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PHOTOS: Good health and cheer found at Wyckoff Hospital street fair

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo by Eddie Torres/

The community was invited to come out and enjoy a day filled with fun, entertainment and information during the annual Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Health Fair on Aug. 15.

More than 70 information booths from the hospital’s departments as well as community vendors lined Stockholm Street between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas avenues on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. Ramon Rodriguez, the hospital’s CEO, was on hand to greet guests.

Photo by Anthony Giudice

Photo by Anthony Giudice

Many of the booths provided presentations and educational materials as well as free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, bone density and blood glucose to more than 500 visitors throughout the day. There were also activities for children including face painting, music and raffles.


New urgent care center opens in Ridgewood

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos by Anthony Giudice

A new urgent care facility has arrived in Ridgewood.

North Shore LIJ, partnering with GoHealth Urgent Care, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to announce the grand opening of its new Ridgewood location. This facility, located at 55-05 Myrtle Ave., is the 13th GoHealth location to open since 2014, and the second in Queens.

The urgent care center is set up to treat non-life-threatening conditions, including early treatment for colds, flu and fever; sports-related injuries; allergies and asthma; and skin lacerations and other skin trauma. The doctors can also perform X-rays for joint and bone injuries as well as provide lab services for blood tests.

“This particular location, this corner, the adjacency to the train station is fantastic,” said Gary Weatherford, chief operating officer for the North Shore LIJ/GoHealth Urgent Care joint venture. “When we talk about improving access to healthcare, we’re very much community-oriented and in that sense what’s constant with that is our desire to provide the best patient experience possible.”

The facility itself is designed to be open and inviting, with an open-air feel to the waiting room and 50 percent larger patient rooms. The Ridgewood location is outfitted with four private exam rooms, large ADA-accessible bathrooms, a lab room, storage and stock rooms, and a friendly staff of physicians, physician assistants and radiology technicians.

Being partnered with North Shore LIJ gives GoHealth seamless integration with the hospital’s electronic medical records system. This allows GoHealth doctors to access patients’ medical records and utilize this information to better diagnose and treat patients on the spot.

“GoHealth is like the GPS for your healthcare,” said Dr. Robert Korn, medical director for GoHealth. “So essentially you come to us and we take care of your acute problem, but because we have this huge partner that’s on the other side of the table — the North Shore health system with 3,000 physicians, 15 acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, out-patient centers, rehab centers — we can now direct you, like a GPS, to the care you need.”

Ted Renz, executive director of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), welcomed GoHealth Urgent Care center to Ridgewood.

“On behalf of the Myrtle Avenue BID, we welcome GoHealth to Myrtle Avenue and the BID. We look forward to assisting them in any way,” Renz said. “This store has been vacant for some time and it is great to see a service facility that will bring people to our community on a daily basis.”

Dorie Figliola, community liaison for Assemblyman Mike Miller, was on hand and welcomed the urgent care facility to the neighborhood.

“This is a wonderful facility. I went for a little tour already, and on behalf of the assemblyman, I would like to welcome you into his district,” Figliola said.

The Ridgewood location is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

GoHealth will continue its expansion with a total of 50 sites slated to open over the next three years in the New York metropolitan area. The next Queens location will be coming to LeFrak City later this month.


Elmhurst Hospital pediatric patients to get Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A wave of green is coming to Elmhurst Hospital.

Children who are currently patients in the pediatric center at the hospital located at 79-01 Broadway, as well as the patients’ families, will soon be given the option to enroll in the organization Wholesome Wave’s Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program.

The four-month program, which is expected to begin this month, will provide healthy eating and living assistance to about 100 families with children between 2 and 18 who are identified to be overweight and obese.

During the program, the families will have monthly meetings with hospital staff, including physicians and nutritionists, where they will receive counseling, learn about eating healthy, take part in surveys and also have their health and weight recorded after each month.

