June is Men’s Health Month

adrouin May 27th, 2015, 11:00 AM
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The facts:

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Heart Disease, Cancer, and unintentional injuries are the leading causes of death among men in the U.S. according to the CDC website.

18% of men under the age of 65 do not have medical insurance.

34.6% of men 20 years of age and older are considered obese.

31.6% of men 20 years of age and older have hypertension.

12.1% of men 18 years of age and over are in fair or poor health.

(Data retrieved from CDC Website.)

It makes sense to talk about healthy activities that inspire change in some of these trends during Men’s Health Month.

I asked some…

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Thank You, VNSNY Nurses!

guest May 6th, 2015, 9:25 AM
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nurse-thank-youIt’s National Nurse Week and to show our appreciation to the 1,388 nurses and LPNs at VNSNY, we’ve rounded up a few letters of praise from our patients.

Bronx — A patient discharged after being hospitalized for head injuries wrote, “After I arrived home, nurse Sheryl J. immediately made me feel that I was in excellent hands.”

Brooklyn — A patient who required wound care after being discharged from a Brooklyn hospital wrote: “The nurses that visited me were amazing to say the least. Each nurse was so caring and concerned for my health,…

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Celebrating Service: VNSNY Honors Our Volunteers

guest April 20th, 2015, 1:49 PM
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Susan Potter (third from right) and the Social Needlers Group

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is a chance to demonstrate to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

At the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, volunteers make a real difference by helping with a wide range of activities. In 2014, 600 volunteers offered our organization 38,000 service hours valued at $1,005,259! Our volunteers are among the 63 million Americans who volunteer each year across the country—all of whom are a…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events in New York City

stav October 2nd, 2014, 6:48 AM
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Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Remember to speak to your primary care provider about scheduling a breast exam or mammogram! If you’d like to show your support for those affected by the disease (or get some support yourself), there are several events throughout the month. Here are some of them:

October 4: We Run for Fun 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 18: Saturday Night Yacht Club Pink Party

October 19: Making Strides sponsored by the American Cancer Society

October 18-19: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

October 29: In the Pink: Stay…

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National Nurses Week Facebook Roundup

stav May 12th, 2014, 11:29 AM
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Starting on Tuesday, May 6 and ending on Monday, May 12, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York honored the many nurses that work so hard every day with these posts from Facebook.

Asthmatic-Don’t Suffer Through Allergies!

smcternan May 7th, 2014, 2:01 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Here comes the pollen, mold, airborne irritants that all asthmatics really dread. Well there are methods to deal with this season with a positive outcome rather than a trip to the ER. How? Well, to begin with there are certain strategies that can curtail your symptoms. There are some easy ways for exampleTaking your medications as prescribed and monitoring your symptoms. It is best to treat symptoms early not late. While heading outside consider protecting your eyes from airborne irritanats by wearing large sunglasses, wear a hat and wash your…

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Smiles or Sorrows

smcternan April 27th, 2014, 7:50 PM
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On a good day we are all smiles…on a bad day we are?  Everyday we choose our mood based on any number of things. The good side of the bed the wrong side of the bed. A great night sleep or a poor night sleep.We all need rest but some of us may need more than others. Well when all things are considered some children are naturally happy temperaments and others not so much. What is a mom or dad to do if their child is all smiles or all…

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Giving it Their Best

guest April 8th, 2014, 12:35 PM
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The Threshold Choir. Sue Ribaudo is in the middle of the back row, in the blue shirt.

The Threshold Choir. Sue Ribaudo is in the middle of the back row, in the blue shirt.

April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week, and this marks the 40th year of recognizing the people who give their time and their talents to our organization and our communities.  This week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. A Day in the Life talked to two of VNSNY’s amazing volunteers.

Sue Ribaudo is the Music Director of the New York City chapter of the Threshold…

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It’s Snowing…..

smcternan February 16th, 2014, 11:49 AM
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Another  day of school at home, and a day at home doing what? Well most kids are not complaining about not going to school, but I can safely say that my kids have caught up (sufficiently) on deprived sleep.

We have also shoveled and dug out from snow bound homes, apartments and cars many times over now. Shoveling is hard work, and it is not the type of work that gets you in shape. Shoveling stresses your back more than anything.

On the other hand, snow forts and snow people and snowball fights…

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Car Crash Safety

smcternan February 9th, 2014, 8:34 PM
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Families rely on transportation from trains, planes and automobiles to get to ALL the places they need to go. The laws regarding car seats provided what research has found to be the safest way to get to your destination. That is if you use it and use it correctly. Deaths of children in car crashes has decreased by an incredible 43% in the USA(CDC 2002-20011 data). Of the 9000 children who died in auto accidents in the year 2011 many could have been prevented by using appropriate size car seats…

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