About Karen Feigel

Karen Feigel

Karen Feigel

A Rochester native, Karen is a regional communications manager at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. She and her husband live in Pittsford with their three children. Karen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, music, and whenever weather permits, having coffee (or a glass of wine!) on her patio.

Posts by Karen Feigel

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Helping Small Businesses in High-Need Neighborhoods Stay Healthy

Ify Azogi’s African and Caribbean Central Market has seen a decline in customers since the pandemic began. The owner of a small business in one of Monroe County’s poorest neighborhoods, she’s doing her best to keep the doors open. “People feel afraid. They’re scared of coming out,” she said. “I’ve been here since 10:30 this…Read More »

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Good Health Begins with Good Food

When the pandemic forced Karen Goossen to close the doors of her business this spring, she knew her income was at risk. She didn’t realize the economic fallout would also put her health at risk. Goossen, of Monroe County, had been following her doctor’s advice to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to her diet…Read More »

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Expert Q&A: Physical Therapists – Who They Are and How They Help

In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, we sat down with Carly Costanza, physical therapist with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy. What can you tell us about the history of physical therapy? (Costanza) Physical therapy has been around since ancient times! Many cultures used exercise, water, movement and…Read More »

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Taking Charge of Your Diabetes – Now More Important Than Ever

Bob Russell was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 25. Today, he is the Upstate New York Area Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). He’s aware of the importance of managing the risks associated with diabetes. “Diabetes can affect anyone at any time,” Russell said. “Being aware, paying attention to your body…Read More »

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Kathy Gorall: How Military and Nursing Training is Helping Patients

The same day she received her nursing degree from SUNY Brockport, Kathy Gorall RN, BSN, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force, choosing the Air Force because it allowed her to experience all different areas of hospital nursing care. After leaving the military, she put her Air Force experience to work…Read More »

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Connecting and Lifting Spirits

No doubt, our world has seen dramatic change recently. What we’ve come to take for granted – visiting with friends, attending social events – has been paused as we work to “stop the spread.” However challenging the past few weeks have been, the resiliency of the human spirit has risen to the challenge. Countless stories…Read More »

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14 Ways to Spend Your Leisure Time

Even though going out to movies, concerts, large social gatherings, restaurants are on hold while we practice social distancing, there are many ways to continue to enjoy leisure time activities – albeit on a smaller scale. Looking for some fun, creative thing to do? Here are a few recommendations: 1. Cook! “Shop” your pantry for ingredients…Read More »

How Parents Can Spot the Signs of Substance Abuse

Parents know there’s a lot to keep up with in the fast-moving world of teens. The latest trends in fashion, video games, music, social media …the list seems endless. But what about trends in drug and alcohol use? Would you know what they are, or what to look for? Raising Awareness about drug and alcohol…Read More »

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A Peach of A Summer Salad!

Last summer, I was looking for something new to add to the traditional cookout menu. The fresh peaches sitting in the basket on the counter caught my eye and I wondered how I could use them other than in a pie, cobbler or to top ice cream. This savory salad, the perfect combination of sweet…Read More »