Health & Fitness

Full Circle at Hostos Community College


Learning a new language can take years to master. For Dominican native, Madeline Santana, a recipient of the Auxiliary Police Officer Eugene Marshalik Scholarship, grasping English became a pathway to her career through Hostos Community College.

After leaving the Dominican Republic at age 10 in 1998, Santana struggled to become fluent in English even though she would speak on stage in junior high.

I focused a lot on my studies and I represented my eighth-grade class. My graduation was at Hostos Community College.”

After graduating from Stevenson High School in the Bronx with a baby Santana knew that she had to find a school that would accommodate her needs. Before she went to Hostos she attended a college that was more focused on getting her into as many classes as possible and simply graduating, but at Hostos University she found something different.

“The school was very flexible towards my needs. I cannot complain about that school at all. It’s a very good school. They focus on the student’s needs.”

Learn more about opportunities at Hostos continuing education programs

When she started heading to Hostos Community College, Santana was simply taking remedial reading, writing and speaking courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses without anything else in mind. However, she soon came to love the school and found her passion.

After that, I went to take my career courses…I basically love the fact that I’m helping patients improve their health…in advising them how to take their medication I feel good. I love helping others.

Not only did she attend school as a young mother, but she volunteered as an auxiliary police officer for three years.

“I would patrol the city of New York and cover events like parades…and events that they have for the community.”

In 2015, Santana earned a Pharmacy Technician’s Certificate and then received a part-time position at the Bronx Lebanon Special Care Center. Next, she will be joining Kingsbrooke Jewish Medical Center full-time, but she is not done yet.

I would like to go to pharmacy school…I want my daughter to know to never give up…and know I did my best to give her a better future.”

To doing a speech in her eighth-grade class to becoming a graduate of Hostos Community College, Madeline Santana has truly come full circle.


Using Technology to Earn Money While Getting Fit!


With just over a week left of 2016, many of us are probably contemplating our typical New Year’s resolution: lose excess weight and get healthy. But many lose more momentum than weight by the time Día de los Reyes rolls around. Emerging technologies, such as various diet-tracking apps and Fitbit, have helped; sometimes more motivation is needed – such as potentially earning money for every pound lost.

HealthyWage, for example, provides cash incentives to address our nation’s obesity epidemic and improve America’s collective health. The company was founded in response to academic research that proves even small cash rewards triple the effectiveness of weight-loss programs, finding that people are more effective at losing weight when their own money is at risk. Since social networks play a large role in many lives, this will likely play a large role in reversing obesity. The company couples its popular individual and team-based weight loss contests and challenges that proffer substantial cash prizes (upwards of $10,000) with social and expert-based support, tools and resources, and goal-setting and tracking technologies to further bolster the success rate of its participants. On the HealthyWage website, a potential user just has to enter the amount of weight they wish to lose to get started and a “wager” estimate will appear. Social and expert-based support is also offered.

In addition, there are also a number of mobile apps that help to motivate and track your progress while earning rewards! Step-counting apps Pact and Charity Miles help you set up and keep various activity goals. Pact features food goals, as well, where the user also wagers their money in meeting/failing those goals; earn when goals are succeeded and lose when they aren’t. Charity Miles give you the chance to earn money for charity for all those walking and running workouts. Just choose a charity and go for a jog or a hike but not on the treadmill or stationary bike as the app tracks your phone’s GPS to record mileage. An app that can save you some money is Health4Me, which helps users find various health care providers and facilities in their area as well as comparing for common medical services.

With all that is out there to help us get healthy, and stay healthy, for 2017, let’s choose wisely and stick to it!

“Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” A Better Health & Wellness Movement

Our communities have and are being severely affected by diabetes. We all either know someone close with it, have a loved one that suffers from this life altering and dangerous disease.

