Monthly Archives: October 2014

Weight Loss Workshops

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!

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Are You Slipping Into the Fall Funk?

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!


For more information about SAD, see what WebMD or The Mayo Clinic has to say. 

To learn more about how Light Boxes work, click here

And, of course, to start tackling your own seasonal blues, check out The Sunbox Company or Verilux


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5 Stellar Words that are Wonderfully Magnificent


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.




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Deepavali – Festival of Lights

Today we celebrate the festival of lights, “deepavali,” an extraordinary festival in the Indian calendar that marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Deepavali celebrates the symbolism of the eternal conflict between good and bad and the victory of the good.

In yogic terms, this can be understood as a renewal of our inherent potentials for clarity in thought, word, and action. The flame signifies the dominance of the qualities of sattva (neutrality) over the chaotic fluctuations of rajas (hyperactivity) and tamas (stagnation), both inside and outside.  The outer celebration of light is therefore an extension of each of our inward journeys towards greater spiritual balance and harmony.

Celebrate Deepavali today by lighting a candle, observing the conflict of good and bad within yourself, and allowing a neutral space to surface and abide within you…


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Food Day- Focusing on a healthier lifestyle

484603274_42895e0691_qWhat is Food Day?  Food Day is a national event designed to help bring awareness to healthier eating habits, focusing on more nutritious, unprocessed foods as well as better food policies.  With the obesity rate on the rise, there has been an increase in individuals suffering from diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.  Due to people living busier lives, food has become more manufactured and packaged for convenience.  Such foods can include numerous additives, chemicals and ingredients that can affect an individual’s well- being.  The purpose of Food Day is to teach people how to incorporate and choose healthier foods in their diets, such as more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and leans meats, and take initiative of their own well- being.  October 24th was established as Food Day so everyone can come together with the common goal of eating a healthier diet, becoming more physically active, as well as focus on improving food policies so nutritious food can be more affordable.  There is also focus on working with farmers to provide more federal and government assistance so produce can be more organically produced without pesticides and chemicals.

With the proper knowledge and guidance, individual’s can begin the journey of developing a healthier lifestyle.  If you would like to learn more about Food Day and how to start the process of eating clean and healthy, please click here.  Each day is an opportunity to focus on your health and well- being so why not start today!

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Meditation | Wherever You Go, There You Are

As in my previous post, I’ll be suggesting something to aid in growing a meditation practice. In this post, I’m going to review the book, “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

I was fortunate enough to receive this book as a gift from a dear friend. I’ve cherished it for this reason, but also because the book is enjoyable, insightful, and useful. I want to emphasize how useful this book is. Kabat-Zinn is a master of mindfulness, and he did a phenomenal job in framing mindfulness meditation in an approachable way. He made it accessible to those who may be starting from the ground floor.

First of all, the book is a breeze to read; the language is easy going and fluid. There are no chapter numbers, so there is no pressure of progress or stalling; only page numbers to help remind you where you may have left off. Each chapter is brief as well, with the exception of maybe a few, and each chapter ends with a quote or two that puts the contents into a proverbial perspective.

In “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” Kabat-Zinn uses imagery and metaphor to help stir an understanding of various approaches to meditating. He discusses how during a seated meditation, visualizing yourself as a mountain helps to grow a sense of grounding and stability, while during a laying meditation, visualizing a lake helps to create the sense of softness and tranquility.

Kabat-Zinn keeps “Wherever You Go, There You Are” from becoming overly complicating. His focus is on the essentials of meditation, because there is so much to explore there on its own. His points stay within the grasp of the reader, and because of this, I would say this book is a lifelong companion for meditators of all levels.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast CANCER rIBBONOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer can affect women and men, although there is a higher rate among women.  Breast cancer is more treatable when detected early so it is important to do monthly breast exams, checking from collar-bone, to breast, and extending it into the arm pit to breastbone.  If there is a history of breast cancer in your family please speak to your health care provider about scheduling a Mammogram.  It is recommended that you get a Mammogram every year beginning at age 40, especially if it runs in your family.

Breast cancer is treated in several ways. It depends on the kind of breast cancer and how far it has spread within the body. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biologic therapy, or radiation. People with breast cancer often get more than one kind of treatment.
Surgery: An operation where doctors surgically removes cancer tissue.
Chemotherapy: Uses special medicines and/or drugs to shrink or kill the cancer cells. The drugs can be pills you take or medicines given directly into your veins, or may be a combination.
Hormonal therapy: Some cancers need certain hormones to grow. Hormonal treatment is used to block cancer cells from getting the hormones needed to grow.
Biological therapy: This treatment works with your body’s immune system to help fight cancer or to control side effects from other cancer treatments. Side effects are how your body reacts to drugs or other treatments. Biological therapy is different from chemotherapy. Chemotherapy attacks cancer cells directly.
Radiation: The use of high-energy rays are used to kill the cancer cells. The rays are aimed at the part of the body where the cancer is found.

Health care providers from different specialty areas may work in conjunction to treat someone with breast cancer. Surgeons perform operations. Medical oncologists treat cancers with medicines. Radiation oncologists treat cancers with radiation.

Alternative Therapy Modalities for Treatment of Breast Cancer

Mind-Body Methods: Healing methods based on the belief that the mind affects the body’s response to cancer. These methods have been known to help reduce the side effects felt during cancer treatment. Tapping into the mind-body connection is reported as improving a person’s overall wellness which includes the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual states. The mind can work for or against you, depending on your focus.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture a traditional Chinese medicine approach and healing systems, are used for cancer treatment.

Nutritional Methods: Special diets and/or supplements may be used in the treatment of people with cancer. Cancer patients are sometimes prescribed Coenzyme Q10 and other Antioxidants.

Pharmacologic and Biologic Treatments
The use of clinical trials, experimental prescription drugs, vaccines, hormones, natural products (also called botanicals), and other biologic treatments are used in the treatment of people with cancer. Herbal extracts and other herbs are sometimes introduced into a treatment regimen.


For more information click here.

Article by: Ketsia Glemaud, Edited by: Lilly Shmulevich

Photo by: TipTimes Courtesy of: Flickr Creative Commons

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A Must-Have Health App

For many people on a budget, the gym membership is the first to go. Luckily, St. Joseph’s students and staff members have access to the Danzi Athletic Center’s equipment, track, and free exercise classes. But many of us don’t live near campus or our schedules don’t permit us the time to make it to the group classes.

Well, here’s an important announcement about a free way to get healthy. Walking. That’s right everyone, we do it every day, its free, and it doesn’t require any equipment.

Next time you take a stroll, check out the Map My Walk App. Just download the app and click “start workout.” Begin walking, and when you’re done, click “pause workout” and then “finish.” The app will show a map of how far you walked, and you can save the route if you liked it. It will also tell you how much time has elapsed and how many calories you’ve burned. Map My Walk acts as an immediate reinforcement; it turns a simple walk into an official, visual map of a “workout” that the user can see, store, and be proud of.

So grab your smartphone, get outside, start the app, and get walking. Enjoy the fall weather, take a few minutes to appreciate your neighborhood, and let your stress melt. When you’re done, check the app. You just may be surprised to see how far you can walk in the time you have available to you.

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