To Beard or not to Beard?

No-Shave November, otherwise known as ‘Movember’ is a month-long journey during which individuals forgo shaving and grooming in order to spark conversation and raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as cancer awareness and men’s suicide. And in lieu of the need to purchase shaving and grooming products, participants instead will donate to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

The Power of Walking

You don’t need a complicated workout. Walking is a fantastic way to increase your physical activity with no need for any equipment, fancy training or coaching. Plus, with the sun out, you can get fit, enjoy the outdoors, and soak in some Vitamin D all at the same time. Adults should ideally be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic physical activity every week and walking is an excellent way to accomplish that weekly goal.

Cada día es una nueva oportunidad

somos criaturas de hábito, y los viejos hábitos, aunque malos, son muy difíciles de superar. ¡Nuestro cerebro es tan complicado! Si no, ¿cómo explicar el impulso que nos lleva a comer una ración grande de papitas fritas y un cheeseburger doble cuando vamos a McDonald’s, o a devorar los postres recién horneados que trae una colega incluso sabiendo que atentan contra nuestros propios intereses? Nuestro cerebro se activa con estas tentaciones porque las mismas dan señal de recompensa. Y a los humanos nos encanta la recompensa y la comodidad. Pero tenía que volver a entrar en camino. Por suerte, tenía las herramientas para intentarlo. Esta vez no me sentía culpable. Sé muy bien que el cerebro puede ser reentrenado. Necesitaba cambiar mi ambiente, mi rutina y repetir, repetir y repetir hasta que entrara en el sistema.

Three Back-to-School Steps For Your Child’s Health

As a parent of school-aged children, I know that August is a hectic month: shopping for supplies, finishing summer reading, and coordinating drop-off and pick-up schedules are just a few items on our to-do list. As a Primary Care Physician, I also know that ensuring your child is healthy and ready to learn is just as important as notebooks and a backpack.

Ready to Fly

As I arrived at Emory University to begin a “Health Coach” certification program, I recalled my previous visit to Atlanta, some 40 years earlier, to attend an Eastern Airlines training. It occurred to me that Eastern’s advertising tag line – “The Wings of Man” – which sounded so appropriate at the time, certainly would not fly in today’s more gender-conscious world. Here I was again, a woman ready to spread her wings, excited to begin yet another adventure.

¡Lista para volar!

A mi llegada a Emory University para comenzar un programa de certificación en “Health Coach” (Tutoría de salud), me vino a la memoria mi última visita a Atlanta, hará unos 40 años para asistir a un entrenamiento de la aerolínea Eastern Airlines. Se me ocurrió pensar que el lema de publicidad de Eastern en aquel
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Straight Talk on Coping with Summer Heat

For many New Yorkers, summer means making the best of an unairconditioned apartment and descending to sweltering subway platforms. While we all think we know the basics of hot weather safety – put on sunscreen and drink lots of water – there’s much more you should do to stay safe when the temperature rises.

Minority Health Month – An Interview with ACP President Dr. Henry Chen

April is Minority Health Month, and ACP interviewed Dr. Henry Chen, a leading community-based Primary Care Physician in private practice for more than 20 years in New York City, where he manages the health care of patients in the Asian communities of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Dr. Chen also is a co-founder and President of Advocate
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Don’t Snooze on this Diabetes Wake-Up Call

As New Yorkers, we are more than twice as likely to have diabetes as the average American. New York City health officials have declared diabetes an epidemic. As a neighborhood physician, I can tell you it is never a good time to sleep through the warning signs of diabetes.