Posts Categorized: Wellness

Re-Resolution: Stop Smoking Again

If your “stop smoking” New Year’s resolution already seems like a distant memory, don’t give up. Most smoking-cessation studies conclude that motivation, not a date on the calendar, is the most important factor in predicting whether or not a smoker will quit for keeps. Concerns about the cost to your current or future health, the… posted in: Addiction, Lung Cancer, Wellness tags:


When Shoveling Snow Is a No-Go

Ready for more snow this weekend and next week? As if another stretch of shoveling snow weren’t enough of a pain, it can pose real danger to heart patients. Shoveling snow is strenuous. It’s even more demanding when you’re dealing with heavy, wet snow while navigating layers of ice. A burst of over-exertion in freezing… Read more »

Bulimia and the Damage Done

Recently in the office waiting area, I noticed a wheelchair-bound young woman who was very thin, weak and pale. Though she weighed less than 80 pounds, her ashen, grey skin made her stand out the most. I gathered that this patient had an eating disorder. After consulting with multiple gastroenterologists–including specialists in other states–she sought… Read more »

Fight Heart Disease with Small Changes

Heart disease is a formidable foe. It’s the Number 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer, according to the American Heart Association. Once heart disease develops, poor outcomes are a greater risk, so prevention is key. It may seem intimidating to fight such an opponent, but it isn’t when… Read more »

Do You Need a Re-Resolution?

If you made a weight-loss resolution January 1, you are in good company. But New Year’s resolutions can be counter-productive because they suggest it’s OK to overdo it through the holidays and foster a quick-fix/diet mindset. It’s just as challenging to make healthy changes on January 1 than any other day. The good news is,… Read more »

Anti-Smoking Campaign Targets At-Risk Youth

Almost all smokers get addicted to cigarettes very young, according to The Health Consequences of Smoking, published last month by the US Surgeon General. Nearly 90 percent of smokers start before 18 and 98 percent by 26; three-quarters of all teen smokers become adult smokers. If current trends in smoking and smoking initiation stay the… Read more »

Winter Safety Tips to Enjoy the Outdoors

The 2014 Winter Olympics are an inspiration to participate in outdoor sports. Taking some winter safety precautions will help ensure your experiences are memorable for the right reasons—fun, adventure and good company—rather than getting hurt. Winter sports-related injuries send a lot of people to the emergency department for sprains, muscle strains, dislocations or fractures, according… Read more »

Women’s Wellness Event with Chocolate and Wine

Enjoy good company, indulge in a fine wine and chocolate tasting and discover the latest about women’s heart health during Chocolate and Wine: A Perfect Pairing for Your Heart. Register now to join me next Wednesday, February 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale for this special evening presented… Read more »

8 Ways to Sack Extra Calories on Super Bowl Sunday

Most people associate Super Bowl Sunday with an infinite buffet of chili, Buffalo wings, loaded nachos, brewskis to wash it down–and lots, lots more. Except Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of food consumption in the US. The average viewer grazes about 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat during the big… Read more »

Stay Warm in the Polar Vortex–
and Avoid Hypothermia

As the polar vortex causes temperatures to drop dramatically, make sure to stay warm and keep hypothermia at bay. Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) affects the brain, disrupting the ability to think clearly or move well. Severely low body temperature can even lead to heart failure and death. Hypothermia often looks different from one person… posted in: Children's Health, Geriatric Care, News, Wellness tags: