Author: Yana Zavgorodnyaya


Five Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

Getting healthy or losing weight are the two most common New Year’s resolutions that people make each year but research shows that only eight percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals. Why do so many people miss the mark? Master Trainer Jorge G. Contreras at the Goldman Sports...

Yana's father pictured, on left, with another military member.

Miracles in the Gulag: My Father’s Years in Labor Camp

In the spirit of Hanukkah, the Jewish celebration of historical miracles, OFJCC staffer Yana Z. describes the miracles of the time her father spent in the gulag. “I am a prisoner of conscience and I don’t conform to the norms of others. I always thought in a different way and did things...

Post-Graduation Depression

How to Beat the Post-Grad Blues at Back-to-School Time

For the past eighteen years, school was all I knew. I realized that being a student had become my identity after someone asked me what I liked to do for fun, and I just stood there trying to come up with an answer. During my time at San Jose State, I pulled all-nighters to cram...