Show your heart by going red on February 2
February is American Heart Month, and the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, along with the American Heart Association, encourage you to learn more, get involved and take action when it comes to the very important topic of heart health.
Northwell Health is a sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. On Friday, February 2, women across New York and the United States will wear red to make a statement to help prevent heart disease and stroke. We encourage you to join us by wearing red and by participating in one or more of our upcoming events on the topic of heart health, including heart health screenings, lectures and more.
Keep an eye on your Vitamin D Levels
During the winter months, we’re exposed to less ultraviolet rays from sunlight, which can result in decreased vitamin D production. Along with promoting calcium absorption to support bone health, vitamin D is also important for immune function and muscle strength and may be protective against type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. While vitamin D is available in supplement form, it is more easily absorbed through food sources, including fatty fish (salmon, tuna, and mackerel), cheese, egg yolks, mushrooms and fortified milk or orange juice. Vitamin D supplement dosages vary depending on the individual need. Discuss your requirements with your personal physician.
Power up with Pilates
Are you looking for a way to increase strength and flexibility? Why not consider Pilates? This system of exercises was designed to stretch and strengthen the abdominal and trunk muscles, known as the “core.” The first adopters of Pilates were ballet dancers looking for a way to improve posture and control movement. Today, a growing number of individuals, at all fitness levels, are incorporating Pilates into their physical activity programs. Because good form is essential to reap the benefits of the exercises, it’s important to choose a class taught by a certified instructor. Find out more about how physical activity, like Pilates, fits into an integrative medicine plan for sustaining good health.
Warm Up with Soup
Whether you’re struggling with a cold or just feel worn-down from the cold weather, there’s plenty to like about a bowl of hot soup. Besides its ability to warm you up, soup also offers many health benefits. And, it’s easy to make! Toss a variety of ingredients, such as fat-free broth, vegetables, lean meat, beans and spices into a slow cooker before you leave for the day. When you return, you’ll have a delicious, satisfying dinner waiting. Soup is versatile, too. Don’t be afraid to experiment with variations on favorite recipes. Learn more healthy eating tips for life.