Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
The patient was being prepped for a cardiac cath when he looked up at his doctor and asked, “Is that garlic I smell?” Smiling and nodding in acknowledgement, Dr. Kevin Marzo, chief of cardiology at Winthrop University Hospital, then skillfully used his scalpel to cut open a blood vessel and inserted a life saving stent for the man. Two hours later that night, Dr. Marzo traded his white coat and scalpel for a chef’s coat and carving knife. He and his “sous chef” Joe Dardano, who is his physician assistant during the day, whipped up heart healthy meals of salmon, pork loin, and skillet lasagna for 50 students and their parents from The Explorer’s Club.
Meet Dr. Kevin Marzo, also known as the cardiac chef. Great ideas are sometimes born over small meals and this was the case when Dr. Marzo and Dardano, both who share a passion for cooking, teamed up and started traveling throughout Long Island, teaching people how to cook heart healthy meals. Twenty years ago they started working and cooking together in the cardiac cath lab.
What better feature for this color issue of Healthy Living Digest than the “Go Red for Women” movement?
We thought it would be very fitting to include information about American Heart Month and to let readers know that if they missed National Wear Red Day last week, they can still come decked out to the 2012 Go Red For Women Long Island event.
On the first Friday in February, women across Long Island and Queens as well as corporations, businesses, hospitals, towns, schools, local and state legislators, members of the media and teachers, wear red to focus attention on the number 1 killer of women, cardiovascular disease.
To bring a sense of fun into this serious effort, the American Heart Association poses the question “How do you go red?” People are challenged to wear red in their own fashion by wearing a red dress, scarf, jacket, shirt, tie, hat or other item. This is to show support for all women who have been touched by heart disease or stroke.
Volunteers and staff of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support welcomed a Pink Snacks truck at their location in Garden City on Wednesday, Jan. 25, as the breast cancer hotline number, 800-877-8077, will now be displayed on Pink Snacks trucks and snack bags.
Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline offers emotional support and information to people. Of their 100 trained volunteers, most are breast cancer survivors. Their main goal is to “educate, support, empower and advocate for breast cancer patients, professionals and the community.”
Pink Snacks, a company that manufactures potato chips, potato sticks and pretzels, exists to raise funds and create awareness in support of breast cancer organizations. Seventy percent of the proceeds are donated to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Businessman Damon Greco, whose work is based in Pennsylvania, created Pink Snacks (www.pinksnacks forthecure.com) to honor the life of his mother Nancy Ann who succumbed to inflammatory breast cancer in September 2010.
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