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Rich Wilson & Las Vegas Showgirls Performance at Erie Trackside Manor to Benefit Bon Secours Community Hospital

Back by popular demand!

After last year’s sell-out show, Rich Wilson and the Las Vegas Showgirls are coming back from Las Vegas to perform at the Erie Trackside Manor. Tickets are now on sale for only $50 per person.

The show, which will take place on Saturday October 24, will offer a spectacular performance by singer/entertainer Rich Wilson and the Las Vegas Showgirls from 6 – 11 p.m. The tickets to the performance includes a complete appetizer hour and dinner buffet with all the trimmings. All proceeds from the event will benefit Bon Secours Community Hospital.

“We started doing this last year,” said event organizer Dick McKeeby, “and I can promise you that it will be a fun evening. It’s also for a good cause. The hospital, which employs over 600 people, is very important to our community.”

To reserve tickets contact CB Chant at 914-443-9419 or Dick McKeeby at 914-850-0625.

Tickets are also available at the Erie Hotel and Neversink Lumber.


Bon Secours Community Hospital Sponsors Ladies Night Out

Guest Speaker is Orthopedic Surgeon Thomas Piserchia,MD

 On Monday evening, August 24, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, hosted another in the series of Ladies Night Out dinner lectures on the topic of health issues. Approximately 125 guests attended the event, which was held at the Erie Trackside Manor in Port Jervis.

Dr. Thomas Piserchia, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Bon Secours Community Hospital and guest speaker for the evening held the attention of the guests with his knowledge and good sense of humor as he discussed solutions to common orthopedic conditions. They ranged from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to back and knee problems that may or may not require surgery.

“We can often treat these conditions with conservative management, which is anything short of surgery,” said Dr. Piserchia, who has specialized in orthopedic surgery for over 41 years. “And if surgery is required, you don’t have to travel to New York City. We have a good OR at our hospital and we can perform most of these procedures right here in Port Jervis. And what we do, we do well.”

Dinner seminars, sponsored by Bon Secours Community Hospital, are designed to mix fun with enhanced community health through knowledge. And following his talk, Dr. Piserchia also fielded many questions from his audience for the remainder of the evening.

“Our hospital is proud to offer these important dinner seminars as a service to the community,” said Mary Decker, community liaison for Bon Secours Community Hospital. “We thank our health professionals and the ladies who attend for their continued support of these programs.”

The Ladies Night Out Program, which the hospital has hosted for over a decade, charges a registration fee of $15 and all of the proceeds are donated directly back to the community. In this most recent event $1840.00 was raised and donated to three local food pantries.

“I’ve been coming here since they started this program,” said Michele Dean. “There is always important information that you may not need right at this moment but that can serve you well in the future. I learn something new at every meeting.”

Her friend Randy Robinson agreed and added that she also appreciates the gift bags they receive.

“The Ladies Night Out dinner lectures are wonderful,” added Johanna Mallinson. “I’ve learned so much. You always bring something home.”

Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, is located at 160 East Main Street in Port Jervis, NY. For additional information call (845) 858–7000 or visit:


Music Therapy Program Offered at Mount Alverno Center

According to the Institute for Music and Neuralgic Function, a leading authority in clinical music therapy, numerous studies demonstrate that familiar and likable music can reduce depression while increasing sociability, movement and cognitive ability and decreasing agitation and other behavior problems.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Warwick Lions Club and the efforts of Recreation Therapy Aide Jennifer Emm, each Wednesday Mount Alverno Center residents now have an opportunity to enjoy an evening of singing, laughing and playing instruments with Certified Music Therapist Melinda Burgard.

Mount Alverno Center is a New York State approved Adult Home with an Assisted Living Program on the Warwick Campus of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. Its goal is for each resident to maintain a maximum level of independence. Individualized care plans are designed to help residents reach their utmost daily potential. Services are based on a team approach and are provided by highly competent professionals dedicated to the comfort and safety of the residents.

Burgard, owner of Melinda’s Music Therapy, earned her Masters Degree in music from New York University and has been involved with music therapy for over 30 years. She is licensed to practice psychotherapy and is one of the State’s licensed mental health professionals.

Burgard explained that this type of therapy for older adults uses music as a vehicle to achieve nonmusical goals. There is no requirement that the participants have a music background or even know how to play any instruments.

“Most people,” she said, “remember the songs and even if they can’t remember all the words, enjoy singing them.”

