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.
Having cancer poses several challenges for the patients diagnosed and their families. Rigorous treatments can take a negative toll on a patient’s physical and emotional well-being, as well as their relationships with their families. However, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, whose main hospital and inpatient care is located in New York City, has three comprehensive outpatient sites on Long Island (Rockville Centre, Commack, and Hauppauge) with support services that help patients and their families during this difficult time.
Proper nutrition is essential to all patients diagnosed with cancer and emphasized by the MSKCC sites on Long Island’s dietary services for all patients. Many times, cancer treatments leave patients feeling too weak and stressed to eat.
We all know too well what stress is. At work, at home… and everywhere in between, we live it every day. One thing we also do every day - that can actually aid in how we deal with stress - is eat.
Healthy Living spoke with Nancy Copperman, MS, RD, CDN, director of North Shore LIJ’s Public Health Initiatives Office of Community Health. She has some interesting tips on how you can actually use diet to combat the effect that our tense and demanding lifestyles have on our bodies.
Copperman said that a “stress map” has been made to analyze areas of the country where people experience the highest levels of stress. The results may not be surprising.
A “getting fit” issue would be remiss if it didn’t mention all the fundraising efforts that involve doing exercise for a good medical cause. Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling/spinning event that raises money for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, is no exception. Cycle just hit Long Island for the first time, and those who came out in Roslyn to support the effort helped raise $4.4 million.
Cycle for Survival began in 2007 as a grassroots fundraiser founded by Jennifer Goodman Linn, and has grown exponentially each year, raising a total of more than $8.9 million to date. So far in 2011, Cycle is on track to surpass the total from the first four years combined. Proceeds benefit research on rare forms of cancer that fail to attract funding sufficient for progress in research and treatment.
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