Grocery list: Eggs, milk and spin class

Albany residents are a literal grocery run closer to meeting health and fitness goals, thanks to a new community center run by Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan (CDPHP) in partnership with two other local organizations. The 5,277-square-foot Healthy Living Center – with a group exercise room, fitness equipment, showers and personal lockers – opened Saturday inside a Hannaford Supermarket location.

Co-sponsored by the Capital District YMCA and Hannaford Supermarkets, the wellness facility offers free weight management and group fitness classes, nutrition seminars and personal training. One glance at the program calendar shows classes geared toward people with specific health needs: Restoring Gut Balance, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Mommy and Me yoga. At the center’s grand opening this weekend, the creative partnership drew curious shoppers and plenty of media coverage.

CDPHP member services representatives are present every day to assist consumers with insurance and answer questions about Medicare and new options on the state health exchange.

Gym memberships are otherwise expensive, nutritional recipes hard to translate and work-out buddies sometimes scarce. ACHP member plans are knocking down barriers to health one by one, and looking good doing it.

Find a full schedule of Health Living Center classes – don’t miss the Healthy Halloween scavenger hunt on Oct. 26 – here. The facility is open seven days a week.

-Sophie Schwadron
ACHP Intern