BRENTWOOD, NY —
A dozen Southside Hospital employees taught 30 women at Adelante, a Brentwood-based social services group, about proper nutrition and exercise as part of an effort to bring women's health education and health care to people who might not otherwise get it.
The event attendees enjoyed belly dancing with Southside Hospital Chief Dietitian Leah Pasquarella, a certified belly dancing instructor, and striking yoga poses with Jeetinder Gujral, MD, a Southside hospitalist and avid yoga participant. Participants also learned how to make healthy nutritional choices and to perform a proper breast self exam with the help of Christina Antoine, MD, and Razia Jayman-Aristide, MD, internal medicine doctors at Southside. The nutrition lesson was topped off with fresh smoothie and salad samples.
Bringing women's health care to local community groups is a grassroots effort organized by Dr. Jayman-Aristide, Dr. Antoine and a collection of 100 female physicians, nurses and other health care practitioners who recently became the Katz Institute for Women's Health at Southside Hospital.
"Our group's goal is to make sure that all women – regardless of their ability to get health care – are aware of tips to keep themselves healthy and warning signs of diseases such as heart disease and breast cancer," said Dr. Jayman-Aristide. "It was wonderful seeing such enthusiastic participants from Adelante. We look forward to more events like this one in the various communities that Southside Hospital serves."
Donna Moravick, NP, executive director of Southside Hospital, said of the group: "The hard work of Dr. Jayman-Aristide and Dr. Antoine has put women's health on the map in Suffolk County. In joining forces and becoming a focused part of the Katz Institute for Women's Health, they will open up opportunities for all communities in Suffolk County. Dr. Jayman-Aristide and Dr. Antoine are truly advocates for the care of women in our community."
Learning about the breast self exam was something that Lucy Martinez, an Adelante employee who attended the event, would have appreciated knowing a few years ago. Ms. Martinez, a breast cancer survivor, said she is glad these medical professionals are bringing health education into local communities.
"If more women put their health as a higher priority and are aware of these warning signs, perhaps they won't have to go through the treatments that I did," Ms. Martinez said.
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