Welcome to the HCYHealthy Blog

Carmen Farrand, Erika Laine, and Teri Saccal

Welcome to the Hunterdon County YMCA’s Healthy Living Department blog. Here you will find great wellness and nutrition tips as well as motivation and inspiration! New tips will be posted weekly. Follow us on Facebook to never miss a post!

Meet the contributors:

Teri Saccal is the Director of Healthy Living at HCY.  She has been with HCY for 11+ years, starting her Y journey as a group fitness instructor.  From there, her passion for fitness and healthy living resulted in Teri taking on additional roles in the Healthy Living Department.  Teri is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and holds additional fitness certifications with Mossa, Spinning®, and TRX.  Teri is also LiveStrong and OneStep trained and is active in the New Jersey Y Healthy Living Network.   Outside of the Y, Teri enjoys gardening, baking and spending time with her family.

Carmen Farrand is the Fitness and Wellness Program Coordinator for HCY.  Her fitness journey began 10+ years ago when looking for ways to get healthy and out of the house as a stay at home mom.  That journey has turned into a passion to stay healthy and to help motivate others towards their fitness goals. Carmen’s first fitness license was with Zumba® Fitness, which quickly expanded into multiple licenses to teach other Zumba® formats.  Additional certifications include AFAA Group Fitness, AFAA Personal Training, Spinning®, and MOSSA Strength Train. Carmen is also a TRX Trainer. She enjoys spending time with her family and keeping up with her two active teenagers.  Passions outside of HCY focus on leading church worship and coffee dates with friends.

Erika Laine, RDN, CSP  has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 2003. She has been a staff member at the Hunterdon County YMCA since 2001. She started working at the Y as a personal trainer while she was in college. Erika attended college at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She graduated with a double major in Dietetics & Nutrition, Fitness, & Health. She completed her dietetic supervised practice at Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ). Erika has been the Y nutritionist since 2004. She has experience working in a variety of nutrition areas – cardiac health, obstetrics, oncology, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, and weight management. Currently, Erika works full time as the lead clinical dietitian at a large teaching hospital in NJ, and specializes in pediatric nutrition.

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