Prime Picnic Areas Near New York State’s Hudson Valley and Capital Region

It’s taken a long time for winter to yield to spring this year, and if you’re like me, you’re craving warm-weather activities in all forms. One of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to usher in spring and summer is a picnic with friends or family members in one of New York’s many beautiful, and often breathtaking, natural settings. Whether you prefer tailgating or a simple meal on a blanket near a lake or waterfall, picnics are a great way to change up your meal routine and unwind in the middle of nature.

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Overcoming Barriers – Resources for Healthy Living

Life can be pretty difficult. The kids. The bills. Your job, or even your jobs. Those surprises that pop up each day and take your time and energy.

Getting to the doctor for an annual physical may not be the easiest task to complete when you only have a few free minutes in your day. The same goes for exercising, organizing your medication, or even signing up for health insurance.

Despite these road blocks, finding the time to stay healthy is important for both you and your family. Here are a handful of ideas to consider when focusing on your health.

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Bill Would Limit Patient Access to Cheaper Drugs

More than 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. The condition is well-known for restricting a patient’s airway, making it difficult to breathe and often causing coughing and wheezing. In addition to putting the squeeze on a person’s lungs, asthma is also putting pressure on patients’ wallets, as the cost of inhalers has risen to about $5,000 a year.

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Pardon me, but what does that mean?

When traveling to a foreign country, you’d expect to interact with people who speak a different language. To prepare, you might brush up on words and phrases to get you through your trip without having an awkward encounter with a waiter or cab driver that leaves both sides feeling helpless. You might even download a language translator app and have it ready to go on your smart phone.

However, you take no such precautions when going to the doctor.

It’s my doctor! We speak the same language … right?

Maybe not.

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The Health Benefits of Biking in New York

With spring temperatures finally here, it’s time to dust off the bicycle seat, oil the chain, and get out there to explore the bustling cities and the scenic mountain trails in and around the Capital Region. More than just a way to get around, bicycling strengthens your heart, reduces stress, improves your immune system, and more.

Lucky for us, New York State offers something for every cyclist – rolling hills, scenic views, and urban locales. Whether you’re a casual or serious rider, you can find a spot that’s nearby and suitable for your needs and fitness level. continue reading →