Looking for Some Delicious Healthier Recipes? You’re in Luck!


As many of you have requested, we have added a ‘Recipes’ section to the Journey to Well-Being website where coworkers can share their favorite, healthier recipes with other coworkers. Click Here to be directed to the Recipes page (or, under Resources, click on the ‘Recipes’ tab), and then simply click ‘Reply’ and start sharing!

MVP Selected as Honoree of the 2014 Workplace Wellness Awards!!


The Workplace Wellness Awards honors organizations for doing an outstanding job bringing wellness to the workplace.

On November 6th, MVP representatives attended a breakfast at SRC Arena, which recognized all honorees selected for the 2014 awards. At the breakfast, attendees gained valuable wellness resources, contacts from the networking, and best practices. MVP will also be profiled in the Workplace Wellness Awards special event section of the Business Journal!

This is a wonderful accomplishment that MVP should be very proud of!

WWA Honorees-Group Photo

Real Life Food and Fitness to Visit Rochester Office


On Tues. Sept. 9 AND Fri. Sept.12th from 11:30am-12:30pm in Lower Level 222, come learn how you can order healthy meals that will be delivered to MVP.  You will also hear about the programs Real Life Food and Fitness offers at their location on 1290 University Ave.

Please send all questions to Debbie Fredley at dfredley@mvphealthcare.com.

Conbeer’s Farm 2014 CSA


The 2014 CSA Season is starting soon. Schenectady coworkers will again have the option to join Conbeer’s Farm. Half shares are available for $19.25 per week and full shares are available for $23.75 per week. Shares include a weekly distribution of in-season vegetables and fruits, raised naturally without chemical herbicides and pesticides. Everything is hand harvested at optimal ripeness providing a fresh, superior food. Click here to learn more about Conbeer’s Farm and get the registration form.



Welcome to the 12-week, MISSION: SLIMPOSSIBLE Weight Loss Challenge!

To officially register, please fill out the Pre-Survey with your most up to date weight: Pre-Survey

To register as a team, email wellbeing@mvphealthcare.com with your Team Name and team members (please include first and last name with 5 coworkers max).


Fact Sheet

For more information, click here to visit our official MISSION: SLIMPOSSIBLE webpage!

Dress In Blue Day!


DIBD_CoBrandRGBURLFriday, March 7 is Dress in Blue Day to honor colon cancer survivors and raise awareness, and we invite you once again to wear blue to show your support! We’ll have some fun activities and giveaways as well, such as…

  • Wear and Share!—Send a picture of you and/or your team in your blue attire to wellbeing@mvphealthcare.com. Each MVP employee submitted will be entered into a drawing for Regal movie tickets!
  • The Blue and the Beautiful!—For those who’d like to turn casual Friday on its head, wear your finest blue apparel (suits, gowns, etc) and be entered into a second special drawing for a gift certificate to a restaurant in your area! Just include the words “Blue and Beautiful” in your subject line to be entered.

Stay tuned to MVPnet and MVPnews for more information!

Journey to Well-Being Weight Watchers Survey Wrap Up


Thank you to all MVP coworkers who completed the Weight Watchers Survey Monkey.  Journey to Well-Being always appreciates feedback! What’s great about Weight Watchers at work is that you’ll get access to website tools and there is no need to travel. Journey to Well-Being is considering this program in for the Fall season (early September), so stay tuned for more information!

Weight Watchers Survey and Success Stories


Journey to Well-Being is exploring the option of offering on-site Weight Watchers programming for 12 weeks to our employees in Schenectady and Rochester. Click here to learn more and to take our brief coworker interest survey so that we can accurately measure coworker interest in this program.

If you are interested in seeing the positive impact Weight Watchers can have on weight loss, check out these success stories of Brian, David and Jamie for inspiration!

Thank you in advance for your input!

My First Half-Marathon: Natalie Ruggiero’s Story


It’s only seven water stops, how bad could it be? It’s only about two 10Ks.

Natalie_RuggieroThree years ago I completed my first 5K, after training with the Couch-to-5K (C25K) training group lead by Linnea Korotitsch. Last October, I completed my first 10K at the Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge at Saratoga State Park. In the past three years I have participated in many other 5Ks. It only seemed natural that a half marathon would be next.

As a clinical pharmacist, working with MVP’s Medicare Part D members for the Medication Management Program, I always tell members that medication has its time and place, but preventive medicine—and other steps towards good health such as exercise—are key. So, I decided to practice what I preach.

I began to train for a half marathon— not only because I enjoy running, but because I knew it would be a challenge and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do anything I put my mind to. I wanted to live my mantra to members that the best “medicine” is a combination of eating healthy, exercising, and taking care of yourself.

I started training in early May, which gave me about 18 weeks to prepare. I decided to participate in the Saratoga Palio Half Marathon on September 21, 2014. It was a good fit since a portion of the proceeds goes toward a scholarship fund for students studying in the mental health field. In addition, part of the course goes through the Saratoga State Park, where I completed my first 5K. Training required three running days a week, plus one to two strength training and cross-training days.

I was asked many times if I was training with someone or had a coach. Actually, I did most of this on my own, asking a marathon-running friend for advice, and reading blogs by other runners on the internet. I bought a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) share this past summer and learned to eat more nutrient-dense foods, as well as how to stay hydrated during the humid summer days. I became more diligent about planning healthy meals for myself.  Most of my running happened after work so I needed to stay on top of having a meal plan and food ready in advance. Having the support from my husband was also vital, especially on Saturday mornings after my long runs. A re-fueling breakfast at the ready is always important!

It was an amazing day. It started out cooler in the morning, which helped with some of the challenging hills in the course. I had only run 12 miles the week before the race, so this was the first time that I had ever hit 13.1 miles!  I knew that I would be able to complete it that day as I had spent many countless hours preparing for this one day! I hope that I can inspire others. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it can be done! I am looking forward to running in the Stockade-athon in November, and am planning to work on pace before running my next half marathon.