The families will also receive vouchers or prescriptions, with values that vary depending on household size, to use in green markets throughout the city. Once visiting the green market, the families will receive health bucks which they can use to purchase fruits and vegetables.

Every Tuesday outside of Elmhurst Hospital, GrowNYC holds the Elmhurst Greenmarket from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

“We are hoping that doing this will expose the inner city families to fresh produce and what the green markets around the city have to offer,” said Dr. Randi Wasserman, director of pediatrics at Elmhurst Hospital. “We are very committed to making our children safer and healthier. This is just one step.”

Wholesome Wave, which has programs throughout 25 states, began the New York City initiative last year in Harlem and the Bronx, and this year added on Elmhurst Hospital as the first in Queens.

“[The program] shows [patients] they can live in the middle of New York City and still get fresh vegetables,” Wasserman said.

According to Wasserman, this program is only the beginning for the hospital, which hopes to create a healthy lifestyles program and also reach out to the community with other programs.

“It’s part of the bigger picture of our commitment to tackling [obesity] in our population and in the community,” Wasserman said. “We are hoping this will just be the beginning of a number of initiatives.”



Harmful sun exposure can happen at any time of year

| Brandpoint@queenscourier.com


Protecting your skin from the sun is a 365 day-a-year job. Summer is officially over, but all the sun exposure from sunny days at a beach, playing outdoor sports or soaking up the rays may have damaged your skin, forming dark brown spots that make your skin look dull and lackluster. Even sun exposure during the winter months can harm your skin. UVA rays, called the rays of aging, are everywhere and can penetrate even on cloudy days and through glass windows in your home or car. These rays are responsible for damage like wrinkles, brown spots and skin cancer. Sun damage is cumulative and begins in childhood, so protecting from the early ages – babies too – with sun protection or clothing is an important step.

If you don’t routinely use sunscreen, your skin is at risk for premature aging, and also for developing skin cancer, especially melanoma, the deadliest form. The other consequences that may not be life threatening include wrinkles, an uneven complexion and discoloration and dark spots on the face, chest and hands.

Be kind to your skin

“Using adequate sunscreen is vital daily component for all skin types to guard against deadly skin cancer and the ravaging effects of UVA/UVB exposure on your skin,” says Washington D.C. dermatologist Cheryl Burgess. “Everyone is susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, even skin of color. There is no such thing as a safe tan – unless it comes out of a bottle or tube of self-tanner.” She recommends that you apply broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 that protects against UVA and UVB rays every two hours, and reapply after swimming or sweating. Make this step part of your daily morning regimen year round by applying your sunscreen under makeup.

Reversing the damage

Even if you religiously protect your skin now, past damage can rear its ugly head in the form of mottled hyperpigmentation like sunspots and brown patches. Remember that the groundwork for this discoloration was laid years ago by sun exposure and environmental factors. Invasive procedures like lasers or light based treatments and deep peels can reduce the appearance of these spots, but these treatments are expensive and often require some downtime. Skin brightening regimens available through dermatologists or plastic surgeons can often be the first line of treatment help to reduce the appearance of dull, damaged and pigmented skin. Traditionally, the active ingredient in skin lighteners has been hydroquinone, which can cause a whole host of unwanted effects such as photosensitivity and dark blue or black-pigmented lesions

Fortunately, new formulations exist that are effective alternatives to invasive procedures and do not contain hydroquinone.

“Protect your skin now to avoid unwanted dark spots on your skin later,” Burgess says.

For more information, visit www.elureskin.com.

The importance of physical activity for all Americans

| ara@queenscourier.com


Obesity impacts more than just the waistbands of Americans – life expectancy, health, medical spending and productivity are all affected by the weight of the nation. If recent trends continue, experts predict all adults will be overweight or obese by 2048. The statistics are equally as startling when it comes to youth – one in every three youth are overweight or obese. Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.

Without regular physical activity and good nutrition, these trends likely will not reverse. That is why the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, works every day to promote physical activity and healthier lifestyles among all Americans regardless of age, background or ability.

