Making New York Fitness More Accessible

modelfitOne common complaint (aka excuse) people have for not exercising and getting fit is lack of accessibility. New York fitness has addressed that issue by putting a gym inside an Albany supermarket. The idea for this was initiated from a meeting between the local YMCA, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan and Hannaford which together wanted to “improve the area’s health while also being convenient, accessible and free.”

New York fitness classes are becoming increasingly popular at the gym-supermarket. Featuring stationary bicycles, treadmills, cardio machines and a Zumba room, grocery shoppers can lose weight and get in shape just before they shop for groceries. In addition, those who use the gym are not forced to use the supermarket; all they need to do is complete some paperwork on their first visit and then get fobs to swipe when they stop by. To date, more than 1,100 people have signed up.

According to NPD Group Harry Balzer, this is a great idea:

“All of us eat and 63 percent of us say we exercise on a weekly basis. I have a ready and willing market with six out of 10 people who walk in the door, but the point that’s most salient is free. I know of nothing that will change your behavior faster than money. Will it last? That’s the question.”

In other news, for those New Yorkers looking for something a little bit more hip, there is also the new ModelFIT studio, New York fitness’ answer to working out with models. For just $40 and a pair of working sneakers, even the most non-famous people can sweat it out with the stars in the city that never sleeps.

New York Wellness – Cancer Awareness

American_Cancer_SocietyEvery year the Hoosick Falls Central School in New York chooses a different topic on New York wellness on which to focus. This year it was cancer, and the wellness day dealt with issues such as grief and loss. It was chosen as a testament to Isabel McGuire – a teacher from the school who recently lost her battle against cancer.
Next month, the American Cancer Society will host the 9th Annual Financial Services Cares Gala in New York, on 42nd Street. This is a fundraiser attended by around 500 financial industry leaders in an attempt to raise funds and awareness while getting additional support for all programs fun by the American Cancer Society. Unofficially, the theme was “fighting breast cancer on and off the field,” and had Bon Jovi, Brian Kelly, Linda Holliday and others at the party in an attempt to raise awareness and funds.
In other New York cancer awareness news, Terry Bourgeois undertook a challenging bike ride from New York City to Niagara Falls. He did this to raise money for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. This was not the first time Bourgeois participated in the ride – he has been on board for since 1999 – but this year was different. He completed a ride across the entire state, raising $8,000 – funds that are to be put toward brain tumor and ovarian cancer vaccines and lung cancer genetic testing. He realized how many close family members have been impacted by the disease over the years. He said, “I realized that this is the biggest war we’ll ever face. And it’s all around us.”

Dr. Harvey Finkelstein: Treating Chronic Pain

Pain specialists are those medically-trained individuals such as Dr. Harvey Finkelstein, who seek to alleviate the burden of chronic pain from their clients. Chronic pain can be completely debilitating. It is thus crucial that the patient finds a specialist who understands what is going on and does not invalidate their symptoms, as can be the case with chronic pain.

Often, medical professionals do not fully believe the authenticity of their client who complains of chronic pain. That’s why one needs to seek out a medical professional with a chronic pain specialty. Dr. Harvey Finkelstein has over 15 years of experience in helping people with this issue. He works out of his Long Island clinic – Pain Care Medicine – looking at each patient who comes through the doors in a “holistic fashion.”

Patient Treatment

When patients are treated in this manner, it is more likely that the source of the problem will be diagnosed. Looking at a person in his or her entirety, gives the professional the complete picture. Thus what might have been overlooked by one specialist, has a greater chance of being noticed by a holistic practitioner.

For individuals encountering any type of imbalance – be it physical, spiritual or emotional – it is important to get to the bottom of it. An accurate diagnosis can mean the difference between continuing on in pain and a state of discomfort, or living in a state of well-being.

Chronic pain sufferers are not best advised to seek out a “miracle cure.” These are not realistic and rarely viable. Also just using painkillers without any other treatment/therapy is ill-advised. It is a short-term pick-me-up as opposed to a long-term solution. This is why Dr. Finkelstein and his team take the holistic approach and see what can be done to treat the patient in the long-run.

“Wholistic” Treatments

When one is experiencing physical ailments over a long period of time – chronic pain – it is often the result of something larger. Perhaps it is connected to the emotions/spirit, or there is something else going on. Holistic treatments look at the “whole” (often referred to as “wholistic treatments”) to try to get to the root of this. It is often a long-term journey but for those prepared to take the time, can be incredibly healing. That is what Dr. Harvey Finkelstein seeks to do with his patients – treat the whole, get to the bottom of the story and ensure the patient encountering chronic pain sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

painIn holistic treatment, the practitioner takes on a very specific – often quite dissimilar – role to that of other practitioners. He or she has to look at from where the pain is originating, and then figure out a course of treatment. This can often require quite a few patient-practitioner appointments. It is thus important the patient is “patient” throughout this process.

Often with holistic treatment, the patient is much more involved than with regular treatment. This is because of the attitude of the practitioner who seeks to garner as much data as possible. This process obviously involves the patient. The more the patient can tell the practitioner, the better the practitioner will be able to assess the patient’s needs.

Available Assistance

It is a real shame that so many people experience chronic pain. In addition, many of these never seek the assistance of a medical professional. This is unfortunate since in many cases, help is available. People think well if the pain is manageable, there is no point in doing anything about it. Dr. Harvey Finkelstein would disagree. It is worth seeking help; holistic practitioners have great success rates.

Perhaps even more importantly, those with chronic pain need an evaluation since it could actually be something more serious. This pain could be indicative of an underlying disease that does require treatment and will actually become worse if not monitored. Or, there are some cases in which if pain is treated immediately it will prevent it from turning into a chronic, long-lasting issue.

Another reason to attack chronic pain head on is that sometimes people inadvertently develop unhealthy methods to tackle it. This can even result in drug misuse or other substance abuse, that starts from seemingly innocuous OTC painkillers. Going to a doctor or healthcare professional earlier rather than later is thus also highly recommended.

Talking to people with similar issues can also help. An individual with chronic pain should not have to feel so isolated. There are many people encountering similar problems – getting their support and giving back support can help tremendously in one’s overall treatment. Do not become socially isolated as well.

At the end of the day, sometimes patients need to be their own doctors. That means, feeling the pain, accepting there is a problem and seeking the correct help. Finding the right practitioner can take time but ultimately it is one who will take your issues seriously and believe in you. For those in the New York area, Dr. Harvey Finkelstein is one of these individuals.


Dr. Finkelstein is the owner of Pain Care of Long Island.  He has over two decades of expertise in the field of pain management. He is certified in both pain medicine and anesthesiology. In addition, he is Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice.  Dr. Harvey Finkelstein is focused on providing his patients with personalized care and attention, while caring for their individual needs.