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Running Series: Stop the Negative Self-talk

A recent article published by the Mayo Clinic outlines the tie between stress and negative self-talk.  As someone who has never considered myself to be athletic, largely due to my very negative experiences in my grade school gym classes, I have found myself engaged in frequent negative self-talk. My grade school gym teacher was tough,… Read More


Since 1949, May has been a national observance month for mental health. During Mental Health Month, awareness is raised about the impact of mental health conditions on individuals, families, and communities. Recognizing the importance of this observance, WellStaff@PRA, Policy Research Associates’ staff wellness committee, organized its first annual Mental Health Awareness Step Challenge in 2017.… Read More


Chan and Katie at the March for Our Lives

The Parkland shootings raised our nation’s consciousness about gun violence in ways that were previously unseen. That event and the ensuing national debate over gun control and responsible gun ownership was the catalyst for much discussion among colleagues, friends, and family for many of us. Most notable for me, however, was the ongoing dialogue with… Read More


Writing for Wellness - Environmental Wellness

I am a beach child at heart. I grew up on the shores of Long Island and spent most of my summers making kelp bracelets, searching the sand for pieces of sea glass, and pretending that I was a dolphin, diving in and out of the waves. For me, a good beach is a full… Read More


Two women at a large concert

Last year, I lost a friend to an opioid use disorder. I think about her every day: who she was when I knew her best; what kind of a life she could have had; how, even though it was improbable (but not impossible), we could have reconnected and rekindled our friendship. This year, I am… Read More


Busy Hallway Filled with People

This summer has come and, while not quite gone, is going quickly and with it so has July’s Social Wellness month. Even though it has already come to a close, it is still important to take time to reflect and plan ahead for your social wellness (doing so may even have benefits for your physical… Read More


Outside Pillars of the Supreme Court

This time of year brings me back to some of the most meaningful milestones in my professional career.  The last Wednesday and Friday of each July inevitably brings me back to sitting for the New York State Bar Examination.  It also brings me back to the intense pride that I felt graduating from law school… Read More


Writing for Wellness - Intellectual Wellness

Before I found my career path in behavioral health and social services, my life’s ambition was to live what my academic friends sometimes call “a life of the mind.” When I was in college, I found this turn of phrase (this preemptive epitaph) evocative and profound. As if I could somehow transcend the mundane, mindless… Read More


Writing for Wellness: Financial Wellness Dollar bills

Financial stress is a reality that most, if not all, of us face at some point in our lives, to some degree. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, total credit card balances for Americans amounted to almost a trillion dollars ($784 billion) in the second quarter of 2017. 1 Beside this fact, credit card… Read More


Photo credits: Deb Perelman/Smitten Kitchen

Since 2006, Deb Perelman has been cooking food and photographing it, operating the Smitten Kitchen blog from her tiny NYC kitchen. Her slant is “comfort food stepped up a bit,” always from scratch, and without “excessively fussy and/or pretentious ingredients.” Her favorites are artichokes, pommes frites, and bourbon. She has published two cookbooks, Smitten Kitchen… Read More