The benefits of physical activity include a lower risk of premature death, lower rates of disease – including heart disease, stroke, hypertension and cancers of the colon and breast – and improved cognitive capacity.

In fact, physical activity among children not only helps them stay healthy, but studies show that it can also enhance important skills like concentration and problem solving, which can improve their academic performance. PCFSN highlighted this important message in recently released public service announcements targeting parents and caregivers, which featured President’s Council co-chair Drew Brees (NFL quarterback) and three-time Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes.

Other PCFSN programs promote physical activity for a wide range of audiences – from Joining Forces (service members and their families) to I Can Do It, You Can Do It! (persons with disabilities) to a collaboration with the President’s Challenge (Presidential Youth Fitness Program for students and the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award for all ages).

Visit the new home of PCFSN at Fitness.gov to learn more about its initiatives, including the physical activity initiative to inspire youth in your community to get active and tips for getting active at any age.

This article appears on behalf of the President’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, which resides within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Article by Dominique Dawes, three-time Olympic gymnast, motivational speaker and President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Council Member.

Outsmart hunger with 3 easy tips

| ara@queenscourier.com

As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, it can be tempting to indulge in delicious food favorites and hide those few extra pounds under a thick wool sweater. But you shouldn’t have to choose between sticking with your weight management plan and enjoying satisfying and delicious foods. There are some easy and tasty tricks to having your cake and eating it too.

Registered dietitian Sylvia Melendez-Klinger shares her tips on ways to outsmart hunger:

* Get those greens. Filling up on low-calorie, nutrient-dense vegetables is a great way to incorporate vitamins and minerals into your diet – and help fill you up at the same time. Not a salad lover? Integrating veggies into your diet can be as easy as topping your sandwich with spinach and peppers or baking chicken with carrots and onions.

* Protein packs a punch. Choosing foods with protein will help you feel full longer.

* Pump up the produce. Adding seasonal produce to each meal is another flavorful and delicious way to watch the scale. While summer may be best known for bringing fresh produce options to the table, fall ushers in a new group of colorful and nutrient-dense varieties of its own, like apples, yams, beets, pumpkins and carrots. Burn some extra calories by walking to your local farmer’s market to buy fresh, local options.

Warning signs of breast cancer

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Courtesy Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Due to the increased use of mammography, most women in the United States are diagnosed at an early stage of breast cancer, before symptoms appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography. The most common symptoms of breast cancer are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

If you have any of these symptoms, see your health care provider. In most cases, these changes are not cancer. For example, breast pain is more common with benign breast conditions than with breast cancer. However, the only way to know for sure is to see your provider. If breast cancer is present, it is best to find it at an early stage, when the cancer is most treatable.

Breast lumps or lumpiness

Many women may find that their breasts feel lumpy. Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. For some women, the lumpiness is more pronounced than for others. In most cases, this lumpiness is no cause to worry.

If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, then it is probably normal breast tissue. Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern. When this type of lump is found, it may be a sign of breast cancer or a benign breast condition (such as a cyst or fibroadenoma).

See your health care provider if:

• You find a new lump or any change that feels different from the rest of your breast.

• You find a new lump or any change that feels different from your other breast.

• Feel something that is different from what you felt before.

If you are unsure whether you should have a lump checked, it is best to see your provider. Although a lump may be nothing to worry about, you will have the peace of mind that it has been checked.

Nipple discharge

Liquid leaking from your nipple (nipple discharge) can be troubling, but it is rarely a sign of cancer. Discharge can be your body’s natural reaction when the nipple is squeezed. Signs of a more serious condition, such as breast cancer, include:

• Discharge that occurs without squeezing the nipple

• Discharge that occurs in only one breast

• Discharge that has blood in it or is clear (not milky)

Nipple discharge can also be caused by an infection or another condition that needs medical treatment. For these reasons, if you have any nipple discharge, see your health care provider.


