Happy Birthday to… The Hershey Company!

Today, 122 years ago (1894), what we know as The Hershey Company was founded by Milton S. Hershey. Here is some interesting history from WikiPedia: After completing an apprenticeship to a confectioner in 1873, Hershey founded a candy shop in Philadelphia. This candy shop was only open for six years, after which Hershey apprenticed with another confectioner in Denver,.. read more →

09 Feb 2016
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The Purpose of Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities are similar to nursing homes. Yet a genuine skilled nursing facility provides medical services and expertise that can’t be found in traditional nursing homes. These services include skilled nursing care as well as rehabilitation services to care for the sick, disabled and injured. Skilled nursing facilities serve individuals of all ages. If.. read more →

10 Dec 2015
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Immigrant Identity: Hanukah In America

Living in New York City, you’re likely aware that our area has a substantial Jewish population. Between the end of the 1800’s, through the early 1920’s, about two million Jews came through Ellis Island from Eastern Europe. Most were escaping worsening antisemitism in Russia and Poland – pogroms were rampant.  The push to leave, in.. read more →

08 Dec 2015
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Letter Writing Day: How Pen-to-Paper Helps Us

When we’re drawn to fill a page, we’re often surprised at what is summoned. Oftentimes, we don’t truly know our thoughts until we put language to them. – Mark Sisson, Health Advisor You might not expect a health advisor to encourage writing. You might think nutrition, exercise, and routine blood tests to monitor health. But writing?.. read more →

01 Dec 2015
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Surprise! Giving Thanks Improves Your Health – Here Are 5 Ways

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and its main focus is on giving gratitude for all we have.  Of course the other focus is on the food, glorious food. While it’s a good thing that the high-fat, high-calorie, high-cholesterol, high-sugar menu of Thanksgiving is limited to once a year, surprisingly, the reason behind commemorating the holiday.. read more →

24 Nov 2015
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The Benefits of Face-to-Face Social Interactions

“Research has long supported the idea that strong social bonds strengthen people’s mental health. But this is the first look at the role that the type of communication with loved ones and friends plays in safeguarding people from depression,” notes lead author Dr. Alan Teo, assistant professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University… read more →

23 Oct 2015
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Ventilators: Who Needs Them, And How Do They Work?

Breathing is one of the unique functions of our body in that it functions automatically, yet can be controlled by us. We can learn how to breathe deeper; we can hold our breath; we can speed up our breath.  But that’s only if we are healthy enough to allow such control. What about the many.. read more →

01 Sep 2015
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Happy Bad Poetry Day

In order to recognize and avoid bad poetry we need to first read and appreciate good poetry. For those already familiar with the beauty of poetry as well as the mental and health benefits associated, we recommend that you pick up your favorite collection and dive right in. For those who have yet to experience.. read more →

18 Aug 2015
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Video: Lydia Shares Gardening Tips

Looking for a rewarding and therapeutic hobby? Need some inspiration getting your garden looking great for summer? Want to rebound from a rough New York winter on the Rockaway Peninsula? Take a few minutes and let Lydia inspire you with her tips. read more →

05 Aug 2015
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Talk Nice: National Cell Phone Courtesy Month

Fifteen years ago, they were creeping in. Now, they are ubiquitous. Cell phones are so common these days that they are like a bodily limb without which we feel disconnected from our personal and professional contacts. Pagers were one thing, but we couldn’t talk with them, and most people didn’t have one anyway. Nowadays it.. read more →

14 Jul 2015
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