Celebrating National Cancer Research Month

Celebrating National Cancer Research Month

National Cancer Research Month

May is National Cancer Research Month. It was started by the American Association of Cancer Research whose mission is focused on the prevention and cure of cancer through research, education, communication, collaboration, funding and advocacy. This is a time to commit ourselves to the fight against this life threatening disease and recognizing the importance of research needed to beat cancer.

Cancer is considered the second leading cause of death after heart disease in the US. However, due to advances in cancer research, it has saved lives and increased the survival rate in the past few years. According to the American Association for Cancer, the overall cancer death-rate declined by 27%. In 2019, it was reported that there are more than 16.9 million people who are cancer survivors. 64% of the survivors are aged 65 and older. And, it is estimated that in the coming years, around 73% of cancer survivors in the U.S will be aged 65 or older. Despite these achievements, more research needs to be conducted as this killer disease continues to be a public health issue in every corner of the globe.

Although there are a number of factors that may increase one’s risk of cancer, there is evidence that physical activity and adopting exercise as part of our lifestyle, plays a crucial part in both preventing and treating of cancer. Exercise can help in reduction of inflammation and help regulate blood sugar while improving metabolism and immune function. Research as shown that those who exercise at least 30 minutes a day are at lower risk of cancer and other chronic diseases than those who are sedentary. It also reduces the chances of cancer recurrence.

There are several benefits of exercise in cancer prevention and treatment including:

  • Lowering of hormones levels
  • Boosts immune health- secondary malignances increase the survival rate while it helps in flushing out bacteria through the lungs
  • Helps to maintain a healthy weight- obesity is a risk factor for many patients. Exercise can help ensure your body weight to help regulated and decrease risk of cancer
  • Helps to adverse side effects of treatment.

It is highly recommended that people with cancer should be physically active as possible as they are able. The recommended goal is 150 minutes per week (30 minutes a day; 5 days a week). Before starting any new exercise program, one should always consult with your doctor for more information and the dos and don’ts. Notable organizations such as Moving for Life and Strength for Life provide tailored exercise programs for cancer patients and survivors.

Remember, exercise can be as simple as taking walks, gardening or taking breaks in between long sitting hours or taking the stairs instead of the lifts.

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Upcoming Classes

May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

To learn more about Dance to Wellness, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Celebrating our Nurses

Celebrating our Nurses

Nurses Week

The week of May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. What a more fitting time as we are currently facing a global health crisis than to celebrate the nurses who are working the front lines of this pandemic. They are the ones who are risking their health and making sacrifices to save lives. In their honor and the honor of the 200th birthday anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the year 2020 as “The year of the Nurse.” They are our heroes and play a very vital role in the hospitals such as ensuring the proper care and hygiene of the patients under their care. Now more than ever they need our support. We can be their support system by recognizing them for all that they do.

The standard of the nurses’ honesty and ethics has been ranked the highest in any profession now for eighteen years in a row. That speak volumes about the skills the nurses are bringing to the healthcare industry. They are truly making a lifesaving difference every single day. The National Nurses Week is a time to celebrate and give recognition to nurses and the impact of the profession on health and our daily lives. The week culminates on May 12: which is also the birthday of Florence Nightingale. She worked in the field when nursing was viewed as the lowest of jobs and patients were admitted to a crowded and dirty hospital. Nightingale led a team of nurses to improve the unsanitary conditions and keep patient records at a British hospital during the Crimean war. This elevated the professionalism of nurses and led to changes in the design and practice of hospitals.

National Nurses Week began as a day proposed by Dorothy Sutherland of the US Department of Health, Education and Warfare in 1953. The proposal was unsuccessful, and no action was taken by the federal government. However, this didn’t stopped the movement to celebrate and recognize nurses. No momentum was gained until the 1970s. In 1974, the International Council of Nurses announced May 12 would be International Nurses Day. During the same year, the White House and President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation for National Nurse Week and it has been celebrated ever since. There are several ways in which you can celebrate:

  • Recognize the nurses in your family. Check on them regularly and show love
  • Create and send thank you cards to your local hospital
  • Donate food or have it delivered for the nurses
  • Donate money to a nonprofit that supports the Nursing profession.

At a time like this, nurses are the backbone of our health system and we want to celebrate you. What you do is a calling and now more than ever we are saying thank you! Tell us your story, why you decided on this journey using the hashtag #ibeacameanursebecause.

