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Free Wellness Festival Hosted by NewUnderstanding in Brooklyn this Saturday

New Understanding Free Wellness Fair ImagesFor any fellow New Yorkers reading our blog, I have an exciting announcement: there’s a free health and wellness festival this Saturday, May 14 in Gowanus/Park Slope area of Brooklyn. The event is hosted by NewUnderstanding, formerly known as Alive&Well in Brooklyn, and will feature tons of free and healthy fun for the whole family.

For kids, there will be yoga, drumming circles, martial arts and manicures. For adults there will be free sample treatments of ear acupuncture, Alexander Technique, Structural Integration, Postural Analysis and Nutrition Counseling. There will also be giveaways and goodie bags with healthy treats and discounts. A full schedule of classes, including Pilates, Forrest yoga and Qi Gong, and seminars covering topics such as Simple Steps to Better Sleep, Living Gluten Free and Relief from Seasonal Allergies with Acupuncture and Herbs. There will also be lots of yummy food from The V Spot, a local vegan restaurant.


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Self’s Workout in the Park NYC a Sunny Success

Self Workout In the Park LogoThis past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my first Workout in the Park, hosted by Self magazine in Central Park. The day is a great opportunity for people of any fitness level to try out new workouts, get some fitness swag, and spend a healthy Saturday in the sun.

There were three workout areas: the main stage, the quiet zone for mat work, and the toning zone. I started my workout in the quite zone, for a Pilates Fusion workout on the mats. Then I headed over to the main stage for Retro-Robics, featuring 90′s hip-hop moves, followed by a LaBLAST class inspired by dances featured on Dancing with the Stars. Some of the other workouts included Cardio Tai Box, Yoga Body Sculpt, a Masala Bhangra dance class featuring Bollywood dance moves and a sing-along Glee Club workout. All of the workouts were provided by Crunch, so if you want to try one of these routines, check the class schedule at your closest Crunch location.

Although I’m a regular runner and occasional yoga practitioner, I was definitely sore in the best way on Sunday. The event was a great reminder of the importance of trying new physical activities and mixing up your workout routine: there may be muscles you’re not using if you follow the same workout every day. The crowd was enthusiastic and the turnout for the event was pretty impressive. Although there were several hundred attendees, everyone seemed to be in a very good mood.


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NYC’s Health Department Employees to Practice What They Preach

New York City Health Department LogoNew guidelines from the New York City Health Department are now mandating that employees of the government agency eat in a more healthy manner. The new dietary rules were published in a pamphlet called “Life in the Cubicle Village” that was distributed in anticipation of an office move from Manhattan to Queens.

The guidelines lay out a number of foods that are not to be served at agency lunches or functions. The prohibited items include deep fried foods, cookies, cakes, or beverages containing more than 25 calories per ounce. It is also suggested that muffins and bagels served at meetings be cut in halves or quarters.


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Salt Attacked by NYC Mayor

Anti-SaltIn the latest push to get New Yorkers to eat better, city Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking on salt. The mayor previously launched several visceral attacks on sodas and other sugary beverages. Now, he’s urging city residents to cut down on their intake of sodium. The new campaign targets frozen dinners and canned soups, and features images of these foods surrounded by heaps of salt. The images are accompanied by messages like “Excessive  can lead to heart attack and stroke.”

Excess salt in one’s diet can potentially lead to a number of serious health conditions, like high blood pressure and other cardiovascular conditions. WPIX reports that 23,000 deaths are caused by cardiovascular-related conditions in New York City alone.


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Celebrities Do Good at the NYC Marathon

Al Roker

Al Roker ran a half marathon in Chicago

The ING New York City Marathon is this Sunday, and runners across the city are gearing-up for the 26.2 mile run. This year there were 125,000 applicants to the race, which is offering a prize of $600,000. There are expected to be about two million spectators and a massive amount of media coverage.

Many celebrities are seizing upon the event to promote healthy lifestyles and other worth-while causes. There are over 190 charities involved in ING’s New York City Marathon charity program, “A Million Dollars a Mile,” which aims to earn (you guessed it) $26.2 million.

Today Show star Al Rocker is one of the notable participants, and will be running his first full-marathon. “Almost everybody’s bucket list includes running the ING New York City Marathon,” said Roker. “Just the thought of being able to start this race gives me goose bumps. As does the fear that the weather might turn ugly. On the other hand, if it does that might help improve my time as I try to outrun an angry mob of soggy and cold runners!”


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