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A Special Advertising Section January 26, 2012

12 in 2012 Doctor-prescribed New Year’s resolutions

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ith the many healthy resolutions being made to kick off 2012, wouldn’t it be nice if you actually had a doctor’s opinion to point you toward the healthiest changes you can make?

A new survey of practicing physicians by EverydayHealth.com with MedPage Today reveals the 12 most popular doctor-prescribed resolutions.

Top 12 Doctor-Prescribed New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 1. Monitor your blood pressure 2. Quit smoking 3. Exercise 30 minutes a day 4. Lower your cholesterol 5. Get a diabetes screening 6. Control your portions 7. Get a flu shot 8. Take the stairs whenever possible 9. Sleep at least 7 hours a night 10. Eat whole grains, not refined flour 11. For women, perform a self breast exam every month 12. Spend more time with family and friends Although not ranked in the top 12, the survey includes some resolutions you may welcome. The most surprising: Don’ t give up coffee. Y es, that’s correct. Coffee

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actually has health benefits that doctors recommend. Studies show that women who drink a cup of coffee daily have up to a 25 percent lower stroke risk than those who drink it less often. In addition to lowering stroke risk, coffee can also decrease your odds of developing diabetes, skin cancer, cavities, Parkinson’ s disease, breast reast cancer and heart disease. Three other noteworthy resolutions involved in Everyday Health’ volved in Ever yday Health’ss survey are to forgive people, try a once-a-weekektechnology technologyvacation vacationfor foratat least two months and don’t text and drive. Alll great advice. advice. However, none of these resolutions can bebe effective if you can’can’ t stay effective if you committed to them. “About 40 to 45 percent of Americans make Y Year’s ear’s resolutions, makeNew New and only about 60 percent end up keeping them forat atleast leastpart partof ofthe theyear,” year,” m for says Everyday Health Medical Director Mallika key isis ka Marshall, M.D. “The key not to bite off more than you can chew . Pledge ge to make a change chan gethat thatyou you can maintain. And try to get friends and family ly involved. involved. It’s It’s much easier to meet your goal if you have support.”

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ou must prepare yourself psychologically , however, if you don’ t want them hanging around for another 12 months. Experts agree that no matter how stubborn a habit you’ve developed, there are ways to break negative patterns and keep healthy resolutions throughout the New Year. The trick is to keep everything in perspective. “Focus on realistic goals with measurable results,” said Jill RachBeisel, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “You need to break things down into small steps that you can manage.” For example, RachBeisel said that instead of trying to lose 50 pounds, focus on losing five pounds at a time. And instead of trying to lose five pounds a week, focus on losing a pound a week. “Create bite-sized jobs for yourself that you’ll be able to accomplish,” said RachBeisel. “If your goal is too big, you’ll feel defeated before you even get started.” When deciding on your New Year’s resolutions, it is easy to get swept up in hopeful yearning. As the clock ticks away the final minutes of the old year , the excitement of it all can be intoxicating. Y ou believe you’ll be able to tackle your goals effortlessly. But after the rush of N ew Year’s celebration fades and reality sets in, your ambitions can once again seem insurmountable.

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• View setbacks as lessons for growth. Mistakes can be and usually are opportunities for learning. If you fall short of

your goals, ask yourself what kept you from achieving them and then try to make corrections. People who like to sail understand this navigational concept. Y ou almost never go directly from point A to point B. You set a course and periodically take readings of your position then make adjustments as you go along. • Don’t make absolute resolutions. Keep them realistic. For example, instead of saying you won’t yell at your kids anymore, resolve to yell at them less often. • Don’t keep your resolutions to yourself. Tell someone you trust about your resolutions. It helps to share your goals with friends, who can gently nudge you in the right direction when you veer off course. • Give them some meaning. According to RachBeisel, people sometimes make goals that aren’ t necessarily meaningful to them. Your goal should be something you really desire to change or achieve, not something that society says is good for you to do or your family members would like to see you do. If you don’ t have strong, internal motivation within yourself, you won’t be successful. • Take baby steps. Set realistic goals that are attainable and then take small steps that are likely to be met with success toward those goals. Don’t try to lose 10 pounds in a week or quitting smoking cold turkey with no preparation. Instead, try joining a weight loss program and try to lose a pound a week, or join a smoking cessation group. • Fine-tune your spirituality . It is important to add a spiritual dimension to your goals. For example, if one of your goals is to get fit, you may also resolve to get outdoors more often instead of going to the gym. T ime outside will help you get in balance with nature, and will honor both the physical and spiritual sides of yourself.

Healthy resolutions for the year ahead

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ow that the calendar has turned to 2012, our focus has shifted to those well-meaning and often ignored New Year’s resolutions. After the hectic holiday season has come and gone, many people re-dedicate themselves to their personal health and well-being. That renewed dedication might be thanks to all those big holiday meals or it might just be a result of the new calendar year being symbolic of a fresh start. Regardless of the reasons behind this renewed vigor , the opportunities to make the next 12 months a healthier 12 months abound. While losing weight might the most popular resolution, there are a host of other health-related resolutions individuals can make to improve their lives over the next 365 days.

Resolve to reduce stress

Stress is a major part of most adults’ lives, and that’ s especially so after the hectic holiday season when men and women are pulled in so many different directions. W ork is a common cause of stress, but family and personal finances, especially nowadays, are big sources of stress as well. This year, resolve to reduce stress in all aspects of life. At the office, analyze ways in which you can manage time more effectively , including how to best prioritize work projects so you don’t always feel as if you’re up against a wall. Outside the office, recognize the importance of maintaining a personal life and its relation to reducing stress. Spending time with friends and family can relax you and provide a welcome respite from the stress of the office.

• More than 150,000 Americans were projected to succumb to lung cancer in 2011, according to the National Cancer Institute. • The Canadian Cancer Society estimated that 20,000 Canadians would lose their lives to lung cancer in 2011. • More than 6 percent of all deaths in the United Kingdom in 2011 were related to lung cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. If those statistics aren’ t enough to get men and women serious about quitting smoking, consider the negative effect secondhand smoke has on your loved ones. The American Cancer Society notes that roughly 3,000 nonsmoking adults experience lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke in the U.S. each year . When making a resolution this year, smokers’ top priority should be to quit smoking. When making resolutions at the start of a new year, men and women often focus on healthy resolutions. But healthy resolutions go beyond losing a few extra pounds, and many involve dedication throughout the year to improve overall health this year and for years to come.

Resolve to eat better

Losing weight and adopting a healthier diet are not necessarily the same thing. While a healthier diet might help you lose weight, the goal of adopting a healthier diet is to improve overall health. A healthy diet can strengthen the body’s immune system, making it easier to fight cold, flu and other ailments. A healthy diet can also help in the battle against any preexisting conditions. For example, replacing salt with healthier and flavorful herbs can help reduce high blood pressure, and many people cannot even taste the difference once they start eating. Much like changing a diet, exercising more is often seen as a means to weight loss. While that’ s a positive side effect of daily exercise, the goal should not be to lose weight. Instead, the goal of daily exercise is to get healthier . According to the American College of Sports Medicine, exercise helps lower the risk of heart disease and hypertension by 40 percent while lowering the risk of depression by 30 percent. In addition, men and women with a family history of diabetes should know that regular exercise lowers their risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. So while exercise is a great means to losing weight, it’s even better at helping reduce the risk for serious disease. When incorporating exercise into a daily routine, start slowly and gradually work your way up to more vigorous exercise regimens. Going full speed from the outset is a great way to increase risk of injury, which could actually restrict your ability to exercise for some time.

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Resolve to quit smoking

To nonsmokers, keep up the good work. For smokers, perhaps some statistics are enough to get you on the path toward quitting smoking:

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It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you’ve swept up the confetti, but it’ s not impossible. Setting realistic goals can lead to a healthier lifestyle and improved self-esteem. The temptation to make N ew Year’s resolutions can be strong, but you can set all kinds of goals at any time during the year . Pick a day that’ s meaningful for you – your birthday , your anniversary, your child’s birthday, or any personal date. The following tips can help you and your children successfully plan and achieve your goals: Be specific. When thinking about goals, be as exact as possible. People who set specific goals are more likely to succeed. For example, instead of saying that you want to save money, set a specific goal to save $20 (or whatever your goal amount is) per week. Put it in writing. Write down exactly what you want to achieve and post it in a place where you will see it every day . This will help remind you of what you’re working toward. When you write, use positive terms. For example, instead of writing, “I will stop eating junk food” re-word your goal in more positive terms: “I will make healthy food choices.” Set realistic goals. When you think about setting goals, make sure that they are within your reach. Be mindful of your finances, schedule, and other per sonal affairs. Remembering these important factors will help you set realistic goals. It’s unreasonable to expect to make a lot of big changes at the same time. Develop an action plan. Create a timeline with steps toward your goal. Set deadlines for each step and cross them off as you go. Sometimes just crossing things off and watching your list get smaller can give you a sense of accomplishment and help you stay motivated. Believe in yourself. Stay positive about your progress. Share your goal with a friend and ask him to help keep your spirits up. To quote Henry Ford, “If you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Be flexible. Keep in mind that setbacks can happen. Don’t get discouraged and give up. Try again! Your hard work will pay off! Ask for help. If you get stuck or need a little encouragement, don’t be afraid to talk about it. You might be surprised what kind of support people offer. Reward yourself. Acknowledge your achievements, even the small ones. Reaching a goal takes hard work and you should be proud of your efforts. Celebrating could mean sharing an apple with your child or taking some time for yourself. Having clear goals and a plan can bring your family together and help you be healthier all year . All positive changes – tiny or drastic – can improve your everyday life. Make this New Year count and create a plan to follow through on your resolutions!

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ere we go again, New Year’s is here, and we plan to make some changes;

es, the same changes we planned last N ew Year’s and maybe the one before it too. And… How redundant. Have you ever tried to evaluate why you’re making the same goal at the start of every year? Somehow, the word resolution seems to have a “destined for failure” connotation. Why? Because we’ve promised to lose weight every New Year’s and we’re still in the same place. I think these “grand starts” can be poor motivators. Everyone starts off motivated; we really know what to do this time. But, have you really thought about what roadblocks stopped you in the past? Maybe it’s time to get a good understanding of where or how your efforts got derailed and think about what you could do differ ently to prevent this from happening again. If you think about it, the word resolution is two words in one; re and solution. We all know the prefix re means again and solution means finding an answer , solving something. Isn’t that interesting? We’re trying to find the answer to the same thing over and over. I think that says a lot. W e need to look at the “problem” in another way. We usually set unrealistic goals; we want it all – and we want it FAST. We tell ourselves that this time we’re going to stay committed. his time, it’s going to be different. Remember, your eating habits didn’ t just develop overnight so, don’t think because you announced you’re going to eat healthy, your habits are going to change so quickly. It helps to break down your resolution. Instead of saying, “I’m going to start eating healthy,” make the goal more specific. For example, “I’m going to eat a piece of fruit every time I get an urge for something sweet.” Or, “I’m going to keep fresh vegetables cut up in the fridge so there’ s a healthy snack to grab when I get nudgy.” Cooking soups, using your slow cooker allows you to be prepared with healthy foods without spending too much time in the kitchen. These are concrete ways to help you accomplish your goals and keep your motivation fresh. They will also help you measure your success and when we feel like we’re doing something “right, it stimulates our motivation even more! Don’t “over-diet”; anything in excess is destined to fail. Even exercise doesn’ t have to be extreme. If you don’t like going to a gym, Zumba class, yoga, etc. try jumping jacks and push-ups. They’re the first exercises President Kennedy incorporated into the school gym programs. Remember? Becoming a conscious eater is a great start to making healthy changes. The best way to start making better food choices is by making a list of your current selections. Include on this list, when you are hungriest. Is there a time of day that sets off your appetite? Did something emotional trigger it? We all know stress can make us want to eat! I think, in addition to craving food, we crave the mindlessness of eating. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what we are eating, as long as we are moving our hands to our mouths. Writing down your food choices keeps you thinking and accountable. It stops some people from grabbing the wrong foods because they don’ t want to write it down. Y ou’ll be surprised. You will most likely find patterns in the times and reasons you eat and you will learn to identify your triggers and ways to circumvent them. In addition to writing down what you eat, keep a journal of how you feel. What thoughts are helping you stay focused? This is important because if you feel like you are slipping a little, a reinforcing thought may be all you need to

remind you of how good you were feeling when you were eating correctly and preparing so you could stay on track. It’s “normal” to want to reach your goal but keep in mind that once you get there you aren’ t done. That’s probably the number one reason many people who lose weight gain it back. Keeping the pounds off means keeping the new habits. Once you revert back to the old ones, the weight comes with it. Eating healthy is a lifetime commitment. There’s no magic formula; just take one day at a time. Now why do you think that so many people who lose the weight seem to gain it back so easily? Because we forget! W e equate losing weight to being a thin person. That’ s not true. We become thin, but if we don’t continue on a program to maintain, we gain. Why? Because we slowly get sloppy . Once we we’ve gained a little, we feel it isn’ t fair and we start saying, “We’re still not as bad as we used to be,” and now we start to think the program isn’ t working anymore. So, we don’t do the program at all. Every day should be independent. W e only live in the day, so don’t start thinking about how long it will take to reach your goal. Each GOOD day gets you closer and each BAD day further. It’s that simple. Resist temptations by distracting yourself or re-focusing your thoughts. Walk away for a minute if the situation allows or remind yourself to eat something healthy first. Saying to yourself, “I am going to eat an apple” is more valuable than “I’m not going to eat any candy .” Why? It keeps your focus on things that will help you succeed rather than fail. Make this part of your goal – to be ready with substitutions when challenges arise. All of these things slow the impulse to shove something “wrong” into your mouth. That first bite can become your ruination as I am sure you know. It’s so easy to go back to that place of self-loathing, guilt and “I failed again.” If you do give in to temptation, pick yourself up and start again. Get right back on track. Don’t wait for “tomorrow” or “next week”. Punishing yourself just keeps the negative cycle going. So now that 2012 has begun where are you in the resolution-realm? Do you have one? Does it need to be tweaked or revised? Do you need to make a new one? It’s never too late. Just remember to start small and stay positive. It will help you make healthy changes that will last. How good will it feel when next January comes and the time to make a new resolution? Linda Fiveson is a nutritionist in Syosset. In addition to counseling she sells her own line of foods that are all free of flour, sugar, gluten and refined carbohydrates. For more information, call (516) 496-2300 or visit www.lindafiveson.com.