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Upcoming Classes

May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

To learn more about Dance to Wellness, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Stress Awareness

Stress Awareness

First established in 1992, Stress Awareness Month is observed every April. This is a time to increase awareness of stress and its affects on our lives. Stress is our body’s response to a threat or demand. Particularly during times of uncertainty, some common stress triggers can include our finances, jobs, relationships, or the illness of our own or a loved one.

We tend to think that all stress is negative or bad. But it does have some positives. Positive stress can help you have the energy to meet deadline, help you to stay focused, study for an upcoming exam or to win the sports game.

There are two common types of stress. Acute stress is a stress that is suffered over a short period of time. Stress is a state of mind which only becomes dangerous beyond certain point, when it is prolonged for an extended period of time. At that point, it may become chronic stress- the second type of stress. Chronic stress is dangerous as it can cause a number of health issues including:

  • Weakening the immune system
  • Affect the digestive/gut health
  • Increase your risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Raise your blood pressure

Stress like any other diseases of the body can be managed in several ways that can also help to clear the mind. We can manage stress in the following ways:

  • Use of essential oils (i.e. lavender)
  • Drink teas (i.e. chamomile)
  • Laugh: watch your favorite TV shows or comedies that make you laugh or spend time with you loved ones
  • Exercise: this helps in lowering the stress hormones, relaxes the body and helps you feel good and at peace
  • Breathing and relaxation: deep breathing lowers the heart rates and promotes relaxation. Engaging in relaxation like yoga, meditation and massages can also help the body release tension

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Upcoming Classes

May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

To learn more about Dance to Wellness, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Celebrating Earth Day 50 Years Later

Celebrating Earth Day 50 Years Later

April 22nd of each year marks the holiday of Earth Day. What was solely started as a preservation environmental day in the U.S, is now a large movement around the globe. Earth day was started as a unified response to environmental crises such as oil spills, smog and pollution. On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million took to the streets in cities across the country to urge the government to take action on various environmental issues. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Air pollution has become a part of our day-to-day lives without regard of its effects on the environment. It was not until the publication of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson in 1962, did the public start paying attention to the effects of pollution caused by the booming industrial revolution. Since the first Earth Day, it launched the beginning of the modern environmental movement. By the end of 1970, it sparked the passage of many protection laws in the U.S including The Clear Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts and the creation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Currently our planet is experiencing the effects of global warming and climate change around the world. This not only endangers animals and natural habitats, but us humans as well. Weather patterns are changing. The average temperatures are rising, therefore causing polar glaciers to melt, resulting in rising sea levels. Extreme weather patterns are developing bringing hurricanes, floods and blizzards in unusual and non-traditional places.

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day and commemorate its 50th anniversary? Here are a few things to consider:

  • Reduce your carbon footprint (walk instead of driving)
  • Stop using single use disposable bags
  • Change paper bills to online/electronic billings
  • Use reusable bottles for drinking water, coffee or tea
  • Buy organic foods to keep body free from toxic pesticides
  • Compost scrap food
  • Recycle paper, plastic and cardboard
  • Donate to a non-profit organization with the mission of tackling our climate crisis

Doing this may help in global warming because it affects our health in the following ways;

  • Rising temperatures we are experiencing more extreme heat. This can increase your risk of heat related illness including dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • Air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels and smoke from wildfires releases particles in the air that can lead to different lung and respiratory illnesses.
  • Changes in weather and rising temperature can lead to more ear, nose and throat infections

Let us take care of our environment for it to take care of us in return. Your little action today, goes a long way for the future of tomorrow.

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Upcoming Classes

May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

To learn more about Dance to Wellness, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

10 Non-Perishable Foods to have in your Pantry

10 Non-Perishable Foods to have in your Pantry

As our lives continue to be affected by COVID-19, food and shortages of food supplies is now becoming an issue. Particularly in the NYC area, there are lines of people waiting to get into grocery stores to limit the amount of people in the store at a time. Shelves are empty, and stores are limiting the amount you can purchase of one item at a time.

