Hudson Valley Health & Wellness


A central part of Hudson Valley lifestyle is health—from getting outdoors to eating nutritious, sustainable food, people who live in the region care about living well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, with a focus on fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and general wellness. Chronogram’s Hudson Valley online magazine focuses monthly on wellness coverage, including health trends and topics, diets and cleanses, medical treatments and facilities, alternative medicine and practices, yoga and movement, health myths and mantras, bone and heart health, sound healing, and wellness fairs and expos.

The Advantages of Being Awestruck

The Advantages of Being Awestruck

A look at the psychophysiology and health benefits of experiencing awe and other positive emotions.

Tags: General Wellness


Understanding the Wide World of Medical Imaging

When it comes to understanding and diagnosing the human body, there are few technologies more powerful than medical imaging. While the phrase might make you think of just X-rays or ultrasounds, there’s actually a wide world of non-invasive imaging services that expert medical providers like those at Columbia Memorial Health (CMH), the primary healthcare center for Columbia and Greene counties, rely on to guide their patients throughout their journeys to wellness. Here are a few types of diagnostic and interventional imaging services that are playing an increasingly important role in cutting-edge care today.

Tags: Health

Stone Wave Yoga: Tending the Flame of Personal and Communal Wellness

In the summer of 2019, Liz Glover Wilson had just opened the second location of her burgeoning Gardiner yoga studio and wellness campus, Stone Wave Yoga, in Poughkeepsie. Like so many other small business owners in the Hudson Valley, she had no way of knowing that only months later her entire business would fundamentally change. With the pandemic’s economic and personal challenges constantly at her door, however, yoga remained the one thing that Glover Wilson knew she could count on. “A lot of the students who stayed with us this last year are hungry to learn more about the yoga tool kit because they’re seeing that it really does work,” she says.

Tags: General Wellness

Esteemed Reader: What is Life? | June 2021

Publisher Jason Sterns contemplates the unanswerable question: What is life?

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Ritualist: New Paltz's Site for Spirituality, Wellness, and Witchcraft

Ritualist, a "modern witch shop" per owner Dana Cooper, is newly open in New Paltz. They carry tools for healing and magic making, which can be divinations and spells or simply connecting with one's inner power––you get to choose. Inside you can find apothecary goods, herbal tinctures, altar candles, journals, tarot decks, and houseplants. Ritualist stocks products almost exclusively by small and independent brands and makers, and is committed to making every customer feel welcome, in part by offering products made by creators in the POC and LGBTQ+ communities. Sustainability is also top of mind for Ritualist, as is equity: they donate 10% of monthly revenue to an organization that uplifts marginalized communities.

Tags: Spirituality

Esteemed Reader: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword | May 2021

In trying to explain the world of publishing to a group of

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Finding Hope For Long COVID

New Centers Of Care Are Taking A Surround Sound Approach To Long Hauler Syndrome
Taking in every specialization from neurology and cardiology to rheumatology and pulmonology, local hospitals have robust treatment plans to combat the debilitating effects of long COVID.

Tags: Coronavirus

Soul Spa Wellness Weekend for BIPOC Community Leaders

Dharmakaya Center is Now Accepting Applications for this Free Restorative Weekend in July
Set on the Dharmakaya Center's 90-acre campus, the Soul Spa Wellness program, July 16-18, will offer a free weekend of restorative practices in a peaceful spiritual setting for 12 BIPOC community leaders from the Hudson Valley. This program is free and applications are now being accepted.

Tags: Retreats

Esteemed Reader | April 2021

The Awesome Mystery Of Nature
Publisher Jason Stern muses about the humbling power of Mother Nature and the need for humanity to work with and not against her.

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COVID Watch | April 2021

It Takes A Village To Vaccinate
Greenburgh's COVID Angels-a volunteer group almost 300 strong-work with churches and local health centers to reach low-income and minority residents who might otherwise get left behind in the vaccine rollout.

Tags: Coronavirus

Has COVID Killed Sex?

Has the stress, grief, and survival-centric state of mind that tanked you libido? You're not alone.

