a team and so can you. Click here for details:
Twin Bridges Council Employee Wellness Walk - - Friday, June 3rd: This is the third annual Twin Bridges Council lunchtime wellness walk. The first year we had 70 participants and last year we had over 150 people. It is one mile walk where participants will spend some time in both Clifton Park and Halfmoon. The walk registration starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Clifton Park - Halfmoon EMS. The walk starts at 12:00 noon and a light healthy lunch is provided to all participants. Please register here.
Our Networking Mixer & Wellness Expo is Tuesday, June 14th, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Roosevelt Bath and Spa, in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Members of the Health and Wellness Council can secure FREE exhibit space at this event. This event is a traditional networking mixer or meet up with hors d'oeuvres provided by the Gideon Putnam and a cash bar. Besides networking and sharing business cards with other member attendees, everyone has a chance to get a message, to sign up for upcoming wellness events, to learn more about wellness experts who are willing to help individuals or to provide workplace workshops, and much more. Please register here.
Workplace Wellness Breakfast - Tuesday, June 21 at the Embassy Suites, in Saratoga Springs: This Chamber breakfast will feature a presentation by #healthysaratoga sponsor BlueShield of Northeastern New York on best practices and strategies for creating or building a workplace wellness program. Tips and suggestions will be offered for employers of all sizes. Business owners, HR managers and wellness champions in the workplace should attend to get some practical ideas and inspiration on how you can help to ensure Saratoga County is not only one of the healthiest places to live but one of the healthiest places to work too. Click here for details.
First-Ever #healthysaratoga Scavenger Run with iRun Local: We're thrilled to be partnering with iRun Local, in Saratoga Springs, to create a fun program for everyone. Walk or run to Health & Wellness Council members in downtown Saratoga Springs to collect raffle tickets. Return with your tickets to iRun Local and see if you win one of the great door prizes. The event starts with registration and the handing out of the participant map at 2:30 p.m. The event concludes at 4:00 p.m. with the raffle. Click here for more details.
Firecracker 4 Run Your Colors - Form a team from your office to run the Firecracker 4, through downtown Saratoga Springs, on Monday, July 4th. Nearly 3,500 runners will take part in this special Holiday event starting at 9:00 a.m. Click here for more details.
Saratoga County Named Healthiest County in New York State
Launched first in 2014, the Chamber's #healthysaratoga movement's mission is to ensure Saratoga County is one of the healthiest places to live. Since first launching this movement, the Chamber's Health and Wellness Council has grown from 25 to more than 150 local employers and organizations interested in health and wellness. This collaborative venture includes a wide range of public, private and nonprofit organizations. The Council is chaired by Susan Halstead, of Family Vision Care Center, and has been supported from the beginning by Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. In 2016, The Adirondack Trust Company joined with Blue Shield of Northeastern New York to help lead and sponsor the #healthysaratoga movement.
Please click here to review this report. If you'd like to join the #healthysaratoga movement and particiapte in the Chamber's Health and Wellness Council, please send us an email at email@example.com.
Second Annual #healthysaratoga HORSE Basketball Challenge
Saturday, March 12, 2016, starting at 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the Saratoga Regional YMCA
Sponsored by The Adirondack Trust Company and BlueShield of Northeastern New York as well as Saratoga Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Program and Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP,
David Towne, of Roohan Realty, defeated Andy Ferrara, of The Adirondack Trust Company, in the championship round to be named the 2016 winner of the #healthysaratoga HORSE Basketball Challenge. The Saratoga YMCA placed third while Afso Fence came in fourth. While all three of the prior year's top companies were entered into this contest. there were no repeat companies represented in the second annual event.
Local member firms from across Saratoga County participated in our Second Annual HORSE Basketball Challenge this Saturday, March 12th, at the Saratoga Regional YMCA, off of West Avenue, in Saratoga Springs. The mission of the #healthysaratoga movement is to ensure that Saratoga County is one of the healthiest places to live and work. One of the ways in which the Chamber's Health & Wellness Council is helping to achieve this mission is through the creation of events that bring people together around healthy activities - - like playing basketball.
