Posts Categorized: Wellness

World No Tobacco Day: In Praise of High Taxes

The last day of May is World No Tobacco Day. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is using its campaign to call upon governments worldwide to raise and maintain high levels of taxes on tobacco products. The price of tobacco plays a significant role in starting and maintaining a cigarette habit. Raising tobacco taxes… Read more »

Caregivers Keep Each Other Afloat

Many members of the “sandwich generation” play a balancing act with work, family and aging parents who need caregivers. Usually, looking after parents affected by dementia and other health problems is thrust upon one daughter (or occasionally a son) without discussion or choice. Then the adult child must scramble for solutions. Caring for parents whose… Read more »

7 Ways to Avoid Harm from Pool Chemicals

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals a summer safety challenge right under our noses–pool chemicals. While these products help to keep germs from multiplying in home and public pool water, the wrong kind of handling or storage can—and does—cause serious damage. Injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly… Read more »

Smoke-Free Laws Help Kids, Too

Smoke-free laws provide substantial health benefits for children, according to a recent study in the Lancet. Environments free of second-hand smoke are associated with a considerable decrease in premature births and a 10 percent reduction in hospitalizations for asthma in children, the Lancet analysis indicates. Multiple studies have demonstrated that smoke-free environments result in significantly… Read more »

Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor: Free Event

Sexuality is an integral part of life. Yet cancer diagnosis and treatment can alter this facet of health and well-being. Every breast cancer survivor experiences some kind of sexual dysfunction, yet “the discussion” is often limited, awkward–or nonexistent. Please join us for “Lets Discuss Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor” next Tuesday from 6:30 to… Read more »

Healthy Chili over Couscous

Chili is a flexible dish with many permutations. Cayenne-Sprinkled Israeli Chili over Couscous is a healthy rethinking of the classic entree that could easily become a staple for your family. Created by Plainview Hospital’s Chef Xavier Haynes and Chef Otis Branch with Victoria Ott, RD, it debuted at North Shore-LIJ’s 2014 Ultimate Chef Challenge. Serving… Read more »

Pan-Seared Tofu with Ratatouille

This Meatless Monday, East meets West: Pan-Seared Tofu with Vegetable Ratatouille pairs traditional French stewed vegetables with tofu, a soy-based staple of many East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Southside Hospital chefs Mo Saleh and Chef Tony Meloni created this low-calorie entree with Samantha Zito, RD for North Shore-LIJ’s 2014 Ultimate Chef Challenge. Ratatouille incorporates… Read more »

A Balanced Vegetarian Diet Is Good for All

A balanced vegetarian diet is healthy and nutritionally adequate at any stage of life, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and for athletes, according to the American Dietetic Association. The same is true for a vegan diet. The association added that by reducing saturated fat and cholesterol and increasing fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, soy… Read more »

Teen Girls’ Fitness: More Crucial than Fat Concerns

Promoting teen girls’ fitness can hinder cardiovascular disease in the future, according to a new report in the medical journal Obesity Review. Fitness is the ability to perform physical activities that require aerobic capacity, endurance, strength and/or flexibility. It is a significant marker for future health. Genetics plays a role, but exercise is the primary… Read more »

Reduce Cancer Risk with a Healthy Diet

You can reduce cancer risk–including colorectal cancer, breast cancer and others–with a diet that is high in vegetables, fruit and whole grains and low in red and processed meats. Regularly eating food with good-for-you nutrients also reduces other health threats, like cardiovascular disease. Obesity is also a risk factor for many forms of cancer (breast;… Read more »