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) was launched by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in part to fill in knowledge gaps regarding the prevalence and development of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among the diverse members of these populations. It found considerable diversity among Hispanic/Latino groups when it comes to the prevalence of diabetes, as well as a low rate of diabetes awareness, diabetes control and health insurance.

The study found that the prevalence of total diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) among all Hispanic/Latino groups was roughly 16.9 percent for both men and women, compared to 10.2 percent for non-Hispanic whites.

However, when looking at Hispanic/Latino groups individually, it found that prevalence varied from a high of 18.3 percent for those of Mexican descent to a low of 10.2 percent for people of South American descent. The study showed 18.1 percent of people of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent; 17.7 percent of Central American descent; and 13.4 percent of Cuban descent living in the United States had type 2 diabetes.

Hopefully YOU don’t have it or are prone to have it, BUT, the good news is that there are many things you can do to keep from getting it, alleviate it or even down right eliminate it. It all starts with empowering yourself through education, proceeded by on-going action to proper diet, exercise and support. It will take some discipline and effort, but You CAN do it. Help is on the way.

In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, along with a coalition of other leading health care providers, government officials, public- and private-sector companies, community-based organizations and the news media, are collectively pledging to help build a sustainable path to health and wellness for the Latino community affected by diabetes. At a press conference and kick-off event held today at the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute in New York City, the launch of “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES! Diabetes NO!), a new bilingual, long-term health initiative, was announced.



“¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES! Diabetes NO!) is an outcomes-focused approach that will take a comprehensive and systematic look at diabetes among Latinos with the goal of uncovering the root causes, leading to more effective and efficient delivery of prevention, education, testing and treatment.

→Listen to Audio interview with Josephine Guzman, Senior Director Physician Relations Management, Northwell Health below.

Hispanics are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and national examination surveys. They have higher rates of end-stage renal disease caused by diabetes and are 40 percent more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.


→Listen to Audio interview with Doctor Maria Pena, Endocrinologist & Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hofstra,  Northwell School of Medicine below.


“To date, many well-meaning initiatives have been launched that have attempted to deliver education and awareness to the community and increased opportunities for testing. However, none seem to have gone far enough or have been sustainable enough to make a real impact,” said Dennis Connors,   Regional Executive Director for Northwell Health and Executive Director for Lenox Hill Hospital. “We are proud to lead this initiative as this coalition has the resources, the power and the influence to make a true and meaningful impact on the health and wellness of the Latino community affected by diabetes.”

Additional friends of the campaign who have committed to providing support include American Heart Association, Comunilife, CS55, Fantástico, Latinarrific and Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.).

“The coalition’s work begins with a comprehensive and systematic look at diabetes among Latinos, community by community, block by block, person by person and gene by gene,” said Dr. Jill Kalman, Medical Director, Lenox Hill Hospital. “Our goal is to uncover the root cause and build a comprehensive action plan to reverse the trajectory in a way that has never been done before.”

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“Diabetes and its related diseases, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and obesity, are tearing at the fabric of this community as well as being a key driver of America’s rising health care burden,” added Dr. Leonid Poretsky, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Director of the newly opened Friedman Diabetes Institute, where the press conference was held. “Diabetes should not prevent anyone from achieving their life goals.”

 You can follow the campaign and get updates on “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!) on social media including Facebook on and on Instagram under user name @vsidno.


About Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.


About “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!)

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, in coalition with an unprecedented group of leading healthcare providers, public and private sector companies, community-based organizations and the media are pooling their individual strengths and coming together build a sustainable path to health and wellness for the Latino community affected by diabetes.  The result is the launch of “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” (Life YES, Diabetes NO!), a testing and education initiative designed to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in Latino communities.Partners include American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Azteca America,  Comunilife, CS 55, Fantástico, Goya Foods, Hispanic Federation, Humana, Latinarrific, Lenox Hill Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, Mario Bosquez – Author The Chalupa Rules, Office of the Bronx Borough President, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.), Telemundo47, The Katz Institute for Women’s Health, Univision, Union Community Health Center, and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

Click link for a complete & simple breakdown on diabetes, along with some solutions to empower yourself or a loved one


How Trump Can Change Women’s Health Care

At 8:54 a.m., President-elect Donald Trump selected Georgia Congressman Tom Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The president-elect’s choices for his cabinet leave one thing very clear, his picks for top federal positions are going to be people that could make decisions that would irrevocably change the course of American history.