Starting at 1:00 p.m., all of the participating companies had one employee from each firm compete against another participating firm in a game of HORSE. After this first round, there were 16 companies that played on in the second round, 8 that went on to participate in the third round, four in the fourth round and then two firms faced off to be named the champion and to cut down the nets. The public was invited to watch what is a fun, active, healthy and competitive event featuring some spirited contests between people of all ages. Each game can take between 4 and 12 minutes to play so this was a fast paced event with at least four to six games taking place at all times.
For more details about this event and playing in the 2017 event, please contact Keith VanVeghten at 584-3255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 #healthysaratoga Head Bands On DisplayInspired by Matt Zerr, of Blue Shield of Northeastern New York and a sponsor of the #healthysaratoga movement, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce ordered special headbands for all participants in the 2016 HORSE Basketball Challenge. During the 2015 event, Matt Zerr wore his own head band thus inspiring this new look for the 2016 event. Perhaps we'll order more for our many Employee Wellness Month events in June of 2016!
Take the #healthysaratoga Health & Wellness pledge
Is your organization or company willing to support the mission of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s #healthysaratoga movement which is to establish Saratoga County as one of the healthiest places to live and work?
Does your organization or company strive at all times to create and support a safe and healthy workplace?
If you answered to one or all three of these questions, we invite you to take this Employee Wellness Pledge. Use the pledge form to share with us the steps you are taking or plan to take this year to support the health and wellness of your employees. Completed pledges can be emailed to Sara Thornton at email@example.com or faxed to the Chamber at 518-587-0318.
Taking this pledge will automatically include your company as a partner in our #healthysaratoga movement to make Saratoga County one of the healthiest places to live. From time to time, we will promote the list of companies that have taken the pledge to showcase your commitment to this initiative and to inspire others to join the movement. We will also use the information we receive to share best practices in an effort to encourage other local organizations to follow your lead in supporting the health and wellness of your employees. Every organization that takes the pledge will receive a decal that you can display in your facility to let everyone know that you are helping us to ensure that Saratoga County is one of the healthiest places to live and work.
Health & Wellness Week - January 19 - January 24, 2016
6 Days. 7 Events. 30+ participating local organizations.
The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce's Second Annual Health & Wellness Week features a series of FREE events open to anyone interested in meeting up with local wellness professionals and exploring how you might achieve your wellness goals this year. Each of these events includes the chance to meet with a variety of experts in one place at your leisure while also sampling healthy food, water and juice, wine, and perhaps even a beer. Dress comfortably to take part in the voluntary activities and bring a friend to join you and simply find a time to chat with someone one-on-one.
To learn more, please check out the links below:
Healthy & Happy, Tuesday, January 19th, at the Saratoga City Tavern
Health & Wellness Expo in Clifton Park, Wednesday, January 20th, at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon EMS
Healthy Activities Circuit, in The Washington, on Broadway, in Saratoga Springs, hosted by Saratoga Cycling Studio, Wednesday, January 20th
Healthy Food, Wine and Yoga, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ballston Spa, Thursday, January 21st
Freebie & Discount Friday - Click here to check out how you can get free passes and discounts on health and wellness related classes and products
Saratoga Farmer's Market and Health Fair, Saturday, January 23rd, Lincoln Baths Building, Saratoga Spa State Park
Hops & Yoga, at Common Roots Brewery, South Glens Falls, Sunday, January 24th
Be sure to share the information from this webpage with anyone you think might be interested. The mission of our #healthysaratoga movement is to ensure that Saratoga County is one of the healthiest places to live and work. For us to succeed, we need more individuals to do what they can to improve their health and wellness. The Health and Wellness Week is one of four signature events we will run in 2016 to encourage and help people living and working in Saratoga County to achieve their health and wellness goals.