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A New Year, a healthier you Undressing vein disease and addressing the underlying venous problems

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t’s a new year and you’ve turned over a new leaf to get “healthy” for 2012. All of those laps you swim, trails you ride, and miles you run may make those pounds disappear , but those ugly veins on your legs remain. V ein disease is a common ailment that affects 30 to 50% of the adult U.S. population, with the majority being women. It is common in men too, but less noticeable due to body hair and clothing options. The good news is that winter is the perfect time of year to say ‘goodbye’ to painful and embarrassing spider veins you’ve been trying to ignore, and ‘hello’ to new vein-free legs you’ll want to dress up, not dress down.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are tiny superficial blood vessels appearing on the skin in “sunburst” patterns. They often appear in clusters on the lower extremities, face, and hands. It is estimated that at least 50% of women suffer from spider veins. They are an annoying ‘accessory’ that you just can’t take off, and women often avoid wearing clothes that show their legs due to the embarrassment of spider veins. Various creams and lotions have no effect, and self tanners and concealers offer only a temporary fix. It’s a wonder that there aren’t more slacks than skirts sold in the summer time. Unfortunately, spider veins are usually identified as being a “purely a cosmetic issue” because most patients have no obvious symptoms. Thus, unsuspecting women are not informed that spider veins could cause burning, itching, throbbing, heaviness, or pain. These may have gone unrecognized, but can be a sign of a more serious underlying vein issue and eventually evolve into varicose veins or even venous ulcers in the future. When your vascular system is perfectly healthy, your heart pumps blood throughout the body and veins carry the blood back to the heart. When the veins fail to operate properly, blood within the vein tends to flow backwards causing it to pool in the lower legs. This backward flow, called venous reflux, is what precipitates symptoms. These symptoms arise from elevated pressure inside the veins and may be referred to as venous hypertension. Heredity seems to play a critical role in developing vein disease, as well as occupations requiring prolonged sitting, standing or working on hard concrete floors. Women are usually more affected than men due to the effects of pregnancy , hormones, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, but men typically present with more severe symptoms. Being able to spot the symptoms in the early stage either visually or through a venous ultrasound can help physicians not only provide the sufferer with preventative measures, but also a variety of treatments. Symptoms can often be present for many months or years without escalating into a serious problem. When symptoms develop slowly, people start to accept them as part of the regular aches and pains associated with aging and simply ignore their presence.

appearance of reddened skin over the affected area. Often the skin is dry and has the appearance of a rash or eczema. V enous ulcers may rapidly develop once these skin changes are present. RLS is an irresistible urge to move one’ s legs to stop uncomfortable leg cramps. This typically occurs during the night as the leg muscles need to contract to push the blood out of the legs back toward the heart.

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There are several conservative treatments for venous disorders, which have marginal positive effects. These include compression hose, elevation of the legs, and lifestyle changes such as weight loss, avoidance of sun, and mild daily exercise. There are a variety of non-invasive treatments that will eliminate the visible effects and potentially prevent more serious health risks of vein disease. All treatments are outpatient procedures performed in the doctor’ s office, with little or no downtime, which results in quicker recovery times. Some of these procedures include, but are not limited to, endovenous

radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation for varicose veins, and sclerotherapy or topical skin laser therapy for spider veins. All of the modalities listed have completely eliminated the need for painful stripping procedures performed in the hospital under general anesthesia that frequently led to prolonged convalescence. All patients with symptomatic vein insufficiency can be treated, almost regardless of age, and treatments for varicose veins are frequently covered by insurance carriers. Going to a vein specialist is the best treatment option. Y ou will want to choose a vein-dedicated facility that is certified by the AAAASF and AAAHC. A vein specialist will hold board certifications in not only Vascular surgery, but also Phlebology, which is a specialty in the study of venous diseases. Lastly, they should hold an RVT or RPVI certification, which qualifies the doctor to not only preform vascular ultrasounds, but also interpret the results, thus giving them the experience and knowledge they need to give you the best comprehensive treatment plan. For more information on vein disease or how to schedule a free, no-obligation vein screening at the North Shore V ein Center, call 516-569-VEIN (8346) or visit www . NorthShoreVein.com.

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One of the best things you can do to reduce stress for 2012, is to change your way of thinking, according to the experts. If you think stressful thoughts, your stress level will naturally increase. The key is to think differently, and you will therefore behavior differently. And since much of our stress comes from the way we react to life’s events, we can reduce stress immediately by changing our perspective! When your “self-talk” is positive, you give yourself permission to be human – to do the best you can under the circumstances. If your “self-talk” is negative, you often give up on yourself before you even try. Negative self-talk can increase or cause distress – and can make the effects of stress, such as headache, stomach problems, or muscular aches, much worse. So, if you learn to listen to your own self-talk, you can see when you are sabotaging yourself, giving up, or making a poor choice because of the way you perceive the situation. Then, you can practice using more positive self-messages. Apart from practicing positive self-talk, here are some tips on how to handle the stress in general.  Get up five minutes earlier.  Don’t start the day feeling frazzled or rushed.  Do nothing which, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.  Schedule a realistic day.  Allow yourself ample time between appointments.  Exercise. An instant cure for most stress is 30 minutes of brisk walking,

or other aerobic exercise.  Act now.  Procrastination is stressful.  Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do it TODAY.  Whatever you want to do today, do it NOW.  Talk it out.  Discussing your problems with a trusted friend can help clear your mind so you can concentrate on problem-solving.  Make time for solitude every day.  Get enough sleep.  If necessary, set your alarm clock to remind when to GO to bed!  Turn needs into preferences.  Our basic needs are food, water, and shelter. Everything else is a preference.  Stop worrying.  If something concerns you, do something about it.  If you can’t do anything about it, let it go.  Learn to live one day at a time.  Take each task as it comes.  Try writing your thoughts and feelings in a journal. This can help clarify and put things in perspective.  Stop and think.

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YOU have done the same thing, intentionally or unintentionally, to someone else. Then forget it and move on. Remember, January is the perfect time to take stock.

Think about the most important people in your life. How much time do you spend together? Find ways to carve out more time for the people you love. Remember to have your routine check-up this year . Look at your exercise and eating habits and make the necessary changes. Make time for reflection. Think about your long-and short-term goals. Where do you want to be five years from now? One year form now? Create a list of all the things you want to do and leave nothing out. Then begin to fill your heart’ s desires.

Resolve to reduce stress in 2012 Overwhelmed by stress? According to behavioral health specialists at South N assau Communities Hospital’s Counseling Center, stress can be a motivator , resulting in an exciting new perspective or it can produce harmful feelings that can lead to health problems. To manage stress so that it inspires instead of depresses, consider these factors: Identify sources of stress.  Recognize what you can change and what you can’t.  Reduce the intensity of your emotional response by putting things into perspective.  Avoid the dangers of “shoulds,” “oughts,” and “musts.”  Moderate your physical reactions to stress through slow, deep breathing, and relaxation.  Build your physical reserves through exercise and well-balanced meals. Controlling stress this New Year will put the fun back in life and contribute to better health. For more information on stress management or behavioral health services at South Nassau’s Counseling Center, call (877) South-Nassau.

Understanding the natural stress response If your mind and body are constantly on edge because of excessive stress in your life, you may face serious health problems. That’s because your body’s “fight-or-flight reaction” — its natural alarm system — is constantly on. When you encounter perceived threats — a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, for instance — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’ s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or -flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.

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ith twenty years behind her as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Terry Biener, CCH believes that the key to successful results is knowing what to say , how to say it, and which techniques to apply once a person is hypnotized. This wisdom can only come from extensive training and experience. “Everyone processes information differently,” said Biener. “There are reasons why a habit or fear has formed, which should be examined before effective treatment can take place.” She first does a thorough intake session, and after that, how many hypnosis sessions are recommended depends on the individual. Private hypnotherapy is tailored to the person’ s issues and triggers. Motivation to make the change is important, as well as the willingness to work with suggestions on a conscious level. T rust and a good rapport with the hypnotist should definitely be there. Most recently, Biener has added Computerized Client-Based Weight Loss to her repertoire. Using a sophisticated computer program designed to pinpoint personality, mental processing, strengths and weaknesses, combined with data she gathers from the client, she custom designs hypnosis sessions to zero in on imprints and habits that need to be changed. In addition, Weight Loss Workshops combined with group hypnosis will be offered in the near future. While much of her practice involves habits, Biener’s true passion is helping people with fears and panic. Having experienced phobias and panic attacks herself, which were ultimately healed through hypnosis, her understanding and empathy is profound. By combining N euro-linguistic Programming (N LP) techniques with hypnosis, she can eliminate or greatly reduce unwanted and sometimes devastating anxiety . “It’s important that people realize they aren’ t alone.

Unlike fears, phobias can be irrational since they come from the subconscious - the part of the mind that just responds without logic. Most people who have never experienced a phobia simply don’t understand.” Biener believes that people should understand hypnosis and be comfortable with it before trying it. “Ignore what you’ve seen in movies and on stage. Even if you’ve never been formally hypnotized, you’re probably more familiar with hypnosis than you realize. A trance is a natural state that most of us visit frequently...when we’re engrossed in a book or movie, or if we daydream while driving and don’ t remember passing certain streets of exits. A hypnotist induces a trance to “reframe” the subconscious part of the mind. A good subject is strong-willed, creative and intelligent. The person being hypnotized never loses control.” Hypnosis can be effective with virtually anything caused by or blocked by the subconscious mind. It can help with loss or trauma, sports improvement, procrastination, exam anxiety, and can release all types of habits. As a former NYC school teacher , Biener is comfortable working with children. Terry Biener, CCH holds numerous certifications though the American Board of Hypnotherapy and the National Guild of Hypnotists. She has done speaking engagements and group hypnosis sessions at local organizations and wellness centers. Clients are seen by appointment only . Phone consultations are free of charge and confidential. Contact Terry Biener, CCH, at 516-791-6174 or visit www.easychanges.com. Terry Biener 516-791-6174 hypnoshe@aol.com

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ne of the new buzzwords in nutrition for 2012 is “flexitarian.”

According to Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of “The Flexitarian Diet,” “the term means a ‘flexible vegetarian,’ which refers to a vegetarian who occasionally decides to eat meat.” Often, says Blatner, this decision is in response to a social situation, such as a vegetarian who decides to eat turkey on Thanksgiving or a hamburger at a barbecue. Along the same lines, meat eaters who decide to eat more vegetarian options – for example, a meatless meal several times a week – also count as flexitarians. According to fitness advocate Carole Carson, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of meat eaters opt occasionally for vegetarian meals. “Really, a person who wakes up in the morning wanting to be more vegetarian can be called a flexitarian,” Blatner says. “It’ s a personal choice. A vegetarian may decide to occasionally have steak or chicken in a salad, and a meat eater may decide to opt more often for bean fajitas rather than steak fajitas.” At the center of flexitarianism is being pro-plant, not anti-meat. Blatner says there are tremendous benefits to decreasing meats and increasing plant-based foods. “With a greater consumption of healthy plant-based foods, disease risk decreases,” she says. “That can help prevent cancer , diabetes (and) heart disease and lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. It’ s exciting news, very powerful stuff.” When physicians suggest healthier diets, it’s often easier for people who eat primarily meat-based meals and unhealthy snacks to make the change by easing into the flexitarian lifestyle. And many vegetarians enjoy allowing themselves the freedom to enjoy a salad with chicken on it, taste a relative’s signature dish at a special celebration or have a hot dog at the ballpark. According to Blatner, there are three main steps you should take if you would like to try flexitarianism: Eat what you currently eat, but re-portion your meals. “Eat half as much as your usual portion of a meat-based meal, and add more vegetables to your plate,” Blatner says. A small amount of meat remains to allow you to enjoy the taste you’re familiar with; it’s just paired with healthy greens and vegetables. Reinvent your old favorites. “If you normally have turkey meat in your pasta sauce, replace the turkey with white beans,” Blatner says. The spices in your recipe turn this into a delicious new option. Instead of a beef burrito, choose a black bean burrito to be more plant-based. Blatner shares the formula for optimal meat replacement: “For every ounce of meat you take out of a dish, substitute a quarter-cup of beans.” Refresh your repertoire of favorite recipes. V ariety makes flexitarianism easier and more enjoyable, and family members will be more willing to sit down to pro-plant meals when you’ve added a dash of creativity to them. “Check out new vegetarian magazines, and talk to friends and family members about their favorite meatless recipes,” Blatner says. Ask about homemade dishes, as well as what vegetarian and flexitarian friends order at local restaurants. You may find that a veggie burger at a local eatery is quite amazing, especially when topped with guacamole. Expanding your horizons with food options is immensely easy on recipe websites, such as Allrecipes.com. It’s empowering to take charge of your health, and a flexible approach to adding more plant-based foods gradually into your diet can be more successful than a drastic elimination of meats. “If I said ‘no meats anymore,’ my husband would be sneaking off to fast-food restaurants,” says retiree Anne Pasteur. “He’s not going to give up his steaks, but what he has noticed is that he’ s happy with a few slices of sirloin and a half-plate of steamed broccoli and cauliflower with a lemon vinaigrette on it.” Each pro-plant decision you make can improve your health. And if you’re a beginning vegetarian or an established vegetarian who has experienced meal

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disappointment at social events and holidays, the chance to add a low-fat meat option to your plate also counts as improving your quality of life. If you’d like to explore this new twist to your diet, check out Blatner’ s book and flexitarian diet information at her website (http://DawnJacksonBlatner.com).