High Blood Pressure and Physical Activity

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries, which carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day. Having high blood pressure means the pressure of the blood in your blood vessels is higher than it should be. About 1 in 3 U.S. adults—or about 70 million people—have high blood pressure. Only about half of those people have their high blood pressure under control. This common condition increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms and many people do not know they have it.

Some risk factors, such as your age or family history, cannot be controlled but you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control. Risk factors include health conditions, your lifestyle, and your family history. Conditions include prehypertension and diabetes. Prehypertension is blood pressure that is slightly higher than normal and increases the risk that you will develop chronic, or long-lasting, high blood pressure in the future. Diabetes causes sugars to build up in the blood; about 60% of people who have diabetes also have high blood pressure. Your lifestyle choices (including an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, obesity, too much alcohol and tobacco use) can increase your risk for high blood pressure. Genetics and family history can also lead to an increased risk for high blood pressure.

You can make changes to your lifestyle that will help you control your blood pressure. Often, doctors will prescribe medication that can help you control your blood pressure. In terms of lifestyle changes, eat a diet that is low in salt, total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and a diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also control your blood pressure by remaining active and not smoking.

If you don’t have high blood pressure, you can stay healthy by practicing healthy living habits and preventing or treating medical conditions. Healthy living habits include eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough physical activity, not smoking and limiting alcohol use. It is incredibly important to measure your blood pressure, manage diabetes if you have it, take medications and talk with a healthcare team.

Various facts and benefits of healthy living habits can be found below:

Physical Activity Facts

  • Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people aged 6-17 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily
  • Schools can promote physical activity through comprehensive school activity programs (including recess, classroom-based physical activity, intramural physical activity clubs, interscholastic sports and physical education)
  • Schools can also work with community organizations to provide physical activity programs and share physical activity facilities

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

  • Regular physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles
  • Regular physical activity helps reduce the risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and color cancer
  • Regular physical activity reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being
  • Regular physical activities may help improve students’ academic performance, including:
    • Academic achievement and grades
    • Academic behavior
    • Facts that influence academic achievement, such as concentration and attentiveness in the classroom

Long-Term Consequences of Physical Inactivity

  • Overweight and obesity (which are influenced by physical inactivity and poor diet) can increase one’s risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and poor health status
  • Physical inactivity increases one’s risk for dying prematurely, dying of heart disease, and developing diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure

Facts and Figures of Childhood Obesity

In recent years, childhood obesity has become a very prevalent and serious matter. For that reason, today’s focus is on the facts and figures of childhood obesity and the positive factors that accompany healthy eating. Check out our numerous lists below.

Childhood Obesity Facts

  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in the past 30 years
  • The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the U.S. who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012
  • The percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% in 1980 to nearly 21% in 2012
  • In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese


  • Overweight: having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors
  • Obesity: having excess body fat
  • Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance” (too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed) and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors

Immediate Health Effects of Childhood Obesity

  • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure; in a population-based sample of 5-17 years, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease
  • Obese adolescents are more likely to have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem

Long-Term Health Effects of Childhood Obesity

  • Children and adolescents who are obese are more likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis
    • One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults
    • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk of many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma


  • Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases
  • The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, food and beverage industries and entertainment industries
  • Schools play a particular critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors
  • Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors

Benefits of Healthy Eating

  • Proper nutrition promotes the optimal growth and development of children
  • Healthy eating helps prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Healthy eating helps reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes
  • Healthy eating helps reduce one’s risk for developing obesity, osteoporosis, iron deficiency, and dental cavities

Consequences of a Poor Diet

  • A poor diet can lead to energy imbalance and can increase one’s risk for overweight and obesity
  • A poor diet can increase the risk for lung, esophageal, stomach, colorectal, and prostate cancers
  • Individuals who eat fast food one or more times per week are at increased risk for weight gain, overweight and obesity
  • Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can result in weight gain, overweight and obesity
  • Hunger and food insecurity might increase the risk for lower dietary quality and under-nutrition
    • Under-nutrition can negatively affect overall health, cognitive development and school performance

Eating Behaviors of Young People

  • Most U.S. youth do not meet the recommendations for eating 2 ½ cups to 6 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Most U.S. youth do not eat the minimum recommended amounts of whole grains (2-3 ounces each day)
  • Most U.S. youth do not eat more the recommended maximum daily intake of sodium (1500-2300 mg each day)
  • Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents aged 2-18 years, affecting the overall quality of their diets
    • Approximately half of these empty calories come from six sources—soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza and whole milk
    • Adolescents drink more full-calorie soda per day than milk



Health Benefits That Help You Relax

This Saturday is National Relaxation Day. Who doesn’t love a good day where there’s nothing that needs to be done? Well, did you know there are multiple health benefits of relaxation? Check some of them out below!

