Healthy & Delicious Homemade Smoothy

Healthy Smoothy Healthy Smoothy

WHY is it healthy?




Kale contains beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin (a carotenoid similar to lutein), calcium and fiber. A sulfur-containing phytonutrient in kale called sulforaphane is believed to have powerful anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial properties and is released when the leaves are chopped or chewed (or blended in a green smoothie!)


Pears are excellent source of water-soluble fiber. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folate and niacin. It is also rich in copper, phosphorus and potassium, with lesser amounts of calcium, chlorine, iron, magnesium, sodium and sulfur. It can prevent high blood pressure, cancer, lower your cholesterol, beneficial for colon health and constipation.

How healthy are bananas? Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6 and a good source of fiber, vitamin c, magnesium and potassium.


Bananas have very high content of potassium, a mineral that is essential to the normal muscular function, in both voluntary muscles (e.g. the arms and hands) and involuntary muscles (e.g. the heart and intestines). They are also a good source of dietary fiber, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. This is also one of the few fruits which contain the entire range of vitamin B—thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), folate (B6) and very little B5 and B12.



Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds. According to new research study, mango fruit has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 765 IU or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin-A. Together; these compounds have been known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucos and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Mint sprigs in bowl

Mint sprigs in bowl


Mint Benefits: prevents cancer, relieves itching, headaches. It will improve complexion, sooths upset stomach, combats bad breath, relieves menstrual cramps, boosts energy, helps asthma, whitens teeth, helps nausea and improves digestion. It also detoxifies your body.

Blend then together with the option of adding plain greek yogurt, water or orange juice (my favorite) and you will have a good, refreshing drink that is good for your body.


Custom Orthotics Saved My Life

You must be thinking…Orthotics save lives?

YES!! THEY DO. I walked with pain since childhood until Jeff Rosenstein made me a pair of custom made orthotics that saved my life. Walking pain free has meant the world to me.

IMG_3134First, let me explain what orthotics are. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (AMPA), Custom orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. Prescription orthotics are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move. Orthotics are only manufactured after a podiatrist has conducted a complete evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so the orthotic can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology.

The first time I consulted a podiatrist for foot pain and problems, his first solution was surgery. Unfortunately, I listened to him and had unnecessary bunion surgery, even if I didn’t have a bunion. Did it solve my problem? NO.

In the year 2000, I consulted with renown podiatrist Dr. Bernard Rosenstein in NYC who has over 65 years of experience in the field of podiatry. He prescribed custom made orthotics to treat my metatarsalgia, pes cavus and severe pronation. HT1qMx_FSFcXXagOFbX8

Jeffrey Rosenstein, C.Ped from JR Orthotics  handmade my foot orthotics using a cast of my own feet. One week later, my orthotics were ready and I went for a fitting. During the fitting appointment, Jeff made couple of adjustments and then, my orthoses were ready and I started wearing them. Once my body adjusted to them, I finally discovered what walking pain free was. I love Dr. Bernard Rosenstein and Jeffrey Rosenstein with all my heart for making a difference in my life and I highly recommend them both.

If you are suffering from foot pain, knee, back, hip and even shoulder pain, you may need custom made orthotics so visit your podiatrist today and ask for a prescription for orthotics and once you have it, make an appointment with JR Orthotics. Trust me, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.


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Caring for Your Diabetic Feet d0ea4d062a15bf59168526170c9cb024

When you have diabetes, proper foot care is very important essential. Poor foot care may lead to amputation of a foot or leg.

Persons with diabetes are more vulnerable to foot problems because diabetes can damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet. The American Diabetes Association estimates that one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so for foot problems. By taking proper care of your feet, most serious health problems associated with diabetes can be prevented. Your doctor will check your feet each year for any problems.


Podiatrist Dr. Frederick R. Brookman, who has a practice in New York City, gives some tips to follow for diabetic foot care:

– Wash and Dry Your Feet Daily

– Use mild soaps and warm water

– Pat your skin dry; do not rub. Make sure your feet are thoroughly dry.