Price is a vocal opponent of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and is anti-choice when it comes to abortions. If the Senate goes along with him as the secretary for this department, there would be a dramatic shift in health care that could impact millions of Americans, possibly for the worse.

This will be especially true for women across the United States.

As an adamant proponent for anti-choice/pro-life initiatives, Price will have the power to make it nigh impossible for women to have an abortion.

Women that do not want to have children or that cannot afford to have children will no longer have a choice over what happens to their body during a pregnancy.

If a woman is faced with a medical emergency and wants to choose her life instead of that of her fetus, it would be hard to have an abortion.

If a mother’s fetus is in pain from a fatal disease, and this woman prefers to choose an abortion versus prolonging suffering, she will possibly be stripped of that option altogether with Price as secretary of health.

Price’s plans for women’s health care also means less access to contraception. The six-time representative has done everything in his power to get rid of the employer-sponsored preventive health care part of the ACA, which will make it harder for women to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place.

Price, who was never a fan of the Affordable Care Act may gut the entire bill before Trump can create a new health initiative, one that might leave the newly insured under the ACA, 20 million Americans and counting, worse off.

Not only that but as health secretary, Price will determine the future of food, drugs, Medicaid and Medicare. If he falls in line with most Republicans, Medicaid and Medicare will be completely upended too. At least 100 million Americans, specifically the elderly and the impoverished will become vulnerable when it comes to health insurance.

Women live longer than men in old age by up to almost seven years and are paid less than them, and will struggle the most during health emergencies under Price.


It’s Time To Talk About Breast Cancer


Originally published in LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Daisy Cabrera

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s time to talk about this deadly disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death among Latinas. Latinas tend to be diagnosed with more advanced breast cancers. Although breast cancer is not preventable, there are steps you can take to lower your risk. We spoke with Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and board certified obstetrician-gynecologist. As a leading healthcare provider to women across the country, the nonprofit organization provides up-to-date, expert information and supportive, confidential care.


Why is breast cancer prevalent in the Latina population?

Latinas in the U.S. face more barriers to accessing health care, are less likely to get preventive screenings, are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, and are more likely to experience worse health outcomes when it comes to breast cancer. A recent national Planned Parenthood survey showed that when asked what prevented Latinas from getting checked for breast cancer, the following barriers played a role: 40% said the cost of the test, 26% said time to go to the doctor, 22% said the distance to the doctor’s office, 25% said fear of the test, and 32% said fear of the test results.


Is breast cancer linked to other gynecological cancers?

Certain types of breast cancer are linked with other types of cancer. The most well studied types are related to the BRCA gene, which is associated with a hereditary type of breast cancer, and can lead to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. There are other hereditary types of breast cancer that are linked with other diseases such as brain cancer, leukemia and colon cancer.


How important are breast self-examinations and mammograms?

Finding breast cancer at its earliest stages is important to improve survival and the chances of living a long, healthy life. Be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel. Simply looking at, touching, and feeling your breasts from time to time will help you notice any changes. Talk to your health care provider if you have any concerns about changes in the look, shape, or texture of your breasts, or nipple discharge, or if there is breast cancer or other types of cancer in your family history. You and your health care provider can decide together whether getting a mammogram is right for you. Clinical breast exams are recommended every one to three years for most women in their 20s and 30s. Mammograms are recommended yearly for women starting at age 40 and may be suggested sooner if a woman has a history of breast cancer or has abnormalities discovered during a clinical exam.


