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5 Awesome Fitness and Health Apps for 2015

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As we get older – time to stay fit and healthy seems to get shorter. Monitoring our calorie intake, what type of foods to eat and how many pounds we’re burning off is too much of a time consuming task to supervise. Fortunately for us there are apps for that. Does that make us lazier? Nope! It makes us wiser for utilizing our resource (our phones and tablets) that makes us more efficient and organized.

Here are five awesome fitness and health apps for your mobile devices and tablets. However, just know that downloading these apps will not lose the weight for you or keep you healthy. You will actually have to workout and eat right yourself.

Five Awesome Fitness and Health Apps for 2015

1) Fooducate:
Statistics show most food products that have the words “Healthy” on the label are actually not that good for you (high sodium, sugar, …etc). But with this app you can scan the barcode to help you make a healthy-ier choice when grocery shopping. The app is free for iOS and Android.

2) Moves:
Do you know how many calories you burn when you walk to the store or run to the bus or train. This app will give you the minute-by-minute calculations on how many calories you’ve burned throughout the day. The app is free and available for iOS.

3) Noom Weight Loss Coach:
Can’t afford a personal coach but you desperately want one. Well the app will not only coach you but it will encourage you with motivating words, display health and wellness articles, healthy recipes and show you which foods are healthy and which are not. This app is free for iOS and Android.

4) Power20:
Become stronger and fit with this app that customizes 20 minute full-body routines. This app’s illustrated videos, infographics and daily tips are the extras while it takes notes and modifies exercises based on what you can and cannot do. Purchase this app for only $2.99 for iOS.

5) Nike+ Running:
Tell Michael Jordan that it’s not just the shoe, it’s the app too. The app is specifically for runners, but joggers and speed walkers can also use it to track distance, pace, time and calories burned. The app helps you reach new goals with training programs, coaching tips and daily workouts to get you ready for any marathon you want to enter. This free app is available for iOS and Android.

Live it. It’s your life. It’s your health!
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Top 3 Calorie Searches People Look For On Google to Stay Healthy

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So 2015 has just started and you want to begin your New Year’s resolution to get fit, healthier or just lose some weight. Like many, you’ve come to the right place to get some fun information on how to Live It for fitness and health.

One of the most complex but popular health and fitness categories that have been searched on Google is calories. ‘How many calories should I eat’ has been typed-in over 15 million times every 63 seconds according to Google’s data.

According to the medical website, medicalnewstoday:

“The number of calories you need to eat each day can depend on several factors, including your age, size, height, sex, lifestyle, and overall general health. A physically active 6ft 2in male, aged 22 years, requires considerably more calories than a 5ft 2ins sedentary woman in her 70s.”

I don’t usually count calories, but like some of you guys I sometimes like to know how many calories are in certain foods because the more calories the foods have the harder I have to work to burn it off. So here are the top 3 calorie searches people look for on Google to stay healthy and let us know on Facebook or Twitter what foods you like that have high or low calories.

1) Bananas
Apparently Minions (from the movie Despicable Me) aren’t the only ones that love the exotic fruit. Medium sized bananas have 105 calories while giving you a great source of much needed potassium and good carbohydrates.

2) Pumpkin Pie
The delicious pastry has 323 calories in one slice (133 g). That will take 90 minutes of casual walking (non-stop) to burn off those calories if you’re at least 140 lbs.

3) Apples
A medium apple only has 95 calories while providing you with so many health benefits. This amazing fruit has antioxidants that will boost your immune system and will detoxify your body. The apple’s fiber alleviates constipation and helps control your weight are just a few benefits this sweet fruit provides.

