Wednesday, 16 January 2019 19:00

Notes from Chamber of Commerce: Health and Wellness

By Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce | Business

I don’t know who the 2,000 people were that took part in this survey. But let’s assume that it was a valid poll and the results are accurate.

The poll determined that the top three New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 are: 
1. Diet or eat healthier
2. Exercise more
3. Lose weight

So if these results are accurate, there are lots of people out there with resolutions or personal goals related to health and wellness.

The trouble with resolutions, however, is not making them. It is keeping them.

Sure everyone wants to eat healthier. Who doesn’t want to exercise more or lose weight. 

Once again, we’re told perhaps 60 percent of people make a resolution but just 8 percent keep them.

So what can we do to make this the year that our own health and wellness matters.

I’m told that writing down a goal with a way it can be measured and a time by when it will be accomplished helps. You can post this goal somewhere so that you see it every day or every week. This might help make sure you are scheduling time to get it done.

Sharing such a goal or resolution with others also improves the likelihood you’ll succeed. 

Maybe the people you tell your goal or resolution to will give you advice or feedback that helps you. They might even decide to do it with you. And if they do join you, then you’ll have someone to share your success with when you do get it done.

So now if you made a resolution or wrote down a goal that involved diet or eating healthier; exercising more; or losing weight. We can help too!

No, the Chamber does not have a miracle diet or weight loss program. Sorry.

But we do have our fifth Annual Health and Wellness Week coming up February 3 through February 9.

Sponsored by The Adirondack Trust Company and MVP Healthcare, our Health and Wellness Week involves a range of local health and wellness organizations hosting FREE classes, workshops, and workouts for anyone that wants to try something new to achieve their health goals.

Want more details? Please take a look at the list of free activities on our Chamber events page at or give us a call at 518-584-3255. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we’ll be promoting every one of these free events and more as we get closer to that week.

Here’s a sample: Our Health and Wellness Week already has opportunity for you (and that friend or family members who has that same goal) to try the Pure Barre; Metabolic Meltdown; Vent Fitness Studio; Purebred Athletics; Custom Fitness; or a session on Mindfulness at One Roof; or you can get ready to save someone’s life by taking a CPR training course at the Clifton Park – Halfmoon EMS. 

We’ll be adding additional events and opportunities to eat healthier, exercise more and to lose weight in the next couple of weeks. 

We purposely set up our Health and Wellness Week five years ago to help people achieve their health and wellness resolutions.

Our hope then and now is that people will look at this list of FREE activities and pick at least one to try. 

And if you like what you try, perhaps you’ll become part of the 8 percent who keeps your resolution in 2019! 

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