Consuming dairy products as part of your daily diet can help keep weight down, according to several studies. Findings in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that higher-protein, high-dairy diets shaved off belly fat and increased lean muscle. “One hundred percent of the weight lost in the higher-protein, high-dairy group was fat. And the participants gained muscle mass, which is a major change in body composition,” says Andrea Josse, lead author of the study and a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. In addition, a Harvard study, which suggests that the food quality is more important than its calorie count, found that eating specific high-quality foods was linked with less weight gain over time. Its data showed that the more daily servings people ate of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt, the less weight they gained. In fact, the research found that each extra daily serving of yogurt prevented 0.82 of a pound of weight gain. The Nutrition and Metabolism Journal reported a study in which participants who consumed three or more servings of dairy a day after weight loss were able to eat more calories without gaining weight than those who didn’t consume dairy. Milk is nutritionally unique in that it is a great source of nine essential nutrients: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. It provides three of the five “nutrients of concern” that children do not get enough of: calcium, magnesium and potassium. By combining a high intake of nutrient-rich dairy with regular physical activity , it won’ t even feel like you’re trying to lose weight. “However, as with any diet, you must be realistic. Results take time, so first commit to getting through January to establish a real routine,” says Alyssa Greenstein, a registered dietitian. According to a N ational Health and N utrition survey, 86 percent of women and 76 percent of men fail to meet the recommended dairy intake of three servings each day. That means the majority of Americans don’ t have satisfactory levels of essential nutrients like potassium,zinc, calcium and folate. These levels plummet when dieters attempt to trim calories by purging dairy.

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 Quench your thirst before you feel it. Dry rooms and extra heat cause you to lose more water in the winter . If your lips are chapped or you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink a glass of water during each meal and while you workout to help stay hydrated.  Get off the couch, but stay close to it. If you don’t want to go outside to work out, modify your routine to exercise indoors. Squats, lunges, planks and pushups can all be done in your own home. Aim for at least 15 to 20 minutes a day . Also, park farther away while shopping at the mall, and use the stairs when possible.

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ou must prepare yourself psychologically , however, if you don’ t want them hanging around for another 12 months. Experts agree that no matter how stubborn a habit you’ve developed, there are ways to break negative patterns and keep healthy resolutions throughout the New Year. The trick is to keep everything in perspective. “Focus on realistic goals with measurable results,” said Jill RachBeisel, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “You need to break things down into small steps that you can manage.” For example, RachBeisel said that instead of trying to lose 50 pounds, focus on losing five pounds at a time. And instead of trying to lose five pounds a week, focus on losing a pound a week. “Create bite-sized jobs for yourself that you’ll be able to accomplish,” said RachBeisel. “If your goal is too big, you’ll feel defeated before you even get started.” When deciding on your New Year’s resolutions, it is easy to get swept up in hopeful yearning. As the clock ticks away the final minutes of the old year , the excitement of it all can be intoxicating. Y ou believe you’ll be able to tackle your goals effortlessly. But after the rush of N ew Year’s celebration fades and reality sets in, your ambitions can once again seem insurmountable.

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• View setbacks as lessons for growth. Mistakes can be and usually are opportunities for learning. If you fall short of

your goals, ask yourself what kept you from achieving them and then try to make corrections. People who like to sail understand this navigational concept. Y ou almost never go directly from point A to point B. You set a course and periodically take readings of your position then make adjustments as you go along. • Don’t make absolute resolutions. Keep them realistic. For example, instead of saying you won’t yell at your kids anymore, resolve to yell at them less often. • Don’t keep your resolutions to yourself. Tell someone you trust about your resolutions. It helps to share your goals with friends, who can gently nudge you in the right direction when you veer off course. • Give them some meaning. According to RachBeisel, people sometimes make goals that aren’ t necessarily meaningful to them. Your goal should be something you really desire to change or achieve, not something that society says is good for you to do or your family members would like to see you do. If you don’ t have strong, internal motivation within yourself, you won’t be successful. • Take baby steps. Set realistic goals that are attainable and then take small steps that are likely to be met with success toward those goals. Don’t try to lose 10 pounds in a week or quitting smoking cold turkey with no preparation. Instead, try joining a weight loss program and try to lose a pound a week, or join a smoking cessation group. • Fine-tune your spirituality . It is important to add a spiritual dimension to your goals. For example, if one of your goals is to get fit, you may also resolve to get outdoors more often instead of going to the gym. T ime outside will help you get in balance with nature, and will honor both the physical and spiritual sides of yourself.

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ow that the calendar has turned to 2012, our focus has shifted to those well-meaning and often ignored New Year’s resolutions. After the hectic holiday season has come and gone, many people re-dedicate themselves to their personal health and well-being. That renewed dedication might be thanks to all those big holiday meals or it might just be a result of the new calendar year being symbolic of a fresh start. Regardless of the reasons behind this renewed vigor , the opportunities to make the next 12 months a healthier 12 months abound. While losing weight might the most popular resolution, there are a host of other health-related resolutions individuals can make to improve their lives over the next 365 days.

Resolve to reduce stress

Stress is a major part of most adults’ lives, and that’ s especially so after the hectic holiday season when men and women are pulled in so many different directions. W ork is a common cause of stress, but family and personal finances, especially nowadays, are big sources of stress as well. This year, resolve to reduce stress in all aspects of life. At the office, analyze ways in which you can manage time more effectively , including how to best prioritize work projects so you don’t always feel as if you’re up against a wall. Outside the office, recognize the importance of maintaining a personal life and its relation to reducing stress. Spending time with friends and family can relax you and provide a welcome respite from the stress of the office.

• More than 150,000 Americans were projected to succumb to lung cancer in 2011, according to the National Cancer Institute. • The Canadian Cancer Society estimated that 20,000 Canadians would lose their lives to lung cancer in 2011. • More than 6 percent of all deaths in the United Kingdom in 2011 were related to lung cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. If those statistics aren’ t enough to get men and women serious about quitting smoking, consider the negative effect secondhand smoke has on your loved ones. The American Cancer Society notes that roughly 3,000 nonsmoking adults experience lung cancer caused by secondhand smoke in the U.S. each year . When making a resolution this year, smokers’ top priority should be to quit smoking. When making resolutions at the start of a new year, men and women often focus on healthy resolutions. But healthy resolutions go beyond losing a few extra pounds, and many involve dedication throughout the year to improve overall health this year and for years to come.

Resolve to eat better

Losing weight and adopting a healthier diet are not necessarily the same thing. While a healthier diet might help you lose weight, the goal of adopting a healthier diet is to improve overall health. A healthy diet can strengthen the body’s immune system, making it easier to fight cold, flu and other ailments. A healthy diet can also help in the battle against any preexisting conditions. For example, replacing salt with healthier and flavorful herbs can help reduce high blood pressure, and many people cannot even taste the difference once they start eating. Much like changing a diet, exercising more is often seen as a means to weight loss. While that’ s a positive side effect of daily exercise, the goal should not be to lose weight. Instead, the goal of daily exercise is to get healthier . According to the American College of Sports Medicine, exercise helps lower the risk of heart disease and hypertension by 40 percent while lowering the risk of depression by 30 percent. In addition, men and women with a family history of diabetes should know that regular exercise lowers their risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent. So while exercise is a great means to losing weight, it’s even better at helping reduce the risk for serious disease. When incorporating exercise into a daily routine, start slowly and gradually work your way up to more vigorous exercise regimens. Going full speed from the outset is a great way to increase risk of injury, which could actually restrict your ability to exercise for some time.

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It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you’ve swept up the confetti, but it’ s not impossible. Setting realistic goals can lead to a healthier lifestyle and improved self-esteem. The temptation to make N ew Year’s resolutions can be strong, but you can set all kinds of goals at any time during the year . Pick a day that’ s meaningful for you – your birthday , your anniversary, your child’s birthday, or any personal date. The following tips can help you and your children successfully plan and achieve your goals: Be specific. When thinking about goals, be as exact as possible. People who set specific goals are more likely to succeed. For example, instead of saying that you want to save money, set a specific goal to save $20 (or whatever your goal amount is) per week. Put it in writing. Write down exactly what you want to achieve and post it in a place where you will see it every day . This will help remind you of what you’re working toward. When you write, use positive terms. For example, instead of writing, “I will stop eating junk food” re-word your goal in more positive terms: “I will make healthy food choices.” Set realistic goals. When you think about setting goals, make sure that they are within your reach. Be mindful of your finances, schedule, and other per sonal affairs. Remembering these important factors will help you set realistic goals. It’s unreasonable to expect to make a lot of big changes at the same time. Develop an action plan. Create a timeline with steps toward your goal. Set deadlines for each step and cross them off as you go. Sometimes just crossing things off and watching your list get smaller can give you a sense of accomplishment and help you stay motivated. Believe in yourself. Stay positive about your progress. Share your goal with a friend and ask him to help keep your spirits up. To quote Henry Ford, “If you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Be flexible. Keep in mind that setbacks can happen. Don’t get discouraged and give up. Try again! Your hard work will pay off! Ask for help. If you get stuck or need a little encouragement, don’t be afraid to talk about it. You might be surprised what kind of support people offer. Reward yourself. Acknowledge your achievements, even the small ones. Reaching a goal takes hard work and you should be proud of your efforts. Celebrating could mean sharing an apple with your child or taking some time for yourself. Having clear goals and a plan can bring your family together and help you be healthier all year . All positive changes – tiny or drastic – can improve your everyday life. Make this New Year count and create a plan to follow through on your resolutions!

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Wrong! Healthy living is all about making smart choices for your body, diet, mind and overall well-being. The following tips can help you stay active and grounded to promote your goal of happiness and a healthier lifestyle. Discover a new hobby. Outdoor activities are great ways to get regular exercise that’s enjoyable and rewarding. Cold-weather sports are exhilarating hobbies, and the slopes are open until March or April. Other uplifting physical activities with hobby obby potential are biking, running, rock climbing, horseback riding, dance and martial arts. Try something new at the farmers market. Don’ t get stuck in a rut by eating the same boring veggies; locate the nearest farmers market for fresh, seasonal produce. Try a new vegetable each week to up your intake and keep you interested. Unique veggies like kale, bok choy and butternut squash are high in fiber and antioxidants. Trust your mom, don’ t neglect breakfast. Morning preferences vary, but it’s important for everyone to get an energy boost to face the day -- and breakfast is a great way to do this. You should wake up early enough to enjoy a meal, al, and if time is of the essence, rely on nutritious cereals or or oatmeal. Malt-O-Meal is a nutrient-rich cereal line with hot and and cold varieties. For afternoon tea time: go red. Red tea is the hot new health ealth drink. Green tea and black tea are full of disease-preventiventive antioxidants, but they’re also caffeinated. Red tea, or rooiboss tea,

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ere we go again, New Year’s is here, and we plan to make some changes;

es, the same changes we planned last N ew Year’s and maybe the one before it too. And… How redundant. Have you ever tried to evaluate why you’re making the same goal at the start of every year? Somehow, the word resolution seems to have a “destined for failure” connotation. Why? Because we’ve promised to lose weight every New Year’s and we’re still in the same place. I think these “grand starts” can be poor motivators. Everyone starts off motivated; we really know what to do this time. But, have you really thought about what roadblocks stopped you in the past? Maybe it’s time to get a good understanding of where or how your efforts got derailed and think about what you could do differ ently to prevent this from happening again. If you think about it, the word resolution is two words in one; re and solution. We all know the prefix re means again and solution means finding an answer , solving something. Isn’t that interesting? We’re trying to find the answer to the same thing over and over. I think that says a lot. W e need to look at the “problem” in another way. We usually set unrealistic goals; we want it all – and we want it FAST. We tell ourselves that this time we’re going to stay committed. his time, it’s going to be different. Remember, your eating habits didn’ t just develop overnight so, don’t think because you announced you’re going to eat healthy, your habits are going to change so quickly. It helps to break down your resolution. Instead of saying, “I’m going to start eating healthy,” make the goal more specific. For example, “I’m going to eat a piece of fruit every time I get an urge for something sweet.” Or, “I’m going to keep fresh vegetables cut up in the fridge so there’ s a healthy snack to grab when I get nudgy.” Cooking soups, using your slow cooker allows you to be prepared with healthy foods without spending too much time in the kitchen. These are concrete ways to help you accomplish your goals and keep your motivation fresh. They will also help you measure your success and when we feel like we’re doing something “right, it stimulates our motivation even more! Don’t “over-diet”; anything in excess is destined to fail. Even exercise doesn’ t have to be extreme. If you don’t like going to a gym, Zumba class, yoga, etc. try jumping jacks and push-ups. They’re the first exercises President Kennedy incorporated into the school gym programs. Remember? Becoming a conscious eater is a great start to making healthy changes. The best way to start making better food choices is by making a list of your current selections. Include on this list, when you are hungriest. Is there a time of day that sets off your appetite? Did something emotional trigger it? We all know stress can make us want to eat! I think, in addition to craving food, we crave the mindlessness of eating. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what we are eating, as long as we are moving our hands to our mouths. Writing down your food choices keeps you thinking and accountable. It stops some people from grabbing the wrong foods because they don’ t want to write it down. Y ou’ll be surprised. You will most likely find patterns in the times and reasons you eat and you will learn to identify your triggers and ways to circumvent them. In addition to writing down what you eat, keep a journal of how you feel. What thoughts are helping you stay focused? This is important because if you feel like you are slipping a little, a reinforcing thought may be all you need to

remind you of how good you were feeling when you were eating correctly and preparing so you could stay on track. It’s “normal” to want to reach your goal but keep in mind that once you get there you aren’ t done. That’s probably the number one reason many people who lose weight gain it back. Keeping the pounds off means keeping the new habits. Once you revert back to the old ones, the weight comes with it. Eating healthy is a lifetime commitment. There’s no magic formula; just take one day at a time. Now why do you think that so many people who lose the weight seem to gain it back so easily? Because we forget! W e equate losing weight to being a thin person. That’ s not true. We become thin, but if we don’t continue on a program to maintain, we gain. Why? Because we slowly get sloppy . Once we we’ve gained a little, we feel it isn’ t fair and we start saying, “We’re still not as bad as we used to be,” and now we start to think the program isn’ t working anymore. So, we don’t do the program at all. Every day should be independent. W e only live in the day, so don’t start thinking about how long it will take to reach your goal. Each GOOD day gets you closer and each BAD day further. It’s that simple. Resist temptations by distracting yourself or re-focusing your thoughts. Walk away for a minute if the situation allows or remind yourself to eat something healthy first. Saying to yourself, “I am going to eat an apple” is more valuable than “I’m not going to eat any candy .” Why? It keeps your focus on things that will help you succeed rather than fail. Make this part of your goal – to be ready with substitutions when challenges arise. All of these things slow the impulse to shove something “wrong” into your mouth. That first bite can become your ruination as I am sure you know. It’s so easy to go back to that place of self-loathing, guilt and “I failed again.” If you do give in to temptation, pick yourself up and start again. Get right back on track. Don’t wait for “tomorrow” or “next week”. Punishing yourself just keeps the negative cycle going. So now that 2012 has begun where are you in the resolution-realm? Do you have one? Does it need to be tweaked or revised? Do you need to make a new one? It’s never too late. Just remember to start small and stay positive. It will help you make healthy changes that will last. How good will it feel when next January comes and the time to make a new resolution? Linda Fiveson is a nutritionist in Syosset. In addition to counseling she sells her own line of foods that are all free of flour, sugar, gluten and refined carbohydrates. For more information, call (516) 496-2300 or visit www.lindafiveson.com.

