The award-winning film about the high environmental costs of dams that outweigh their value, and the restless beauty of wild, restored rivers.
On the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society promotes the Great American Smokeout. This day, which this year falls on November 20th, is intended to encourage smokers to focus on their health and make a plan to quit smoking. Tobacco use greatly increases a person’s risk for lung cancer, as well as deteriorates his/her overall health. Because of tobacco’s addictive qualities, quitting smoking can be very difficult, and often results in relapse. However, the American Cancer Society offers valuable tool, resources and support to help an individual quit successfully. These resources can be found here.
Quitting smoking reduces one’s risk for coronary disease, stroke, prevents aging, as well as cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus. With the advantages of ceasing smoking, the American Cancer Society would like to encourage you, a family member, a friend to take tomorrow to participate in the smoke out and utilize the day to focus on bettering your health, one day at a time.
Waves of Kindness is a global initiative that was created in 1988 to help bring focus and awareness on kind acts despite the daily bustle of work, family, money, health and other stressors. November 13 of every year is a day where people are asked to slow down and focus on acts of kindness that come from a place of love and humanity. Asking people to slow down can be a daunting task as we live in a world that is fast paced and time focused, filled with to do lists, schedules and planners. Even relaxation has to be scheduled in just so that we can regroup and refocus on taking care of ourselves.
The goal of today is to partake in a kind act, which will then lead the next person to participate and so on, so that kindness, love and respect can reach each and every person around the world. If you would like to learn more about creating waves of kindness, please click on the link here. Information on how this project got started, how you can participate, as well as upcoming events are all listed on the website. Let’s take time to slow down on our busy day and focus on one kind act that we can pass onto others.
Most people associate the word “yoga” with words like “stretch,” “relax,” “breathe,” and “calm.” People across the globe have been practicing yoga for centuries, and here in America, we are finally catching up. This ancient practice is now being observed and studied, and researchers are finding that yoga really does, in fact, help people calm down. Not only that, but it can uplift people out of a bad mood!
If you have been feeling anxious or depressed, or are simply interested in learning more about how yoga can be used to improve mental and emotional well-being, you may want to attend the Yoga for Anxiety and Depression Workshop at The Long Island Center for Yoga in Babylon. The studio will hold the workshop tomorrow, November 13, from 7:45 – 9:15 pm. The cost is just $20, and what you’ll learn may benefit you for the rest of your life.
Although meditation has been popular in certain cultures for thousands of years, it seems as if it is only just starting to be recognized as a useful practice here in the United States. Many people here are now turning to meditation as a way to deal with anxiety, depression, and just the stress of their daily schedules.
For some, finding time for meditation seems impossible. When can we all squeeze THAT in, with everything else we have to do? No matter how you look at it, there will always only be 24 hours in the day. But to help us manage our time better, there are plenty of meditation Apps available. The Apps can be set like a timer. All you have to do is choose the amount of time you want to meditate for and start the App. No need to check your watch to make sure you aren’t running late – the App has you covered! It will ring after the amount of time you set it for. On top of that, many of these Apps come with alerts to remind you when it’s time for your meditation practice, ensuring that you never forget to take some time to nourish your mind!!!
Visit the App store and download the Meditation App that suits you.
Happy November! This time every year some men take on the challenge of not shaving the whole month for various reasons. I’d like to bring to you attention the Movember Foundation, “a leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.” While I’ve never participated in “No Shave November,” before, I’m partaking this year through the Movember Foundation.
“The Movember community has raised $559 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won’t stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.”
To support, donate, or just follow how hairy things get with my moustache, go to:
And if you’re up for it sign up yourself, join my team, or join Movember as an individual as we work towards building awareness of men’s health issues.
Find your polling place, information on voter rights, absentee voting and much more.
Seventy percent of the profits from the sale of crowd-sourced posters go to the artists and HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters.
Join Health Services and The Counseling & Wellness Office for a 2 part weight loss workshop series that will focus on exercise, healthy eating, overcoming cravings as well as dealing with daily life challenges. A certified trainer from Blink will be here to provide information, resources and answer any questions that you may have. Fitness demonstrations will also be provided.
More information regarding the workshops can be found below! You can call the office at 718-940-5853 or 5851 for any questions. We hope to see you there!
This time of year is full of fun for many. Fall fans associate these pre-winter months with beautiful leaves, fashionable sweaters, and all things pumpkin. For others, however, the Fall season can be a challenge. The change in temperature, howling winds, and lack of sunlight can really put some people right into a funk!
If you notice that you’re feeling down in the fall, just know that you are not alone. In fact, season-related-moodiness is actually a common problem and has been identified as a real medical condition: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to WebMD, SAD is most common in women and is usually seen in people between the ages of 15 and 55. Symptoms include mood changes such as anxiety, depression, or grumpiness as well as physical changes like weight gain, extreme fatigue (even when getting plenty of sleep), and carbohydrate cravings.
Most medical professionals believe that SAD is closely related to a lack of sunlight. While we can’t control how many hours per day the sun shines here in New York, there may be a way to trick your brain into thinking there are sunny skies: Light Therapy. Light Therapy is often suggested for those who suffer from SAD, and it’s a pretty easy treatment. All you need is a special light called a Light Box, an invention designed to give off light similar to the sun’s. All you need to do is plug it in and enjoy some “sun” for however long your doctor suggests. With consistent use, you may find yourself flipping right out of that Fall Funk and jumping back into some Fall Fun!!
The best part: some insurance companies will even reimburse you for approved Light Boxes!
To learn more about how Light Boxes work, click here.
Looking to spice up your verbiage paradigm? Try out these kick-ass words the next time you find yourself meandering the downpouring word expanse:
petrichor - the distinct scent that accompanies the first rain after a long warm dry spell.
halcyon - 1. calm and peaceful; tranquil. 2. prosperous; golden.
intertwingularity - the complexity of interrelations in human knowledge (see Ted Nelson).
sempiternal - 1. enduringforever; eternal. 2. having no known beginning and presumably no end.
sonder - the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own – populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness – an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.