Health & Fitness

MIND-BODY PROGRAMS—NYU Langone hosts various free mind-body related programs. Open meditation is offered on Mondays from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the meditation room at Tisch Hospital, 550 First Avenue, located down the blue pathway past the Tisch Hospital elevators. Information on tobacco cessation is available on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in various locations. Call (212) 263-5767 for more information. All programs are open to the public. Registration is required for all integrative health programs. Call (212) 263-5767 or email For more information, visit the website.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP—NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue hosts a Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group on the first Tues. of every month at 3:30 p.m. at 462 First Ave., H Building, 6th Floor, 6W Day Room. The support group is free and open to individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, as well as their loved ones. Call (212) 562-2130 for more information.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY INFORMATION SEMINAR—NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue Center for Bariatric and Weight Management hosts a weight loss surgery information seminar on the first Wed. of every month from 1 to  2 p.m. at 462 First Ave., H Building, 12th Floor, Rose Room. Arrive by noon. Seminars will be conducted in English and Spanish. Call (212) 562-3917 for more information.

AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP—NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, in collaboration with Hope in Motion, hosts an amputee support group on the second Wed. of every month at 4 p.m. at 462 First Ave., Ambulatory Care Building, 4th Floor, Conference Room 4064. The support group is open to anyone who has undergone or is anticipating an amputation, as well as their family members and caregivers. Call (212) 562-2130 for more information. 

MANHATTAN PARKINSON GROUP—Dr. Sheree Loftus hosts this support group for patients with Parkinson’s disease, held on the second Thurs. of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. The group meets in Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 10 Union Square East on the fifth floor in room 5K04. For more information, call Sheree Loftus at (212) 844-8482 or email

T’AI CHI FOR PARKINSON’S PATIENTS—T’ai Chi is a simple, yet highly effective movement routine that brings up the body’s vital energy and can help balance. This class is for patients with Parkinson’s disease. No special clothing is required. Carolyn Perkins leads the class, which is held at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, 10 Nathan D. Perlman Place, on Thursdays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Visit for more information.

CHAIR YOGA FOR MOVEMENT DISORDERS—This gentle class is designed to help people with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and other movement disorders. Emphasis in the class is on flexibility, coordination, facial movement, voice, balance and gait. The instructor is Roberta Schine, CKYI. This class is held on Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in room 1 of the second floor conference center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, 10 Union Square East. Contact or call (212) 844-6134 for more information.

FREE QI GONG CLASS—The Waterside Tenants Association hosts free Qi Gong classes open to the community on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. year round at 15 Waterside Plaza in the Gallery space immediately adjacent to the Lewis Davis Pavilion Instructor Dorene Hyman is a fitness specialist certified by the American Council of Exercise, a certified instructor Sun Style Tai Chi by the Arthritis Foundation. She is also a NYS licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist. Hyman has been working with an older adults for 20 years. She presently teaches Qi Gong at the Initiative for Women with Disabilities, a clinic of NYU Hospital. If you have any questions, email

MEDITATION—Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual organization for meditation and self-empowerment. All sessions and courses are free of charge. Meditation is available every weekday from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Lunchtime meditation is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. The local branch is at 306 Fifth Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets on the second floor and there are additional locations for Brahma Kumaris in Long Island and Queens. Visit the website or call (212) 564-4335 for more information about current courses. 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS—Are you concerned about your blood pressure? Join Karpas Health Information Center at the Bernstein Pavilion Open Space, 9 Nathan D. Perlman Place each month as health educators check your blood pressure and explain to you what your numbers mean. Screenings will take place the second Tuesday of every month from 2-3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Call (212) 420-4247 for more information. 

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP—David Leventhal, the director for Parkinson’s Disease, leads exercises, stretching, posture, gait and dancing for the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, held on the second Thurs. of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. The group meets in the Phillips Building of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 10 Union Square East on the fifth floor in room 5K04. 