You may not be able to get the items and ingredients you would normally buy to cook. This can be frustrating. But, it is also a time to create or re-invent recipes using the foods you already have in your pantry. When you do go out to the store, try buying some non-perishable foods to stock up your pantry. Non-perishable items are one with longer shelve life and do not require refrigeration. Here is a list of 10 non-perishable foods to have in your pantry:

  1. Rice
  2. Canned or dried beans (such as black or red kidney beans)
  3. Frozen or canned vegetables (such as green beans or peas)
  4. Nut butters (try peanut or I like almond)
  5. Low-sodium canned soup
  6. Potatoes (these can include red, white or sweet)
  7. Oats or oatmeal
  8. Frozen or canned fruit (such as peaches or pineapples)
  9. Dried pasta with your choice of jarred pasta sauce (maybe tomato, alfredo or dried pesto)
  10. Canned fish (such as tuna or salmon)

Here are some amazing recipes to try at home:

  1. Black bean burger; this are so easy to make and requires basic ingredients like canned black beans, eggs, onions, green bell paper and bread crumbs.
  2. Tuna salad; just add mayo, celery and red onions!
  3. Overnight oats- a very healthy and nutritious breakfast. In a mason jar or sealable food container, add in oats, desired amount of milk or yogurt, and let them sit in the refrigerator overnight. Add in some fruit for a nice topping.
  4. Mixed berry smoothie;
    • Fruit juice (such as apple or orange) or Milk (whole, almond, or cocoanut)
    • Fruit (ie. berries, bananas, mango, peaches- frozen or fresh)
    • Honey (optional)
    • Place all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth.
  5. Rice with peas; wash and drain the rice, heat the saucepan and add butter and let melt. Stir in clove, cinnamon, Serrano, Chile and ginger. Mix in rice and stir to coat evenly. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. ( by allreceipe.com)
  6. Black eyed pea soup: stir black-eyed peas, diced tomatoes with green chilies, source, garlic, canned green chilies, molasses, beef, bouillon cubes, black pepper and cumin until thoroughly mixed. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and let simmer for 45 minutes.

This are just but a few recipes you can easily try. Try more. We want to see what pantry recipes you come up with. Take a photo and tag us using the hashtag #dancetowellnesspantryrecipes.

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Upcoming Classes

May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

To learn more about Dance to Wellness, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

The Importance of Staying Physically Active

The Importance of Staying Physically Active

As we practice self-distancing and self-quarantines, you may find yourself spending more time at home than ever before. I personally have noticed how my lifestyle has slowed down and become more sedentary. You now have a higher chance of slacking off on your fitness and workout goals. The world as we know it may have seemed to have stopped, but looking after ourselves should not. In this time where achieving 10,000 steps may seem to be a challenge, it can be achieved, and in the comfort of your home. It is highly recommended to be physically active now more than ever because not only is it important to our physical health, but also vital to our mental well-being.

Physical activity helps in boosting the immune system. This is particularly important during this crucial time when we need our immune system to be at its best. Being physically active helps to increase your body temperature, thus increasing the sweat levels- that gets the bad stuff out. It also helps to support the circulation of white blood cells throughout the body- that kills bad bacteria. All of this is very important in fighting against infections that may attack our body.

With gyms, fitness/dance studios and parks closed, it can feel not as easy to workout. However here are some alternatives you can consider:

  • Do cleaning or house chores. When going to work or school, you wished you had time to re-arrange your room or clean out that closet.
  • Walking. Briskly walk up and down the staircase or around the house.
  • Dance party. Invite your siblings or your spouse or children for a dance party in the living room (so long as you all stay in the same household). Blast the stereo to your favorite feel good song!
  • Online workouts. It’s never been so easy to stream an exercise class on social media. You can follow along where most videos do not require no equipment at all- just an open space and your best workout gear!
  • Watching/streaming a TV show? Try incorporating simple exercises as you sit on the couch or lay in your favorite spot on the rug.

For some of us working from home is not what we are used to. If you are working remotely, every once in while check your posture and sitting position in order to prevent back aches. Be sure to take a break and stretch, or walk around before getting back to work. Just as you would at the office, do a workout during lunch or after work. It is recommended for adults to do at least 150 minutes of exercise a week (that’s just 30 minutes a day). Take this time of staying home to cultivate a healthy exercise routine and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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Upcoming Classes

May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

Healthy Eating to Support your Immune System

Healthy Eating to Support your Immune System

COVID-19 (also known as the novel Corona Virus) is a public health issue that is rapidly affecting our lives in many different ways. It is particularly affecting our physical health. As we look for ways to support and maintain a strong immune system, let’s consider how healthy eating habits can help.

