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Quit Smoking! Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation Class at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck
Holy Name Medical Center will hold a Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation class on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm. The class will be held at the Marian Conference Center at Holy Name Medical Center, 718 Teaneck Road in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Experience a relaxing, stress-free approach to quitting smoking that reduces withdrawal symptoms and helps you make lifestyle changes by focusing on increased self-esteem.
The program uses behavior modification techniques and hypnotic suggestion to help you become a non-smoker. The first hour is dedicated to understanding the obstacles to change. The second hour is devoted to helping you to overcome these obstacles with self-hypnosis.
A 30-day reinforcement CD is included. Use of personal recording equipment is not permitted.
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The Valley Hospital Free Evening Education Program on Meal Portions
The Valley Hospital’s Nutrition Department is offering a free evening education program titled “The Portion Teller.”
Portion sizes have subtly and steadily become larger over the past 30 years and have grown two to five times their previous amount. The average dinner plate has increased several inches in order to accommodate more food.
Join Janet Brancato, M.S., R.D., Dietitian, The Valley Hospital, for this informative and educational presentation. This program will help you to develop portion size awareness.
This free 1 hour program will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 10:00 am at The Louis Bay 2nd Library, 345 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, New Jersey.. Click here for more details: http://www.mybergen.com/
Rutgers Center for Cancer Prevention Research Study: Vitamin E in Diet Protects Against Many Cancers
If you you need to choose between vegetable oil and margarine in your favorite recipe, think about your health and reach for the oil.
While the question of whether vitamin E prevents or promotes cancer has been widely debated in scientific journals and in the news media, scientists at the Center for Cancer Prevention Research, at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, believe that two forms of vitamin E – gamma and delta-tocopherols – found in soybean, canola and corn oils as well as nuts do prevent colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers.
“There are studies suggesting that vitamin E actually increases the risk of cancer and decreases bone density,” says Chung S. Yang, director of the center. “Our message is that the vitamin E form of gamma-tocopherols, the most abundant form of vitamin E in the American diet, and delta-tocopherols, also found in vegetable oils, are beneficial in preventing cancers while the form of vitamin E, alpha- tocopherol, the most commonly used in vitamin E supplements, has no such benefit.”
Yang and colleagues, Nanjoo Suh and Ah-Ng Tony Kong, summarized their findings recently in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. In a Commentary, “Does Vitamin E Prevent or Promote Cancer?” the Rutgers scientists discuss animal studies done at Rutgers as well as human epidemiological studies that have examined the connection between vitamin E and cancer.
Yang says Rutgers scientists conducting animal studies for colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer found that the forms of vitamin E in vegetable oils, gamma and delta-tocopherols, prevent cancer formation and growth in animal models.
“When animals are exposed to cancer-causing substances, the group that was fed these tocopherols in their diet had fewer and smaller tumors,” Yang says. “When cancer cells were injected into mice these tocopherols also slowed down the development of tumors.”
In researching colon cancer, Yang pointed to another recently published paper in Cancer Prevention Research indicating that the delta-tocopherol form of vitamin E was more effective than other forms of vitamin E in suppressing the development of colon cancer in rats. Click here for more details: http://www.mybergen.com/
Free Healthy Cooking Classes in Edgewater
Join Holly Shelowitz, Certified Nutrition Counselor and Healthy Eating Specialist for her fun and lively cooking demonstrations which will be held throughout the month of July at Edgewater Community Center, 1167 River Road in Edgewater, New Jersey. Of course, you will get to taste everything she prepares.
Simple Summer Suppers- July 10, 2012 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Holly will show you how to prepare some easy dishes so you can spend more time outdoors and enjoy all the fun!
Summer Snacks and Finger Foods- July 17, 2012 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
The time of year for picnics and gatherings is in full force and it’s great to have an abundance of flavorful yet simple dishes to eat and enjoy on the beach, in the woods and on the road. Holly will use a variety of produce and herbs of the season to create some delicious dishes.
Salads, Dressings and Dips July 24, 2012 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
With good dips and dressings, we will naturally eat more veggies, and that’s a good thing. Don’t miss this class if you want to eat more veggies because they are delicious, not because you “should”!
Delectable Desserts July 31, 2012 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Everyone loves desserts, right? Just because you like to have your cake and eat it too doesn’t mean your blood sugar has to go on a roller coaster ride. Taste some amazing desserts and save the roller coaster for the amusement park. Click here for more details: http://www.mybergen.com/