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.
As we begin the New Year with resolutions to be healthier, one simple step is just to learn a lesson from the holiday season we all just enjoyed. New research is suggesting that a positive attitude can actually be positive for your health. Specifically, both the gratitude we foster at Thanksgiving, and the spirit of giving that follows for Christmas and Hanukkah, are important to maintain all year. Two Long Island professionals are working to prove the benefits.
On Dec. 20, the Shag boutique in Roslyn held a trunk show featuring the jewelry of Simone Smith, wife of well-known rap musician LL Cool J (James Todd Smith). Attendees of the trunk show at the boutique were encouraged to donate gift cards to be presented later to patients and families being treated at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK). The event garnered a tremendous outpouring of support for the CCFK, and as a result, LL Cool J, along with his family and Randi Butwin, co-owner of Shag, decided to spread even more holiday cheer by paying a visit to the center and hand-delivering the gifts.
After reading last month’s feature that shared one mom’s experience with juvenile diabetes, another Long Island parent contacted Healthy Living about JM, a rare but terrible affliction that he believes people need to hear about.
Juvenile Myositis (JM) is extremely rare, affecting three children in a million. Chris Madison of Manhasset told Healthy Living that his child is one. He is holding a free event at the volunteer fire department on Bayview Avenue in Manhasset on Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit The Cure JM Foundation, and includes a day of fun for the kids including music, food and raffles.
JM is an autoimmune disease, with the primary symptoms being weak muscles and / or skin rash. JM affects every child differently. Some children experience a mild form of the disease, while others follow a more severe and potentially more debilitating course. For many children, life becomes very hard. Some can no longer ride a bike or play. Some cannot even get out of bed. For some, the disease is fatal.
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