Live it. It’s your life. It’s your health!
It’s time for a change! That’s why LatinTRENDS has partnered with healthfirst and created the Live It health section. Designed to bring health content front and forward in a creative, fun, yet important, and engaging way that embraces modern day technology, lifestyle trends and pop culture. Because health and health information should be embraced by all, including the young and young at heart. Live it is brought to you by

Multiple Sclerosis, Don’t Let It Define You

Body Mind SoulOne way to understanding any disease is to talk to your doctor and another is to read about the disease from various medical sources. It is not always wise to rely on one source for information. With how much information we come across these days on the internet, it shows how much people are talking about a particular, disease, war, or anything else of great interest. One disease that is of interest is Multiple Sclerosis or MS. This two part interview consists of TV host of the show, Jason Silva BrainGames, which is a “pioneer series in the genre of “smartertainment”- content that entertains while expanding your knowledge. It’s about making smart the new sexy.” He talks in more detail about the show and why he started it in relation to MS. While Silva is not a doctor, Dr. Newman, a specialist of MS was also interviewed specifically about the disease.

LatinTRENDS (LT): Why did you start the show?

Jason Silva (JS): National Geographic came to me after seeing some of my web videos asking me to host their new series Brain Games. It was a unique opportunity to extend my passion for ideas beyond the web and back into television.

I’ve also extended my passion for ideas by partnering with Biogen Idec™ to raise awareness of the innovative efforts of individuals that are helping people with multiple sclerosis (MS) across the country, and the great work that is being done to help the MS community. My discussions with these visionary individuals in two videos now available on in the health & fitness section of the website. (

LT: Can you talk about the video series a little bit?
JS: I also have a YouTube channel called SHOTS OF AWE where I make short films exploring breathtakingly big ideas. The goal is for these videos to act as ‘trailers for the mind’ and engage audiences to probe deeper into existential issues related to technology, philosophy, creativity and the human condition. The series has received over 13 million views and social media shares from prominent figures such as Richard Branson, director Ron Howard, Actor Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio.

LT: What is the greatest take away for you when you do speaking engagements or talk to people about the show?
JS: I do many talks and keynotes for companies all over the world including Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel and others. My favorite part is getting to really (hopefully) impact audiences viscerally when thinking about exponential technological change and its implications.

Stephen Newman MD, Director of the Comprehensive MS Center at Island Neurological Associates gives a more in-depth discussion about the disease, advice about living with MS, treatments and other information.

LatinTRENDS (LT): Briefly, can you describe MS, the causes and symptoms?
Stephen Newman (SN): Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an immune mediated disease that occurs when inflammatory cells, that are programmed to fight infection, make a mistake and, attack the central nervous system, which is the brain and the spinal cord. The attack is on the fatty insulation that surrounds nerves called myelin, causing the nerves to short circuit and not be able to transmit information. As a result of this damage, people develop various types of disabilities, including weakness, numbness, tingling, visual disturbance, fatigue, and problems with their ability to think.

LT: What type of treatments are there for people living with MS?

SN: The first disease modifying treatment for multiple sclerosis was FDA approved in 1993 and was done by injection. Prior to that, there were no medications that could altered the course of the disease. There are now 10 medications on the market, including both injectable and pills. One example of a medication that is used to treat relapse forms of multiple sclerosis is Tecfidera. This medication was released approximately a year and a half ago. It is FDA approved to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, and has been shown to be effective in 2 large clinical trials. Specifically, it was shown to reduce relapses, and delayed physical disability. This medication can have side effects, including reduction of white blood cell count, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and flushing. So, when making a medication choice, one has to take into account the beneficial effects and side effects, before making a decision regarding treatment.

LT: Are you specialized in MS for both children and adults?
SN: I am only specialized for adults and mainly based on preference. Children have different needs than adults.

LT: What is the best advice that you could give to someone living with MS in terms of coping methods?

SN: First is to be your own advocate in treating your disease by taking your medication and following the doctor’s advice. It is important to use all support systems available including family friends, and medical professionals. Second, MS is a lifelong disease and living with it requires a marathon of effort, and self-dedication. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis; however, by doing the right things quality of life can be maintained.

It is important to be fully educated about any disease. There are numerous experts out there who are specialists and their goal is to educate others on their findings. This is never any harm in having too much information, it is just more power to you.