In a previous blog post, we talked about how the immune system is our body’s defense against disease, bacteria and other bad cells/tissues. The system’s main function is to help prevent or limit the spread of infection in the body. We have immune cells in various part of our body such as the skin, bloodstream, bone marrow and lymph nodes. When the body recognizes a foreign substance, the immune cells (also known as white blood cells) produce an immune response- creating antibodies to kill the bad cells.

As the immune system is important in maintaining the health of our bodies by fighting against bad cells (ie. viruses), we must take steps to make sure our immune system is strong and healthy. Our bodies need antioxidants- substances that removes damaging agents. These can be found in vitamins such as:

– Vitamin C
– Vitamin E
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B6

There are a number of foods that are rich in the above mentioned vitamins such as:

– Citrus fruits (ie. oranges)
– Ginger
– Greens (ie. spinach, broccoli)
– Nuts (ie. almonds)
– Orange vegetables (ie. carrots, sweet potatoes)

Let’s try to include these foods and vitamins in our diet as a way to use healthy eating habits to support our immune system.

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Upcoming Classes

May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

For more about these class formats, group fitness classes or other services offered, please contact us to discover your options.

How to Boost Your Immune System

How to Boost Your Immune System

In light of the recent spread and affects of COVID-19 (more commonly known as the Corona Virus) many folks are looking for ways to protect themselves from getting the illness, or thinking of ways to help fight against the disease if you get it. Some of you may have considered self-distancing yourselves as a way of limiting contact with people, while others may have self-quarantined if you have exhibited symptoms as a strategy to limit the spread of the virus. But what are some ways we can boost our immune system during this time?

Let’s first begin with what is the immune system. The immune system is our body’s defense against disease, bacteria and other bad cells/tissues. Its main function is to help prevent or limit infections. Our bodies have immune cells in various part of our body such as the skin, bloodstream, bone marrow and lymph nodes. When the body recognizes a foreign substance, the immune cells (also known as white blood cells) spark an immune response- producing antibodies to kill the bad cells.

Since the immune system is important in maintaining the health of our bodies by fighting against diseases, it is imperative that we take steps to make sure our immune system is strong and healthy. Here are some ways to help boost our immune system:

Manage Stress
In times of uncertainty with your health and finances such as now, it is easy to be concerned or anxious about what the future holds. Not negating the validity of those emotions as stress is not something we can avoid, but when we are under chronic (on-going) stress, stress hormones can suppress the immune system making us more susceptible to getting sick. Instead, watch your favorite movie or funny TV. Do some journaling or try some mindful or focused breathing exercises.

Get Enough Rest
Sleep is a main function of body that helps us to recharge. While we are sleeping, it is our body’s way of resetting and boosting the immune system. Studies have shown that those who get 8 hours of sleep every night on average, are less likely to catch a cold.

Maintain a Healthy Diet
The foods that we put in our body helps to get the nutrients we need to be healthy. Including foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins can also boost our immune system. Consider incorporating citrus fruits, berries, leafy greens, nuts and fish to help reduce inflammation and fight off infections.

Stay Physically Active
When we exercise, it helps to circulate the blood throughout our bodies. This also helps to ensure that the white blood cells are also getting around the body as well. During a workout, you may notice that you sweat or may be breathing a bit harder than usual. Sweating and exhaling are natural ways to get the bad things out of our bodies which can boost our immune system.

In times such as these, I encourage you to take steps to make sure you are healthy and that your body has what it needs to fight off infections and viruses.

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28
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6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

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The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep

The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep

The week of March 8-14 marks National Sleep Awareness week. An initiative by the National Sleep Foundation, it is a time to celebrate healthy sleep habits and advocating for getting enough rest. In today’s world, we often find ourselves looking to secure our financial future, looking after our families, keeping up friends, trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle along with a long laundry list of things to get done around the house. This can be both mentally and physically overwhelming. The importance of this celebration is to help us understand that a good quality sleep is a service to our body and mind. It also promotes continuous productivity and good health while ensuring our well-being.

The National Sleep Foundation is a non-profit organization formed in 1990. Their mission is to improve public health and safety through the understanding of sleep and sleep disorders. They do this through public education, sleep related research and advocacy. The foundation has established themselves as a well-respected source of information on sleep, various sleep disorders and the consequences of sleep deprivation (not getting enough rest).