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Stress busters for the New Year

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One of the best things you can do to reduce stress for 2012, is to change your way of thinking, according to the experts. If you think stressful thoughts, your stress level will naturally increase. The key is to think differently, and you will therefore behavior differently. And since much of our stress comes from the way we react to life’s events, we can reduce stress immediately by changing our perspective! When your “self-talk” is positive, you give yourself permission to be human – to do the best you can under the circumstances. If your “self-talk” is negative, you often give up on yourself before you even try. Negative self-talk can increase or cause distress – and can make the effects of stress, such as headache, stomach problems, or muscular aches, much worse. So, if you learn to listen to your own self-talk, you can see when you are sabotaging yourself, giving up, or making a poor choice because of the way you perceive the situation. Then, you can practice using more positive self-messages. Apart from practicing positive self-talk, here are some tips on how to handle the stress in general.  Get up five minutes earlier.  Don’t start the day feeling frazzled or rushed.  Do nothing which, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.  Schedule a realistic day.  Allow yourself ample time between appointments.  Exercise. An instant cure for most stress is 30 minutes of brisk walking,

or other aerobic exercise.  Act now.  Procrastination is stressful.  Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do it TODAY.  Whatever you want to do today, do it NOW.  Talk it out.  Discussing your problems with a trusted friend can help clear your mind so you can concentrate on problem-solving.  Make time for solitude every day.  Get enough sleep.  If necessary, set your alarm clock to remind when to GO to bed!  Turn needs into preferences.  Our basic needs are food, water, and shelter. Everything else is a preference.  Stop worrying.  If something concerns you, do something about it.  If you can’t do anything about it, let it go.  Learn to live one day at a time.  Take each task as it comes.  Try writing your thoughts and feelings in a journal. This can help clarify and put things in perspective.  Stop and think.

 The next time someone cuts you off in traffic, think how many times

YOU have done the same thing, intentionally or unintentionally, to someone else. Then forget it and move on. Remember, January is the perfect time to take stock.

Think about the most important people in your life. How much time do you spend together? Find ways to carve out more time for the people you love. Remember to have your routine check-up this year . Look at your exercise and eating habits and make the necessary changes. Make time for reflection. Think about your long-and short-term goals. Where do you want to be five years from now? One year form now? Create a list of all the things you want to do and leave nothing out. Then begin to fill your heart’ s desires.

Resolve to reduce stress in 2012 Overwhelmed by stress? According to behavioral health specialists at South N assau Communities Hospital’s Counseling Center, stress can be a motivator , resulting in an exciting new perspective or it can produce harmful feelings that can lead to health problems. To manage stress so that it inspires instead of depresses, consider these factors: Identify sources of stress.  Recognize what you can change and what you can’t.  Reduce the intensity of your emotional response by putting things into perspective.  Avoid the dangers of “shoulds,” “oughts,” and “musts.”  Moderate your physical reactions to stress through slow, deep breathing, and relaxation.  Build your physical reserves through exercise and well-balanced meals. Controlling stress this New Year will put the fun back in life and contribute to better health. For more information on stress management or behavioral health services at South Nassau’s Counseling Center, call (877) South-Nassau.

Understanding the natural stress response If your mind and body are constantly on edge because of excessive stress in your life, you may face serious health problems. That’s because your body’s “fight-or-flight reaction” — its natural alarm system — is constantly on. When you encounter perceived threats — a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, for instance — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’ s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or -flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.

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THE NEW YEAR

A New Year, a healthier you Undressing vein disease and addressing the underlying venous problems

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t’s a new year and you’ve turned over a new leaf to get “healthy” for 2012. All of those laps you swim, trails you ride, and miles you run may make those pounds disappear , but those ugly veins on your legs remain. V ein disease is a common ailment that affects 30 to 50% of the adult U.S. population, with the majority being women. It is common in men too, but less noticeable due to body hair and clothing options. The good news is that winter is the perfect time of year to say ‘goodbye’ to painful and embarrassing spider veins you’ve been trying to ignore, and ‘hello’ to new vein-free legs you’ll want to dress up, not dress down.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are tiny superficial blood vessels appearing on the skin in “sunburst” patterns. They often appear in clusters on the lower extremities, face, and hands. It is estimated that at least 50% of women suffer from spider veins. They are an annoying ‘accessory’ that you just can’t take off, and women often avoid wearing clothes that show their legs due to the embarrassment of spider veins. Various creams and lotions have no effect, and self tanners and concealers offer only a temporary fix. It’s a wonder that there aren’t more slacks than skirts sold in the summer time. Unfortunately, spider veins are usually identified as being a “purely a cosmetic issue” because most patients have no obvious symptoms. Thus, unsuspecting women are not informed that spider veins could cause burning, itching, throbbing, heaviness, or pain. These may have gone unrecognized, but can be a sign of a more serious underlying vein issue and eventually evolve into varicose veins or even venous ulcers in the future. When your vascular system is perfectly healthy, your heart pumps blood throughout the body and veins carry the blood back to the heart. When the veins fail to operate properly, blood within the vein tends to flow backwards causing it to pool in the lower legs. This backward flow, called venous reflux, is what precipitates symptoms. These symptoms arise from elevated pressure inside the veins and may be referred to as venous hypertension. Heredity seems to play a critical role in developing vein disease, as well as occupations requiring prolonged sitting, standing or working on hard concrete floors. Women are usually more affected than men due to the effects of pregnancy , hormones, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, but men typically present with more severe symptoms. Being able to spot the symptoms in the early stage either visually or through a venous ultrasound can help physicians not only provide the sufferer with preventative measures, but also a variety of treatments. Symptoms can often be present for many months or years without escalating into a serious problem. When symptoms develop slowly, people start to accept them as part of the regular aches and pains associated with aging and simply ignore their presence.

appearance of reddened skin over the affected area. Often the skin is dry and has the appearance of a rash or eczema. V enous ulcers may rapidly develop once these skin changes are present. RLS is an irresistible urge to move one’ s legs to stop uncomfortable leg cramps. This typically occurs during the night as the leg muscles need to contract to push the blood out of the legs back toward the heart.

Approaches to Treatment

There are several conservative treatments for venous disorders, which have marginal positive effects. These include compression hose, elevation of the legs, and lifestyle changes such as weight loss, avoidance of sun, and mild daily exercise. There are a variety of non-invasive treatments that will eliminate the visible effects and potentially prevent more serious health risks of vein disease. All treatments are outpatient procedures performed in the doctor’ s office, with little or no downtime, which results in quicker recovery times. Some of these procedures include, but are not limited to, endovenous

radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation for varicose veins, and sclerotherapy or topical skin laser therapy for spider veins. All of the modalities listed have completely eliminated the need for painful stripping procedures performed in the hospital under general anesthesia that frequently led to prolonged convalescence. All patients with symptomatic vein insufficiency can be treated, almost regardless of age, and treatments for varicose veins are frequently covered by insurance carriers. Going to a vein specialist is the best treatment option. Y ou will want to choose a vein-dedicated facility that is certified by the AAAASF and AAAHC. A vein specialist will hold board certifications in not only Vascular surgery, but also Phlebology, which is a specialty in the study of venous diseases. Lastly, they should hold an RVT or RPVI certification, which qualifies the doctor to not only preform vascular ultrasounds, but also interpret the results, thus giving them the experience and knowledge they need to give you the best comprehensive treatment plan. For more information on vein disease or how to schedule a free, no-obligation vein screening at the North Shore V ein Center, call 516-569-VEIN (8346) or visit www . NorthShoreVein.com.

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pproximately 14 million Americans have diabetes mellitus, but many don’t know they are affected. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness among Americans. Many patients with diabetic eye problems have no symptoms, but if left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious visual loss, explains Dr . Edward Stroh. Many diabetics notice blurred vision when their blood sugar fluctuates either high or low. Diabetes can also damage the small blood vessels throughout the retina, resulting in lack of oxygen to the retina. The damaged blood vessels leak, producing fluid in the retina. The diagnosis of diabetic eye disease is made by examination and may require photographs, fluorescein angiography and/or OCT to detect diabetic retinopathy. There are new advances for treating diabetic retinopathy including laser techniques, medication, injections, or even surgery for severe cases. Blindness due to diabetic eye disease can be preventable. Strategies for preventing diabetic retinopathy include control of blood sugar and blood pressure, avoiding smoking, early detection, and early treatment as well as maintaining regularly scheduled visits. Dr. Stroh is a retina specialist in Rockville Centre who specializes in Diabetes and Retinal Disorders. He has published numerous articles and frequently lectures at national meetings. Dr . Stroh is a member of many organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Vitreous Society and Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He can be reached at 516-536-9525 for appointments, consultations and second opinions.

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n recognition of its commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, Mercy Medical Center has received a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that enables healthcare teams to save more lives and reduce healthcare costs by following evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get W ith The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement A ward demonstrates Mercy Medical Center’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Dr . Aaron Glatt, the hospital’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer . “Mercy is committed to continuing our focus on providing great compassionate care using the newest and latest technology ,” Dr. Glatt pledged. To receive the award Mercy achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get W ith The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of ten Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures. Those measures include aggressive use of medications, anticoagulation therapy , prevention of Deep V ein Thrombosis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation – all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Mercy also is a N ew Y ork State-Designated Stroke Center with a dedicated multidisciplinary Stroke T eam that includes emergency physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, vascular surgeons, and rehabilitation specialists. Stroke-Center designation indicates that Mercy’ s team meets nationally-recognized criteria for a strict protocol or program of care for patients presenting with symptoms of stroke with a rapid, definitive treatment plan. For information and physician referrals, call 516-62MERCY , or visit www.MercyMedicalCenter.info Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre 516-62MERCY • www.MercyMedicalCenter.info

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utrition by Pam, a private practice in East Rockaway , is dedicated to health and wellness. The program is committed to weight loss and medical nutrition therapy . By providing flexible scheduling, patient and dietician work together to accomplish realistic goals through education. For example, clients learn that simple changes relative to portion control, label reading, and mindful eating can produce meaningful results. It’s not really about “going on a diet”! It is about learning how to institute “lifestyle changes that will help you to see a positive outcome”. The program stresses that understanding food quality and portion control is more important than counting exact calories. Pam always suggests that clients commit to specific goals which they control and they know they can call anytime for support and advice. As a general rule, when it comes to nutrition, planning ahead, stocking your refrigerator and pantry with the right foods, and never skipping a meal are all keys to success in weight loss and maintenance. Exercise, of course, should always be a part of any daily routine. When it is just not possible to exercise, find ways to be more physically active throughout the day. Why not take the stairs instead of an elevator , and/or park your car further away from your walking destination or walk to a friend’s house instead of driving? As we move forward through 2012, suggestions include eating plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and drinking plenty of water . Listen to your hunger cues and exercise daily. Visiting a registered dietitian is a great way to start the New Y ear and with professional guidance, you will be in control of the rest. From there you will be inspired to lose weight, live healthy and continue to feel great about your accomplishments! Nutrition by Pam 516-728-2851

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or more than 100 years, Peninsula Hospital Center has served the communities of the Rockaways, Five Towns of N assau County as well as parts of mainland Queens and Brooklyn. The Hospital Center’s 173-bed acute care community hospital encompasses a 200-bed long-term care and rehabilitation center (Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation), which provides compassionate, personalized and competent care as well including superior outpatient rehabilitation programs. Our specialized Angels on the Bay Pediatric Unit, T raumatic Brain Injury/Stroke Rehabilitation Unit, our Butterflies by the Sea, Eisenstadt Hospice Care Unit, Pain Management Program, Family Health Center , Emergency Department and Imaging Department combine to offer the diagnostic and therapeutic components found in today’ s forward-thinking hospitals. Peninsula Hospital Center is now in the midst of the exciting process of restructuring and charting new directions for its future. Along with the energy moving us forward, Peninsula Hospital Center remains a community-centered hospital that will never lose its focus on what matters most: people. We understand that providing quality healthcare goes well beyond the technology of medicine and comes from the hearts of those providing the care. Our staff exemplifies the empathy, compassion and expertise integral to excellent patient care. Peninsula Hospital Center… caring for the community.