Health and Wellness Council
Chaired by Susan Halstead, of Family Vision Care Center, the Chamber's Health and Wellness Council is responsible for leading the charge to ensure that Saratoga County is one of the healthiest places to live and work in the US. To achieve this goal, the Council has created the #healthysaratoga movement in order to showcase the many events, organizations and resources available to local employers and residents that will help them to achieve their health and wellness goals.
Membership in the Chamber's Health and Wellness Council is open to any member that is interested in health and wellness from any perspective. Please send an email to Sara Thornton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be added to the Council. The Council annually hosts a countywide celebration of National Employee Wellness in June and a Health & Wellness Week in January.
Below is a copy of our Workplace Wellness Guides. Each of these two-page pdf's feature short columns written by members of the Chamber's Health & Wellness Council. Each is written to provide readers with ideas to Live Fit. Eat Fit. and Get Fit. You are encouraged to share these guides with employees, friends and family. You can also print and post each guide in your workplace. Our goal is to help people in Saratoga County to improve their own health and wellness as we seek to ensure that Saratoga County is one of the healthiest places to live and work. This goal will be accomplished if we all do at least one thing to improve our own health and wellness. By taking action, you will be joining the #healthysaratogamovement!
2017 Workplace Wellness Guides
Workplace Wellness Guide Volume 1
Workplace Wellness Guide Volume 2
Check out the photos below of our varied Health & Wellness Council activities.
Our #HealthySaratoga sponsors:
Highlights of the June 2015 Employee Wellness Celebration
Our celebration of June 2015 as National Employee Wellness Month included a number of events thanks to the generous support of Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. During June, our Health & Wellness Council hosted a series of events to make it easy for local employers and employees to take part in this wellness celebration and to become a part of the #healthysaratoga movement.
The events included:
National Running Day event with the Stryders in the Saratoga Spa State Park.
The Twin Bridges Council Clifton Park – Halfmoon Employee Wellness Walk which started and ended at the Clifton Park – Halfmoon EMS
Our Health and Wellness Council along with Blue Shield of Northeastern NY had a booth at the Saratoga Farmers Market, in High Rock Park. To celebrate #eatyourvegetables day, the first 50 members to come to the Chamber's table were given a token to purchase local vegetables.
The Second Annual Chamber Networking Mixer and #healthysaratoga expo at the Roosevelt Baths featured 200+ attendees and 50 exhibitors from our Health and Wellness Council.
A Chamber #healthysaratoga breakfast at Healthy Living, in Wilton, with a healthy breakfast buffet and four stations where attendees learned about healthy snacks, workplace stretching activities, healthy catering options and creating workplace wellness programs.
Top Ten Reasons Healthy People Love Saratoga – And We Love Them Back!
Here in Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County NY, healthy really is a way of life! From running to dancing to pond hockey to rowing, we’re active all year long. We get our water from our natural springs for free. Even our public displays of art require you to take a walk down Broadway. Our county is home to three state parks and one national park, 300+ miles of trails, 650 local farms and a dozen farmers markets - - a couple which operate indoors over the winter too. So what really makes us healthy?
1.) FREE Water! All Day, Every Day!
It’s no secret the city of Saratoga Springs was named after its famous and historical abundance of natural mineral springs. And we love to share! There are more than 15 mineral springs in the city open to the public, and if you’re just in town for a visit, you can find bottled Saratoga spring water all over the country – even in Oklahoma! If THE George Washington visited Saratoga for the healing powers of the springs, shouldn’t you, too?
2.) Must Love Dogs
Saratoga welcomes all walks of life to stay healthy and active – two-legged and four-legged! Dogs are just as much an important part of Saratoga’s makeup as the people are! Taking a stroll down Broadway is a great way for both you and your furry friend to get some exercise with many dog friendly stores along the way! And you’ll go barking mad with the six different dog parks in the area for you and your pooch to live an active life together!