Things to consider before breast cancer treatment

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Courtesy Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Fertility options for younger women

Having a child after treatment ends

Some breast cancer treatments can affect fertility. If you wish to have a child after treatment ends, talk to your health care provider (and if possible, a fertility specialist) before treatment begins.

General considerations

Chemotherapy can weaken your immune system, so it is important to consider a few things before starting treatment.

Flu shot

If your treatment will occur during flu season, it is important to get a flu shot before treatment begins. The flu shot now protects against the seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine) flu. To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Pap test

Women may wish to have a gynecological exam before starting chemotherapy. A positive result on a Pap test (Pap smear) almost always requires a slightly invasive follow-up procedure. Because chemotherapy can weaken the immune system, this procedure should take place before treatment starts. Chemotherapy can also interfere with the results of a Pap test.

Dental visits

You should postpone routine dental visits until chemotherapy is over. Sometimes dental work can cause an infection in your mouth. Infections can be harder to treat when your immune system is weakened by chemotherapy.

If you have dental work or a cleaning that cannot wait until after treatment ends, you should go to the dentist before chemotherapy begins.


Although the above precautions are important, you should not feel the need to postpone activities such as travel. In general, it is safe to travel by plane, train or bus while undergoing chemotherapy. However, chemotherapy weakens your immune system. If you travel during your chemotherapy, it’s a good idea to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often to avoid infection.

Belly dancing for a healthy body

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com



Belly dancing is both a relaxing and enlivening dance that can help tone the body and improve body confidence. Its physiological benefits include improved fitness, better circulation, suppleness and correction of postural alignment. On a body confidence level, many women feel they have regained their ‘feminine self’ and become more comfortable with their bodies through belly dancing.

The basis of the core moves is always the center – just below the navel – or in esoteric arts the place known as the hara, second chakra or simply “the cente.” Yoga and Pilates are two popular exercises that like belly dancing, focus their energies on the ‘centre’ and the breath.

Physical fitness can greatly improve with regular sessions of belly dancing. It helps firm and tone the muscles in a gentle way, especially the abdominals, arms, upper back, hips and thighs. A more vigorous belly dance ‘workout’ lasting for at least thirty minutes, practiced 3-4 times a week, will certainly improve muscle tone and overall fitness, as belly dancing can be a fun and energetic form of aerobic dance.

Working out to fast paced, repetitious music with spicy tabla rhythms will make the exercise more enjoyable. A series of constant stepping moves, lifting and alternating arm poses and shimmies is the basis for a safe, low impact workout. As with all aerobics safety precautions, it is advisable to begin with a warm up consisting of gentle movements, in this case shoulder rolls, arm lifts, basic step/points and circular moves. Then gradually increase speed and repetition of moves, and after the workout remember to stretch and cool down.

Here are some physiological benefits of belly dancing:

Improved circulation; improved suppleness; increased joint flexibility; deeper breathing, better oxygenation of blood; relaxing and calming; reduces stress; possible aerobic exercise workout – burns fat, raises metabolism and improves resting heart rate.

Belly dancing also tones all major muscle groups – legs, thighs, calves, gluteals, abdominals, upper arms, back; reduces cellulite; eases PMT symptoms; prepares major muscle groups for pregnant women to assist the birthing process.

Belly dancing for suppleness and relaxation.

The suppleness and fluidity of movement necessary for belly dancing can help relax and lubricate joints and can be helpful in cases of arthritis, particularly in the wrists and shoulders. The dance, practiced gently in the beginning stages, usually produces beneficial results for muscle and joint conditioning. Participants, who had suffered uncomfortable back pain or shoulder stiffness for years, have reported improvement after several weeks of belly dancing. It is becoming a popular form of rehabilitation exercise, now advised by doctors and therapists. Of course, if anyone has chronic back or knee problems, they are advised to see a doctor first before embarking on a belly dance course.