So how much sleep is enough? Well, the amount of sleep varies slightly for different individuals. Depending on what age group you are in, there are different amounts of sleep recommended sleep time:

  • Newborn to 3 months should get 14-17 hours
  • 4 to 11 months: 12-15 hours
  • 1-2 years: 11-14 hours
  • 3-5 years: 10-13 hours
  • 6-13 years: 9-11 hours
  • 14-17years: 8-10 hours
  • Adults: 7-9 hours

The average American doesn’t come close to the recommended sleeping time. Surveys have shown that most adults on average get around 5-6 hours a night. This has been normalized in today’s society, but it is a form of sleep deprivation which comes with its effects. We need aim for adequate and quality sleep because it has great benefits such as:

  • Curbing inflammation which is related to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging
  • Improving of memory
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and decrease risk for being obese or overweight
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Relieves stress

When we don’t get enough sleep, it can lead to developing a sleep illness. Some common sleep disorders can include:

  • Sleep apnea- interrupted breathing during sleep
  • Insomnia- inability to sleep
  • Shift work disorder- atypical sleep habits due to nontraditional work hours
  • Restless leg syndrome- uncontrollable leg movements during nighttime hours
  • Sleep walking- the act of getting up and walking around while asleep

There are several tips or tools that can used to improve, manage and even prevent sleep disorders:

  1. Avoid large meals 2-3 hours before bedtime
  2. Develop a regular nighttime routine/schedule
  3. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
  4. Improve your sleep environment; maintain comfortable mattress and pillows, keep the bedroom quiet

Join me in making sleep and getting enough rest a priority!

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May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

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Happy National Nutrition Month

Happy National Nutrition Month

March celebrates National Nutrition Month. It is a time to learn and understand the effects of what foods we let in our bodies. Nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. The celebration highlights the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits, not just for the month, but that will last a lifetime.

Do you really know what is in the foods you are consuming? Knowing and understanding how to read food labels is very important especially if you have health conditions or food allergies and need to maintain a special diet. The nutritious facts label is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on packaged foods and beverages. It provides a detailed information about a food’s nutrient content such as amount of fat, sugar, sodium and fibers it contains. The better you are at reading and understanding food labels, the better you are in using them as a tool to plan your healthy balanced diet.

If you don’t know where to start on your healthy diet journey, you can seek nutrition advice from a registered dietitian nutritionist. Since this a matter concerning our health and wellbeing, it is advisable to seek or receive personalized nutrition advice to generate health goals that will ensure we make healthy food/eating choices. A nutritionist can help you learn how to read food labels, teach you how to prepare eating plans and meals, ensure that you are getting the nutrients that you need, and identify strategies of foods to avoid and find proper substitutes.

Having a healthy diet goes hand in hand with being physically active. So, what is the relationship between good eating and being physical active? Together they help maintain healthy weight, improve mood and energy levels, and helps the immune system in fighting diseases.

A nutritious and healthy diet does not have to be restrictive. Not eating healthy can lead to nutrient deficiencies that slows down your metabolism. This is particularly important as we age. As we get older, our bodies need certain nutrients such as:

  • Calcium – aids to maintain strong bones and reduce risk of osteoporosis
  • Vitamin B12 – helps to keep blood cells healthy and prevents anemia
  • Fiber – to maintain bowel health and a healthy weight to lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Potassium – is good for the nervous system and helps to lower your blood pressure reduce risk of a stroke

As we celebrate National Nutrition Month, I hope that you will join me in making the decision to make healthy and informed food choices. Some things you can consider include:

  • Visiting your local farmers market for fresh produce
  • Research and try a new recipe
  • Explore more whole grain alternatives
  • Try going meatless for a day

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May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

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Benefits of Moving for Heart Health

Benefits of Moving for Heart Health

Every 37 seconds an American dies from cardiovascular disease. That equates to one is every death in the United States (about 647,000 deaths), are caused by heart disease. Chronic illnesses such as heart disease, costs the US government almost $219 billion each year. These are staggering numbers, but what can we do to lower these statistics? Healthy lifestyle changes such as physical activity goes a long way in achieving this.

Physical activity refers to any movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than at resting. It improves the heart’s capacity to send blood which carries oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. It helps in strengthening the heart muscle and helps the heart to work less.

So what happens to our heart when we exercise?

  1. The heart muscles are strengthened which makes the heart become more efficient and be able to pump blood throughout your body.

    Performing activities such as walking, gardening, swimming, taking the stairs, dancing and fitness classes are all examples of physical activities. Please note, it is recommended to seek medical professional advice from your doctor before embarking or beginning a new exercise routine.

