March 2015 Healthy Women Feature Story: “Me Time”

When ‘all about you’ is healthy

Laurie LaGorga gives a pedicure at Harmony Day Spa, Watertown. Working women need to take regular time outs for themselves to stay healthy. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Laurie LaGorga gives a pedicure at Harmony Day Spa, Watertown. Working women need to take regular time outs for themselves to stay healthy. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

By Joleene Moody
NNY Business

For years we’ve heard experts tell us the importance of self-care. They even tell us how. Exercise. Mediate. Do yoga. Eat right. Mediate again. But we don’t listen. Or if we do listen, we don’t think “me” time is as important as attempting to do 27 other things simultaneously. [Read more…]

March 2015 Healthy Women Feature Story: Mentorship

Start with you through mentorship

Lecelle Providence, a mementorship and physical well-being coach, hugs one of her clients recently at her fitness club, Total I.M.P.A.C., 55 Main St., Gouverneur. A good mentor can help in times of stress. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, NNY Business.

Lecelle Providence, a mementorship and physical well-being coach, hugs one of her clients recently at her fitness club, Total I.M.P.A.C., 55 Main St., Gouverneur. A good mentor can help in times of stress. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, NNY Business.

Come together to create a ‘force that is really powerful’

By Joleene Moody
NNY Business

When it comes to dealing with challenging situations, moving through rough relationships or even getting into better physical and mental shape, there’s no question that we can make it through with love and support from friends or family. But sometimes the push we need or encouragement we desire isn’t readily available. Friends get too busy. Family gets too involved. And without our super-weapon of reassurance, we may shut down or give up completely. [Read more…]

March 2015 Healthy Women Feature Story: Working From Home

Managing the distracted mother

Michelle Collins is a business advisor at the New York State Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton. She teaches a Women’s Business Bootcamp twice a year to help working women  of all types. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago.

Michelle Collins is a business advisor at the New York State Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton. She teaches a Women’s Business Bootcamp twice a year to help working women
of all types. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago.

Women who work from home need to set limits to succeed

By Joleene Moody
NNY Business

During the past decade, the number of mothers working from home has significantly increased. Nearly 75 percent of the 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. are a one-woman production, run largely by women with children, according to data from the Center of Women’s Business Research. [Read more…]

March 2015 Healthy Women Feature Story: Female breadwinners

Women as primary breadwinners

Taylor Grinstead is an active duty Army soldier while her husband, Wes, stays home with their 1-year-old son, Wyatt. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Taylor Grinstead is an active duty Army soldier while her husband, Wes, stays home with their 1-year-old son, Wyatt. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

By Joleene Moody
NNY Business

Taylor Grinstead isn’t like most modern women. Yes, she is a working woman. She is also a mother, soldier, caregiver and wife. But she differs from the majority of working mothers because she is the primary breadwinner. And right now, she wouldn’t have it any other way. [Read more…]

March 2015 Healthy Women Feature Story: 10 Questions with Dr. Jill Laureano-Surber

Dr. Jill Laureano-Surber on Health, Career, Family & How to Ask for Help

Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Dr. Jill Laureano-Surber, D.O, runs a brand-new family practice in Watertown’s Washington Summit. She is a dedicated mother of four children, all younger than 5. She and her husband, Anthony, have been married for seven years, tying the knot just a few short months before she started medical school. A north country native, Dr. Laureano-Surber completed medical school in Middelford, Maine. As a busy mother and doctor, she knows firsthand what it’s like to ask for help, and how trying to go it alone can bring on a quick burnout. [Read more…]

March 2015 Healthy Women Feature Story: The Second Act

The brilliance of a second act

Kae Young jumped from a career in broadcast news and journalism to military public affairs after 26 years in media. Her secret to success: “I had to believe  in me.” Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Kae Young jumped from a career in broadcast news and journalism to military public affairs after 26 years in media. Her secret to success: “I had to believe
in me.” Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

By Joleene Moody
NNY Business

When Kae Young was 52 years old, she did something most women her age wouldn’t dream of: she left her comfortable television career of 26 years to embark on a brand-new journey. It was a journey that would take her across the world. She would encounter brave soldiers, fellow co-workers and well-known celebrities. Pop culture calls this kind of late-life shift “the second act.” Kae Young calls it curiosity. [Read more…]

Working to make others well

River women aim to help Clayton become ‘healthiest town in America’

Lori Wilson Arnot, owner of River Wellness Center and Lori's Herbs and Oils, hopes to make Clayton the healthiest town in America. Photo by Justin Sorensen/NNY Business.

By nature, Lori Wilson Arnot is an ambassador.

A Rochester-area native, Ms. Arnot has ingrained herself in the river community during the past decade, heading up initiatives behind the Zenda Community Garden, Clayton Food Co-Op and founding her own pair of businesses, River Wellness Center and Lori’s Herbs and Oils.

What’s unique about Ms. Arnot is not that she’s a one-woman show; she has the indelible ability to move others to become outstanding members of their community by encouraging them to explore and to learn. [Read more…]

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Manage stress by accepting limits

Heather Saski handles stress management for the working woman as part of her duties at Carthage Area Hospital's Department of Social Work. Photo by Justin Sorensen.

By Joleene DesRosiers
NNY Business

Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, once said: “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Isn’t it amazing how one day we can have everything in our life flowing beautifully and smoothly, and the next we find ourselves pulling our hair and screaming obscenities as we walk around completely frazzled and in a rut, with no idea as to how we got ourselves there? Our stress level peaks, and before we know it, we hit overload. We have pushed ourselves beyond the brink and now lay there like a lump: Unavailable, unpredictable and unwilling to get up. The secret to pulling ourselves back together? Asking for help with a brisk walk on the side.

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Imbalance a challenge for women

By Joleene Des Rosiers
NNY Business

You get up. You get the kids ready. Some even make lunches for the entire family, moving around the kitchen with ease and grace as you glide quickly from refrigerator to counter without ever stepping on the dog even once.

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When losing weight, be realistic

By Joleene DesRosiers
NNY Business

Forget the word diet. Cross it out of the dictionary and ditch it from your vocabulary. This isn’t about losing weight to meet the rest of the world’s standards; it’s about maintaining a healthy weight that represents who you are.

Too often people – especially women – strive to sculpt themselves into an unrealistic body shape that causes unnecessary stress as they take in fewer calories than their bodies actually need.

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