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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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[...]
Jun
11
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 11 @ 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
12
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 12 @ 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
13
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 13 @ 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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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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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[...]
Jun
11
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 11 @ 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
12
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 12 @ 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
13
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 13 @ 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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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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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[...]
Jun
11
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 11 @ 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
12
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 12 @ 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
13
Sat
12:30 pm Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Moving for Life for Breast Cance... @ NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jun 13 @ 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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