Health and Fitness


Shake Off Winter S.A.D. At The Library

The holiday season ends, the weather becomes colder and nastier, days are darker and shorter, bank accounts are emptier, and most of us just want to take a nice, long winter’s nap and let the season pass.

Meet Astoria

New Astoria, Old Astoria, when it comes down to brass tacks, what’s the real difference? Probably not much, especially when we can all agree on one thing: the food! For this edition of Meet Astoria we were thrilled to talk with a Queens native whose roots are planted here at the forefront of one of the most booming pockets of Astoria: No-Stein. 

Meet Astoria

As we wind down the year, it’s time to reflect on whether we’ll wind up on the Naughty or Nice List this year. There’s been a lot of change in the neighborhood, some of it welcome, and some not as much. 

Meet Astoria: Gina Almona, The Hairdresser Who Cares

Tucked into the middle of the booming “Lower Steinway” area is a beauty shop that is steeped in tradition – Blo It Out is the cozy salon that is now a staple for Astoria natives and newcomers alike. With decades of experience under their belt, Blo It Out is led by fearless owner, Gina Almona.

Acupuncture 101

All right, so I knew acupuncture involved inserting really thin needles through skin, at points on the body a person may have pain. The needles can be placed to various depths. Apparently, this process yields pain relief and I’ve also read that some cancer patients may get relief from nausea/vomiting resulting from chemotherapy. 

Shape Up NYC Brings Fitness To Queens

Anyone who struggles to fit exercise into their daily routine knows it can be a difficult task to find motivation. However, regular exercise is a vital part of health, and the benefits to staying active are endless—from warding off heart disease and diabetes to remaining physically fit well into old age. 

Yoga Is More Than Just Stretching

Yoga is the spiritual, mental and physical training of the body and mind, which originated in India. There are various types of Yogic practices that have developed in Hinduism and Buddhism. Two of the best-known practices are hatha yoga and Raaja yoga. 

Intro To Reflexology

Another complementary ancient healing art, and holistic healing practice, Reflexology has been traced back to ancient Egypt, India and China. However, it is not a substitute for professional care. You can become familiar with the practice by meeting with a Certified Reflexologist (go to website of the American Reflexology Certification Board). 

Ancient Wisdom Of Health

Ayurveda is one of the oldest healing systems for the entire body. It was developed in India about 5,000 years ago, based on the belief that one can achieve good health through a balance of the mind, body, and spirit. It is a more proactive approach to health, focusing on promoting health instead of curing a specific disease, though specific medications do exist. 

Hot Weather Hints For Dogs

If you’re like us then you value every member of the family, especially the little guys and gals. So if you’re an Astoria dog owner, we’ve got a few tips for keeping your dog cool this summer.