  • Relaxing lowers your risk of catching a cold. It has been shown that chronic stress lasting more than a month but less than six months doubled a person’s risk of catching a cold. It appears that stress hampers the body’s ability to fight inflammation by making immune cells less sensitive to the hormone that “turns off” inflammation.
  • Relaxing lowers your stroke risk. A 2007 University of Cambridge study found that people who coped best with stressful life events had a 24 percent lower risk of stroke. A 2011 study examined the specific effects of work-related stress and found that among middle- and upper-class men, psychological stress caused about 10 percent of strokes.
  • Relaxation can keep you safe from depression. In humans, the prolonged presence of stress hormone cortisol can reduce levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are linked to depression. Stress is also likely to exacerbate mood problems in people with a history of depression or bipolar disorder and could trigger relapse.
  • Relaxation helps you make better decisions. A 2012 study found that stress seems to actually change how we weigh risks and rewards and can cloud our judgment when we are faced with important decisions.
  • Relaxation is also known to decrease heart rate, decrease respiration rate, decrease blood pressure, muscle tension, metabolic rate and oxygen consumption.
  • As a result of relaxation, many people experience more energy, better sleep, enhanced immunity, increased concentration, better problem-solving abilities, greater efficiency, smoother emotions, fewer headaches and less pain

Heading on Vacation Soon? We Have Your Healthy Travel Tips

As we continue to trudge through the summer months and temporarily trade our daily lives for some time in paradise, it’s important to keep a few healthy travel tips in the back of your mind.

Learn about your destination

  • Be sure to check for Travel Health Notices for your destination
  • Research whether the area you’re traveling to is at a higher risk for certain natural disasters, including (but not limited to) earthquakes, hurricanes and/or tsunamis
  • Learn about common travel safety concerns
  • Check any current travel warnings/long-term conditions that may make a country dangerous or unstable
  • Check any current travel alerts/short-term conditions that are risks to the security of U.S. citizens (natural disasters, terrorist attacks, violence, high-profile events, etc.)
  • Understand the laws and culture of the places you’ll be visiting

See a doctor before you travel

  • See a doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip
  • Give your doctor all the information needed to make recommendations, including where you’re traveling within a country, the length of your trip, any activities you may do and any personal matters/information
  • Make sure you’re up-to-date with all of your routine vaccinations, including a seasonal flu vaccine
  • Consider any recommended vaccines for your destination
  • Discuss any allergies, current medications or other health concerns

Pack smart

  • Pack a copy of your passport and travel documents in each piece of luggage, in case you lose the original document; leave a copy at home as well
  • Pack a travel health kit that includes: prescription medicines you usually take, EpiPen (if applicable), copies of all prescriptions (including the generic names for medications), supplies to prevent illness or injuries, first-aid supplies, health insurance card, water purification tablets, etc.

Plan ahead for any illnesses or injuries/know what to do if you become sick or injured on your trip

  • Check your health insurance plan to see if they will cover your health needs abroad; if it isn’t covered, think about purchasing additional health insurance for your trip
  • Consider purchasing medical evaluation insurance, this will cover the cost of transporting you to other parts of the country/outside the country if you are seriously ill or injured
  • Be prepared to pay out of pocked at the time you receive any medical services while traveling, even if you do have insurance

Know and share important information about your trip

  • Find the American Embassy or Consulate in your destination before traveling – consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens
  • Know where healthcare resources are located in your destination before you travel
  • Make arrangements to check in with a contact at home at regular intervals during your trip
  • Register with the U.S. Department of State – this allows you to record information about your trip so an American consular officer can contact and assit you in an emergency.

Pay attention to your health during your trip

  • Use sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection
  • Use insect repellent on uncovered skin when outdoors, especially during the day
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors at night in areas with malaria
  • Wash your hands often

Pay attention to your health when you come home

  • If you are not feeling well, you should see a doctor and mention that you have recently traveled

Safe travels!