The relaxing benefits of belly dancing calm the mind and assist the focus required to learn new movements. Repetitious swaying, circular and flowing movements are likened to a state of dance-meditation. The dancer often finds that a session of taqsim or slow, graceful dancing will clear the mind and induce a state of mental relaxation. The faster forms of belly dance are stimulating and fun, and either slow or fast belly dancing can be useful in cases of anxiety or mild depression.

Body confidence

Belly dancing boosts self esteem in a gentle yet powerful way. The movements are artistic and feminine, creating a positive feeling of sensual expression and freedom. With sensuality being a desirable quality of belly dancing, the dancer feels safe to explore the soft, beautiful ways the body can move. Sensual taqsim (slow circular dance) is emotively charged and deeply felt, inspired by the haunting melodies from the east. In our western society, bombarded with mixed messages about sexuality and self expression, many women find this extremely liberating. In the act of dancing with sensuality, the dancer frees herself in physical and emotional ways.

The body, which becomes increasingly supple and graceful through practicing the dance, literally learns to move more beautifully. Dancers feel a heightened sense of elegance and poise when they dance, and this delightful confidence remains long after the class or performance is finished. The body awareness that comes from belly dancing often triggers an emotional response. Women with low self image begin to honor their bodies. Previously weight conscious participants relax and become comfortable with their bellies and hips. Voluptuous women appreciate their ample curves. It is  possibly one of the most liberating arts, especially for the women of today.

Pregnancy and childbirth

Belly dancing originated as a fertility rite thousands of years ago –  the movements celebrated and birth process in the form of mimicry, and many of these circular hip moves can be seen in other dances evolved from birth-rites and celebrations of sexuality and fertility – Hawaiian hula, Polynesian dance, African dance and Brazilian samba and Latin lambada. Often associated with religious rites and celebration, the primal elements of both divinity and sexuality are central to the evolution of these forms of dance.

Today, the belly dance is linked with birthing, mainly due to its focus on the belly and hips. As a pre-natal exercise, belly dancing in its gentler forms is strengthening for the pelvic muscles and relaxing for the mother-to-be. Many Arab women say shimmies should be avoided during pregnancy, but the figure eights and rolling circular movements are good preparation for childbirth. This makes sense, as the rolling movements not only feel natural, but assist with the normal pelvic relaxing process to prepare for birth and at the same time, helps firm the pelvic muscles for labor and post-pregnancy recovery. Indeed, the dance can be a comfortable exercise that not only gets the mother ready for the birth process, but connects her to the unborn child through a series of movements which focus her attention on her belly.

Many of my students who were second time mothers after taking up belly dancing reported much easier and relaxed births with the ‘belly dance baby’. The body also gets into shape quickly, the pelvic floor is toned, incontinence is avoided due to strong pelvic floor muscles and the general condition of health is better with regular dancing sessions. Baby often likes swaying in mother’s arms when she’s doing figure eights and dancing to soft music! Belly dancing and birthing have been inextricably linked for thousands of years – since the days of ancient female deiety worship, to tribal fertility ceremony, to the harem, to birth customs in today’s Arabian villages.

Belly dancing can help relieve PMS.

`My students have reported over the years that one of the most incredible benefits of belly dancing has been the relief of PMS, which some had suffered from quite severely. Many women with PMS, never again had to deal with painful periods thanks to belly dancing. Relaxed, slow belly dancing can be beneficial in the reduction of the pain and pelvic congestion experienced several days to a week before periods. Practicing a deep belly breath whilst dancing is also helpful.

Permission to reprint by Keti Sharif www.ketisharif.com


Where kids can have fun and be active

| chudson@queenscourier.com


Seventeen percent of young people in the U.S. suffer from obesity. First Lady Michelle Obama launched a national campaign to promote fitness and exercise among young people. And right in Howard Beach, local business owner Peter Guarneri is doing his part to combat the obesity epidemic and help kids stay active. Guarneri runs Kids ‘N Shape, an indoor gymnasium and play center for children.

Kids ‘N Shape was started by Guarneri’s father in 1989.