Tags: Coronavirus

The Changing Face of Telehealth

How The Virtual Medicine Boom Has Improved Access to Care at Columbia Memorial Health
In the face of a daunting global pandemic, Columbia Memorial Health has assembled an easily accessible telehealth system to put your mind at ease.

Tags: Medical

A Guide to Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Your one-stop-shop guide to getting vaccinated in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills: Who qualifies, where to go, what to expect, and how to do it, plus the latest policy updates.

Tags: Coronavirus

Esteemed Reader: Impartiality Through Presence | March 2021

Words can distract from the thing they represent. Publisher Jason Stern finds that under the stress of oppressive conditions we can become really present, and, in presence, we can be impartial.

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COVID Watch: Essential, Invisible, Ineligible

Farm and Food Workers Await the Vaccine
Vulnerable farm workers and rural communities are being overlooked by New York State's Covid vaccine rollout.

Tags: General News & Politics

Support Groups Get A Digital Redo

When there's a will- and an internet connection- there's a way to be there for each other.
In COVID times, the move to all-virtual support groups has been a blessing and a gift for the Rhinebeck Parkinson’s Support Group.

Tags: Mental Health

Esteemed Reader: Death, the Eternal Companion | February 2021

Jason Stern ponders his death from the quiet of a cave in the Sierra Madre.

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COVID Watch: with The River Newsroom | February 2021

A Shot in the Dark
Governor Cuomo keeps telling us: Follow the data. Follow the science. Follow the metrics. But both vaccines and vaccine data continue to be in short supply. When will the state level with us and provide public access to vaccine data?

Tags: Coronavirus

The Power of Being Plant-Based

The most evolved diet for a peaceful, balanced Earth? For Sharon Gannon, the hands-down answer is veganism.
In her new book Yoga & Veganism: The Diet of Enlightenment, Sharon Gannon updates and adds (faux) meat to her 2008 manifesto Yoga & Vegetarianism, bolstering the argument that a vegan diet is the true path to yogic bliss.

Tags: General Wellness

Columbia and Greene Counties Have a New Name In Family Medicine

A Q&A with Columbia Memorial Health’s Dr. Hank Bacon
Dr. Hank Bacon joined the primary care team at Columbia Memorial Health in July of 2020. He practices at the Columbia Memorial Family Care office in Hudson, where he sees patients from early childhood through adulthood. In our Q&A with Dr. Bacon, we talk about why he chose to go into family medicine, the importance of osteopathic medicine, and why he loves the Hudson Valley.

Tags: Health

Esteemed Reader: The Light Within the Light | January 2021

At the darkest time of year, publisher Jason Stern seeks the light within the light.

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COVID Watch: January 2021

A Monthly Update on COVID-19 in the Hudson Valley from The River
A monthly update from the The River on COVID-19 in the region.

Tags: Coronavirus

A Voice for Choice

It's Time for Women to Reclaim the Narrative Around Later Abortions
Deeply stigmatized and regularly reduced to a political rallying cry, later abortion is in fact a complex predicament—profoundly human, sometimes heartbreaking, and sometimes, surprisingly, hopeful. Often, it’s exacerbated by misconceptions and bureaucracy.

Tags: General Wellness

Going Viral: Behind the Scenes at Ulster County’s COVID-19 Call Center

Behind the Scenes at Ulster County’s COVID-19 Call Center

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Hudson Valley Events

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Manitoga: Design • Art • Nature Tour @ MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center

Manitoga: Design • Art • Nature Tour

Mondays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 12-1:30, 1-2:30 & 2-3:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 8 — Visit MANITOGA, the House, Studio and Woodland Garden of pioneer industrial designer,...

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Hudson Valley Fitness and Nutrition

The staples of health and wellness are exercise and diet. The Hudson Valley offers many resources for healthy living, including weekly yoga and fitness classes, cleansing workshops focused on nutrition and diet, organized hikes and outings through the region’s mountainous terrain, and fresh, locally grown food at farms and farmers’ markets.

Hudson Valley Spas

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle means finding ways to relax and unwind. Hudson Valley spas and resorts, like Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz and Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, offer services and amenities that include meditation, stress reduction, massage, body treatments, and saunas. Hudson Valley spas feature eco-friendly products and cafés and juice bars with local, organic meals and snacks.