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Keeping Wellness on Your Toes

April 9, 2016 in Health | Comments (0)

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shoes-1031591_1280If wellness is to be taken seriously it has to be holistic. It has to encompass everything in the body from head to toe and then all parts of the spirit/mental wellbeing. Now, there are a lot of activities, classes, stores that cater to some aspect of wellness in the Queens area. There are also places that have a specific focus. For example, the Dry Harbor Nursing Home which caters to the elderly; the Body N Care Spa that focuses on beauty, massage and other such treatments and then there is 24 Hour Fitness which offers a wide variety of programs depending on the client’s particular needs.

But there is a lot that one can do on their own to enhance their wellness. One example is taking good care of the feet. This may be a much over-looked wellness issue, but there are various demographics (such as the elderly, those with diabetes or athletes), that understand just how important this is. And then of course there is the fashion aspect of shoes; wearing just the right pair of shoes at the right time can change one’s overall mood. As Fergie once pointed out:

“I have always loved fashion because it’s a great way to express your mood. And I’m definitely a shoe lover. The right pair of shoes can change the feel of an outfit, and even change how a woman feels about herself. A woman can wear confidence on her feet with a high stiletto, or slip into weekend comfort with a soft ballet flat.”

Located at 45-22 162 Street, Flushing, Queens, Shoe Village has been described as “more than just a shoe store; it’s a destination.” Measuring in 10,000 square feet, this store showcases shoes for all occasions. It is perfect for Queens, and is seen as “diverse as the borough it resides in,” rendering a “shoe for everyone.” Sports, dress shoes, flats, boots, shoes for the outdoors and everything else can be found here.

So don’t forget your feet when you focus on your wellness. Take care of your shoes and you’ll do well. As Marilyn Monroe once said: “give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”

Don’t Let Pain Get the Best of You

March 19, 2014 in Health | Comments (0)

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Harvey Finkelstein MD

Harvey Finkelstein MD runs the Pain Care Medicine of Long Island clinic

Pain management is a specialty in which doctors, such as Harvey Finkelstein MD, use a large variety of techniques, procedures and medications if needed, to help alleviate pain so patients can better cope with their conditions and with their lives.

First it is important to understand whether the source of the pain is considered complex or simple. Such an assessment would be made in a clinic, such as the Pain Care Medicine of Long Island clinic which Dr. Finkelstein heads. One example of a less complex type of pain is when a nerve root becomes irritated, such as the result of a herniated disc causing  pain to radiate down the leg. Treatment can be relatively straightforward in such a case, utilizing physical therapy and epidural steroid injection, for example.

Sometimes, unfortunately even with treatment the pain might not be alleviated. This is the time when the expert skills of the pain management doctor are called into action. There are a wide number and variety of interventions that can be tried which are at the doctor’s disposal, including:

  • Intervention procedures
  • Management with pharmaceuticals
  • Physical therapy
  • Counseling and psychological support
  • Alternative therapies
  • And more

It is important for someone with chronic pain to treat it, because pain can interfere with the ordinary functioning of normal life. People with constant pain will often be relieved of their discomfort with the help of a pain management doctor, his expertise, and the many tools at his disposal.

IDT Energy CEO: Energy Conservation Tips from a Fellow New Yorker

October 1, 2013 in Health | Comments (0)

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In an exclusive interview with a local NY blog, IDT Energy CEO Geoff Rochwarger shared tips for energy conservation and information about his personal knowledge about the energy industry. IDT Energy supplies both natural gas and electricity to houses and business in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois. As a native New Yorker and someone “in the know” in the energy world, Mr. Rochwarger is able to offer great advice to his fellow New Yorkers.

When asked about projects that IDT Energy is involved in, Mr. Rochwarger explained that they have a number of exciting things happening. As he said, “Energy conservation and protecting our environment is extremely important to all of us. That’s why IDT Energy recently introduced a Green electric supply option that is 100% generated from renewable resources like running water, wind, solar and biomass, and is matched with renewable energy certificates. IDT Energy Green Electric is available in New York and all of the states we serve. In addition, as part of our commitment to contribute to a cleaner environment, I announced our partnership with Clean Vehicle Solutions, LLC in an effort to advance development of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) and the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in place of traditional liquid fossil fuels in commercial fleet vehicles. It’s cheaper and a much cleaner alternative.”

The IDT Energy CEO explained that IDT Energy was recently recognized as an innovator in the energy sector. They were invited to join the Retail Energy Supply Association, an exclusive organization that works with stakeholders to promote the competitive retail energy market.

IDT Energy also has many philanthropic efforts. As Mr. Rochwarger explained, “Giving back to the communities we serve is a priority. As you know, Hurricane Sandy left her mark on the northeast last year. Many communities suffered terribly as a result of the storm. To support the recovery effort, IDT Energy contributed to the American Red Cross.”

Read more about energy conservation and the tips offered by IDT Energy by enjoying the full interview at

Improvements in Nursing Home Care

January 14, 2013 in Health | Comments (0)

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) launched a project to set new standards and enhance quality of end-of-life care.  The project – valued at $1.9m – is the only one of its kind in New York State being used in nursing homes.  While Americans age, it is increasingly likely that they will live out their days in nursing homes (estimates for 2020 reaching 40 percent).   With this new PCORI project, those in this field like the Dry Harbor Rehab and Nursing Home will be given additional assistance for the care of the elderly in nursing homes.

Getting additional help for nursing care residents will definitely be welcome.  According to an associate professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) Department of Public Health Sciences, Helena Temikin-Greener Ph.D., M.S. (also lead investigator of the study), nursing home staff are not adequately prepared to provide the care needed for residents approaching death.  Such a project, with its large funds, is long overdue and will definitely help the situation for nursing home workers and residents alike.

