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As a hub for community wellness and a convenient resource for health-related information, North Shore-LIJ offers a variety of comprehensive health education programs. We are committed to improving the health of everyone in our neighborhoods by offering a range of programs and events to help everyone in our communities live their healthiest lives.

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  • Nutrition Counseling Services

    The nutrition services offered by the Katz Institute of Women’s Health is part of an integrated approach to improving the health and wellness of women across their life span. We offer individualized (one-on-one) and group nutrition counseling services to support women in achieving optimal health and wellness.

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  • Heart Healthy Living Program

    The Katz Institute for Women’s Health is now offering the Heart Healthy Living Program. Participate in this 8-week interactive program and gain the knowledge and support to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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Protect Your Vision with a Comprehensive Eye Examination

It’s likely that you undergo regular vision screenings every year or so, particularly if you wear corrective lenses. “While vision screening is ideal for identifying vision problems,” says Dr. Anne Sara Steiner, MD, Director of the Northwell Health Ocular Service Center, “it cannot take the place of a comprehensive eye examination designed to identify even […]

Take Action to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer doesn’t get the same amount of attention as some high-profile cancers, but it should. Many women are surprised to learn that colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Found most often in individuals who are 50 and older, this […]

Simple Tips for Everyday Healthy Eating

While it’s a given that we all need balanced nutrition for good health, it can sometimes be challenging to put this into daily practice. For many women, the hectic daily routine of work and family means that optimal food choices are put on the back burner. It can be overwhelming to think about making sweeping […]

Katz Health Tips, April 2017

1: Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
With spring in full bloom, it’s time to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors. Along with shielding your skin from the sun’s UV rays, it’s also important to take precautions to protect your eyes. Too much exposure can raise the risk of certain eye conditions, including cataracts, solar retinopathy and cancer. To protect your eyes while outside during daylight hours, wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat. Even during cloudy days, the sun’s rays can be harmful, so it’s important to keep those shades handy! And, make sure to visit your eye doctor for regular checkups to evaluate any vision changes and to proactively check for any potential issues that could impact your vision.

2: Squeeze in a High-Intensity Interval Training Workout
It can be difficult to find time for regular workouts. An increasingly popular option for busy women is high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Consisting of short, intense bursts of exercise combined with less-intensive exercise or complete rest, these workouts can be completed in 20 minutes or even less! In a study conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales, Australia, women experienced a reduction of total body fat and subcutaneous leg and trunk fat by participating in a high-intensity intermittent exercise program.

3: Add Some Heat to Your Meals
Spicy foods are ethnic staples in many warm climates, but why do some of us crave spicy foods? One theory is that your body craves specific nutrients that the body requires but may be out of balance. As anyone who adds spice to their meals knows, spice can make you sweat, which is the body’s way of cooling a person down. Capsaicin, the main compound in chilies, displays a myriad of health benefits in clinical studies, including the ability to increase metabolic activity and burn calories. Other spicy foods may help reduce the damaging effects of LDL (bad cholesterol) and fight inflammation. Try incorporating some spices into your dishes, such as cumin, coriander and ginger to enjoy both their unique flavors and natural health benefits.