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3. Decide when to start - You don’t have to make these changes on N ew Y ear’s Day. Sometimes it’s better to wait until your whole mind and body are fully ready to take on the challenge. You’ll know when it is when the time comes. 4. Go for it - On the big day make a commitment and go for it 100%. 5. Accept failure - If you do fail and sneak a cigarette, miss a workout or shout at the kids one morning don’t hate yourself for it. Make a note of the triggers that caused this set back and vow to learn a lesson from them. Perseverance is the key to success. T ry again, keep trying and you will succeed. Sky Athletic 310 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre 516-678-9400

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re you keen to reinvent yourself in 2012 or at least use the new year as a long overdue excuse to get rid o f bad habits or pick up new ones? Follow these steps for successfully making a new year’s resolution you can stick to for good. 1. Just pick one thing - If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’ t work. 2. Anticipate problems - You’ll be able to anticipate obstacles towards reaching your goal. Once you’ve identified the obstacles work out ways to cope with them when they inevitably crop up.

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Flexitarian lifestyle

Milk makes a comeback Will dairy boost your weight-loss resolution?

Changing the amount of meat in your diet By Sharon Naylor

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ne of the new buzzwords in nutrition for 2012 is “flexitarian.”

According to Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of “The Flexitarian Diet,” “the term means a ‘flexible vegetarian,’ which refers to a vegetarian who occasionally decides to eat meat.” Often, says Blatner, this decision is in response to a social situation, such as a vegetarian who decides to eat turkey on Thanksgiving or a hamburger at a barbecue. Along the same lines, meat eaters who decide to eat more vegetarian options – for example, a meatless meal several times a week – also count as flexitarians. According to fitness advocate Carole Carson, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of meat eaters opt occasionally for vegetarian meals. “Really, a person who wakes up in the morning wanting to be more vegetarian can be called a flexitarian,” Blatner says. “It’ s a personal choice. A vegetarian may decide to occasionally have steak or chicken in a salad, and a meat eater may decide to opt more often for bean fajitas rather than steak fajitas.” At the center of flexitarianism is being pro-plant, not anti-meat. Blatner says there are tremendous benefits to decreasing meats and increasing plant-based foods. “With a greater consumption of healthy plant-based foods, disease risk decreases,” she says. “That can help prevent cancer , diabetes (and) heart disease and lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. It’ s exciting news, very powerful stuff.” When physicians suggest healthier diets, it’s often easier for people who eat primarily meat-based meals and unhealthy snacks to make the change by easing into the flexitarian lifestyle. And many vegetarians enjoy allowing themselves the freedom to enjoy a salad with chicken on it, taste a relative’s signature dish at a special celebration or have a hot dog at the ballpark. According to Blatner, there are three main steps you should take if you would like to try flexitarianism: Eat what you currently eat, but re-portion your meals. “Eat half as much as your usual portion of a meat-based meal, and add more vegetables to your plate,” Blatner says. A small amount of meat remains to allow you to enjoy the taste you’re familiar with; it’s just paired with healthy greens and vegetables. Reinvent your old favorites. “If you normally have turkey meat in your pasta sauce, replace the turkey with white beans,” Blatner says. The spices in your recipe turn this into a delicious new option. Instead of a beef burrito, choose a black bean burrito to be more plant-based. Blatner shares the formula for optimal meat replacement: “For every ounce of meat you take out of a dish, substitute a quarter-cup of beans.” Refresh your repertoire of favorite recipes. V ariety makes flexitarianism easier and more enjoyable, and family members will be more willing to sit down to pro-plant meals when you’ve added a dash of creativity to them. “Check out new vegetarian magazines, and talk to friends and family members about their favorite meatless recipes,” Blatner says. Ask about homemade dishes, as well as what vegetarian and flexitarian friends order at local restaurants. You may find that a veggie burger at a local eatery is quite amazing, especially when topped with guacamole. Expanding your horizons with food options is immensely easy on recipe websites, such as Allrecipes.com. It’s empowering to take charge of your health, and a flexible approach to adding more plant-based foods gradually into your diet can be more successful than a drastic elimination of meats. “If I said ‘no meats anymore,’ my husband would be sneaking off to fast-food restaurants,” says retiree Anne Pasteur. “He’s not going to give up his steaks, but what he has noticed is that he’ s happy with a few slices of sirloin and a half-plate of steamed broccoli and cauliflower with a lemon vinaigrette on it.” Each pro-plant decision you make can improve your health. And if you’re a beginning vegetarian or an established vegetarian who has experienced meal

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disappointment at social events and holidays, the chance to add a low-fat meat option to your plate also counts as improving your quality of life. If you’d like to explore this new twist to your diet, check out Blatner’ s book and flexitarian diet information at her website (http://DawnJacksonBlatner.com).

Consuming dairy products as part of your daily diet can help keep weight down, according to several studies. Findings in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that higher-protein, high-dairy diets shaved off belly fat and increased lean muscle. “One hundred percent of the weight lost in the higher-protein, high-dairy group was fat. And the participants gained muscle mass, which is a major change in body composition,” says Andrea Josse, lead author of the study and a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. In addition, a Harvard study, which suggests that the food quality is more important than its calorie count, found that eating specific high-quality foods was linked with less weight gain over time. Its data showed that the more daily servings people ate of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt, the less weight they gained. In fact, the research found that each extra daily serving of yogurt prevented 0.82 of a pound of weight gain. The Nutrition and Metabolism Journal reported a study in which participants who consumed three or more servings of dairy a day after weight loss were able to eat more calories without gaining weight than those who didn’t consume dairy. Milk is nutritionally unique in that it is a great source of nine essential nutrients: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. It provides three of the five “nutrients of concern” that children do not get enough of: calcium, magnesium and potassium. By combining a high intake of nutrient-rich dairy with regular physical activity , it won’ t even feel like you’re trying to lose weight. “However, as with any diet, you must be realistic. Results take time, so first commit to getting through January to establish a real routine,” says Alyssa Greenstein, a registered dietitian. According to a N ational Health and N utrition survey, 86 percent of women and 76 percent of men fail to meet the recommended dairy intake of three servings each day. That means the majority of Americans don’ t have satisfactory levels of essential nutrients like potassium,zinc, calcium and folate. These levels plummet when dieters attempt to trim calories by purging dairy.

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s we begin the New Y ear with our resolutions and reflect on our lifestyle habits over the past years, it isn’t unusual to look at our bodies with a desire to make a significant change. For many, that means rethinking their body image. And along with diet and exercise, sometimes we need some extra help: especially around the mid-section. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. There are many factors that can lead to a person BEFORE becoming dissatisfied with their mid-section. For example, the effects of weight loss, pregnancy , genetics, and aging can all wreak their havoc on the abdominal region, even the abdominal muscles themselves. Having loose or separated abdominal muscles creates a distended abdomen that cannot be improved through diet or exercise alone. The same thing applies to having loose, hanging skin due to the after effects of dramatic weight loss or pregnancies. Dr . Martin E. Kessler has helped many people improve their mid-section at The Plastic Surgery Group in Rockville Centre. A tummy tuck, or Abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or AFTER separated muscles creating an abdomen that is smoother and firmer. There are a few different types of tummy tucks, including a mini-tummy tuck, depending on the amount of correction that needs to be done, all unique to your individual needs. In some cases, Liposuction may be performed in conjunction with an Abdominoplasty for optimum results. To find out if Abdominoplasty is right for you, contact Dr. Kessler to schedule your personal consultation.

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he winter is the perfect time to get your skin back into shape. Although the sun is cooler, sun block should still remain a priority . Binge sun exposure on vacation does severe damage. It exposes you to future skin cancer and prematurely ages your skin. Wrinkles develop due to sun damage. Hereditary factors also play a role. Smoking is also a known no-no for skin health. Dark spots on face, hands and chest can be treated now when sun exposure is at a minimum. Your dermatologist has multiple treatments available: peels, IPL, laser, microdermabrasion, and resurfacing. For wrinkles, options include fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Sculptra; also Botox/Dysport to spot the muscles from creating these wrinkles. Get up and go. Start an exercise regimen and eat JUVEDERM RESULTS healthy. While weight loss is done best through diet and exercise, your dermatologist has some procedures to assist you. Liposuction, a surgical procedure used to remove localized pockets of excess fat, is not suited for large quantities of weight loss, but for fine-tuning. T ry Velashape for cellulite treatment and circumferential reduction– on the abdomen, arms, legs, buttocks, and hips. It shapes and slims the body , providing dramatic results without downtime or significant discomfort. Y ou can lose up to three inches when combined with diet and exercise. Ultherapy is a new non-surgical treatment using ultrasound technology for uplift of the skin; counteracting the effects of time and gravity . Approved for the neck, face and around the eyes, it stimulates the body’ s own regenerative response to gently and gradually restore memory to the skin and underlying tissue support. Low levels of focused heat are applied to just the right depth below the skin to achieve a positive effect, while leaving the surface undisturbed. A gradual tightening and firming occurs over time, with the growth of new collagen, thus giving a natural lift. Be it weight loss through diet and exercise or skin rejuvenation with your dermatologist, there is much you can do to kick those blues away and be ready for the upcoming summer – looking as good as you feel!

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t John’s Episcopal Hospital encourages everyone to take a positive approach to wellness in the New Y ear. Yearly screening examinations such as mammograms and bone density tests help maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Early detection is your best defense against many such debilitating diseases. Do you think you may be getting shorter? Are your pants getting longer? Significant bone loss may be occurring. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become thin, weak and brittle, thus increasing the risk of a broken bone even from a minor fall or injury . Breaking a bone when you are older, especially a vertebrae in your spine or a hip, can not only be debilitating but deadly . Twenty-five percent of seniors who break a hip die within one year from problems related to the fracture itself or from the surgery to repair it. Many who survive need long term nursing home care. Osteoporosis, known as the silent disease, can sneak up on you and steal your freedom! As we grow older, the absorption rate of calcium in the bones changes, robbing strength from your bones, a condition that you cannot feel. Other issues may impact bone health including certain medications, diseases and lifestyle practices. Fortunately, osteoporosis is a preventable disease. Here are some steps you can take: • Eat healthy, today • Stay active, forever • Get a bone density test, soon A bone density test or DEXA scan is a pain-free x-ray imaging examination used to evaluate a patient for osteoporosis. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is proud to offer the newest and most state-of-the-art bone density scanner to the Rockaways and the Five T owns communities. Generally, women of menopausal age should have a baseline screening bone density exam due to the fact that bone loss is most rapid in the first few years after menopause. Men are not immune from osteoporosis but are usually screened later in life based on risk factors. Please check with your doctor to see if you are eligible. Depending on the results, close monitoring by your physician may be necessary with follow-up bone density studies recommended yearly or every other year. Having a mammogram yearly should be another priority for all women over 40 in 2012. W e support this practice at St. John’s Episcopal by providing digital mammography, the most up-to-date and highest quality breast imaging available on the Rockaways. When it’ s time for your annual mammogram, make it digital. Full-field digital mammography is your newest ally in the fight against breast cancer . Breast images appear in seconds on a computer screen providing: • Enhanced images • Greater image flexibility • Shorter exam times • Faster results • Fewer call backs • Better imaging for dense breast tissue than traditional film/screen methods St. John’s also offers mammography computer aided detection system (CAD) and board-certified radiologists also certified in the reading of mammograms, both important elements in providing high quality personalized breast care. So, make your New Year’s resolution to take better care of yourself. Your health is important to you and those who care about you at St. John’ s Episcopal Hospital. Our vision is to promote wellness and provide the highest quality of health care available. To discover all the benefits of having these examinations or to schedule an appointment at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Imaging Department, call Eileen McDonald, L.R.T ., R.M., St. John’ s Episcopal Hospital Imaging Department, at 718-869-7175. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital • 327 Beach 19th St., Far Rockaway • 718-869-7690

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Add an effective cardiovascular exercise to your routine By Sharon Naylor

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ardiovascular exercise builds endurance, strengthens muscles and can help you lose weight, and rowing is one of the most effective cardiovascular exercises.

Ages 5-12  I will drink milk and water , and limit soda and fruit drinks.  I will apply sunscreen before I go outdoors. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports.  I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!  I will always wear a helmet when bicycling.  I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.

Before you hop onto a rowing machine at the gym, always seek the guidance of a gym’ s personal trainer, who can assess your fitness level, advise you on your target heart rate and help you choose the best type of machine for you. Some are manual with hydraulic resistance, and some are electronic – much Add something new to your exercise program for 2012. Rowing is a low-impact cardiovascular workout. like elliptical machines – with programmable or programmed workouts, timers and other indicators. ones from friends who don’ t use the ones in their basements; and some find free Your fitness professional will also help you adjust the machine to your height and rowing machines through sites such as Freecycle.com, where people list items they no reach, and show you how to adjust the resistance. Y ou’ll then learn how to position longer want and recycle them to those who wish to come get them. your back and engage your abs as you pull back smoothly and complete the range of Without a fitness expert at home to observe you, it’ s essential to maintain proper motion. form as you exercise. If you can position your rowing machine in front of a full-length Elizabeth Quinn, the About.com guide to sports medicine, says, “Using the rower mirror, that can help you see your own body position and remind yourself to maintain safely is an excellent workout, but using improper form can stress the lower back.” proper back and neck angles.

Leaning too far forward at the start position. Leaning too far back at the finish position. Jerking the handle back with the arms. Pulling using the back instead of the legs. Starting without warming up. Rowing for too long. Quinn advises starting out by rowing no more than 10 minutes on your first day , and aiming for a mastery of proper form instead of breaking a big sweat. “Keep the movement fluid and controlled, rather than jerking through each motion. Push with your legs, and avoid hunching forward to protect your back. Keep a slight bend in the elbows and knees, rather than locking the joints at full extension.” Technique matters more than strength, says Quinn, especially at the beginning of a rowing training regimen. As you practice more and build endurance, you might put together a schedule of rowing four times a week for up to 30 minutes.

Rowing Workouts at Home

Once you master rowing form at the gym, you could decide to invest in a rowing machine for your home. Some fitness enthusiasts buy new machines; some buy used

 I will clean up my toys.

 I won’t tease dogs – even friendly ones. I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.