Within this project, nursing home staff like those at Dry Harbor will thus be given training in the area of palliative care.  Team-based models for nursing home staff will be developed through existing models used in acute-care settings, which will also focus on enhanced communication and decision-making.  Issues covered will include: breathing difficulties; hospitalizations and pain management.

The study also showed that teams (rather than individuals) produce “better health care options.”  Thus the project’s aim is to work with both palliative care standards and new organizational models. It is hoped that this will render improved care to residents.

Rebels Welcome at Laughing Lotus

November 28, 2011 in Health | Comments (0)

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Laughing Lotus is a yoga center with a twist. Opened in 2000 by partners Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi; the Laughing Lotus is dedicated to “inspire devotion, and to celebrate community and spiritual life.”

It all began at a rooftop playground in New York City in the summer of 1999, a year after Dana and Jasmine met and realized their shared love for music, art, dance, transformation and yoga. Soon after Laughing Lotus was born. There are now two centers, one in San Francisco, and the other, right here in New York City.

One class known as Laughing Lotus’ signature experience is the Friday night jam, which was begun back in 2000 and designed for rebels and those who seek the truth. The jam begins at 10pm and continues until midnight, during which time the participants will experience deep fluid asana set to live music or DJ’s. To attain a true spiritual high the music includes phat beats and ancient, traditional mantras.

As the Laughing Lotus says, “All rebels are welcome.”

Located at 59 West 19th Street at Sixth Avenue. Call 212-414-2903 for more information.

Steven Hughes New Managing Director of Stepping Out Studios

October 31, 2011 in Entertainment,Health | Comments (0)

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Do you love to dance? Have you ever thought about taking dance lessons? New York is literally overflowing with possibilities for anyone interested in getting into shape while also having an absolutely fantastic time.

Steven Hughes

One such place is “Stepping Out Studios, ” whose stated mission is to “introduce and spread the joy of partner dancing far and wide.” Stepping Out began in 1985, and has always been on the forefront of introducing the latest dance styles to New Yorkers; being the first to bring Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing to the Eastern Coast of the US. They have also played a key role in the exciting revival of Latin, Swing and Country Western dancing which has taken New York by storm over the last decade.

The latest development at Stepping Out has been the addition of Steven Hughes to the studio as the new managing director. Hughes has over 20 years of experience as a business owner, theater director, choreographer, producer as well as a certified professional dance instructor.

Stepping Out offers a lot more than just dance lessons. In addition to both private and group lessons, Stepping Out can provide wedding planning, corporate programs, teacher training programs and lots more. Check it out and come down and dance!

Tips for Managing Fibromyalgia

May 23, 2011 in Health | Comments (0)

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Fibromyalgia is one of those disorders that has not yet been fully understood.  Patients with fibromyalgia complain of widespread pain through the body, largely focused on the joints, tendons, muscles and other soft tissues. They also often experience extreme fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches and other symptoms.

Dealing with fibromyalgia is not easy, particularly because it’s hard to isolate what brings on an episode and what alleviates the symptoms.  Here are some suggestions, however, that might help.

  1. See a Pain Specialist: Visit a doctor who is a pain specialist like Dr. Harvey Finkelstein or Dr. Joel Kreitzer.  Doctors who deal with fibromyalgia patients can recommend diet changes, exercises and other coping skills to deal with and to treat the pain.  Dr. Harvey Finkelstein, Dr. William Lu, Dr. Stephen Stowe and their colleagues are often the first step for a patient with fibromyalgia.
  2. Avoid stress:  As with many conditions, fibromyalgia may be triggered by stress.  Whenever possible, try to avoid stressful situations and be preemptive about dealing with issues before they become overwhelming or stressful.
  3. Sleep: Make sure to get enough sleep.  A lack of sleep can create stress and can also trigger symptoms.
  4. Try Alternative Medicine: When you’re in pain, it’s worth it to seek out help from many sources.  Some fibromyalgia sufferers say that acupuncture works for them.  Others believe in hydrotherapy, while others enjoy a weekly massage.  Whatever works for you and helps you to deal with the pain is certainly worth trying.

Don’t blame yourself for having fibromyalgia or for needing to rest more than your contemporaries.  The more nurturing and accepting you can be with your condition, the more helpful it will be for your daily situation and your recovery.


Be Sure to Screen Your Teen!

May 16, 2011 in Health | Comments (0)

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Skin cancer is a concept that everyone has heard of, and possibly, even learned about. Everyone has heard of the risks involved with tanning and sun exposure, but people don’t often take these warnings to heart.

Teenagers are especially a problem. As the media, fashion and clothing lines put golden tans on a pedestal, more and more teens begin to leave the sunscreen at home. It is not difficult to comprehend why warnings of such a seemingly far-fetched condition do not really have an impact on adolescents, or even young adults. What’s important to understand, however, is that your child, sibling or friend is truly putting his or her self at risk. Sun damage and skin conditions often begin at a young age, though they are not usually apparent until later in life. By following some basic safety rules, teenagers can ensure that their bodies remain healthy and beautiful even as they grow older.

Programs like Teen Screen work towards this goal. Supported by the National Melanoma Awareness Project and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Teen Screen has branches in California, Illinios, Florida and Pennsylvania. Teen Screen’s original program focused on high school athletic teams, providing lectures and informative meetings on the topic of skin cancer, as well as working to incorporate sunscreen as part of team equipment. Now, Teen Screen has broadened its scope to include other outdoor activities such as outdoor clubs, marching bands and field trips. Its presentations now include children, day camps, junior life guards, scouts and children’s sports.