Schoharie ARC


Wellness Together

Wellness Together Initiative

“Wellness Together: A Health & Wellness Promotion Program for People with Developmental Disabilities and the People Who Support Them”.

This wellness initiative grew out of a NYSARC NE Regional Collaborative effort on the part of 7 Chapters meeting to improve the health and wellness of the people we support as well as our direct support staff. Lauren Milavec, Director of Day Habilitation, and Carlene Pavlak, Director of Clinical Services, represented our Chapter and now serve as co-chairs of our Wellness Together Committee, comprised of self-advocates, direct support professionals, human resources, administrators and a member of our Board of Directors.

Recently, the Board passed a resolution whereas, the Wellness Together program will bring about a shift in organizational culture that will help people with developmental disabilities adopt healthier lifestyles while engaging staff and volunteers who support them to also participate in training experiences and opportunities.

Our kick-off training opportunity is “Let’s Bring Weight Watchers to Work”. These trainings will be offered to both employees and the people we support. The cornerstone of Wellness Together is that no one has to do it alone. People who engage in health matters with a partner are more likely to succeed in their health and wellness goals.

If you are interested and willing to partner with someone we serve, please speak with Lauren or Carlene. In addition, we invite you to submit other ideas and suggestions of Wellness Together activities that you would like the Wellness Committee to explore on your behalf.


Thank you,

Tony Alvarez, Executive Director

Heat Dangers- Prevention of Heat-Related Illness and Death

Click here to read information on preventing heat  related illness and death. /arc/assets/File/Heat Related July 2014.pdf


Duanesburg Area Community Center Memberships Available

As part of the new Wellness Together initiative at Schoharie ARC we are pleased to invite you to attend the Duanesburg Area Community Center utilizing the ARC membership.  Schoharie ARC maintains 10 memberships at this facility and these benefits are also being made available to our employees in 2014.  The DACC offers a variety of fitness opportunities, with flexible hours and child care.  Please visit their website at for further information, schedules, and directions.

In order to utilize the ARC memberships you will need to let the receptionist at DACC know you are from the ARC.  You will need to sign in when you arrive and sign out when you leave.  Membership utilization takes place outside of your work hours (unless you are supporting a person we serve during your scheduled work shift).  Some activities you may be interested in at DACC require an additional fee and if you choose to participate in these you would be responsible for the fee based on the rate for members. 

Ten ARC memberships may be utilized at any one time.  If eleven people are present, one person will need to wait until one person has checked out and then the eleventh person may use the open membership.  As the people we serve come first, we would ask staff to extend the courtesy to the people we serve if they are waiting to use a membership.  This may require you to plan accordingly as you may not always be able to immediately utilize the facility if all ten memberships are in use when you arrive. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about this expanded opportunity to fully utilize the 10 memberships that our organization maintains.  Again, we wish you a happy and HEALTHY New Year!!


Check out more Wellness Activities at the Duanesburg Area Community Center:


ZUMBA Classes in Middleburgh



Creating Healthy Places Information

Creating Healthy Places to live work and play is a grant initiative funded by the New York State   Health Department to, to prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases in Schoharie County. The grant was awarded to SUNY Cobleskill and 22 other locations around New York State in


2010. The goal of the grant is to implement sustainable policy, systems and environmental changes in communities where people live, work and play. This emphasizes the supportive environments and population wide efforts that accelerate improvements in individual health behaviors and health outcomes. The grant works to increase physical activity and to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

For more information:

To read Creating Healthy Places Latest Newsletter, please click  here:

/arc/assets/File/Creating Healthy Places Newsletter fall 2013 format.pdf



Questions/Concerns/Submit A Wellness Event

Please email the Wellness Together Coordinators at



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