Rowing Machine Workouts

Novice rowers often make the following mistakes when using a rowing machine without instruction and guidance:

Preschoolers  I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.

In addition to the aerobic workout, a rowing session builds muscle in low-impact form, making the rowing machine one of the most popular stations at the gym, as well as a popular purchase for a home gym. You might think that rowing is an exercise meant to tone just the upper body , including shoulders and arms, but proper form in rowing actually works the quadriceps, hamstrings, back and abdominal muscles, as well. While some gym machines work just the upper or lower body, the rowing machine works both at the same time, creating a more complete workout in less time. According to the Mayo Clinic, while exercising within your target heart rate, you can expect to burn 511 calories during an hour of rowing if you weigh 160 pounds. An hour of rowing burns about 637 calories if you weigh 200 pounds and 763 calories if you weigh 240 pounds. Rowing machines allow you to use and adjust levels of resistance, increasing the aerobic and muscular benefits depending on your fitness level.

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ake setting goals for the New Y ear a family affair. Involve the kids in attaining a healthier lifestyle. Use these tips in your family efforts at setting resolutions that all can keep.

Keep track of your workout sessions using a fitness journal or chart, advises Ed McN eely, author of five books, including “T raining for Rowing” and “Skillful Rowing,” and consultant to professional Canadian sports teams. “T raining without monitoring your progress is like driving with your eyes closed. You’ll get somewhere, but you can’t be sure where or what shape you’ll be in when you arrive. Through daily monitoring, you will be able to make the fine adjustments to your (training) that allow you to continue to progress and recover at the fastest rate possible.”

 I’ll be nice to other kids. I’ll be friendly to kids who need friends – like someone who is shy , or is new to my school.  I’ll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I’ll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without my parent’s permission.

Ages 13 And Up  I will eat at least one fruit and one vegetable every day, and I will limit the amount of soda I drink.  I will take care of my body through physical activity and nutrition.  I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities.  I will help out in my community – through volunteering, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.  I will wipe negative “self talk” (i.e. “I can’ t do it” or “I’m so dumb”) out of my vocabulary.  When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find constructive ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or discussing my problem with a parent or friend.  When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk with an adult about my choices.  I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without coercion or violence.  I will resist peer pressure to try drugs and alcohol.  When I notice my friends are struggling or engaging in risky behaviors, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.

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ith the many healthy resolutions being made to kick off 2012, wouldn’t it be nice if you actually had a doctor’s opinion to point you toward the healthiest changes you can make?

A new survey of practicing physicians by EverydayHealth.com with MedPage Today reveals the 12 most popular doctor-prescribed resolutions.

Top 12 Doctor-Prescribed New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 1. Monitor your blood pressure 2. Quit smoking 3. Exercise 30 minutes a day 4. Lower your cholesterol 5. Get a diabetes screening 6. Control your portions 7. Get a flu shot 8. Take the stairs whenever possible 9. Sleep at least 7 hours a night 10. Eat whole grains, not refined flour 11. For women, perform a self breast exam every month 12. Spend more time with family and friends Although not ranked in the top 12, the survey includes some resolutions you may welcome. The most surprising: Don’t give up coffee. Yes, that’s correct. Coffee

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actually has health benefits that doctors recommend. Studies show that women who drink a cup of coffee daily have up to a 25 percent lower stroke risk than those who drink it less often. In addition to lowering stroke risk, coffee can also decrease your odds of developing diabetes, skin cancer, cavities, Parkinson’ s disease, breast reast cancer and heart disease. Three other noteworthy resolutions involved in Everyday Health’ volved in Everyday Health’ s survey are to forgive people, try a once-a-weekektechnology technologyvacation vacationforforatat least two months and don’t text and drive. Alll great advice. advice. However, none of these resolutions can bebe effective if you can’ effective if you can’ t stay committed to them. “About 40 to 45 percent of Americans make Y Year’s ear’s resolutions, makeNew New and only about 60 percent end up keeping them forat atleast leastpart partof ofthe theyear,” year,” m for says Everyday Health Medical Director Mallika ka Marshall, M.D. “The key is not to bite off more than you can chew. Pledge ge to make a change that you can maintain. And try to get friends and family ly involved. involved. It’s It’s much easier to meet your goal if you have support.”

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ou must prepare yourself psychologically, however, if you don’t want them hanging around foranother 12 months. Experts agree that no matter how stubborn a habit you’ve developed, there are ways to break negative patterns and keep healthy resolutions throughout the New Year. The trick is to keep everything in perspective. “Focus on realistic goals with measurable results,” said Jill

RachBeisel, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Y ou need to break things down into small steps that you can manage.” For example, RachBeisel said that instead of trying to lose 50 pounds, focus on losing five pounds at a time. And instead of trying to lose five pounds a week, focus on losing a pound a week. “Create bite-sized jobs for yourself that you’ll be able to

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accomplish,” said RachBeisel. “If your goal is too big, you’ll feel defeated before you even get started.” When deciding on your New Y ear’s resolutions, it is easy to get swept up in hopeful yearning. As the clock ticks away the final minutes of the old year , the excitement of it all can be intoxicating. You believe you’ll be able to tackle your goals effortlessly. But after the rush of New Year’s celebration fades and reality sets in, your ambitions can once again seem insurmountable.

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Attaining your goals Medical experts offer these tips to help you reach your goals: • Avoid perfectionist thinking. While we certainly always want to better ourselves, it is healthier to think in positive terms than it is to focus on how much we fall short of our aspirations. In other words, students should view the grade of an A- as better than a B, rather than not as good as an A. • View setbacks as lessons for growth. Mistakes can be and usually are opportunities for learning. If you fall short of your goals, ask yourself what kept you from achieving them and then try to make corrections. People who like to sail understand this navigational concept. You almost never go directly from point A to point B. You set a course and periodically take readings of your position then make adjustments as you go along. • Don’t make absolute resolutions. Keep them realistic. For example, instead of saying you won’ t yell at your kids anymore, resolve to yell at them less often. • Don’t keep your resolutions to yourself. Tell someone you trust about your resolutions. It helps to share your goals with friends, who can gently nudge you in the right direction when you veer off course. • Give them some meaning. According to RachBeisel, people sometimes make goals that aren’ t necessarily meaningful to them. Your goal should be something you really desire to change or achieve, not something that society says is good for you to do or your family members would like to see you do. If you don’ t have strong, internal motivation within yourself, you won’ t be successful. • Take baby steps. Set realistic goals that are attainable and then take small steps that are likely to be met with success toward those goals. Don’t try to lose 10 pounds in a week or quitting smoking cold turkey with no preparation. Instead, try joining a weight loss program and try to lose a pound a week, or join a smoking cessation group. • Fine-tune your spirituality . It is important to add a spiritual dimension to your goals. For example, if one of your goals is to get fit, you may also resolve to get outdoors more often instead of going to the gym. T ime outside will help you get in balance with nature, and will honor both the physical and spiritual sides of yourself.

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t’s a new year and you’ve turned over a new leaf to get “healthy” for 2012. All of those laps you swim, trails you ride, and miles you run may make those pounds disappear , but those ugly veins on your legs remain. V ein disease is a common ailment that affects 30 to 50% of the adult U.S. population, with the majority being women. It is common in men too, but less noticeable due to body hair and clothing options. The good news is that winter is the perfect time of year to say ‘goodbye’ to painful and embarrassing spider veins you’ve been trying to ignore, and ‘hello’ to new vein-free legs you’ll want to dress up, not dress down.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are tiny superficial blood vessels appearing on the skin in “sunburst” patterns. They often appear in clusters on the lower extremities, face, and hands. It is estimated that at least 50% of women suffer from spider veins. They are an annoying ‘accessory’ that you just can’t take off, and women often avoid wearing clothes that show their legs due to the embarrassment of spider veins. Various creams and lotions have no effect, and self tanners and concealers offer only a temporary fix. It’s a wonder that there aren’t more slacks than skirts sold in the summer time. Unfortunately, spider veins are usually identified as being a “purely a cosmetic issue” because most patients have no obvious symptoms. Thus, unsuspecting women are not informed that spider veins could cause burning, itching, throbbing, heaviness, or pain. These may have gone unrecognized, but can be a sign of a more serious underlying vein issue and eventually evolve into varicose veins or even venous ulcers in the future. When your vascular system is perfectly healthy, your heart pumps blood throughout the body and veins carry the blood back to the heart. When the veins fail to operate properly, blood within the vein tends to flow backwards causing it to pool in the lower legs. This backward flow, called venous reflux, is what precipitates symptoms. These symptoms arise from elevated pressure inside the veins and may be referred to as venous hypertension. Heredity seems to play a critical role in developing vein disease, as well as occupations requiring prolonged sitting, standing or working on hard concrete floors. Women are usually more affected than men due to the effects of pregnancy, hormones, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, but men typically present with more severe symptoms. Being able to spot the symptoms in the early stage either visually or through a venous ultrasound can help physicians not only provide the sufferer with preventative measures, but also a variety of treatments. Symptoms can often be present for many months or years without escalating into a serious problem. When symptoms develop slowly, people start to accept them as part of the regular aches and pains associated with aging and simply ignore their presence.

appearance of reddened skin over the affected area. Often the skin is dry and has the appearance of a rash or eczema. V enous ulcers may rapidly develop once these skin changes are present. RLS is an irresistible urge to move one’ s legs to stop uncomfortable leg cramps. This typically occurs during the night as the leg muscles need to contract to push the blood out of the legs back toward the heart.

Approaches to Treatment

There are several conservative treatments for venous disorders, which have marginal positive effects. These include compression hose, elevation of the legs, and lifestyle changes such as weight loss, avoidance of sun, and mild daily exercise. There are a variety of non-invasive treatments that will eliminate the visible effects and potentially prevent more serious health risks of vein disease. All treatments are outpatient procedures performed in the doctor’ s office, with little or no downtime, which results in quicker recovery times. Some of these procedures include, but are not limited to, endovenous

radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation for varicose veins, and sclerotherapy or topical skin laser therapy for spider veins. All of the modalities listed have completely eliminated the need for painful stripping procedures performed in the hospital under general anesthesia that frequently led to prolonged convalescence. All patients with symptomatic vein insufficiency can be treated, almost regardless of age, and treatments for varicose veins are frequently covered by insurance carriers. Going to a vein specialist is the best treatment option. Y ou will want to choose a vein-dedicated facility that is certified by the AAAASF and AAAHC. A vein specialist will hold board certifications in not only Vascular surgery, but also Phlebology, which is a specialty in the study of venous diseases. Lastly, they should hold an RVT or RPVI certification, which qualifies the doctor to not only preform vascular ultrasounds, but also interpret the results, thus giving them the experience and knowledge they need to give you the best comprehensive treatment plan. For more information on vein disease or how to schedule a free, no-obligation vein screening at the North Shore V ein Center, call 516-569-VEIN (8346) or visit www . NorthShoreVein.com.

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of product assortment as a result of limited square footage needed for highly specialized categories, Marshall says. The store’ s pharmacists, Joseph LiPera, R.Ph., Anthony Giordano, R.Ph., T om D’Angelo, R.Ph., and Al Corrado, R.Ph., are available to answer patron’s questions. “Our knowledgeable staff measures and custom-fits each individual and always gives undivided attention to the needs of the person being fitted, informing them with critical inf ormation about the product being purchased,” Marshall explains. “To accommodate special needs and budgets, we offer sales and rentals of various types of equipment. W e take pride in treating all who patronize our pharmacy with utmost respect, consideration, and most importantly, compassion.” In addition to pharmacy-related service and products, Franklin Square Pharmacy & Surgical carries a wide and varied product selection of food and other household products, including milk, eggs, bread, meats, and desserts. “Our entire staff is looking forward to meeting and helping you with all of your needs, seven days a week,” Marshall says. “Thank you for helping make Franklin Square Pharmacy the success that it is.” ‘We care for you and all of your needs!’ Franklin Square Pharmacy 925 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square 516-328-7777

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ne of the new buzzwords in nutrition for 2012 is “flexitarian.”

According to Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of “The Flexitarian Diet,” “the term means a ‘flexible vegetarian,’ which refers to a vegetarian who occasionally decides to eat meat.” Often, says Blatner, this decision is in response to a social situation, such as a vegetarian who decides to eat turkey on Thanksgiving or a hamburger at a barbecue. Along the same lines, meat eaters who decide to eat more vegetarian options – for example, a meatless meal several times a week – also count as flexitarians. According to fitness advocate Carole Carson, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of meat eaters opt occasionally for vegetarian meals. “Really, a person who wakes up in the morning wanting to be more vegetarian can be called a flexitarian,” Blatner says. “It’s a personal choice. A vegetarian may decide to occasionally have steak or chicken in a salad, and a meat eater may decide to opt more often for bean fajitas rather than steak fajitas.” At the center of flexitarianism is being pro-plant, not anti-meat. Blatner says there are tremendous benefits to decreasing meats and increasing plant-based foods. “With a greater consumption of healthy plant-based foods, disease risk decreases,” she says. “That can help prevent cancer , diabetes (and) heart disease and lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. It’ s exciting news, very powerful stuff.” When physicians suggest healthier diets, it’s often easier for people who eat primarily meat-based meals and unhealthy snacks to make the change by easing into the flexitarian lifestyle. And many vegetarians enjoy allowing themselves the freedom to enjoy a salad with chicken on it, taste a relative’s signature dish at a special celebration or have a hot dog at the ballpark. According to Blatner, there are three main steps you should take if you would like to try flexitarianism: Eat what you currently eat, but re-portion your meals. “Eat half as much as your usual portion of a meat-based meal, and add more vegetables to your plate,” Blatner says. A small amount of meat remains to allow you to enjoy the taste you’re familiar with; it’s just paired with healthy greens and vegetables. Reinvent your old favorites. “If you normally have turkey meat in your pasta sauce, replace the turkey with white beans,” Blatner says. The spices in your recipe turn this into a delicious new option. Instead of a beef burrito, choose a black bean burrito to be more plant-based. Blatner shares the formula for optimal meat replacement: “For every ounce of meat you take out of a dish, substitute a quarter-cup of beans.” Refresh your repertoire of favorite recipes. V ariety makes flexitarianism easier and more enjoyable, and family members will be more willing to sit down to pro-plant meals when you’ve added a dash of creativity to them. “Check out new vegetarian magazines, and talk to friends and family members about their favorite meatless recipes,” Blatner says. Ask about homemade dishes, as well as what vegetarian and flexitarian friends order at local restaurants. You may find that a veggie burger at a local eatery is quite amazing, especially when topped with guacamole. Expanding your horizons with food options is immensely easy on recipe websites, such as Allrecipes.com. It’s empowering to take charge of your health, and a flexible approach to adding more plant-based foods gradually into your diet can be more successful than a drastic elimination of meats. “If I said ‘no meats anymore,’ my husband would be sneaking off to fast-food restaurants,” says retiree Anne Pasteur. “He’s not going to give up his steaks, but what he has noticed is that he’ s happy with a few slices of sirloin and a half-plate of steamed broccoli and cauliflower with a lemon vinaigrette on it.” Each pro-plant decision you make can improve your health. And if you’re a beginning vegetarian or an established vegetarian who has experienced meal

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disappointment at social events and holidays, the chance to add a low-fat meat option to your plate also counts as improving your quality of life. If you’d like to explore this new twist to your diet, check out Blatner’s book and flexitarian diet information at her website (http://DawnJacksonBlatner.com).