FREE LEGAL HELP FOR VETS—The VA Medical Center is offering free legal services for veterans. Attorneys can offer information on secure government benefits (Social Security Disability, SSI, VA), advisement on or assistance with family law matters (orders of protection, uncontested divorce, child support, custody), housing problems (evictions from private or public housing), credit issues (federal student loan discharges), information on health care proxies and powers of attorney, assistance with discharge upgrades and assistance with legal issues facing older veterans such as health insurance and home healthcare issues. Sessions are by appointment only and attorneys are available on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Women Veterans Clinic in Room 9041W and from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the General Clinic in Room 2583, and on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Older Veterans Clinic in Room 9008W. Dave Titus is a general clinic attorney, Samantha Kubek is a women veteran’s attorney and Ruth Stein is an older veteran’s attorney. Appointments can be made by calling the intake line at (212) 659-6199 and leaving a message.

WALKING CLUBThe Karpas Health Information Center has a weekly walking club. The club meets at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel entrance lobby, 16th Street and 1st Avenue, on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-1 p.m. for a heart-healthy walk to help you stay fit and keep you week going strong. Walk-ins are welcome.

UNION SQUARE RUN CLUB—The Union Square Run Club with lululemon athletica is free and takes place every Saturday. Interested parties should meet at the store at 15 Union Square West at 9:55 a.m. for a 10 a.m. start time. There will be a place for you to change and store your belongings during the run. All levels are welcome. Visit to confirm event.

FOOD ADDICTS—Can’t stop eating? Food Addicts Anonymous, a 12-step fellowship based on the belief that food addiction is a bio-chemical disease, holds weekly meetings in Manhattan. Meetings on Tues. are held at 6 p.m. in the Church of Holy Trinity at 316 E. 88th St., Room 2-Parish Hall. Contact Stasia at (212) 996-5128. Meetings on Saturday are held at 10 a.m. in the Realization Center at 25 E. 15th St. on the seventh floor. Contact Ann at (212) 988-0799. For more information, call the hotline at (212) 988-9556 or visit

FREE HEARING SCREENING—Visit the Center for Hearing and Communication, 50 Broadway, sixth floor, for a free hearing screening every Wednesday from 12-2 p.m. and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. The screenings, by appointment only, are conducted in a state-of-the-art facility. Call (917) 305-7700 or e-mail

THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS—The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive. The Manhattan chapter of The Compassionate Friends meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 7 W. 55th St. Meetings are open to parents, grandparents and adult siblings of children who have died at any age or from any cause. The Compassionate Friends Manhattan chapter can be reached at (212) 217-9647. For more information about TCF, visit

PET LOSS SUPPORT—Bideawee, 410 E. 38th St., presents a pet loss support group every first Friday of the month from 10-11 a.m. Saying goodbye to our loving animal companions can be a tough and very emotional journey. Bideawee wants you to know that you are not alone. Each support group is facilitated by one of Bideawee’s qualified volunteers who specialize in animal bereavement. Contact Bideawee’s third floor Learning Center for People & Pets in advance for this free service at (212) 532-4986 or

DISABILITIES—Resources for Children with Special Needs is an information and advocacy center for children with disabilities, their families and professional caretakers. They offer a free series of workshops, a camp fair and ongoing help for parents of disabled children. For more information, contact (212) 677-4650, e-mail or visit

DRUG HELP LINE—Drug addiction can leave an individual feeling helpless and out of control, especially if you are the family member or friend of an addict. Narconon Arrowhead can help. Narconon offers free counseling, assessments and referrals to rehabilitation centers nationwide by calling (800) 468-6933 or logging onto

9 thoughts on “Health & Fitness

  1. You should offer a group called “I Survived Bedbug Infestations at StuyTown 2011 When StuyTown Barely Took Action And Let Their Residents Suffer Through Hell.”

    Just a suggestion though. Been taking serious anti-depression meds because of this!

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