– After washing, use lotion on your feet to prevent cracking. Do not put lotion between your toes.

– Check the tops and bottoms of your feet daily, check for dry, cracked skin. Look for blisters, cuts, scratches, or other sores. Check for redness, increased warmth, or tenderness when touching any area of your feet. Check for ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses. Have someone else look at your feet if you cannot see them.

– Do not self-treat your corns, calluses, or other foot problems. Go to your healthcare provider or podiatrist to treat these conditions.

– If you get a blister or sore from your shoes, do not “pop” it. Apply a bandage and wear a different pair of shoes and make an appointment with your podiatrist.

– Take Care of Your Toenails -You may want a podiatrist (foot doctor) to cut your toenails.

– Protect Your Feet with Shoes and Socks

– Avoid tight socks.

– Make sure your shoes fit properly. If you have neuropathy (nerve damage), you may not notice that your shoes are too tight.

Don’t wait to treat a minor foot problem if you have diabetes. Seek help from your health care provider. As a diabetic, you should be checked by a Podiatrist on a regular basis so if you do not have a podiatrist, visit ZocDoc to search for one in your area.

Report foot injuries and infections to your physician or podiatrist immediately.

If you need a podiatrist and are in the New York area, contact Dr. Frederick R. Brookman at 212-675-7591. His practice is located at 157 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003 between Irving Place and 3rd Avenue.


Su Plan de Seguro , Lo Que Usted Necesita Saber.


En este video, Tirza Waffa , Representante de Beneficios de Salud para NYS Catholic Health Plan Fidelis Care de Nueva York, ofrece una breve introducción a Fidelis Care, información sobre el seguro y la información del producto.

Waffa también explica cómo aplicar y que se puede aplicar . Fidelis Care es una organización sin fines de lucro fundada en 1993. Es una de ámbito estatal calificar Plan de Salud en el Estado de Nueva York de la Salud. Fidelis es un HMO (Organización de Gestión de la Salud ) . FidelisCare tiene 1,2 millones de miembros y tiene más de 64,000 proveedores .

Es la ley a tener un seguro de salud . La nueva ley se llama Ley de Asistencia Asequible de Protección al Paciente , también conocida como ObamaCare . Si no se inscribe en un plan de seguro médico bajo la nueva ley , se le penalizará que puede ser de $ 325 para cada adulto y $ 162.50 para cada niño o 2 % de sus ingresos, lo que sea mayor .



Para obtener más información, visite New York State of Health, the official health plan marketplace

Fidelis Care at 

Health Insurance Explained in 2 minutes

In this video, Tirza Waffa, Health Benefit Representative for NYS Catholic Health Plan Fidelis Care of New York, gives a brief introduction to Fidelis Care, information on insurance and product information. Waffa also explains how to apply and who can apply.

Fidelis Care is a non-profit organization funded in 1993. It is a state-wide qualify Health Plan in NYS of Health.
Fidelis is an HMO (Health Management Organization).

FidelisCare has 1.2 million members and it has over 64,000 providers.

It is the law to have health insurance. The new law is called Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

If you do not sign up for a health insurance plan under the new law, you will be penalized which can be $325 for each adult and $162.50 for each child or 2% of your income, whichever is higher.

For information, visit the New York State of Health, the official health plan marketplace

Fidelis Care at 


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La obesidad entre los niños hispanos


Ser una madre hispana de bajos ingresos, estoy preocupado por el bienestar de mis dos hijos y la de población hispana en mi comunidad. Aunque mis hijos son de un peso saludable y altura para su edad, me he dado cuenta de que los niños en su escuela, en la iglesia y alrededor de nuestro barrio tienen sobrepeso o son obesos. Esto es sorprendente porque la investigación muestra que estos hechos de la siguiente manera:


– Según un estudio de la Iniciativa Nacional de Salud Infantil de Calidad realizado en 2007, mostró que el 32,9% de los niños de Nueva York 10-17 se consideran con sobrepeso u obesidad por el Estado.

– 45,1% de los niños con sobrepeso u obesidad en Nueva York son de origen hispano.

