Health Notes: CPR, red wine, ‘reset’ your body, Pilates workshop, ChaiseFitness
Learn to save a life
National CPR Awareness Week begins next Sunday, June 1, and the American Heart Association is reminding people that Hands-Only CPR can save lives. To help a teen or adult who’s suddenly collapsed, first call 911, then place the heel of your hand in the center of their chest and put your other hand on top, lacing your fingers together, and push down hard and fast. The compressions need to be performed at about 100 beats per minute, which is coincidentally the rhythm of the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive,” until paramedics arrive.
Another reason to drink red wine
Besides being the main ingredient in the summer party staple sangria, red wine could also protect your teeth. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that red wine as well as grape seed extract (good news for you non-drinkers) disrupted harmful colonies of bacteria responsible for cavities and other dental diseases. Brushing and fluoride have limited effect on these germs, but the wine and extracts, whether boozy or not, effectively killed them. Cheers!
Reset your body
From June 2-6, organic food delivery service Sakara Life is partnering with modelFit for a five-day program designed to cleanse and rejuvenate your body. Sakara Life, whose philosophy is eating organic, seasonal foods rather than following a calorie- or diet-based plan, will supply five days’ worth of meals designed to “spring clean from the inside out.” Put that new energy to use during five classes at SoHo’s modelFit studio, the first of which will end with a “community gathering” to set your goals for the coming week. $559, more details here.
Put your core through a summer intensive course. Beginning tonight, David Barton Gym is holding a four-week Pilates workshop. Each hourlong class, split between The Reformer and The Cadillac, is limited to six participants. Classes are held Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m., from May 27 to June 17. The program costs $200, or $250 for non-members.
ChaiseFitness open second studio
Get “reinvented” at ChaiseFitness’s new Upper East Side location, which opened this month at 1204 Lexington Ave., after beginning two years ago in the Flatiron district. Classes alternate between the Reinvention Chair, a futuristic-looking backless stool, and hand-held bungee cords suspended from the ceiling to blend Pilates, ballet and aerobics. The resistance cords help develop long and lean muscles, improving balance and posture. Group and private sessions are available; visit www.chaisefitness.com for more information.