“My father was a phys ed teacher for over 30 years,” Peter explained. “He started the business to give kids more education about sports and fitness and how to stay in shape.”

Kids ‘N Shape offers a variety of activities that combine fun and fitness for children from ages 18 months to 11 years. Facilities include inflatable rides, an obstacle course, a full basketball court, a ball pit, a zip line, and even an Xbox Kinect game console.

Kids ‘N Shape can accommodate children brought by parents for individual play or groups of students on a class trips. The lucky kid who gets to have a birthday party hosted at Kids ‘N Shape can expect to have the whole facility at his or her disposal.

Parents shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to enroll their children in the popular Kids ‘N Shape summer camp, which is staffed by licensed teachers. Parents who enroll their children this summer will receive a 10 percent discount on summer camp tuition if full payment is made by May 1.

At Kids ‘N Shape children learn that there’s more to having fun than being plugged in to the latest gadget.

“It’s a great place to get your kids to stay active and teach them to stay fit, and not just play video games,” Peter said. “Fitness activities are fun as well.”

Kids ‘N Shape is located at 162-26 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. To learn more, visit kidsnshape.com or call 718-848-2052.


Best of the Boro Health & Beauty voting has been extended

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Your time to vote for the best in Queens health and beauty has been extended. Voting in The Queens Courier’s Best of the Boro competition will now run through January 10. Over 75,000 votes have already been tallied.

Everyone has a doctor or hair dresser who is “the best.” Now, you have the chance to decide who truly stands out as the Best of the Boro. You vote, they win.

Click here to vote.

There are over 400 nominees in 38 categories of health and beauty for residents to choose from: ranging from best dentist and dermatologist to best eye care and gym. Each category will have a winner crowned Best of the Boro.

All you need to vote is a valid email and live in the continental United States. One vote per email address per day is allowed. The results are tabulated by a third party company.

To stay up-to-the-minute on the competition like the Best of the Boro page on Facebook and follow @BestOfTheBoro on Twitter.

Best of the Boro voting extended

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Voting on the Best of the Boro’s second category has been extended. Residents now have until January 6 to vote for the best in Queens health and beauty. The Queens Courier’s Best of the Boro competition’s second category received over 400 nominations, and now it is time to vote.

Everyone has a doctor or hair dresser who is “the best.” Now, you have the chance to decide who truly is the best of the best. You vote, they win.

There are 47 categories of health and beauty for residents to vote in: ranging from best gym and massage to best pediatrician and Pilates studio. Each category will have a winner crowned Best of the Boro.  Click here to vote.

Best of the Boro’s first category, bars and restaurants, received nearly 60,000 votes, so be sure to vote for your favorites. All you need to vote is a valid email and live in the continental United States. One vote per email address per day is allowed. The results are tabulated by a third party company.

To stay up-to-the-minute on the competition like the Best of the Boro page on Facebook and follow @BestOfTheBoro on Twitter.

Is it worth the calories?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

By Mirabai Holland, MFA © 2011

Last year, I threw my arms up in the air and decided I wasn’t going to diet over the holidays — and I didn’t.

I went wherever my instincts took me. If I wanted a piece of pie, I had a piece of pie. If I wanted it a la mode I said “sure, a la mode.” But around the second holiday party I caught myself thinking: “Is it wholesome or is it junk?  Is it worth the calories?” Was it worth a big piece, a sliver, or a “Nah, forget about it”?

My years of training crept in, and I was editing what I ate and sort of keeping track of the calories. You would think that would defeat the purpose of throwing my hands up in the air, but it didn’t. I had as much or more fun over the holidays last year as I ever had, and I ate whatever I wanted, only this time I didn’t feel guilty or bloated.

Of course, I’m going to try the same thing this year. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m going to try to relax and not be too conscious of my system. I hope I can do that; I tend to obsess. Nonetheless, I urge you to try it. Let yourself eat the things you love. Just ask yourself “is it worth the calories?”  You’ll probably have just as good a time, and you may not even gain any weight.