Consuming dairy products as part of your daily diet can help keep weight down, according to several studies. Findings in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that higher-protein, high-dairy diets shaved off belly fat and increased lean muscle. “One hundred percent of the weight lost in the higher-protein, high-dairy group was fat. And the participants gained muscle mass, which is a major change in body composition,” says Andrea Josse, lead author of the study and a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. In addition, a Harvard study, which suggests that the food quality is more important than its calorie count, found that eating specific high-quality foods was linked with less weight gain over time. Its data showed that the more daily servings people ate of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt, the less weight they gained. In fact, the research found that each extra daily serving of yogurt prevented 0.82 of a pound of weight gain. The Nutrition and Metabolism Journal reported a study in which participants who consumed three or more servings of dairy a day after weight loss were able to eat more calories without gaining weight than those who didn’t consume dairy. Milk is nutritionally unique in that it is a great source of nine essential nutrients: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. It provides three of the five “nutrients of concern” that children do not get enough of: calcium, magnesium and potassium. By combining a high intake of nutrient-rich dairy with regular physical activity , it won’ t even feel like you’re trying to lose weight. “However, as with any diet, you must be realistic. Results take time, so first commit to getting through January to establish a real routine,” says A lyssa Greenstein, a registered dietitian. According to a N ational Health and N utrition survey, 86 percent of women and 76 percent of men fail to meet the recommended dairy intake of three servings each day. That means the majority of Americans don’ t have satisfactory levels of essential nutrients like potassium,zinc, calcium and folate. These levels plummet when dieters attempt to trim calories by purging dairy.

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ere we go again, New Year’s is here, and we plan to make some changes;

es, the same changes we planned last N ew Year’s and maybe the one before it too. And… How redundant. Have you ever tried to evaluate why you’re making the same goal at the start of every year? Somehow, the word resolution seems to have a “destined for failure” connotation. Why? Because we’ve promised to lose weight every New Year’s and we’re still in the same place. I think these “grand starts” can be poor motivators. Everyone starts off motivated; we really know what to do this time. But, have you really thought about what roadblocks stopped you in the past? Maybe it’s time to get a good understanding of where or how your efforts got derailed and think about what you could do differ ently to prevent this from happening again. If you think about it, the word resolution is two words in one; re and solution. We all know the prefix re means again and solution means finding an answer , solving something. Isn’t that interesting? We’re trying to find the answer to the same thing over and over. I think that says a lot. W e need to look at the “problem” in another way. We usually set unrealistic goals; we want it all – and we want it FAST. We tell ourselves that this time we’re going to stay committed. his time, it’s going to be different. Remember, your eating habits didn’ t just develop overnight so, don’t think because you announced you’re going to eat healthy, your habits are going to change so quickly. It helps to break down your resolution. Instead of saying, “I’m going to start eating healthy,” make the goal more specific. For example, “I’m going to eat a piece of fruit every time I get an urge for something sweet.” Or, “I’m going to keep fresh vegetables cut up in the fridge so there’ s a healthy snack to grab when I get nudgy.” Cooking soups, using your slow cooker allows you to be prepared with healthy foods without spending too much time in the kitchen. These are concrete ways to help you accomplish your goals and keep your motivation fresh. They will also help you measure your success and when we feel like we’re doing something “right, it stimulates our motivation even more! Don’t “over-diet”; anything in excess is destined to fail. Even exercise doesn’ t have to be extreme. If you don’t like going to a gym, Zumba class, yoga, etc. try jumping jacks and push-ups. They’re the first exercises President Kennedy incorporated into the school gym programs. Remember? Becoming a conscious eater is a great start to making healthy changes. The best way to start making better food choices is by making a list of your current selections. Include on this list, when you are hungriest. Is there a time of day that sets off your appetite? Did something emotional trigger it? We all know stress can make us want to eat! I think, in addition to craving food, we crave the mindlessness of eating. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what we are eating, as long as we are moving our hands to our mouths. Writing down your food choices keeps you thinking and accountable. It stops some people from grabbing the wrong foods because they don’ t want to write it down. Y ou’ll be surprised. You will most likely find patterns in the times and reasons you eat and you will learn to identify your triggers and ways to circumvent them. In addition to writing down what you eat, keep a journal of how you feel. What thoughts are helping you stay focused? This is important because if you feel like you are slipping a little, a reinforcing thought may be all you need to

remind you of how good you were feeling when you were eating correctly and preparing so you could stay on track. It’s “normal” to want to reach your goal but keep in mind that once you get there you aren’ t done. That’s probably the number one reason many people who lose weight gain it back. Keeping the pounds off means keeping the new habits. Once you revert back to the old ones, the weight comes with it. Eating healthy is a lifetime commitment. There’s no magic formula; just take one day at a time. Now why do you think that so many people who lose the weight seem to gain it back so easily? Because we forget! W e equate losing weight to being a thin person. That’ s not true. We become thin, but if we don’t continue on a program to maintain, we gain. Why? Because we slowly get sloppy . Once we we’ve gained a little, we feel it isn’ t fair and we start saying, “We’re still not as bad as we used to be,” and now we start to think the program isn’ t working anymore. So, we don’t do the program at all. Every day should be independent. W e only live in the day, so don’t start thinking about how long it will take to reach your goal. Each GOOD day gets you closer and each BAD day further. It’s that simple. Resist temptations by distracting yourself or re-focusing your thoughts. Walk away for a minute if the situation allows or remind yourself to eat something healthy first. Saying to yourself, “I am going to eat an apple” is more valuable than “I’m not going to eat any candy .” Why? It keeps your focus on things that will help you succeed rather than fail. Make this part of your goal – to be ready with substitutions when challenges arise. All of these things slow the impulse to shove something “wrong” into your mouth. That first bite can become your ruination as I am sure you know. It’s so easy to go back to that place of self-loathing, guilt and “I failed again.” If you do give in to temptation, pick yourself up and start again. Get right back on track. Don’t wait for “tomorrow” or “next week”. Punishing yourself just keeps the negative cycle going. So now that 2012 has begun where are you in the resolution-realm? Do you have one? Does it need to be tweaked or revised? Do you need to make a new one? It’s never too late. Just remember to start small and stay positive. It will help you make healthy changes that will last. How good will it feel when next January comes and the time to make a new resolution? Linda Fiveson is a nutritionist in Syosset. In addition to counseling she sells her own line offoods that are all free of flour, sugar, gluten and refined carbohydrates. For more information, call (516) 496-2300 or visit www.lindafiveson.com.

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Wrong! Healthy living is all about making smart choices for your body, diet, mind and overall well-being. The following tips can help you stay active and grounded to promote your goal of happiness and a healthier lifestyle. Discover a new hobby. Outdoor activities are great ways to get regular exercise that’s enjoyable and rewarding. Cold-weather sports are exhilarating hobbies, and the slopes are open until March or April. Other uplifting physical activities with hobby obby potential are biking, running, rock climbing, horseback riding, dance and martial arts. Try something new at the farmers market. Don’ t get stuck in a rut by eating the same boring veggies; locate the nearest farmers market for fresh, seasonal produce. Try a new vegetable each week to up your intake and keep you interested. Unique veggies like kale, bok choy and butternut squash are high in fiber and antioxidants. Trust your mom, don’ t neglect breakfast. Morning preferences vary, but it’s important for everyone to get an energy boost to face the day -- and breakfast is a great way to do this. You should wake up early enough to enjoy a meal, al, and if time is of the essence, rely on nutritious cereals or or oatmeal. Malt-O-Meal is a nutrient-rich cereal line with hot and and cold varieties. For afternoon tea time: go red. Red tea is the hot new health ealth drink. Green tea and black tea are full of disease-preventive ntive antioxidants, but they’re also caffeinated. Red tea, or rooiboss tea,

has the same advantage of antioxidants without the consequences of caffeine. Plus, it’s recommended to help with anxiety, tension, allergies and digestive issues. Unwind with a daily stretch. Whether it’s in-between tasks at work or after your commute home, stretching your muscles increases blood circulation, improves posture and induces relaxation. Consult yoga or pilates instruction for a new stretch each day to build up your repertoire and make it a daily habit. You’ll notice long-term benefits like increased range of motion and less back pain.

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A new survey of practicing physicians by EverydayHealth.com with MedPage Today reveals the 12 most popular doctor-prescribed resolutions.

Top 12 Doctor-Prescribed New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 1. Monitor your blood pressure 2. Quit smoking 3. Exercise 30 minutes a day 4. Lower your cholesterol 5. Get a diabetes screening 6. Control your portions 7. Get a flu shot 8. Take the stairs whenever possible 9. Sleep at least 7 hours a night 10. Eat whole grains, not refined flour 11. For women, perform a self breast exam every month 12. Spend more time with family and friends Although not ranked in the top 12, the survey includes some resolutions you may welcome. The most surprising: Don’t give up coffee. Yes, that’s correct. Coffee

actually has health benefits that doctors recommend. Studies show that women who drink a cup of coffee daily have up to a 25 percent lower stroke risk than those who drink it less often. In addition to lowering stroke risk, coffee can also decrease your odds of developing diabetes, skin cancer, cavities, Parkinson’ s disease, breast reast cancer and heart disease. Three other noteworthy resolutions involved in Everyday volved in Every Health’ day Health’ss survey are to forgive people, try a once-a-weekektechnology at at technologyvacation vacationforfor least two months and don’t text and drive. Alll great advice. advice. However, none of these resolutions can bebe effective if you can’can’tt stay effective if you committed to them. “About 40 to 45 percent of Americans make Y Year’s ear’s resolutions, makeNew New and only about 60 percent end up keeping them forat atleast leastpart partof ofthe theyear,” year,” m for says Everyday Health Medical Director Mallika ka Marshall, M.D. “The key isis not to bite off more than you can chew. Pledge ge to make make aa change changethat thatyou you can maintain. And try to get friends and family ly involved. involved. It’s It’s much easier to meet your goal if you have support.”

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• View setbacks as lessons for growth. Mistakes can be and usually are opportunities for learning. If you fall short of your goals, ask yourself what kept you from achieving them and then try to make corrections. People who like to sail understand this navigational concept. You almost never go directly from point A to point B. You set a course and periodically take readings of your position then make adjustments as you go along. • Don’t make absolute resolutions. Keep them realistic. For example, instead of saying you won’t yell at your kids anymore, resolve to yell at them less often. • Don’t keep your resolutions to yourself. Tell someone you trust about your resolutions. It helps to share your goals with friends, who can gently nudge you in the right direction when you veer off course. • Give them some meaning. According to RachBeisel, people sometimes make goals that aren’ t necessarily meaningful to them. Your goal should be something you really desire to change or achieve, not something that society says is good for you to do or your family members would like to see you do. If you don’ t have strong, internal motivation within yourself, you won’t be successful. • Take baby steps. Set realistic goals that are attainable and then take small steps that are likely to be met with success toward those goals. Don’ t try to lose 10 pounds in a week or quitting smoking cold turkey with no preparation. Instead, try joining a weight loss program and try to lose a pound a week, or join a smoking cessation group. • Fine-tune your spirituality. It is important to add a spiritual dimension to your goals. For example, if one of your goals is to get fit, you may also resolve to get outdoors more often instead of going to the gym. Time outside will help you get in balance with nature, and will honor both the physical and spiritual sides of yourself.

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ad habits that keep you from optimal health such as smoking, drinking or overeating don’ t have to follow you into the New Year. You must prepare yourself psychologically, however, if you don’ t want them hanging around for another 12 months. Experts agree that no matter how stubborn a habit you’ve developed, there are ways to break negative patterns and keep healthy resolutions throughout the New Year. The trick is to keep everything in perspective. “Focus on realistic goals with measurable results,” said Jill RachBeisel, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “You need to break things down into small steps that you can manage.” For example, RachBeisel said that instead of trying to lose 50 pounds, focus on losing five pounds at a time. And instead of trying to lose five pounds a week, focus on losing a pound a week. “Create bite-sized jobs for yourself that you’ll be able to accomplish,” said RachBeisel. “If your goal is too big, you’ll feel defeated before you even get started.” When deciding on your New Year’s resolutions, it is easy to get swept up in hopeful yearning. As the clock ticks away the final minutes of the old year , the excitement of it all can be intoxicating. Y ou believe you’ll be able to tackle your goals effortlessly . But after the rush of New Year’s celebration fades and reality sets in, your ambitions can once again seem insurmountable.