What are some common misconceptions about mammograms?

There are many misconceptions about mammograms: that they are very painful, or they take a long time, or are only necessary for older women. In terms of discomfort, you will feel some pressure. Pressing your breast in this way helps spread out the breast tissue and prevents movement. It also helps get a sharper image of the breast tissue. The compression for each breast only lasts a few seconds — the overall procedure takes about 15 minutes. Most women feel uncomfortable when their breasts are being pressed. Some women find it painful. But the discomfort only lasts a few seconds each time. Some women may also feel sore after a mammogram.


What happens if the mammogram finds an abnormality?

Not all abnormal results are breast cancer. Your health provider will tell you what other tests you might need, including another mammogram or another test. There are several other diagnostic tools to confirm mammogram results including: biopsy, core-needle biopsy, and ultrasound.


If you can’t afford a mammogram, what local resources are available?

Planned Parenthood provides affordable breast cancer screenings regardless of whether or not you have health insurance. Our health centers provide clinical breast exams and refer patients to other facilities for mammograms based on breast exams, age, and/or family history. If an abnormality is found during a clinical breast exam, our health centers will help patients get the follow-up care they need from specialists. Understanding the importance of breast health, and early detection is key to battling breast cancer. The disease doesn’t discriminate, and Latina celebrity survivors include Daniela Romo, Ana María Polo, Adamari López, Angélica María, Alejandra Guzmán, and Bárbara Mori. Talk to your medical provider about breast cancer, share your family history of cancer, and visit for more information.

*Editor’s note: former LatinTRENDS digital editor Shelley Mendoza is also a breast cancer survivor.

The 10 Rules of CLEANSING

Originally published in the May 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

By health and wellness expert Danna Pratta


Now that we’re on the verge of summer, it’s prime time to think about getting into shape. Whether you’re hitting the gym more or switching up your diet, a cleanse might be a good starting point for your summer body! Going on a cleanse can be a little tricky if you’re a first-timer so, to help you thrive when going on a pre-summer cleanse, we’ve put together 10 rules to avoid quitting 12 hours in.



  1. Don’t set yourself up for failure

If you are a first-timer, don’t go for a juice cleanse or the lemonade diet that restricts food. Choose a cleanse that allows you to continue eating a healthy raw diet. The idea of a cleanse is to rid the body of toxins, not to restrict food.


  1. Mentally prepare yourself

Starting a cleanse is just as mental as it is physical. If your mind isn’t in the right place, your body will likely follow. A few days before you’re set to start your cleanse, think about the positive results and prepare yourself to eat a healthy diet.


  1. Prepare yourself for side effects

While detoxing, you may notice some side effects like headaches or nausea during the first few days. This is totally normal, as your body is ridding itself of toxins. Take some extra time to rest if you feel these symptoms coming, and remember not to give up.


  1. Clean out your pantry

Before you start cleansing, eliminate any temptations from the kitchen. It’s hard enough to stay on track, but seeing tempting and not-so-healthy snacks in the pantry is going to make it much harder. Stock up on healthy snacks like fruits and veggies that are easy to grab.


  1. Drink lots of water

On average, you should drink about 8 glasses of water per day but, during the cleanse, up your intake to about 2 liters per day. This will help your body clear out those toxins and will also keep you feeling hydrated and less lethargic.


  1. Reserve energy

During your cleanse, you will want to try your best to reserve your energy, especially during the first few days. Try to limit those long work days and save the marathon running until the cleanse is finished. Also,make sure to get enough sleep, this is the time for your body to heal and rebuild.


  1. But be active

While on your cleanse it’s important not to over-do it. Try to stick to yoga or light cardio. You want to stay active while on the cleanse to keep your system moving, but not wear yourself out.


  1. Keep busy

Stay busy while on your cleanse. Often-times, snacking is a reaction to boredom, not hunger. Eliminate excess down time, go for a walk or an easy bike ride, or spend time in the yard. This way, the bored stomach pangs won’t lead you to the kitchen.