3.) Go, Go, Go
Have a favorite sport? Or a go-to outdoor activity? We probably have a group for you!
a.) Bike with the best of them – Become a Bikeatogian!
b.) Run, run as fast as you can with the Saratoga Stryders!
c.) Gym junkie? Join the Saratoga YMCA in four different locations!
d.) Don’t rock the boat – stay in it with the Saratoga Rowing Association
e.) Climb every mountain! … On a bike … with Saratoga Mountain Bike Association
f.) Are you a Triple Threat? The Saratoga Triathlon Club wants you!
g.) Lace up your skates and take to the ice with the Saratoga Youth Hockey Association!
h.) Itching to do a triple Lutz? Join the Saratoga Figure Skating Club!
4.) 100% Physical AND 100% Mental
Health isn’t just about your body – it’s about your mind, too. Saratoga County residents are aware of that and use the many different local resources to fuel their minds just as much as their bodies! We love Yoga at room temperature or hot. We love to meditate alone and in small groups. Since the 1930’s, visitors and locals alike have gone to the Roosevelt Baths and Spa at the Gideon Putnam Resort for a relaxing mineral bath, considered one of the best ways to de-stress and improve overall body function!
5.) State Parks For All To Share
Saratoga County boasts three of New York’s state parks along with the Saratoga National Historical Park – we might be biased, but we think they’re the greatest of them all! And all four parks never hibernate – there’s something to do all year round! Whether you like to hike, walk, run, snow shoe, horseback ride, cycle, swim, golf, skate, camp, kayak, canoe, fish or cross country ski, there’s no reason you should be laying around on the couch!
6.) We Support Our Troops
Located three hours from the nearest ocean port, it is often a surprise to people that Saratoga is proud to call itself home to many men and women of the U.S. Navy stationed at our local Navy base. These sailors use our local YMCA facilities and inspire others to be active and engaged in our community. Programs such as Taylor’s Heroes, created in honor of Taylor Miller who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, now promotes healthy lifestyles in young children. We’re home to Saratoga Warhorse, created by Bob Nevin, is an award-winning, ESPN-featured program that improves the mental well-being of veterans and returning soldiers. Pairing those who served our nation with retired Thoroughbred race horses, Saratoga Warhorse helps these veterans regain a sense of trust and hope for the future.
7.) Local Farms -> You
We live and breathe local in Saratoga County! With over 650 local farms to support our businesses, restaurants and economy, we can’t get enough of it! Dominating the dairy and apple orchard industries, be sure to visit some of our farmers’ markets for products made locally – a great way to support local and eat healthy!
8.) Dance Your Life Away
Art comes to life in Saratoga! If you’re itching to show off your fancy footwork in the dead of winter, Saratoga is the place you want to be. Picture thousands of people all coming together to do one thing they love – dance. That’s exactly what the annual Flurry Festival is made up of. No matter your age, your experience or your dance of choice, the Flurry Festival keeps Saratoga active even in the middle of February!
9.) See The Art, Be The Art
Maybe you have two left feet and dancing just isn’t your thing. You can still enjoy public art in an active way throughout Saratoga! Whether you’re dancing, running or just walking down Broadway, you’re moving, and you probably won’t miss any of Saratoga En Pointe’s twenty six, 5-foot tall fiberglass pointe shoe sculptures scattered across downtown! And don’t forget about the annual Saratoga ArtsFest – a chance to support local artists and get active throughout a five-day festival celebrating and appreciating the art found in our local community. You won’t ever regret a stroll through Saratoga!
10.) Healthy Saratoga in the workplace
Yes, we in Saratoga play hard but we also work hard. We are blue collar, white collar and no collar at all. Fortunately, our local employers have also created among the healthiest and safest workplaces in the US. The 800+ employees at Quad Graphics, in Saratoga Springs, have access to Quad Med’s facilities, doctors, nurses, and trainers in their workplace health and fitness center. DeCrescente Distributing has partnered with Saratoga Hospital to also create an onsite health and fitness center for their 500 employees. The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Health & Wellness Council is now its largest committee and celebrated National Employee Wellness Month with a unique “Netwalking” event complete with yellow running shirts for all participants to promote #healthysaratoga!