Health news, week of Dec. 17

On your mark, get set...Happy New Year! Credit: NYRR
On your mark, get set…Happy New Year!
Credit: NYRR

30-second lifesaver

This week’s tip comes from Dr. Eric Collins, Addiction Psychiatrist and Physician-in-Chief at Silver Hill Hospital, a Connecticut-based mental health facility.

Put the brakes on someone drinking and driving

“Telling someone directly that you are concerned about their drinking can be challenging, but if a friend or loved one is determined to drive after drinking, be direct but calm and reasonable. Start with: ‘I care about you, and you may hurt yourself or someone else. You should not drive.’ If they get in the car to drive, calmly explain you are serious. Even a DUI conviction is less destructive than a manslaughter or another conviction.”

Scary stat

38 percent of Americans feel less informed about the Affordable Care Act over the past month, a month after the start of open enrollment, according to Consumer Reports. They created www.HealthLawHelper.org to help people make sense of the new law.

New Year’s fitness

Get a leg up on your resolution with these fitness happenings.

  • Start your 2014 on the right foot — literally (or your left foot, if you’re a lefty) — at the New York Road Runners’ annual Midnight Run sponsored by Emerald Nuts. The all-night party begins with a costume contest, dancing and fireworks before segueing into a four-mile run in Central Park. Sign up at www.nyrr.com.
  • The JCC (334 Amsterdam Ave., 646-505-5708) will host an open house from 10 a.m.-6 pm., featuring Zumba, indoor cycling, nutrition consultations and more.
  • Alvin Ailey’s “Get Fit in ’14″ program kicks off Jan. 2; participants can take 14 classes in 14 days for the price of 10 classes. All dance levels are welcome; sign up at www.aileyextension.com.


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