Enjoy our series of RX tips for a happier and healthier holiday season.
World Cup Schools:
Our best tip is easy–learn healthy habits at an early age. What does that mean? It’s simple; keep children active and promote healthy eating. In our gymnastics program, we start children as infants and toddlers where they are stimulated by bouncing and singing and eventually move onto jumping and tumbling. In our preschool and kindergarten programs, children learn about “always foods” and “sometimes foods” to help them understand a healthy balance of foods in their diets. When they grow up understanding the basic elements of a healthy lifestyle, a strong foundation is laid for their future wellbeing. worldcupnurseryschool.com
Nicholas Causa, Fitness Director, THE GYM:
Fast-paced workouts burn more calories in a short time and increase metabolic rate. Using a staircase at home: Start with 30 seconds of push ups with hands on a 4th step from the floor. Without rest, do 30 seconds of fast stepping up and down on the first step. Finish with 30 seconds of jumping jacks. Rest 30 seconds and repeat four times!
Dr. Janet Woo, Eye Designs of Armonk:
Cold weather is just around the corner, and with it, drier air. This will inevitably affect those with dry eye issues; forced hot air and the lack of moisture will exacerbate dry eye. There are several things people can do to improve comfort. Visit your Optometrist to check the quality of the lipid tear layer. S/he may suggest quality triglyceride formulation of pure omega 3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil, warm lid massage and specialized rewetting drops.
Barbara Daniel, Local Dog Walker:
Dog hikes can be enjoyable in every season when you’re prepared. My favorite winter hiking tool is Yak-Traks. These ‘snow tires’ or ‘chains’ for shoes make it possible to navigate over, or through, snow or icy surfaces. Many local stores sell them or similar brands.
The power of kale was touted in October at a fundraiser for the Mental Health Association of Westchester. Guest Speaker Drew Ramsey, M.D., author of Fifty Shades of Kale (Harper Collins), urged attendees to begin viewing kale (organic is best)–a brain boosting vegetable if there ever was one–as a “lifesaving, core food” and to keep it in abundant supply. To that end, a variety of kale recipes were graciously served up in a Bedford home, along with tips on how to shave kale (red and dinosaur varieties are preferred for their thicker, more succulent leaves) off the stem and chop up for a host of delicious recipes.