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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

wnyt health rankingThe 2016 New York State Health Rankings are out and Saratoga County is now ranked #1 of the 62 counties across all of New York State. This annual report is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. In 2015, Saratoga County ranked #3 and was ranked #5 in 2014 and 2013.

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

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,

IMG_2339David 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

2016 #healthysaratoga Head Bands On Display

Inspired 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!

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.

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?

Do you recognize that healthy employees tend to be happier and more productive, and that there are ways in which employers, just like you, can positively support the achievement of the personal wellness goals of your employees?

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 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 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 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.
The 2016 #healthysaratoga HORSE Basketball Challenge was won by David Towne, of Roohan Realty.

Our #HealthySaratoga sponsors:

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Our 2016 #healthysaratoga
HORSE Basketball participants:

Adirondack Trust Company
Adirondack Trust Insurance Agency
Afsco Fence Supply Co. Inc.
BlueShield of Northeastern New York
DC Sports Inc
Family Vision Care Center
Four Winds Hospital Saratoga
Hampton Inn & Suites Saratoga Springs Downtown
Lavelle & Finn, Attorneys at Law
Leadership Saratoga
Lightower Fiber Networks
James Whalen
Polyset Company
Roohan Realty
Saratoga Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Program
Saratoga Bridges, NYSARC, Inc., Saratoga County Chapter
Saratoga Casino & Raceway
Saratoga Eagle Sales & Service, Inc.
Saratoga National Bank & Trust Co.
Saratoga Regional YMCA - Malta Branch
Saratoga Regional YMCA - Saratoga Branch
Sutton & Tarantino Insurance
The Jones Firm, Attorneys at Law
The Wesley Community
Turning Point Chiropractic, PLLC
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Our 2016 Health & Wellness Week participants:

Adirondack Health & Wellness
Alpine Sport Shop
Bodywork Professionals
Capital District YMCA- Southern Saratoga
Clifton Park Halfmoon EMS
Common Roots Brewery
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County
Custom Fitness
East West Leadership Coaching
Family Vision Care Center
Hard Balance Bodyworks
Healthy Living Market and Cafe
The Joint
Medical Thermography Associates
One Roof Saratoga, A Holistic Health Center
Reform. A True Pilates(TM) Studio
Ruby Red Road, the Easy Way Home
Saratoga Chiropractic
Saratoga City Tavern
Saratoga Cycling Studio
Saratoga Farmers Market
Saratoga Juice Bar
Saratoga Regional YMCA
Takaction LLC
Turning Point Chiropractic, PLLC

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.

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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!

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