The Brooklyn Hospital Center Wellness for Life club celebrated its 16th Anniversary this month in the Hospital Auditorium. Nutritionist Karen Congro, RD CDN, who founded and manages the group, spoke at the event about the important role nutrition and exercise play in combating high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Infectious Disease specialist Leonard Berkowitz, MD, gave a lecture on nutrition and the importance of making dietary choices based on evidence rather than anecdotes and slick advertising. (Did you know carrots don't really help you see better at night? Did you know Smart Water isn't exactly a smart beverage choice?)
Afterwards, more than eighty guests were treated to a delicious healthy meal and many participated in regular Wellness for Life activities like "chair dancing" exercise, monthly weigh-ins and blood pressure screenings. On Tuesday, several Wellness for Life regulars received awards for meeting their wellness goals.
Not only did these individuals lose weight, in some cases chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure decreased so much their doctors were able to reduce or stop their medication altogether. Hippocrates famous quote rings true, Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.
Wellness for Life meets the first Tuesday of every month, 1-3:30 pm in the Auditorium. The program is fun, enlightening and always free to all comers. Please check www.tbh.org/wellness-life for more information, including Karen's contact info.