Friday, Apr 12th

elbowRegular exercise is of course one of the foremost priorities for most people. Dedication to a regular routine is fundamental. So it was that Nisa Lee recently completed a 30-mile bicycle ride ¬– despite having fallen and, unbeknownst to her, fracturing her right elbow.

“I was at a stop light on Broadway in White Plains and just fell off,” she says with a laugh. “I was on a road bike that has clip-on pedals,” which can be cumbersome. “I had actually fallen several times prior to that time. It didn’t help that I was on Broadway at the height of rush hour, which had already put the fear into me!”

Having persevered in finishing her 30-mile trek, Ms. Lee was well aware of the pain in her elbow. After a visit to an urgent care facility, which fitted her with a splint, she found Dr. Michael A. Schwartz, an orthopedic surgeon at White Plains Hospital through her health insurance network.

“She’d fractured the radial bone in her elbow,” Dr. Schwartz explains. “But the fact that she is very active with exercise and yoga, along with having a great, positive attitude and good energy, helped a lot. She is very fit, physically and mentally.”

Viewing Ms. Lee’s X-rays, Dr. Schwartz was able to treat her without performing an operation and – most important, she says – without prescribing painkillers.

“There was definitely pain, don’t get me wrong,” she laughs. “But I didn’t want any of that. And he and I share a philosophy about health and wellness, to let the body heal itself when possible, which is pretty uncommon. That made a huge difference to me.”WPHDoctorsOct

Instead, Ms. Lee was put on a physical therapy regimen to regain motion as soon as possible. “We were very proactive,” Dr. Schwartz affirms. “It’s very important to start physical therapy with something like this quickly, to avoid stiffness developing.

All told, PT took about six weeks at Motion Physical Therapy, which like White Plains Hospital is an affiliate of the Montefiore Health System. “Since I’m right-handed, and I injured by right elbow, it was a little frustrating,” she says. “I couldn’t cook, slice and dice, and a lot of other things. But fortunately through technology I could still communicate through texts and emails.”

By following the doctor’s instructions, and by diving into PT with an approach similar to what she employs when exercising (five to seven times a week), the White Plains resident had fully recovered within the prescribed period.

Dr.Schwartz“She healed very well, and now has full range of motion again,” Dr. Schwartz says. “There’s no pain, and she’s back to all of her activities.”
“He was fantastic,” Ms. Lee enthuses, “as was everyone I saw. Three of my four children were born at White Plains Hospital, so I was already very familiar with it – it’s the hospital.”

Dr. Michael A. Schwartz is an orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine and shoulder specialist at White Plains Physicians Associates, seeing patients in our White Plains and New Rochelle offices. To make an appointment, call 914-849-7897

PCF1On Wednesday, September 14, 2022 or “9/14,” the Mario Cuomo Bridge was lit in gold in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Representatives from the Pediatric Cancer Foundation attended to recognize children in Westchester and beyond who are battling cancer, and to acknowledge the work that is being done to eradicate this dreadful disease.

EmilyThis year’s bridge lighting event featured Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Child Ambassador, Emily Levy, who participated virtually.

Representing Pediatric Cancer Foundation at the lighting left to right were Terry Z. Feldman (PCF Board member); Stefanie Mittman (PCF Medical Liaison) and husband, Brian Mittman, Nancy Joselson (PCF Director), Jayne Maslansky (PCF Board member) with husband, Harris; Jennifer Love (PCF Volunteer), Cheryl Reiss (Grandmother), Olivia Smith (bonus or stepsister), Mark Smith (bonus or stepdad), Zach Smith (bonus or stepbrother) who gathered together in front of the bridge ahead of the gold lighting.

siblingsEmily’s siblings Zach and Olivia flipped a ceremonial switch on behalf of their sister at 8:30 pm.

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month PCF hosted several fundraising events in September. A Back to School bake sale was held at the Westchester Mall on Saturday, September 10th. In addition to the bridge lighting on 9/14, PCF also hosted a Shop ‘N Shuffle which combined a day of canasta and mah jongg with a boutique at the Metropolis Country Club.


HealthySnacksIf you dread packing school lunches – here are a few snack ideas to keep your students energized throughout the school day.

Typical school morning. You know the routine. You remind your child to pack her sneakers for gym, even a clean shirt for her school pictures. Then just as she heads out the door, she yells, “Mom, you forgot my snack!

Well, before you throw her a bag of Doritos, take a minute to think about what snack time in school is really about – giving your child the fuel she or he needs to focus, stay alert, and get through an action-packed day – not filling her with empty calories.

Children need a pick-me-up full of protein and nutrients to keep their bodies (and minds) growing and going. “Healthy snacks will provide children with energy, vitamins, and minerals to support their growth and mental alertness to help them focus,” says Samantha Lowe, MD, a pediatrician at White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness in Armonk.

But packing a nutritious snack is just the beginning. You also have to consider your child’s specific needs. Is your child underweight? Overweight? Gluten-free? Nut-free? No worries.In the Know scarsdale 400x200

Here are some ideas to help you step up your snack game with nutritional treats that cater to every kid’s diet and taste.

• For the underweight kid with no allergies, try unsalted nuts, trail mix, fruits, and vegetables with cheese, guacamole, bean dip, hummus, or peanut butter.

• For the overweight child, how about low-fat cheese on low-fat whole-grain crackers, baked chips and salsa, and fresh fruit with the fiber-filled skin on?