Saludos con los Drs. Pimentel: Back to School


It’s back to school time! While most families are out shopping for school supplies, uniforms, nice shoes and sneakers, many are forgetting about preparing students for the physical and mental return to school. Adults may have forgotten (and thankfully, right?) about the anxiety and stress that can be associated with going back to school. Here are a few tips to help students make a smooth transition from summer fun to fall studies.

And hey, we understand the modern family has changed significantly, so we’ll say “the student” instead of “your child.”

  • Begin planning the fall schedule inclusive of physical activities in addition to academic courses. Communicate this schedule to the student so that he/she is aware of what to expect.
  • Get that youngster to bed by 10pm, at the latest, and make sure everyone is up early each morning. Do this at least two weeks before school begins. The student should have 8 hours of rest.
  • Create a sense of enthusiasm and excitement about returning to school. If the student is attending a new school, visit the area ahead of time in order to develop a sense of familiarity and security.
  • Encourage the student to make new friends. Get to know the student’s friends too.
  • Know what vaccinations are required for the student and be sure he/she is up to date on all doctor visits. This includes a trip to the dentist.
  • Plan healthy snacks for lunch and after school. These are critical hours of the day when students need healthy boosts of energy.

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Free yoga @ the Library

by Astharte De Los Santos
1. A Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity.
2. A system of exercises practiced as part of this discipline to promote control of the body and mind.

As you can see Yoga can be beneficial to your health. What are the chances you can enjoy these sessions for free at your local library. Just bring a mat!

November 16, 12:00PM
Free Yoga Classes at the Library brought to you by Shape up NYC. Expert Instructors. Please bring your own mats.


This event takes place at:
Harlem Library
9 W. 124th St. – bet. Lenox & Fifth Aves.
Directions: 2, 3 to 125th.

Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Announce New Powerhouse Recruit for Cancer Research and Patient Care

Dr. Lewis Cantley, a leading cancer researcher, credited with discovering a family of enzymes fundamental to understanding cancer, has been named director of the newly established Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

The recruitment and appointment of Dr. Cantley by Weill Cornell Medical College’s new dean, Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s CEO, Dr. Steven J. Corwin, marks a critical step in the transformation and acceleration of personalized translational medicine, research and clinical care for cancer patients at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Dr. Cantley is the William Bosworth Castle Chair in Medicine and professor of systems biology at Harvard and director of the Cancer Center and chief of the Division of Signal Transduction at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“We are honored and delighted to have Dr. Cantley, a pioneering researcher in the field of cancer, join us to lead the new Cancer Center,” says Dr. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weill Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College and Provost for Medical Affairs at Cornell University. “Multidisciplinary translational research is the future of biomedicine. There will be no barriers between our clinicians, translational researchers and basic scientists, whose close collaboration across disciplines and institutions will lead to new discoveries and cancer therapies — transforming cancer patient care and ultimately finding cures.”

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s cancer research and clinical care enterprise is already among the best in the nation. Weill Cornell physicians have diagnosed and treated more than 4,000 new cancer patients annually since 2008.

“We are thrilled about the formation of this new Cancer Center, as it will propel us to greater heights in cancer research and patient-centered clinical care” says Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “Together with Weill Cornell Medical College, we are committed to making NewYork-Presbyterian the preeminent academic medical center for cancer care in the country. The recruitment of Dr. Cantley puts us one step closer to making that goal a reality.”

The Center’s mission is to create a unique kind of cancer center, one that will truly make precision and personalized medicine for cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment a reality. It will ensure that patients can immediately benefit from the latest discoveries and treatments, especially in clinical trials, while training future researchers and recruiting leaders in cancer research and clinical care.

The Center will establish a vast infrastructure that provides research space, resources and access to the latest state-of-the-art technologies for basic, clinical and translational cancer research, and also support for initiating and conducting novel clinical trials. It will also have a centralized cancer tumor tissue bank, patient database and system for rapidly evaluating each patient’s cancer tumor for its genetic profile, associated gene expression and mutations to accelerate each patient’s personalized treatment plan or enrollment in clinical trials based on their genetic information. The new Center will be headquartered in the soon-to-be-completed 18-story, $650 million state-of-the-art Belfer Research Building set to open in 2014.

“We are on the brink of an evolution in cancer research and patient care that will dramatically change how our patients are diagnosed and how their diseases are managed,” says Dr. Cantley. “I look forward to leading the new cancer center at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian and the beginning of the next revolution in cancer care with unparalleled progress in discovery research, including the translation of our discoveries into novel, patient-centered approaches for cancer prevention, treatment and cures.”

As director, Dr. Cantley will forge the Cancer Center into a collaborative, multidisciplinary research enterprise focused on gathering Weill Cornell’s basic, translational and clinical research expertise under one umbrella, across faculty and departments, and converting cancer research breakthroughs into novel therapies that offer patients immediate access to the latest advanced care available and hope for the future. Dr. Cantley will lead the charge in positioning the Cancer Center and its members as global leaders in personalized cancer treatment and in the design and execution of clinical trials that lead to new approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and cancer treatment. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is internationally recognized as a premier center for research and clinical care of patients with cancers of the blood, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and conducts more clinical research studies than any of its regional peers. Its comprehensive prostate program focuses on prevention, early detection and novel treatment through patient-oriented research involving physicians and scientists across disciplines, from molecular and cellular biology to engineering. Additionally, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell has some of the world’s most renowned breast researchers and surgeons who are at the vanguard of offering new procedures and testing the latest drugs in clinical trials for the treatment of all stages of breast cancer.

Building off the successes of the Weill Cornell Cancer Center, established in 2008, and its exemplary leadership from cancer physician-scientist Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, the new expansive Cancer Center and its researchers will be on the front lines of the evolution in cancer care. The Cancer Center will initially focus on colorectal, lung, melanoma and hematopoietic cancers and expand to all cancers where there is a risk that standard of care will not lead to a cure, such as breast, prostate, pancreatic, endometrial, ovarian and glioblastoma. Researchers expect to conduct detailed exploration of the molecular abnormalities in cancer cells and tumors, to gain new insight into the underlying mechanisms of drug resistance or acquired resistance to therapies, and test novel drug combination therapies to combat resistance. Also, identifying new biomarkers for resistance will help researchers more effectively triage patients into the specific therapies that will benefit them most.

Background Information on Dr. Lewis Cantley

Dr. Cantley is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences USA. He is one of the world’s most pre-eminent scientists in both basic and clinical research and a Cornell University alumnus. Dr. Cantley has made significant advances in cancer research stemming from his discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) in the mid-’80s, which explains the growth of a cell and has major implications in cancer. His pioneering research discovered that human cancers frequently have mutations in PI3K and, for the past three decades, has worked to identify new treatments for cancers that result from defects in the pathway. This discovery, which has led to one of the most promising avenues for the development of personalized cancer therapies, has since resulted in revolutionary treatments for cancer, diabetes and autoimmune diseases.

Most recently, Dr. Cantley’s research has focused on characterizing the mechanism by which PI3K is activated by growth factors and cancer-causing oncogenes, and elucidating PI3K’s pathways, including Akt/PKB — critical proteins that regulate cell survival and proliferation in normal and cancer cells. In the course of his work, Dr. Cantley’s laboratory has revealed the structural basis for regulated interaction of these signaling proteins, and this technique has led to a bioinformatics approach for predicting signaling pathways on the basis of gene sequences.

Dr. Cantley is currently exploring the role of the PI3K pathway in cancer and diabetes by developing mouse models in which genes for enzymes in this pathway are altered. Last year, he was awarded a $15 million grant from Stand Up 2 Cancer to lead a team of researchers to bring new cancer treatments to patients faster by investigating the role of PI3K in the development of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers.

