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New Urgent Care Medical Facility Just Around the Corner!

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Ashley Tedesco, blog editor

Photo by Ashley Tedesco

A new urgent care facility opened last week on the corner of 69th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. No appointments are necessary to get checked out for common illnesses and injuries, minor emergencies, and services including x-rays, physicals and vaccinations. The best part? They say their goal is to have you in and out in under an hour, which beats most doctors, let alone the emergency room!

The facility is “staffed exclusively by board certified emergency physicians,” according to its Web site, which means you’ll get the best possible care. The two doctors have close to 40 years of experience between them, and are both Ivy League educated and well versed in emergency care. Learn more about the doctors here.

The only downside to this facility is that they don’t take insurance, which means you have to pay up front and send in documentation to your insurance company to be reimbursed. However, at $175 for a typical visit, the clinic charges less than half of the cost of a typical emergency room visit, according to its Web site, which is ideal for those who are uninsured.

Urgent Care Manhattan is open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, which sure beats the hours at the Fordham Medical Suite. Give them a call at (212) 721-4200 to learn more, or visit their Web site at www.urgentcaremanhattan.com. You can even like them on Facebook!

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You’re Not Alone: It’s Burnout Season.

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Sadia Noor

The term burnout generally brings to mind images of a late night illegal drag race where super awesome cars screech down the road with smoke streaming from their wheels. Unfortunately, the kind of burnout us regular folk experience usually doesn’t involve climbing out of a race car and pulling off a helmet to reveal perfectly kept hair. No, our burnout is much, much uglier.

Right now, I’m taking 5 classes, working two jobs, serving as an editor for Kosmos, freelancing in graphic design, and working towards graduating Fordham a year early. When I go home, I get to take care of my family and help my dad manage his startup business (and maybe even do my homework). At the beginning of this semester, I thought I could handle all the work. I’m sure that there are people that could do all this while simultaneously climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and curing world hunger. Sad to say, I’m not one of those people. I am experiencing burnout.

It seems like nowadays, the word ‘no’ is equivalent to a death sentence. College students simply have to accept every offer, take every opportunity, apply for every vacant position, interview for the coolest internships. This isn’t overachieving anymore, this is the norm – to get a leg up in the world, we need to be working 24/7.

But somewhere along the line, college lost the meaning that it used to. What happened to doing things just for the experience? What happened to taking quirky classes so you can spout trivia on command? What happened to the love?! (I kid, I kid.)

All I’m saying is that college burnout is way too common, and most of us don’t even realize when we’ve taken on too much work and stopped enjoying ourselves. My advice is simple, and probably something we’ve all heard twenty times over – just chill out. Pick something you love doing, something that can bring you zen in any situation, and then go chase after that internship position. You’ll be a lot happier and fulfilled as a result, and you won’t have to complain to your friends about how tired you are every day (which is actually a lot more annoying than you think).

And maybe, just maybe, the art of perfect hair will follow.

National Clean Hands Week Keeps it Clean!

September 20, 2010 1 comment

Heather Foye

Are you ready to stay squeaky-clean FCLC? National Clean Hands Week has just begun and runs through September 25 with the goal of reminding everyone that maintaining hygienic hands is one of the easiest ways to prevent illnesses. In an environment such as college, where thousands of students are in close proximity to each other in dorms and classrooms, it is vital that we do everything we can to always wash our hands. We are fortunate enough to have running water at our disposal on a daily basis in our country, and we should effectively use this to our advantage. In order to ensure that all FCLC students stay healthy, we have compiled a list of tips in honor of the week.

1 . Washing hands should mean using, SOAP AND WATER, to effectively kill germs. Lather up!

2 . Not sure if your washing your hands for long enough? It is recommend that you spend about 20 seconds washing; about the time it takes to hum the Happy Birthday song twice.

3 . Wash your hands a lot (there is no such thing as over washing). Not only after you use the facilities, but after you sneeze, cough, get off of the subway, touch animals or take out the trash. Also, remember the most important rule your mother taught you—wash your hands before every meal. Your mother was right.

4 . Try to wash with warm water. Warm water creates more suds than cold water and therefore aids in removing a greater amount of debris from hands.