Happy Belated National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 2nd was National Ice Cream Sandwich Day so we have decided to share two of our favorite healthy homemade ice cream sandwich recipes!

Healthy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches (Serves 11)


  • 5 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup of sweet diced strawberries
  •  11 sheets of graham crackers


  1. Slice bananas into disk
  2. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. Freeze for two hours or until frozen
  4. Place bananas in a food processor and blend until creamy
  5. Scoop banana into a large bowl and fold in dice strawberries
  6. Line and 8×8 dish with parchment paper
  7. Spread banana mixture into the pan in an even layer
  8. Freeze
  9. Cut banana mixture into squares (use a graham cracker as a pattern)
  10. Assemble ice cream sandwiches
  11. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer bag to store

ice cream sandwich 1Healthy Ice Cream Sandwiches (Makes 2)


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of rolled oats (dry)


  1. Dice one banana into coins and freeze for a few hours or overnight
  2. Place dried oats into a food processor and grind into oat flour
  3. Pour oat flour into a bowl and mash with other banana until a dough forms
  4. Make 4 cookies and place in oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F
  5. Cool cookies
  6. Take frozen banana coins and put them into the food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until it forms a cream
  7. Scoop ice cream onto a cookie and sandwich it
  8. Enjoy


As the days get hotter, we hope you enjoy these healthy and delicious ice cream sandwich recipes!

What You Need to Know About Arthritis…

Arthritis, which includes more than 100 different rheumatic diseases and conditions, is the nation’s most common cause of disability. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis; other forms include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and gout. Arthritis is more common among adults over 65 years old, but people of all ages (including children) can be affected. Symptoms include pain, aching, stiffness and swelling in or around the joints; some form of arthritis can affect multiple organs and cause widespread symptoms.

Why Arthritis is a Public Health Problem

  • An estimated 52.5 million U.S. adults (equivalent to about 1 in 5) report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The number of adults with arthritis is expected to increase sharply to 67 million by 2030
  • It is estimated that the lifetime risk of developing knee osteoarthritis that causes pain is 45%. Among those who have had a knee injury, an estimated 57% will develop osteoarthritis; an estimated 60% of people who are obese will develop osteoarthritis
  • Arthritis limits the activities of 22.7 million Americans
  • Arthritis occurs with other chronic conditions; among U.S. adults with arthritis, nearly half have at least one other disease or condition
  • Research has shown that people with arthritis are less likely to be physically active; not being physically active is a risk factor for other chronic diseases and makes it harder to manage these conditions

What People Can Do To Prevent and Control Arthritis

  • Self-management education interventions can teach people with arthritis how to manage their condition, lessen its effects and improve their quality of life
  • Physical activities (such as walking, bicycling, and swimming) can have many benefits for people with arthritis; these benefits include less pain and better physical function, mental health and quality of life
  • People can reduce their risk of developing osteoarthritis by controlling their weight and trying to avoid injuries; weight loss can also reduce symptoms for people with knee osteoarthritis who are overweight or obese
  • Recommendations from healthcare providers are among the most influential factors in convincing people to be physically active or join a self-management program



How to Stay Cool When the Temperatures are Heating Up!

The temperatures are rising quickly so we have decided today would be an appropriate day to reiterate the benefits and importance of staying hydrated. Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles and helps the muscles work efficiently.

The amount of water a person needs depends on climatic conditions, clothing worn and exercise intensity and duration. The easiest way to track your hydration level is to pay attention to the color of your urine. Pale and clear urine means you’re well hydrated. On the contrary, dark urine means you need to drink more fluids. Speaking of drinking, thirst isn’t the best indicator of whether or not you need to drink. Multiple doctors have said, “If you get thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.”

Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke. Symptoms of dehydration include, but are not limited to: little or no urine; urine that is darker than usual; dry mouth; sleepiness or fatigue; extreme thirst; headache; confusion; dizziness or lightheaded feeling. It’s important that you don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. You should actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Hydration isn’t just important during physical activity. You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you have certain medical conditions, are pregnant, will be outside during hot weather, have a fever, have been vomiting or have diarrhea or if you are trying to lose weight.

Tips for staying hydrated:

  • Keep a bottle of water (preferably a plastic, reusable bottle) with you during the day
  • If you don’t like plain water, try to enhance its taste by adding a slice of lemon or lime
  • Be sure to drink water before, during and after a workout
  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • When you feel hungry, drink water because thirst is often confused with hunger
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant