Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
According to the March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, more than 30,000 babies are born premature in New York each year and more than 4,000 of those babies are born right here on Long Island.
In their mission to reduce the number of premature births, the Long Island division of the March of Dimes New York Chapter recently announced its Long Island ambassador families, who were chosen because they have children who were born premature. They include the Raymar family from Merrick, the Thomas family from Massapequa and the Theologitis family from Lake Grove. These three families volunteer in their communities and help to raise funds for the March of Dimes to support programs that encourage healthy, full-term pregnancies.
The 2012 Arthritis Walk Long Island, which supports the Arthritis Foundation Northeast Region/Long Island Chapter, takes place on Saturday, May 12. Participants in this walk will raise money for research and support for those living with arthritis. Organizers of this annual event say that their additional goal is to encourage people to get up and get moving. In fact, their rallying cry is “Let’s Move Together.”
According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, arthritis impacts more than 50 million Americans and in the last decade alone, the number of affected Americans has grown by more than 3 million. There are many different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. To date, there are some 300,000 American children who are living with the pain of arthritis.
Located in Hewlett, SIBSplace is a unique, free support program of South Nassau Communities Hospital that serves the children living with a sibling or parent who has a devastating illness. The donor-funded program is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school to help meet the needs of the well children by offering activities to help them discuss the wide range of emotions they are dealing with and to help them learn coping skills. The mission of SIBSplace (Survivorship in Brothers and Sisters) is now reaching more people through a new book, Staying Afloat, which is a support guide to help parents and well siblings cope with family illness.
The book was written by Suzanne Kornblatt, LMSW and Joanna Formont, LMHC and also with Arlene Basner, MA, Joan Perkell, LCSW and Diane Silver, MA. Kornblatt and Formont are licensed mental health professionals who have worked at SIBSplace for several years and have much experience with helping the well children in families struggling with an ill sibling or parent. In an interview with Healthy Living Digest, Suzanne Kornblatt and Joanna Formont went into more detail on the book and the SIBSplace program.
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