• For the gluten-free kid, try cheese and rice crackers, yogurt, apples, cheddar and cottage cheese, celery and peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables.

• And for the nut-free kid, how about apples, oranges and bananas or other fresh fruits and vegetables? Although yogurt, dried fruit and most dips are fine, anything that comes in a package means you’ll have to read the food label.

Should make the “Mom, you forgot my snack” moment a little less stressful.

mixinsIt’s fall and back to school, which likely means more schedules, carpools and running around than the last few months. And, everyone still needs to eat dinner. So, how do you get a nutritious dinner on the table with all of the chaos?

1. Make build your own meals where everyone assembles their own meal. This is one of my favorite ways to feed everyone, at different times, with different likes. Allowing kids (of all ages) to build their own meals builds confidence around food and makes your life easier.
2. Feed kids at a center island where you can multitask while kids are eating. Even if everyone can’t eat together, being together at mealtime is your next best option. When real estate clients ask about renovating a kitchen, I always recommend a large island.

Below are a couple of my favorite quick, healthy meals.

Build your Own Teriyaki Chicken Buddha Bowl
(peanut, tree nut, dairy & egg free)

Serves about 4

1 - 1 1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
1/4 c low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos for gluten free)
1/4 c + 2 tbsp water
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp peeled and grated ginger
1 large clove garlic, grated
2 tsp potato starch

Serve with:
brown or white rice
shelled edamame
red cabbage, shredded
shredded carrots
black and white sesame seeds

Dice chicken into 1” cubes. In small bowl, whisk soy sauce, water, honey, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and potato starch.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in large non stick pan. Add chicken and cook about 4 minutes per side until tan and cooked through (chicken should reach 165 degrees). Stir in sauce and mix with chicken until coated. Allow to thicken about 1 minute.

Allow kids to assemble their own bowls with desired toppings. For vegetarian, swap chicken for tofu or make without chicken altogether.

Quick tip: Don’t have time to make your own teriyaki sauce? Use your favorite bottled one instead.

Create your Own Chicken Gyros
(egg free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, sesame free and gluten free pita bread)

Makes 3 - 4 servings
3 tbsp greek yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice, from one 1 lemon
1 1/2 tbsp olive or avocado oil + more for cooking
2 tsp red wine or white wine vinegar
1 tbsp dried oregano
pinch kosher salt
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins, cut into 1” cubes

Serve with:
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tomato halves
chopped cucumber
Greek salad

In large ziploc bag or medium bowl, place yogurt, lemon juice, oil, vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper. Seal bag and shake or whisk together. Add chicken and massage/mix together. Marinate at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day ahead of time.

Heat large skillet over medium high heat and add about 1 tbsp oil. Cook chicken about 4 - 5 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through.
Serve chicken in warm pita bread.

Let kids top with optional toppings.

These recipes were produced by Jodi Greebel, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Compass, Registered Dietitian and mom of 3. Follow her on instagram@jodigrd for decor tips, healthy meal ideas, lifestyle tips and more.

immunityAs we make our way through summer and approach fall, it’s a good idea to find ways to boost your immunity. There are several easy ways of achieving this, beginning with making sure you’re current with vaccinations.

A recent survey by the National Poll on Healthy Aging found that about 30% of people aged 50 and older with a scheduled procedure, primary care or dental visit in 2021 postponed that procedure due to COVID, and that many have yet to reschedule or return to their practitioner’s office – especially unvaccinated people. The poll found that while 81% of vaccinated and boosted older adults had rescheduled their COVID-delayed test, procedure or operation, just 44% of unvaccinated older adults had done so.

Staying up to date with vaccinations is crucial – not just for COVID, but also for the flu and shingles, as well as a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) booster. You probably had the Tdap as a child, but the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get a booster every 10 years.
Anyone with a persistent cough, pain or other abnormal symptom should see their provider as soon as possible. I recently had a patient come in for an exam who said he had recurring indigestion, but only while walking; he was surprised to learn that that is a possible symptom of heart disease.

Other Recommendations

For those who have visited their provider recently – and even for those who haven’t (yet) – there are plenty of other proactive measures you can take to boost your immunity. Some are obvious, some not so much:

• Washing your hands
• Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet
• Not smoking
• Getting plenty of sleepIn the Know scarsdale 400x200
• Getting regular exercise
• Enjoying the outdoors; sunshine is a good source of vitamin D
• Vitamin C: Helps heal wounds and repair and maintain healthy bones, teeth, skin and cartilage; since it is not naturally produced by the body, you can boost your intake of vitamin C by eating most fruits and vegetables
• Zinc: Can help control infections by slowing down the immune response, thus preventing runaway inflammation
• Garlic: Has antibiotic properties that are effective in fighting a varied range of bacteria, fungi and viruses
• Calcium: In some cases can drive the body’s reaction to invading organisms, and decrease that reaction down as the infection wanes.
• Red rice yeast: Long a popular medicinal product in China, certain strains of red rice yeast can significantly lower levels of total cholesterol and specifically LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. However, research indicates that red rice yeast may actually be harmful, depending on how it is prepared.

Obviously, consulting your healthcare provider before starting any of the supplements is highly advised; they may come up with additional ideas depending on your individual condition.

Dr. Michael Finkelstein, board-certified in Internal Medicine and Wound Care, sees patients at the Scarsdale Medical Group office in Harrison. For an appointment, call 914-723-8100.

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