  2. Exercising reduces blood pressure.

    Regular physical activity makes the heart stronger which in turn, makes the heart work less to pump blood. Blood pressure is the force needed to get blood throughout the body. There are medications that can help lower your blood pressure numbers, but for some, exercise can be enough to reduce blood pressure with no need of any medication.

  3. Exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight.

    Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best gifts for your heart. As we grow older, we tend to become less active, our bodies gains excess weight, which makes the heart to work harder. Exercise helps us to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce excess weight.

There are several activities that are easy to do in order to be being active; you don’t need to go to a gym. You can decide to park your car a little further to get a few extra steps in. Get off the bus a stop or two earlier. Opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Grab a friend and take a nice walk in the park. It is recommended we get in about 10,000 steps a day. But you don’t have to achieve this overnight. It takes discipline and commitment. You can use counting apps on your phone like: pacer, fitbit or googleFit to help you count your steps and keep track of your progress.

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May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

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What is Heart Disease?

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a term which covers a range of conditions that affects the heart. Heart disease (most commonly referred to as cardiovascular disease) is a condition in which the blood vessels become narrowed or blocked. Statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA) show that about half of American adults have some type of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the US- about 647,000 of Americans die annually. Research by the AHA, indicates that there are currently 121.5 million people who have cardiovascular disease- with this number said to increase in the coming years.

Cardiovascular disease describes complications with blood vessels, circulatory system as well as the heart. This can include a number of conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Arrhythmia (abnormal heart beat/rhythm)
  • Coronary heart disease (the build up of plaque in the arteries, limiting flow of blood to the heart)
  • Heart attack
  • Congenital heart disease (heart defects present at birth)

Our lifestyle choices highly affect the health of our hearts. There are also some choices can increase the risk of heart diseases like; smoking, diabetes, family history, being overweight, amongst others. The risk factor of age is inevitable. Adults age 65 and older are more likely to develop heart diseases. But heart disease can be modified and treated through changes in your lifestyle.

There are several ways in which the heart can be strengthened to ensure a long lasting life with less heart complications and to ensure we are aging gracefully and healthily:

  • Spend more time moving than sitting. Park a bit further than usual, take the stairs, or dance the night away.
  • Quit smoking. There are a number of harmful chemicals in cigarettes that can decrease the amount of oxygen in the body and clog your arteries over time.
  • Lose excess body fat to prevent buildup of plaque in the arteries which may lead to heart attack
  • Prevent or control diabetes and glucose levels
  • Lower triglyceride levels (fats in the blood)
  • Aim for resting blood pressure to be lowered to around 120/80
  • Lower your stress levels

As we age, adapting to a healthy lifestyle will help in strengthening our heart and to see that we live a happy life. Eating nutritious foods and a healthy diet are part of making good lifestyle choices. Here are a few foods that can improve heart health:

  • Fish rich in omega 3: salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel and herring which help reduce the build up of plaque in the arteries.
  • Berries are rich in antioxidants: blueberry, strawberry, blackberries or raspberries
  • Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard. They carry vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Whole grain like oats, whole wheat, brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa- are high in fiber which helps in reduction of bad cholesterol.
  • Avocados: they are high in monounsaturated fats and potassium- help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of metabolic syndrome.
  • Dark chocolate! It is high in antioxidants like flavonoids, lowers the risk of calcified plaque in the arteries
  • Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein and magnesium that helps to lower blood pressure levels.
  • Green tea is a an anti-inflammatory agent that lowers cholesterol levels.
  • Tomatoes is a powerful antioxidant that also lowers cholesterol and keeps blood from clotting.

What we put on our plates influences almost every aspect of our wellbeing. Including these heart-healthy foods in our diet, can and will help to keep your heart in good shape and minimize the risk of heart disease.

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May
28
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
May 28 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
May
30
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
May 30 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]
Jun
4
Thu
6:00 pm Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Moving for Life at Glen Oaks Lib... @ Queens Library at Glen Oaks
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
5
Fri
10:00 am Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Moving for Life @ East Flushing ... @ Queens Library at East Flushing
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This low-impact dance exercise class combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of those dealing with various health and physical challenges such as breast cancer, heart disease and joint pain[...]
Jun
6
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us for this low-impact dance exercise class that combines elements of aerobics, cardio, stretching and yoga to address the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors such as lymphedema, joint pain, neuropathy and limited[...]

Find out more!

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