Of course I am a fitness professional and I’d be remiss if I didn’t even mention exercising over the holidays. So I’ll leave you with this tasty tidbit of research. According to the National Institutes of Health, a half hour of moderate aerobic exercise, like brisk walking or a cardio-dance class, can reduce one’s risk of heart attack by as much as 50 percent. It also burns about 250 calories. Happy Holidays.

Mirabai Holland M.F.A. is a legendary fitness pioneer, one of the leading authorities in the Health & Fitness industry and a public health advocate who specializes in preventive and rehabilitative exercise for people. Her Moving Free® approach to exercise is designed to provide a movement experience so pleasant it doesn’t feel like work.

For More Information about Mirabai Holland please visit www.easyexercisevideos.com


Best of the Boro: Health & Beauty nominations now open

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Best of the Boro

The Queens Courier is excited to announce nominations for Health and Beauty, the second category in the Best of the Boro Competition, is now open.

The competition places the power of choice with the people. Queens residents will get the chance to choose the nominees and decide who is best. You vote, they win.

The competition allows the borough’s over 2 million residents to nominate the best in scores of health and beauty categories with the winners crowned Best of the Boro.

Health is your greatest asset, but sorting through the myriad of doctors is often a fool’s errand. Now, residents who think their doctor or salon is the best can make the opinions heard by nominating them through November 17. Click here to nominate.

The first phase of the Best of the Boro Competition was a hit, collecting over 58,000 votes. The winners will be announced in the November 3 edition of The Queens Courier.

Call Dr. Ronit Vilan tonight for infertility tele-seminar

| nkarimi@queenscourier.com

Dr. Ronit Vilan

Infertility stress can wreak havoc on any couple trying to bring a child into the world. The extreme physical and emotional toll the treatments can take are extreme enough – add in the financial cost and the frustration is enough to bring someone to tears.

That is why Dr. Ronit Vilan of Bayside Chiropractic is taking a proactive approach to infertility treatments with tele-seminars aimed at educating prospective parents with the benefits of chiropractic treatment.

Vilan’s innovative treatment offers safe, natural, drugless, cost-effective and non-invasive alternative to difficult and costly medical treatments. Dr. Vilan employs a new and innovative approach to reproductive issues based on the philosophy of total body wellness.

“It’s an epidemic,” said Vilan about infertility. “One in five couples deal with this issue. I wanted to give them an option to call in get help anonymously over the phone.”

Vilan, a practicing chiropractor for more than 20 years, said that infertility drugs and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) carry a host of potential side effects. And these treatments are very costly, too. Vilan believes that while sometimes necessary, these treatments should be supplemented with her chiropractic approach.

“Chiropractors look at the functions of the body,” she said, explaining that her treatment goes beyond medicine. “A misalignment of the spine can wreak havoc on the body – problems with the neck or any area of the back can relate to not being able to have a baby.”

This method should be the first step in any patient’s course of care for infertility, providing the incentive to discover why the issue persists and how to properly restore the reproductive system to natural order. For patients pursuing medical options such as IVF, chiropractic care with Vilan can complement their procedures and focus on achieving total body wellness to accelerate progress. Bayside Chiropractic is a safe and friendly environment dedicated to alternative courses of treatment for infertility

“There are a lot of couples who are at the end of their rope, they’ve wasted a lot of money and they feel like they’ve done all they can,” she said. “Now they can try something else – something that will treat their entire body.”

Those looking for treatment can do so through Vilan’s tele-seminars. She is holding two – October 19 and October 26 – both at 7:30 p.m. Interested parties can dial into the conference call at 530-881-1000 using access code 494524.

For more information, patients can call her Bayside office at 718-279-9485 or visit her web site at www.brooklynqueenschiropractic.com. Vilan’s office is located at 210-08 Northern Boulevard, Suite 3 in Bayside.