– De acuerdo con el CDC, la obesidad infantil conduce a un mayor riesgo de diabetes, altos niveles de presión arterial, colesterol alto, alta intolerancia a la glucosa, aumentar la frecuencia cardiaca y el gasto cardiaco.

– Los latinos son la población de más rápido crecimiento en los Estados Unidos – se estima que casi uno de cada tres niños será latino en 2030.

– Las desigualdades en el acceso a la salud, la calidad de la atención recibida y oportunidades para tomar decisiones saludables donde vive la gente, aprender, trabajar y jugar, todo ello contribuye a las tasas de obesidad son mayores para los adultos latinos y niños en comparación con los blancos. También contribuye a las altas tasas de obesidad está el hecho de que las comunidades latinas experimentan mayores tasas de hambre y la inseguridad alimentaria, el acceso limitado a los lugares seguros para ser físicamente activo y dirigido comercialización de alimentos menos nutritivos.

– Casi uno de cada cuatro hogares latinos se consideran inseguridad alimentaria. Un número de estudios han demostrado que cuando las familias latinas no tienen suficiente dinero para todos a comer comidas completas y nutritivas, existe un mayor riesgo de obesidad, sobre todo entre los niños en el hogar. Los niños latinos consumen mayores cantidades de bebidas azucaradas que otros niños.

– las familias latinas de bajos ingresos gastan alrededor de un tercio de sus ingresos en alimentos, y gran parte de la comida comprada es abundante en calorías, baja en fibra y alta en grasa, sodio y carbohidratos.

– La falta de acceso a alimentos saludables en los barrios es también un problema. Mayor accesibilidad a los supermercados es constantemente vinculado a tasas reducidas de sobrepeso y obesidad. Los estudios han encontrado que hay menos acceso a supermercados y alimentos frescos, nutritivos en muchos barrios urbanos y de bajos ingresos y los elementos menos saludables también son a menudo más fuertemente comercializado en el punto de compra a través de la colocación de productos en estos stores.17,18 vecindarios latinos tienen un tercio el número de supermercados como no latinos neighborhoods.19 Según la YRBS 2013, 9,3 por ciento de los jóvenes latinos no comía verduras durante la semana anterior, en comparación con 4.5 por ciento de los jóvenes blancos.


1) Si usted es el padre que hace las principales tiendas de comestibles, usted tiene que hacer cambios en lo que compra. IR VERDE. Elija para comprar alimentos más sanos en lugar de azúcar y alimentos procesados ​​o alimentos con alto contenido de grasa.

2) Cambiar la forma de cocinar. En vez de freír la chuleta de cerdo o pollo, ase, vapor o, mejor aún, la parrilla. No sólo es delicioso, pero más saludable que la fritura.

3) No traer a casa los refrescos. Dejarlos en el supermercado o tienda. Comprar AGUA debería convertirse en su mejor amigo!

4) Optar por hacer jugos saludables en casa con espinacas frescas, fresas, arándanos, plátano y jugo de naranja. Confía en mí, sus hijos les encantará!

5) Ser más activo con sus hijos. Zumba en su sala de estar o si usted no desea comprar el programa … sólo encender la radio y bailar salsa, merengue o la cumbia con sus hijos durante una hora. Es divertido y se le vinculación con ellos.

6) Cuando el clima es agradable, ir al parque y estar activo, jugar a la pelota o andar en bicicleta, junto con sus hijos.


Adriana toma AGUA y no soda

Adriana toma AGUA y no soda


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National Council of La Raza. Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition, Issue 5: The Links Between Food Insecurity and Latino Child Obesity, 2010.

Bridging the Gap and Salud America! Sugar Drinks and Latino Kids, Issue Brief September 2013 (accessed March 2014).

Wilson TA, Adolph AL, Butte NF. Nutrient adequacy and diet quality in non-overweight and overweight Hispanic children of low socioeconomic status: the Viva la Familia Study. J Am Diet Assoc., 109(6): 1012-1021, 2009.