Dr. Cantley graduated summa cum laude in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from West Virginia Wesleyan College and obtained a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Cornell University in 1975. He conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University from 1975 until 1978, when he was appointed assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Cantley was appointed as professor of physiology at Tufts University in 1985, but returned to Harvard Medical School as professor of cell biology in 1992, a position he held until 2003.

Weill Cornell Medical College

Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University’s medical school located in New York City, is committed to excellence in research, teaching, patient care and the advancement of the art and science of medicine, locally, nationally and globally. Physicians and scientists of Weill Cornell Medical College are engaged in cutting-edge research from bench to bedside, aimed at unlocking mysteries of the human body in health and sickness and toward developing new treatments and prevention strategies. In its commitment to global health and education, Weill Cornell has a strong presence in places such as Qatar, Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Through the historic Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, the Medical College is the first in the U.S. to offer its M.D. degree overseas. Weill Cornell is the birthplace of many medical advances — including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer, the synthesis of penicillin, the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S., the first clinical trial of gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease, and most recently, the world’s first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. Weill Cornell Medical College is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where its faculty provides comprehensive patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Medical College is also affiliated with the Methodist Hospital in Houston. For more information, visit

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation’s largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,353 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including more than 220,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation’s leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more information, visit


3 Things We Can Learn From Dying Hospice Patients

Does our society hold too narrow a view of what defines strength?

The things many would point to as indicators – youth, wealth, a fully capable body – fall short, says Charles Gourgey, a veteran hospice music therapist and author of Judeochristianity: The Meaning and Discovery of Faith (, a book that explores the unifying faith elements of Judaism and Christianity.

“Youth is ephemeral, abundant wealth is for just a few, and we all experience some kind of disability, usually at several points in our lives,” he says. “A car accident, the loss of a job or a home, grief over a loved one’s dying: such things can happen to anyone and easily destroy our happiness.”

Gourgey says some of the greatest strength he’s ever seen was demonstrated by certain of his patients facing imminent death.

“Some people have complete love and grace when facing death – it’s how they’ve lived their lives, and at the end of their lives, it’s what supports them,” he says. “Those who, at the end, are peaceful, grateful and confident share some common characteristics.”
They are:

• Their love is non-self-interested. When we have awareness of and deepest respect and reverence for the individuality of others, we overcome the high walls of ego and experience a tremendous sense of freedom, says Gourgey. He says he continues to be inspired by patients who cared more for the well-being of others, including their fellow hospice patients, than themselves while facing their own mortality. Non-self-interested love – loving others for themselves without expecting or needing anything in return – is the greatest form of love, he says.

• They had an unwavering faith that transcended religious dogma. Faith is the knowledge that there is more to life than the apparent randomness of the material world; a sense that we are known to a greater reality and will return to that reality. No matter what their religion, the patients who were most at peace with their life’s journey were those who had faith in something higher than themselves. The problem with many concepts of faith, Gourgey continues, is that people attach specific doctrines to it, which means some people will always be excluded. A unifying faith – that all people are connected and love is the force that binds us – allows for trust, compassion and caring.

• They were motivated by an innate sense of what is good. They didn’t get mad at themselves; they didn’t beat themselves up for mistakes they might have made in the past. That’s because they were always guided by their sense of what is good, and they made their choices with that in mind. That did not prevent them from making some bad choices or mistakes over the course of their lives, Gourgey says. But when they erred, they addressed the problem with the same loving compassion they extended to others. “Their compassion overcame even any self-hate they may have experienced.”

Many patients left lasting impressions on Gourgey, and taught him valuable life lessons. He remembers one in particular.

“She was in hospice, a retired nurse who had developed a rare, incurable disease,” he recalls. “She would go around every day, checking to see what she could do for the other patients. She fetched blankets for a 104-year-old lady who always complained of cold feet. She sat with and listened to patients who needed company and someone to talk to. She had an attentive awareness about her, like she was fully in touch with her soul.”

Gourgey was with the woman when she died.

