About Emily VanDerEems

Emily VanDerEems

Emily VanDerEems

A Canandaigua native, Emily VanDerEems is a junior at SUNY Geneseo, currently pursuing a degree in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Media, and a minor in Psychology. At school, Emily is a pole vaulter on the Women’s Track and Field Team, a member of the Outdoor Club, and a John Mayer fan.

Posts by Emily VanDerEems

Prediabetes: More Common Than You Might Think

Nearly 1 in 10 upstate New Yorkers has been told they have prediabetes. Pat Salzer, a Registered Dietitian and Workplace Wellness Support Coordinator with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, is one of those people. Why all the Fuss? Salzer was diagnosed with prediabetes 15 years ago. She works to manage her prediabetes by applying what she preaches…Read More »

How to Skip Traffic and Get a Workout, All Before 8am

The average American commute is getting longer. Between construction, accidents and traffic, it seems there is always something stopping you from getting to work on time. The daily grind of his commute is what led Scott Pudney, a Software Engineer with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to start biking to work. Pudney began by riding with a co-worker…Read More »

Ins and Outs of a Volunteer Vacation

Planning a summer vacation? Why not  take a trip that makes a difference and lets you explore the world? Consider taking a volunteer vacation. What’s a volunteer vacation? While you are off exploring the world, you could also be living with a host family, working in the community, and getting to know the local people.…Read More »

11 Places to Picnic in Upstate NY

Summer is a short season in upstate NY. That’s why it’s the perfect time to exchange your usual lunch out with a meal “al-fresco” at one of these picnic spots in upstate NY. 1. Porter Park, Youngstown, Niagara County There is no better place to have a picnic than on Lake Ontario. You can see Niagara…Read More »

Lori’s story: How I lost more than 250 pounds

Lori Dyer had struggled with her weight for as long as she could remember. She was 412 pounds and had tried every diet. However, she always gained the weight back. She got sick a lot and struggled to walk down stairs. The extra weight contributed to health issues, including high blood pressure, sleep apnea, pre-diabetes, back pain and knee pain.…Read More »

Heat Illness: What to Watch Out For

As the year gears up for August, I’m plagued by memories of sweltering heat, affecting my focus, motivation, and workout schedule. This weekend, I tried to plan a day when I could run. But even in the early mornings, the humidity was soaking the air, making it hard to breathe. I almost went to the…Read More »

5 Firework Safety Tips for Summer

As we approach the Fourth of July, I can’t help but notice the increase in road-side tents, filled to the edges with boxes and bags. And I don’t mean the garage sales. The tents are filled with fireworks. You might be wondering about fireworks safety? If so, remember that the best way to stay safe with…Read More »