Cortes DE. Improving Food Purchasing Selection Among Low-Income Spanish-Speaking Latinos. Salud America!, 2011 (accessed May 2014).

Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Food Access Research Atlas (accessed June 2013).

Higher rates of obesity among Hispanic/Latino Children



Being a Hispanic mother of a low-income status, I am worried about the well-being of my two children and that of my fellow Hispanic population in my community. Though my own children are of a healthy weight and height for their age, I have noticed that the children in their school, in church and around our neighborhood are either overweight or obese. This is startling because research shows these facts as follows:

– According to a study from National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality done in 2007, showed that 32.9% of New York children ages 10-17 are considered either overweight or obese by the state.

– 45.1% of the overweight or obese children in New York are of Hispanic origin.

– According to the CDC, childhood obesity leads to a greater risk of diabetes, higher blood pressure levels, high cholesterol, high glucose intolerance, increase heart rate and cardiac output.

– Latinos are the fastest growing population in the United States — it is estimated that nearly one in three children will be Latino by 2030.

– Inequities in access to healthcare, the quality of care received and opportunities to make healthy choices where people live, learn, work and play all contribute to the rates of obesity being higher for Latino adults and children compared to Whites. Also contributing to the higher rates of obesity is the fact that Latino communities experience higher rates of hunger and food insecurity, limited access to safe places to be physically active and targeted marketing of less nutritious foods.

– Nearly one in four Latino households are considered food insecure. A number of studies have shown that when Latino families do not have enough money for everyone to eat full and nutritious meals, there is an increased risk of obesity, particularly among the children in the household. Latino children consume higher amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages than other children.

– Low-income Latino families spend about one-third of their income on food, and much of the food purchased is calorie-dense, low in fiber and high in fat, sodium and carbohydrates.

– Lack of access to healthy foods in neighborhoods is also a problem. Greater accessibility to supermarkets is consistently linked to decreased rates of overweight and obesity. Studies have found that there is less access to supermarkets and nutritious, fresh foods in many urban and lower-income neighborhoods and less healthy items are also often more heavily marketed at the point-of-purchase through product placement in these stores.17,18 Latino neighborhoods have one-third the number of supermarkets as non-Latino neighborhoods.19 According to the 2013 YRBS, 9.3 percent of Latino youths did not eat vegetables during the prior week, compared to 4.5 percent of White youths.

So, what should we as parents do to keep our children from being another statistic within the overweight and obese column?

  • If you are the parent that does the main groceries, you have to make changes in what you buy. BUY GREEN. Choose to buy healthier foods instead of sugary and processed foods or food with high-fat content.
  • Change the way you cook. Instead of frying the “chuleta” or “pollo” (pork chop or chicken), broil it, steam it or even better, grill it. It is not only delicious, but healthier than frying.
  • Portion Control! Don’t over-feed your children.
  • Don’t bring home the sodas. Leave them in the supermarket or store. Buy WATER-it should become your best friend!
  • Opt for making healthy juices at home using fresh spinach, strawberries, blueberries, banana and orange juice. Trust me, your kids will love it!
  • Be more active with your children. Zumba in your living room or if you don’t want to buy the program…just turn the radio on and dance salsa, merengue or cumbia with your kids for an hour. It’s fun and you’ll be bonding with them.
  • When the weather is nice, go to the park and be active, play ball or ride your bike along with your children.
  • Visit 

Choose Greens


Adriana drinks water instead of soda



National Council of La Raza. Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition, Issue 5: The Links Between Food Insecurity and Latino Child Obesity, 2010.

Bridging the Gap and Salud America! Sugar Drinks and Latino Kids, Issue Brief September 2013 (accessed March 2014).

Wilson TA, Adolph AL, Butte NF. Nutrient adequacy and diet quality in non-overweight and overweight Hispanic children of low socioeconomic status: the Viva la Familia Study. J Am Diet Assoc., 109(6): 1012-1021, 2009.

Cortes DE. Improving Food Purchasing Selection Among Low-Income Spanish-Speaking Latinos. Salud America!, 2011 (accessed May 2014).

Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Food Access Research Atlas (accessed June 2013).

Dahl S, Eagle L, Baez C. Analyzing advergames: Active diversions or actually deception. An exploratory study of online advergames content. Young Consumers, 10(1): 46-59, 2009.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2013. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 63(SS04): 1-168, 2014

The PTSD Reality

The world has changed dramatically for many Americans ever since the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001. This is even more of a reality for the men and women who are in our military. Not only are the soldier’s lives changed due to deployment to Middle East to defend our freedom, but that of their families as well.  According to the Congressional Research Service, there are 118,829 incident cases reported among Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, Afghanistan), as well as Operation New Dawn (OND, Iraq) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, Iraq) of deployed soldiers with active military soldiers suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the year 2000 to January 10, 2014 and 34,157 of soldiers that were not previously deployed (Fischer). Since 2003, about 14% of US Army soldiers have reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder following deployment. Since the attacks of 9/11, more than 2.3 million troops from all military services have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan (Negrusa and Negrusa). These deployments have been very traumatic for both the soldiers and their families. These deployments have been more frequent and longer than before the attacks on America.

Post-traumatic stress disorder was formally acknowledged in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association as a recognized disorder; since then, it has become a concept for responses to stresses originating with traumatic events such as abuse, rape, accidents, torture, violent incidents, natural disasters like hurricanes, and war (Miller and Johnson). R.J. Landy suffered PTSD after the events of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Some symptom he experienced were sleepless nights and nightmares, poor diet and nonspecific ailments, irritability at home, overindulgence in work and distancing from intimates (J.Landy).  As Landy, many Americans suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder, and this includes tens of thousands of our military men and women that are still active in serving in the various branches of our military. The major symptoms of PTSD include (a) re-experiencing symptoms, such as flashbacks, intrusive memories and dissociative experiences, (b) avoidance symptoms, including numbing, isolation and avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event and (c) hyper-arousal symptoms, including sleep disturbance, anxiety, anger, impulsivity and startle responses (Miller and Johnson).

I have seen this first hand with my brother-n-law who is a Staff Sargent in the U. S. Army. A social need for this population is that in order to protect themselves from pain, they dissociate themselves from their traumatic experience through amnesia or isolation. They often alienate themselves from everyone, including their close relatives. The traumatized persons feel alienated from “normal” people, who will never be able to understand what they have gone through. PTSD patients will become intolerant of others as a result of the shame evoked by having participated in the horror (Miller and Johnson).  Unfortunately, the psychological effects of post-deployment PTSD, not only affects the soldiers but their families as well. When these soldiers return home, their symptoms can come between them and their families and this is evident with the divorce rate within serving soldiers. Negrusa found that a longer time in deployment substantially increased the probability for divorce, with the effect being stronger for females and for members who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan (Negrusa and Negrusa).

My brother in law has recently retired but living with PTSD is not easy. A day in his life…

The PTSD reality

The PTSD reality








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Miller, James and David Read Johnson. “Drama Therapy in the Treatment f Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” The Arts of Psychotherapy 1997: 383*395.
Morgan, C. A. and D. R. Johnson. “Use of a Drawing Task in the Treatment of Nightmares in Combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 12 (1995): 244-247.
Negrusa, Brighita and Sebastian Negrusa. “Home Front: Post-Deplyment Mental Health and Divorces.” Demography 30 April 2014: 895-916.

Podcast featuring Jeffrey Paul from Greater New York Hospital Association

Jeffrey Paul is a Health Information Technology (HIT) Project Manager for the Greater New York Hospital Association. He is working on a four Year cooperative grant with the offices of The Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). There are a total of 29 skilled nursing facilities with a designated Registered Nurse Care Coordinator (RNCC) at each site. The projected is aimed at reducing avoidable hospitalizations by managing acute changes of condition such as elevated temperature or shortness of breath while still in the nursing home. The RNCC educates the nursing on the use of a combination of hand written and electronically recorded tools that assess and monitor the patients progress during an acute change of condition. These tools increase communication amongst staff and have been attributed to the overall reduction of transfers at project sites.