  1. Keep stress levels low

Often, stress is what leads us to binge eating and relentless snacking, so make sure to start your cleanse when you know your stress levels will be low. A weekend is always a good time to allow for relaxation.


  1. Don’t run back to greasy foods

You just spent a week or more cleaning out your system and, as tempting as a slice of that deep-dish pizza may sound, jumping back into eating greasy foods will just throw your system out of whack. Hopefully, after all your hard work, processed foods won’t even sound good.




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Rinse grapefruit, tangerine, cucumber and mint leaves. Peel and slice cucumber, grapefruit, and tangerine.Combine all ingredients in a half gallon pitcher. Allow the ingredients to sit for 2 hours for maximum benefits. Drink throughout the day.

Jamaica Hospital Designated as a Trauma One Center

Photo by Naeisha Rose

Photos by Naeisha Rose

On Oct. 23, 2014, NYPD Officer Kenneth Healey was attacked by a hatchet-wielding man on Jamaica Ave. on 162nd St. in Queens by Zale Thompson.

After his fellow officers shot the would-be terrorist, who was reported to have acted alone according to the Daily News, they saw the rookie bleed and fall unconscious not knowing if he would make it.

Healey was quickly sent to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for care. It was there that he received treatment for his traumatic brain injury after his skull was cracked open. A little over a year later Healey went back to work.

Kenneth Healey (right)

Kenneth Healey (right)

While already a Level One Trauma Center, and the only one in south Queens, Jamaica Hospital was officially verified by trauma experts from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at 11 a.m. today for its amazing work.

Trauma Medical Director, Geoffrey Doughlin, had this to say at the ceremony:

Trauma care is also family care. In a perfect world no one would get sick, text while driving or respond to conflict with violence… but we don’t live in a perfect world so we must be prepared to accept everyone that goes through the door. In 2014, we were able to help Officer Healey and then thank him for his service.

Doughlin went on to say that the designation for Jamaica Hospital will last for the next three years.

When they come back for they will be more stringent. We want to maintain what we accomplished. Critical areas are trauma research and community education. The specialists that we have, the neurosurgeons, the anesthesiologist, the blood bank all need to be maintained.

One of the problems that we have for trauma is that there is very poor funding for it nationwide. We need support from the administration because there is staff that is here 24/7. It’s expensive, but the community needs it.

If you look at the history of the hospitals in Queens you will find multiple closures. We are one of the many hospitals that remain. Recently, Mary Immaculate closed, so without that trauma center someone has to be willing to pick up the slack. We have a vital role in the health and well being of the residents of Queens.

Dr. Geoffrey Doughlin

Dr. Geoffrey Doughlin

Trauma Program Manager Beverly Brown couldn’t agree more.

We need to continue to make sure that we provide the care that the community needs because of everything going around the community. We want them to know that we are always going to give them the best care that they need. I want them to say ‘I went to Jamaica Hospital and I got the care I need.”

Trauma is what we do. Trauma is in our DNA. We live and breathe trauma. We were designated already, but to be verified by ACS and have them say that we meet the 300 standards necessary to be a Trauma One Center without deficiency speaks to our standards. This puts us out there and says they are doing the right thing.

Personally this is a huge accomplishment. I oversee the program hand in hand with Dr. Doughlin and to have this is amazing.

Beverly Brown

Trauma Program Director Beverly Brown

Brown also elaborated on Jamaica Hospital’s process on treating patients.

In medicine, you must use a holistic approach. You have to involve the family whatever you are doing. When a family member gets hurt, it’s not just that one person that is hurting, the entire family is hurting. You have to look at it as like ‘is the family happy, am I meeting their needs.'”

One person that is truly happy with Jamaica Hospital’s care is Officer Healey who is alive and well.

Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company’s Grand Opening

Picture provided by Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company

Picture provided by Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company

On Saturday, July 30th on 70th East 4th Street,  the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company will have a grand opening.

Alpha Omega has been providing a platform for dancers and choreographers of color to showcase their love of the art for over 44 years. However, since 1972, the dance company did not have its own studio, until now. Thanks to new leadership under its new Artistic Director Enrique Cruz DeJesus, the company was able to raise over $ 4 million dollars towards having its own building.

We use to rent space from different locations. We were a struggling organization that tried to do good for the community, for kids and we are a professional dance company,” said DeJesus.

After joining the Fourth Art Block, a 13 organization art coalition, the different members were able to set aside seven buildings for their different programs.

We did an average of two to three fundraisers a year, we wrote grants to the Department of Cultural Affairs, Rosie Mendez, Margarita Lopez, and the Mayor’s Office,” he adds.

At the new studio, choreographers will teach salsa, Argentine tango, and musical theater. Wellness classes include yoga and pilates. There will be educational classes for kids and teens. There will also be something for adults that want to become professional dancers too.

Thirty years ago, before DeJesus became the artistic director of Alpha Omega he was just a young man that was encouraged to go to one of their dance classes by a friend.

I was a short order cook working at a restaurant, the Bonfire Grill in Forest Hills, and my friend named Lamont was a dancer,” says DeJesus.

After joining dance classes with Lamont, DeJesus knew that he was meant to be a dancer. Since that first dance class, he has been in shows like “Jesus Christ Super Star, ” and toured in “Dreamgirls.” As a choreographer, he has created over 60 pieces. He was even nominated for a Drama Desk award.

Artists art not born. They are chosen. They are chosen in a way that you see this as the thing that you are going to be doing. I’ve been a part of that community, I’ve been a part of that family. I feel that I have found my calling and I have not ever looked back since.

DeJesus and his dance company will continue to make waves this summer by closing out the first ever Jamaica Dance Festival in Rufus King Park on August 13th. The festival is free and open to the public.



The great Roberto “manos de piedra” Duran and a look at the art, science & viciousness of Boxing

The great Roberto “manos de piedra” Duran and a look at the art, science & viciousness of Boxing

Roberto Durán (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A master in-fighter in the ring, he was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”) during his career.

He finally retired in January 2002 at age 50 (having previously retired in 1998) following a bad car crash in October 2001, with a professional record of 119 fights, 103 wins with 69 knockouts. Up until his fight with Wilfred Benítez in a light middleweight title clash in 1982, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel

How great was Roberto Duran? He was a master of the “sweet science” of boxing. considered as the best lightweight (135 pounds) ever. Roberto was ferocious and highly intelligent fighter that could do it all. The video exemplifies this perfectly. It shoes in different segments his mastery of the ring and his mastery of the sweet science ( along with the animal like killer instinct that made him great).



Highlights of what you will see in this video of Duran below, will reveal that the way Duran moved was in fact artistic… a vicious art, perhaps, but there was also a science (precision) behind him and his every move. For those of you that are into boxing this video will show you or remind you what boxing truly is… a tough, but beautiful sport, which brings out the best in men…and now women also, BUT, to those of you who are just casual fans or who are contemplating taking up the sport as a way to exercise, to get in shape and or deal with stress, you should 100% take it up, its one of the best all around sports to partake in for mental and physical conditioning. You don’t have to spar (box) and get hit if you don’t want to, there are many boxing programs today that are safe in that way. However, I must WARN YOU! once you start to feel in some type of boxing shape, you may very well want to try it for REAL in the ring with a practice opponent AKA a sparring partner. if you do decide to try it Have fun…but before you begin get the docs approval, based on your physical. at the end of this article I have included some gyms in New York which you may want to try.