5 . Don’t forget to dry your hands with a towel or air dryer to eliminate the germs that are suspended within the water particles on your hands.

6 . Do (frequently) use the sanitizer gel dispensers that are located around Fordham when soap and water are not available.

7 . The walls are not very clean; so don’t touch them as you walk through the halls. Just remember the phrase I learned through my elementary school song “As your walking through the halls keep your fingers off the walls. That’s a rule, that’s a rule in our school.”

Enjoy National Clean Hands Week, and don’t forget to celebrate thoroughly!

Fitness Friday: Everybody’s Hot, Hot, Hot… Yoga!

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Katie Berry

Photo by Katie Berry.

In an effort to shed those few extra pounds that are synonymous with the lazy summer attitude that prevails over the majority of us, I thought I would try what exercise magazines and fitness gurus have been raving about: Bikram Yoga! Bikram consists of 26 Hatha Yoga poses and postures done in a heated room–so hot it makes everyone’s worst nightmare of an AC blowout in a heat wave seem like a trip to the Arctic. I sweated more in the 90-minute class than I have in my entire life!

Why the need for such extreme heat? The heated rooms actually helps rejuvenate the body by allowing it to sweat out harmful toxins. The heat also allows you to strengthen and stretch your muscles simultaneously to reach their maximum capacity. Each of the 26 postures has a multitude of benefits that range from supporting chemical balance and mental relaxation to aiding vital, internal systems such as the endocrine, reproductive and digestive systems.

However, what really caught my eye was the price! Bikram Yoga NYC is offering a limited time special where newcomers pay only $30 for 30 days of classes! This is quite the steal, considering the going rate for one class is $23 or $15 with your Fordham ID. Another great feature is the close proximity to the Fordham Lincoln Center campus. Fordham’s central positioning is equidistant from Bikram NYC’s two prime locations. Their Midtown location is 797 8th Ave. at 49th St., and their Upper West Side location is at 143 West 72nd Street. It’s practically in Fordham’s backyard!

The start of school signals the perfect opportunity to take the time to relax, reduce stress, slim and tone. If you’re interested in trying remember to bring a mat, towel and plenty of water, that is! Namaste all Fordham yogis!

Spice Up Your Workout With Zumba Fitness

Zumba creator Beto Perez leading a class. Courtesy of Telegraph online newspaper.

By Teresa Valley

We all know exercise is extremely beneficial for our overall health, but work out regimes become boring and monotonous.  If the idea of running on a treadmill everyday sounds awful to you, its time to spice up your work out.  Electrifying music, fun dance moves, and lots of booty shaking, sound like a night out at the club?  Well this could be your new daily work out, welcome to the world of Zumba!

Zumba is a Latin dance inspired fitness class that infuses international music from all over the globe.  Salsa, Meringue, Cumbia, Calypso, African, and Brazilian Samba are just some of the dances incorporated into this thrilling fitness class.  The class was created by Columbia native Beto Perez and brought to the US in 2001. As a Zumba instructor myself I can say this class successfully infuses a complete body work out while never actually feeling like a work out.

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Spotted at the Women’s Health product closet: Tampon Tubes?

As a beauty intern, I come across pretty wild products that are sent to my boss for consideration by the magazine.  I’ve stocked the closet with creams to make your pubic hair thinner, nostril wax for those uber long nose hairs and toning cream to make your face and body thinner.  But this week, I came across the holy grail of beauty inventions–ladies, I present to you, Tampon Tubes!!

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With Bathing Suit Season in Sight, Here’s the Universial Exercise

March 10, 2010 2 comments

Ian Chadwick, Health and Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer at Equinox, demonstrates the perfect workout at the 92nd street location.

According to Health and Fitness Specialist and Equinox Personal Trainer Ian Chadwick there is one exercise that is perfect for every body: the squat.

“A squat is a functional movement which means it is an exercise with a purpose because it translates to what we do in our everyday life,” says Chadwick.

When done correctly, A squat is actually a total body workout. What seems like a simple leg exercise is a strength training exercise that works every muscle including abs, lower and upper back, and arms. Squats tone by causing stress to the muscle, which creates microscopic muscle tears, your muscles then rebuild during recovery, which happens when you sleep at night.

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