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A positive, can-do attitude can figuratively move mountains. If your idea of a mountain is increasing physical activity, getting fit and maintaining a healthier lifestyle, there is a movement that’s gaining momentum at Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District.

Six of every 10 Americans are living with at least one chronic condition, including diabetes and heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic diseases can significantly impact one’s ability to lead a full life and are among the leading driver of health care costs.

For many people, it is a simple routine: wake up, go to work, come home. For the most part, these different aspects of our lives do not tend to cross. We keep our work life in the office or classroom and our personal lives at home with our families.

Chronic, unchecked stress can sabotage your physical and mental health by contributing to numerous conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Money, it turns out, is stressing out 72 percent of Americans, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Stress in America survey.

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) is dedicated to providing wellness opportunities to people across 25 different school districts in the area. With a variety of programs serving all ages, BOCES has to cover an extremely wide range of needs and interests. Despite the array of specialized activities, BOCES wanted to provide something relaxing, inexpensive and available to anyone. With that in mind, the wellness meetups around Finger Lakes are the perfect opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll with family and friends.

There’s no better way to kick off the school year than with a healthy helping of activities to lift the spirits and get re-acclimated. The wellness team at Marcus Whitman Central School District pulled out all the stops for this year’s opening conference day, with at least 10 different activities worth diving into. Along with that stellar opening act, the wellness committee has continued offering up a variety of opportunities throughout the year.

Corporate Wellness at Indiana Regional Medical Center is designed to assist local businesses in improving the health of their employees. In 2019, IRMC Corporate Wellness team conducted wellness-related activities for nine different companies and completed health screenings or health services for fifteen businesses. Industries supported by IRMC’s Corporate Wellness team include energy, manufacturing, healthcare, education and finance.

Whether you recently made a New Year’s resolution to bank more cash or chose to spend wiser and invest smarter simply out of necessity, there’s no better time than the present to consider learning how to successfully manage your financial expenses.