What you will see in this video “The Tao of Roberto Duran”

  1. Fainting..(make them believe one thing, but give them another)
  2. The art of slipping, ducking & rolling with lunches…(a la Mayweather)
  3. Ducking, weaving & counter punching…(making your opponent miss & make them pay for it)
  4. Turning & pivoting…(take away your opponents balance & momentum…use all you got to keep them confused and frustrated)
  5. Shifting ( as in baseball, the change up pitch confuses the batter. Keep em confused)
  6. putting with the jab…( an illusion to give them something else)


Check out this country song about Duran, called “The eyes of Roberto Duran” by Chris Gaffney


Roberto Duran singing Salsa ( with his own band) in the early 90’s…he wasn’t too bad.
but its best that he stuck with boxing…

Where to go for a boxing workout or training in NY

Mendez Boxing Midtown NYC:

Church Street Gym downtown NYC:

Gleasons Gym, downtown (DUMBO) Brooklyn: :



Dr. Rafael Alexander Ortiz – A Brain Surgeon and a Trendsetter!

Dr. Rafael Alexander Ortiz – A Brain Surgeon and a Trendsetter!

Chief of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Ortiz will receive the 2016 Latino Trendsetter Award in the Health category.


About the event
The Fourteenth Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards, a landmark celebration of excellence in enterprise, arts, entertainment, health, education and community leadership, will be held at on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 from 6-10 P.M. at The Symphony Space Theater in New York City. The event is sponsored in part by New York Presbyterian HospitalInca Kola and CUNY. Media (sweepstakes) partners are; La Mega 97.9 & Amor 93.1 and presented by LatinTRENDS.  It will commence with a VIP red carpet reception, attended by awardees, influencers and media.The award presentation will be partially open to the public and special guest and will start at 8PM.  It will feature a musical performances by Frankie Negron , a multi-cultural dance performance featuring tango, flamenco, salsa and bachata music. Emerging urban Tropical musician, Doñé, will perform live as well.

The Event will be co-hosted by Actress, speaker and author, April Hernandez Castillo and Luxury Real Estate Broker and star of Bravo’s Emmy-Nominated Million Dollar Listing New York, Luis D. Ortiz


Get to Know Dr. Ortiz
Rafael A. Ortiz, MD is the Chief of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuro-Radiology at Lenox Hill Hospital and is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Radiology at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Upon his arrival to Lenox Hill Hospital in 2012, Dr. Ortiz spearheaded the creation and rapid development of a comprehensive, innovative and safe program of endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology Lenox Hill Hospital.


Dr. Ortiz completed his residency in neurology and fellowship in stroke/neuro-critical care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 2006 he moved to New York City to complete fellowship training in interventional neuro-radiology and endovascular surgery at the Hyman-Newman Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Roosevelt Hospital, were he served as attending physician and director of the fellowship program until June of 2012.

Among his numerous accolades, Dr. Ortiz was honored with a Proclamation by the New York State Senate in 2012 for his dedication to community education and outstanding patient care. In 2010 he received The American Heart Association’s Young Heart Award for achievements in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine and also the American Heart Association’s Tu Corazon Latino Award for dedication to patient education and community health. More recently, in 2013, he was recognized as one of the Men of the Year in the City of New York by El Diario La Prensa newspaper. In 2014, he received the Leadership and Vision Award of the American Heart and Stroke Association.

Dr. Ortiz is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart and Stroke Association and is the Co-Chair of Tu Corazon Latino, an innovative health movement that brings physicians, executives, public servants and community leaders together to explore health issues and solutions for at risk populations.

Dr. Ortiz specializes in endovascular (interventional) treatment of cerebral aneurysms, embolization of brain tumors and vascular tumors of the head and neck region, cerebral and spinal arteriovenous malformations, treatment of craniofacial vascular lesions (venous, lymphatic, AVMs, hemangiomas) in adults and children, stenting of carotid artery stenosis, as well as revascularization procedures for acute stroke. He is known for his dedication to community education, patient satisfaction and outstanding patient care.


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