Choosing a Summer Camp

February 21, 2017

This can be a difficult decision. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing where to send your child for one, two, or three weeks of the summer. Summer may seem like a speck in the distance, but now is the time to do your research. Plan ahead, be informed, and prepare for

Cops and Kids Fight Crime Together

February 16, 2017

Cops and Kids Fight Crime Together The Albany Police Athletic League (PAL), Inc. is a juvenile crime prevention program that brings kids and cops together in non-law enforcement settings. PAL accomplishes its goals by providing numerous educational, recreational, and athletic programs to more than 4,000 Albany youth each year. PAL seeks to provide a safe

Refugees Get the Camp Experience

February 16, 2017

Refugees to Camp Program Refugees to Camp is designed to assure a fun, educational, and enriching summer camp experience for children who have experienced the hardships of resettling as a refugee throughout New York. Camp Chingachgook has partnered with Refugees to Camp for the past several summers and has impacted the lives of hundreds of children. Through

Camp to Belong: Reuniting Siblings in NY

February 16, 2017

Camp to Belong at Chingachgook In 2011, Camp to Belong (CTB) partnered with Camp Chingachgook to create an amazing and unique opportunity for children in the New York foster care system. Through Camp to Belong, campers get the chance to reunite with brothers and sisters who were placed in separate foster, adoptive, or kinship homes! Camp

Couples Who Sweat Together, Stay Together

February 14, 2017

If you’re new to working out, or are trying to get back into a steady gym routine, it can be hard to dive right in. It’s difficult to find the motivation. Changing your eating habits can be difficult, and priorities are hard to reorganize. So how do you overcome it? You invite your significant other

Turn Shoveling Into a Workout

February 9, 2017

Shoveling can be a daunting task, especially when there’s a Grey’s Anatomy marathon on TV. Turn shoveling into a fun workout! But beware, shoveling incorrectly can lead to injury. According to a 2011 study, around 11,500 Americans end up in the emergency room each year from shoveling. There are things you can do to get

Water – Your New Bestfriend

February 9, 2017

Your body is composed of 60% water. Your body is utilizing that 60% through regular daily activity – through skin evaporation, regulating body temperature, bowel movements, salivation and digestion. It is essential that you replace these fluids daily. Benefits You Can See Your skin contains plenty of water. It acts a protective barrier to prevent excess

How To Eat Healthy During the Super Bowl

February 2, 2017

How To Eat Healthy During the Superbowl As told by Allison Reinhardt, the Regional Wellness Director at the Southern Saratoga and Glenville YMCA Did you know that the average person consumes around 6,000 calories on Super Bowl Sunday? That’s almost two pounds of additional body-weight in one day! So what can we do? Healthy living is

Getting Started With Exercise

January 31, 2017

Fitness is for everyone. Regardless of what some people may say about themselves not being the “exercise type,” fitness can be molded to fit everyone’s body. Generally, excuses are made by people with busy lives, or by those who may not feel comfortable exercising, or maybe because they don’t believe that they are unhealthy. The

What to Expect: Spin Edition

January 30, 2017

The spin room may be intimidating—there are a lot of bikes in a small space. Don’t be nervous. Hop on and prepare for a great workout! Here are a few things you need to know before your first spin class: Instructors are high energy Classes are generally set to music. Your instructor works hard to