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Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico Raises Fear of Global Epidemic
By Mariela Rosario | 04/27/2009 - 13:45

An outbreak of swine flu, originating in central Mexico, has raised fears of a global epidemic. Keiji Fukuda, a World Health Organization official, says that the form of flu that originated in Mexico is a genetic mixture of viruses that have been seen in pigs, birds and people prior to this outbreak. It’s been dubbed "swine flu" because the overall genetic structure of the virus is of the type that has normally affected pigs.


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Staff Health Challenge: Switch it Up
By Angie Romero | 04/27/2009 - 11:15

So I’m a few weeks into my health challenge and though I’m constantly tempted by the cookies and scones that are brought into the office, I feel like I’ve made some progress. At the very least I’m learning more about my body. Marc Hochstein, who totally resembles Christian Bale AND happens to be my trainer at Manhattan Plaza Health Club (wink, wink), taught me something new the other day. He explained that you can’t do the exact same workout twice or your body will outsmart you and the muscles will get lazy.


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Staff Health Challenge: Mariela's Motivation
By Mariela Rosario | 04/22/2009 - 10:30

I have a big trip coming up at the end of June involving about 15 of my besties and a bikini, so you would think that the horrors of having all of my closest friends seeing me half-clothed would be the kick in the pants I need to get my behind to the gym. But, perpetual procrastinator that I am, I'm always convincing myself that I'll just hit the gym tomorrow and sleep in today.


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Staff Health Challenge: Dorkys's Rocky Start
By Dorkys Ramos | 04/21/2009 - 10:00

I can’t believe we’re only one week into this challenge and I’m already struggling. I thought once we started my mind would just shift gears and I’d be well on my way to 90+ lbs bliss. Old habits sure die hard! I might have gone shopping for all the right foods, but they aren’t making their way into my mouth.


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Staff Health Challenge: Angie's Gym Essentials
By Angie Romero | 04/20/2009 - 11:45

I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve always had this phobia of gyms. Or maybe it’s the sweaty people who inhabit them. But now that I’ve started my health challenge, hired a hot trainer and begun to hit the Manhattan Plaza Health Club on the regular, I’m going to need to get over my fear once and for all. And there’s a few things that are helping me do that, including:


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Latina Staff Health Challenge: Day Three
By Mariela Rosario | 04/15/2009 - 13:15

For 90 days, three Latina staffers will give their unhealthy lifestyles a much-needed makeover as they shape up for summer. And with the help of nutritionist Christina Persaud, these ladies are ready to get their rears in gear. Let’s meet them!

Here's the third (and last) Latina staffer who took on the Health Challenge:

Mariela Rosario, 28
Online Editor
Stats: 5 feet 4, 146 pounds


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Latina Staff Health Challenge: Day Two
By Dorkys Ramos | 04/14/2009 - 18:30

For 90 days, three Latina staffers will give their unhealthy lifestyles a much-needed makeover as they shape up for summer. And with the help of nutritionist Christina Persaud, these ladies are ready to get their rears in gear. Let’s meet them!

Here's the second brave staffer who rose to the challenge:

 

Dorkys Ramos, 27
Assistant editor
Stats: 4 feet 9, 80 pounds


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The Latina Staff Health Challenge
By Angie Romero | 04/13/2009 - 18:15

For 90 days, three Latina staffers will give their unhealthy lifestyles a much-needed makeover as they shape up for summer. And with the help of nutritionist Christina Persaud, these ladies are ready to get their rears in gear. Let’s meet them! First up?

Angie Romero, 28
Entertainment Editor
Stats: 5 feet 0, 107 pounds


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World Health Day
By Dorkys Ramos | 04/07/2009 - 15:00

We’d all like to rest easy knowing that if an emergency were to rip through our city, there would be a safe place to turn to for help. But what if you couldn’t get the help you need because the systems designed to protect you were a hot mess? Or what if the hospitals around you were all stretched beyond their capacity?


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Sneeze Control
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/10/2009 - 16:30

Depending on where you live, allergy season may seem like it never actually goes away, with sneezing and wheezing in all but a few months of the year. Although meds or allergy shots are necessary for some, here are a few natural ways to help keep the watery eyes and runny nose to a minimum:

1. Keep track of local pollen counts and, if possible, stay indoors when levels are high.

2. Pets are walking allergen carriers, so bathe Fido frequently or keep him outside.


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