“She was radiant, she just glowed. She kept repeating how grateful she was for her life,” he says. “It was as if the life of love she’d lived was there to transport and support her at the end.”

About Charles “Carlos” Gourgey

Charles “Carlos” Gourgey, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC, is a board-certified and New York state-licensed music therapist. He has more than 20 years of experience working in hospices and nursing homes, and for 10 years was music therapist for Cabrini Hospice in New York City. He has published articles on psychology and religion in various journals.

Marine Corps Sergeant aims to do 1 million push-ups for Military

by: John Rodriguez

To help fellow American Men and Women serving in the United States Military there are many organizations and individuals doing their best in some way to support our injured soldiers who have returned from the front line, and for Marine Corps Sergeant Enrique Trevino his support comes in the form of his very own body.

Starting as a New Year’s resolution where Sergeant Trevino challenged himself to do a million push-ups, and while he’s still on the path of reaching a million push-ups Trevino has decided “instead of doing a million push-ups to benefit myself, I want to give back to my brothers and sisters in the armed forces who have had so much taken from them.”

Determined to get to a million push-ups, Trevino is still committed to the endeavor but is doing so for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project is organization which provides programs and services to severely injured service members from between the time they are active and in transition into civilian life.

On his donation page at the Wounded Warrior Project site, Trevino addresses viewers concerning is goal: “My name is Sergeant Enrique Trevino and my 2012 goal is to complete 1 Million push up’s within the year. That’s Right…1 Million, which is 2,732 push up’s a day. I have a strong desire to give back to the service men and women whom lives were greatly impacted but yet still continue to serve ever so proudly.”

“A lot of people have forgotten about them,” said Trevino, and because of this Trevino is hoping to remind fellow Americans about them. So far his intention is working. “When it started going viral, it just amazed me how many followers I got. It means a lot.”

With a million being his goal, Trevino must pump out 2,732 push-ups every 24 hours. The task doesn’t seem at all that hard to the young athletic man. “I take an hour out of my time, do push-ups. Generally then, I’ll average between 600-700 push-ups.”

The routine is repeated throughout the day and while strenuous his motivation: his fellow brothers and sisters who were injured fighting for our country helps him to continue. “It makes me never want to stop. I am already thinking, what am I going to do next year?”

Along with his million push-ups goal, Trevino is hoping to raise $20,000 by year’s end. With only a half a year remaining Trevino has already raised $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

If you would like to help this honorable soldier in his quest to helping our injured troops you can donate to the project, by visiting:

McDonald’s NY Metro Nutrition Network Hosts Tweet-Up Event, Promotes Grants for Community Organizations to Develop Nutrition Programs

As part of the continued rollout of McDonald’s New York Metro Nutrition Network (MNN), McDonald’s hosted a Tweet-Up in collaboration with LATISM (Latinos in Social Media) and licensed registered nutritionist, Tanya Zuckerbrot, at its 6th Avenue and 14th Street location in Manhattan on May 31, 2012. During the event, attended by 25 Latino bloggers and influencers from the NY tri-state area, Tanya Zuckerbrot discussed McDonald’s nutritious offerings as well as the company’s recently-launched nutrition initiative, including a grants program.

Through this grants program, McDonald’s Owners and Operators in the tri-state area will award five local community-based organizations with $5,000 seed funding to help build nutrition programs within their respective communities. Applications are due June 15, 2012, so there still time to apply. Applications are available for downloading in English and Spanish at Proposals will be evaluated by a select panel of judges, which will announce the five winners in July 2012.

About McDonald’s New York Metro Nutrition Network
In an effort to extend the company-wide “Commitment to Nutrition” outlined in 2011, New York Tri-State McDonald’s Owners and Operators recently created the New York Metro Nutrition Network (MNN). The program is designed to educate consumers on nutrition and provide seed funding to local organizations in the NY Tri-State area for nutrition education programs in the community.