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t’s a new year and you’ve turned over a new leaf to get “healthy” for 2012. All of those laps you swim, trails you ride, and miles you run may make those pounds disappear , but those ugly veins on your legs remain. V ein disease is a common ailment that affects 30 to 50% of the adult U.S. population, with the majority being women. It is common in men too, but less noticeable due to body hair and clothing options. The good news is that winter is the perfect time of year to say ‘goodbye’ to painful and embarrassing spider veins you’ve been trying to ignore, and ‘hello’ to new vein-free legs you’ll want to dress up, not dress down.

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Spider veins are tiny superficial blood vessels appearing on the skin in “sunburst” patterns. They often appear in clusters on the lower extremities, face, and hands. It is estimated that at least 50% of women suffer from spider veins. They are an annoying ‘accessory’ that you just can’t take off, and women often avoid wearing clothes that show their legs due to the embarrassment of spider veins. Various creams and lotions have no effect, and self tanners and concealers offer only a temporary fix. It’s a wonder that there aren’t more slacks than skirts sold in the summer time. Unfortunately, spider veins are usually identified as being a “purely a cosmetic issue” because most patients have no obvious symptoms. Thus, unsuspecting women are not informed that spider veins could cause burning, itching, throbbing, heaviness, or pain. These may have gone unrecognized, but can be a sign of a more serious underlying vein issue and eventually evolve into varicose veins or even venous ulcers in the future. When your vascular system is perfectly healthy, your heart pumps blood throughout the body and veins carry the blood back to the heart. When the veins fail to operate properly, blood within the vein tends to flow backwards causing it to pool in the lower legs. This backward flow, called venous reflux, is what precipitates symptoms. These symptoms arise from elevated pressure inside the veins and may be referred to as venous hypertension. Heredity seems to play a critical role in developing vein disease, as well as occupations requiring prolonged sitting, standing or working on hard concrete floors. Women are usually more affected than men due to the effects of pregnancy, hormones, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, but men typically present with more severe symptoms. Being able to spot the symptoms in the early stage either visually or through a venous ultrasound can help physicians not only provide the sufferer with preventative measures, but also a variety of treatments. Symptoms can often be present for many months or years without escalating into a serious problem. When symptoms develop slowly, people start to accept them as part of the regular aches and pains associated with aging and simply ignore their presence.

appearance of reddened skin over the affected area. Often the skin is dry and has the appearance of a rash or eczema. V enous ulcers may rapidly develop once these skin changes are present. RLS is an irresistible urge to move one’ s legs to stop uncomfortable leg cramps. This typically occurs during the night as the leg muscles need to contract to push the blood out of the legs back toward the heart.

Approaches to Treatment

There are several conservative treatments for venous disorders, which have marginal positive effects. These include compression hose, elevation of the legs, and lifestyle changes such as weight loss, avoidance of sun, and mild daily exercise. There are a variety of non-invasive treatments that will eliminate the visible effects and potentially prevent more serious health risks of vein disease. All treatments are outpatient procedures performed in the doctor’ s office, with little or no downtime, which results in quicker recovery times. Some of these procedures include, but are not limited to, endovenous

radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation for varicose veins, and sclerotherapy or topical skin laser therapy for spider veins. All of the modalities listed have completely eliminated the need for painful stripping procedures performed in the hospital under general anesthesia that frequently led to prolonged convalescence. All patients with symptomatic vein insufficiency can be treated, almost regardless of age, and treatments for varicose veins are frequently covered by insurance carriers. Going to a vein specialist is the best treatment option. Y ou will want to choose a vein-dedicated facility that is certified by the AAAASF and AAAHC. A vein specialist will hold board certifications in not only Vascular surgery, but also Phlebology, which is a specialty in the study of venous diseases. Lastly, they should hold an RVT or RPVI certification, which qualifies the doctor to not only preform vascular ultrasounds, but also interpret the results, thus giving them the experience and knowledge they need to give you the best comprehensive treatment plan. For more information on vein disease or how to schedule a free, no-obligation vein screening at the North Shore V ein Center, call 516-569-VEIN (8346) or visit www . NorthShoreVein.com.

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In addition to spider veins, there are other forms of vein disease to look out for including varicose veins, venous ulcers, and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). Varicose veins lie just below the skin’ s surface and often appear as twisted, bulging, or lumpy veins that are usually quite noticeable. Symptoms include swelling, discoloration with inflammation, pain, heaviness and tenderness along the affected areas and an itching or burning sensation. If left untreated, varicose veins and underlying venous hypertension may lead to blood clots, skin damage, inflammation, and venous ulcers. Venous ulcers are most commonly located around the inner ankle. The first sign of an impending ulcer is the

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or other aerobic exercise.  Act now.  Procrastination is stressful.  Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do it TODAY.  Whatever you want to do today, do it NOW.  Talk it out.  Discussing your problems with a trusted friend can help clear your mind so you can concentrate on problem-solving.  Make time for solitude every day.  Get enough sleep.  If necessary, set your alarm clock to remind when to GO to bed!  Turn needs into preferences.  Our basic needs are food, water, and shelter. Everything else is a preference.  Stop worrying.  If something concerns you, do something about it.  If you can’t do anything about it, let it go.  Learn to live one day at a time.  Take each task as it comes.  Try writing your thoughts and feelings in a journal. This can help clarify and put things in perspective.  Stop and think.

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Think about the most important people in your life. How much time do you spend together? Find ways to carve out more time for the people you love. Remember to have your routine check-up this year . Look at your exercise and eating habits and make the necessary changes. Make time for reflection. Think about your long-and short-term goals. Where do you want to be five years from now? One year form now? Create a list of all the things you want to do and leave nothing out. Then begin to fill your heart’ s desires.

Resolve to reduce stress in 2012 Overwhelmed by stress? According to behavioral health specialists at South N assau Communities Hospital’s Counseling Center, stress can be a motivator , resulting in an exciting new perspective or it can produce harmful feelings that can lead to health problems. To manage stress so that it inspires instead of depresses, consider these factors: Identify sources of stress.  Recognize what you can change and what you can’t.  Reduce the intensity of your emotional response by putting things into perspective.  Avoid the dangers of “shoulds,” “oughts,” and “musts.”  Moderate your physical reactions to stress through slow, deep breathing, and relaxation.  Build your physical reserves through exercise and well-balanced meals. Controlling stress this New Year will put the fun back in life and contribute to better health. For more information on stress management or behavioral health services at South Nassau’s Counseling Center, call (877) South-Nassau.

Understanding the natural stress response If your mind and body are constantly on edge because of excessive stress in your life, you may face serious health problems. That’s because your body’s “fight-or-flight reaction” — its natural alarm system — is constantly on. When you encounter perceived threats — a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, for instance — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or -flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.

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ne of the new buzzwords in nutrition for 2012 is “flexitarian.”

According to Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of “The Flexitarian Diet,” “the term means a ‘flexible vegetarian,’ which refers to a vegetarian who occasionally decides to eat meat.” Often, says Blatner, this decision is in response to a social situation, such as a vegetarian who decides to eat turkey on Thanksgiving or a hamburger at a barbecue. Along the same lines, meat eaters who decide to eat more vegetarian options – for example, a meatless meal several times a week – also count as flexitarians. According to fitness advocate Carole Carson, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of meat eaters opt occasionally for vegetarian meals. “Really, a person who wakes up in the morning wanting to be more vegetarian can be called a flexitarian,” Blatner says. “It’s a personal choice. A vegetarian may decide to occasionally have steak or chicken in a salad, and a meat eater may decide to opt more often for bean fajitas rather than steak fajitas.” At the center of flexitarianism is being pro-plant, not anti-meat. Blatner says there are tremendous benefits to decreasing meats and increasing plant-based foods. “With a greater consumption of healthy plant-based foods, disease risk decreases,” she says. “That can help prevent cancer , diabetes (and) heart disease and lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. It’ s exciting news, very powerful stuff.” When physicians suggest healthier diets, it’s often easier for people who eat primarily meat-based meals and unhealthy snacks to make the change by easing into the flexitarian lifestyle. And many vegetarians enjoy allowing themselves the freedom to enjoy a salad with chicken on it, taste a relative’s signature dish at a special celebration or have a hot dog at the ballpark. According to Blatner, there are three main steps you should take if you would like to try flexitarianism: Eat what you currently eat, but re-portion your meals. “Eat half as much as your usual portion of a meat-based meal, and add more vegetables to your plate,” Blatner says. A small amount of meat remains to allow you to enjoy the taste you’re familiar with; it’s just paired with healthy greens and vegetables. Reinvent your old favorites. “If you normally have turkey meat in your pasta sauce, replace the turkey with white beans,” Blatner says. The spices in your recipe turn this into a delicious new option. Instead of a beef burrito, choose a black bean burrito to be more plant-based. Blatner shares the formula for optimal meat replacement: “For every ounce of meat you take out of a dish, substitute a quarter-cup of beans.” Refresh your repertoire of favorite recipes. V ariety makes flexitarianism easier and more enjoyable, and family members will be more willing to sit down to pro-plant meals when you’ve added a dash of creativity to them. “Check out new vegetarian magazines, and talk to friends and family members about their favorite meatless recipes,” Blatner says. Ask about homemade dishes, as well as what vegetarian and flexitarian friends order at local restaurants. You may find that a veggie burger at a local eatery is quite amazing, especially when topped with guacamole. Expanding your horizons with food options is immensely easy on recipe websites, such as Allrecipes.com. It’s empowering to take charge of your health, and a flexible approach to adding more plant-based foods gradually into your diet can be more successful than a drastic elimination of meats. “If I said ‘no meats anymore,’ my husband would be sneaking off to fast-food restaurants,” says retiree Anne Pasteur. “He’s not going to give up his steaks, but what he has noticed is that he’ s happy with a few slices of sirloin and a half-plate of steamed broccoli and cauliflower with a lemon vinaigrette on it.” Each pro-plant decision you make can improve your health. And if you’re a beginning vegetarian or an established vegetarian who has experienced meal

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f weight loss and dieting are on your New Year’s resolution agenda, an unlikely food group may be the help you need.

Get flexible with meat and vegetarian options.

disappointment at social events and holidays, the chance to add a low-fat meat option to your plate also counts as improving your quality of life. If you’d like to explore this new twist to your diet, check out Blatner’s book and flexitarian diet information at her website (http://DawnJacksonBlatner.com).

Consuming dairy products as part of your daily diet can help keep weight down, according to several studies. Findings in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that higher-protein, high-dairy diets shaved off belly fat and increased lean muscle. “One hundred percent of the weight lost in the higher-protein, high-dairy group was fat. And the participants gained muscle mass, which is a major change in body composition,” says Andrea Josse, lead author of the study and a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. In addition, a Harvard study, which suggests that the food quality is more important than its calorie count, found that eating specific high-quality foods was linked with less weight gain over time. Its data showed that the more daily servings people ate of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt, the less weight they gained. In fact, the research found that each extra daily serving of yogurt prevented 0.82 of a pound of weight gain. The Nutrition and Metabolism Journal reported a study in which participants who consumed three or more servings of dairy a day after weight loss were able to eat more calories without gaining weight than those who didn’t consume dairy. Milk is nutritionally unique in that it is a great source of nine essential nutrients: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. It provides three of the five “nutrients of concern” that children do not get enough of: calcium, magnesium and potassium. By combining a high intake of nutrient-rich dairy with regular physical activity , it won’ t even feel like you’re trying to lose weight. “However, as with any diet, you must be realistic. Results take time, so first commit to getting through January to establish a real routine,” says A lyssa Greenstein, a registered dietitian. According to a N ational Health and N utrition survey, 86 percent of women and 76 percent of men fail to meet the recommended dairy intake of three servings each day. That means the majority of Americans don’ t have satisfactory levels of essential nutrients like potassium,zinc, calcium and folate. These levels plummet when dieters attempt to trim calories by purging dairy.

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f you have visited nutritionists, weight loss programs, physicians, and/or psychologists to try and tackle a weight problem only to be given conflicting directions with lukewarm results, your search may finally be over. At Dr. Bo’s Diet, there is no single program that is perfect for everyone. Each program is designed and modified to fit the patient’s specific needs. Utilizing three broad categories: Physiological, Psychological, & Nutritional allows the staff to bridge the multiple connections and relationships that influence the body in regulating nutrition and health. Whether the patient has seven pounds to lose or 307 pounds to lose, the team of doctors, physician assistants, weight-loss specialists and/or nutritionists will identify which strategy is best for you. The objective of the staff will always be: healthy , rapid weight loss in the short-term, coupled with keeping the weight off in the long-term. What makes Dr. Bo’s Diet different than other programs is the broad view of the numerous elements influencing the human body in relation to eating and nutrition. At Dr . Bo’s Diet, the diverse team of professionals combines their areas of expertise and strategizes to identify a plan that is most effective for each individual regardless of their struggle and challenge with weight. For more information and to book your no obligation consultation, call Dr. Bo’s Diet at 516-284-8248.

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ith the holiday season behind us, we are all probably feeling a bit overindulged. Now is a great time to get back to healthy eating and lifestyle choices. We especially need to continue our exercise regimen during the next few months so that we can feel good and be healthy. Here are some tips so that you don’ t let this chilly weather turn you off to exercise. According to the Mayo Clinic, dress in layers you can remove as you begin to sweat and then put back on as needed. Start with a layer of a synthetic material, which will draw the sweat away from your body then add a layer of fleece or wool for insulation. The top layer should be a waterproof, breathable outer layer . When it is very cold, consider wearing a facemask or scarf to warm the air before it enters your lungs. Remember to wear gloves, warm socks and a hat or headband! As it continues to get dark early , wear reflective clothing and sneakers with good traction to keep you safe on slippery surfaces. Dr. Dana Walters reminds us that there are many benefits to exercise, including weight control, disease prevention, mood elevation, increased energy, and better sleep. Indoor walking at a mall or on a treadmill are a good way to keep up with your exercise. There are DVDs and even free television exercise channels. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns. Don’t stop exercising this winter! Dr. Dana Walters, D.C • ChiroMom 2874 Merrick Rd., Bellmore • 516-221-1212

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