Health news and notes, week of Nov. 5

Put that phone away! Credit: Photodisc
Put that phone away!
Credit: Photodisc

Scary stat: More than 60 percent of respondents to a survey from Novosbed said they use their smartphone in bed before going to sleep. Reports show that stepping away from your phone before bedtime can help improve your quality of sleep.

Want to work out for free this week? EmblemHealth has partnered with the Chinese American Planning Counsel (CPC) in Manhattan’s Chinatown and with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn to offer free fitness classes this week, like Tuesday’s Qi Gong at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday’s Afro-Caribbean dance at 6:30 p.m. See all the classes and register online at http://emblemhealthlivehealthy.com/upcoming-events/.

On Nov. 6 — National Healthy Eating Day — Mount Sinai will hold a celebration with a free cooking demo, recipes and food. Swing by the hospital’s cafeteria (at 1468 Madison Ave.) between 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nov. 12 is the 20th anniversary of the landmark AIDS film Philadelphia, and the Columbia University Medical Center is honoring the occasion with a day-long series of events, featuring theater, musical performances and a panel discussion with the creative team behind the film. Tickets are $20 with a Columbia ID, $50 for the general public, at www.narrativemedicine.org/philadelphia.html.


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