About McDonald’s New York Tri-State Restaurants  
McDonald’s is one of the world’s best-known brands and is a global leader in food service. There are more than 600 McDonald’s restaurants, owned by over 100 franchisees, located throughout the New York Tri-State area, New Jersey, and Fairfield County in Connecticut.  Visit or follow us on Twitter @McDNYTriState for information about other McDonald’s area programs.

The largest organization for Latino and Latina engaged in social media, LATISM is a 501(c) 4 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic, and economic status of the Latino community. LATISM also serves corporate brands, NGOs, and government entities with a broad range of services including research, event sponsorships, and leadership training. One of the most popular hashtags on Twitter, the #LATISM hashtag captures over 10 million impressions daily and enjoys one of the largest Latino network on Facebook.

Plastic Surgery: How daring are you to do it?

By: Rachel Slaiman
Whether it would be because of peer pressure, the tabloid stories, social media or Hollywood, many people look in the mirror every day and criticize how they look and what they should fix about their body. Some people may take the “obsession” or “have to” to the extreme and opt for plastic surgery altogether. If you are considering plastic surgery, here are the top five areas for plastic surgery, what they are, and the pros and cons of each and of course the cost for each surgery. The costs will vary between state and what it is that you want to get done. The figures below are from the “Insider’s Guide to Plastic Surgery” and their website is
1. Liposuction
Some may refer to it as lipo, though simply put, this type of surgery removes fat from different areas of the body including abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, and backs of arms. Getting this surgery would be ideal for someone who is struggling with their weight. The pros to having this surgery done are having the body you always wanted, the body will not have extra fat cells, and it is generally safe. The cons side is that the patient has to be about 100 pounds over where you should be at height and age, may experience scaring and bruising, and a common side effect is vomiting. Depending on how many areas you want done the cost could range from $2,500 to $10,000.
2. Breast Implants
Breast Augmentation or more commonly known as “boob job”, this surgery increases the size and shape of the breast once an implant is entered. The two types of breast implants include saline (salt water) and silicone (plastic gel). These implants are placed either under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle. The pros and cons of having breast implants done depend on a number of factors including which type of implant you want, saline or silicone, age, consistency of the breast tissue, incision size, rippling and rupture. Cost for this surgery with taking into consideration which implant is being inserted can range from $5,000 to $8,000.
3. Tummy Tuck
Dieting and exercising are just not right for some people and may just be impossible for them to lose weight. Tummy tuck surgery helps this by removing the excess flesh from the abdomen. Women may opt for a tummy tuck if they have had children and can’t lose the excess weight. The pros of a tummy tuck are that it gets rid of the excess skin and extra fat in conjunction with the muscles. Of course there may be complications, as with any surgery, but the most common side effect is scarring underneath where the incision is made. A tummy tuck surgery can range anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000.
4. Eyelid Surgery
Our eyes let us see everything around us and interact with the world, so it is no surprise that this kind of surgery is on this top five list. Eye lid surgery aims to fix droopy lids and sagging bags underneath the eyes commonly from the aging process. A surgeon can fix both the upper and lower eyelids. Fixing the upper eyelid involves removing the excess skin and/or fat when an incision is made across the crease of the eyelid. The surgery is to lessen the appearance of having or had surgery. The lower eyelid is where the “sagging or bagging” occurs. Unfortunately, this can be caused from genetics, but the surgeon makes an incision and goes inside the lower eye lid to take out the fat. For both kinds of surgery, the cost can vary from $4,000 to $5,500.
5. Breast Lift
Different from the implant surgery, a breast lift helps to eliminate the drooping of the breasts through removing extra skin and raising the position of the nipple or areola. This surgery will not make your breasts look the same when they were 20 something, but conversely, they will look younger when the surgery is complete. The cost for this surgery ranges from $5,000 to $6,000.
Undergoing any plastic surgery takes time to research, asking questions and getting informed about what you want to have done. It is always important to not just rely on what peers or the media says, but consulting your doctor about risks, complications, and if it will achieve the results you are looking for. It is up to you what you want to do and it is equally important to remember that you will have to live with the results that you are given.