Category Archives: fitness

All together for tai chi (this time, online)

In February, Upstate Oasis and 100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc. teamed up to offer Tai Chi for Arthritis, exercise classes that feature slow, joint-safe movements and breathing to improve strength, mobility, balance and concentration. A month into classes, COVID-19 … Continue reading

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Exercise in isolation: Keeping fit while confined to home

BY JIM HOWE Exercise is even more important during a pandemic, says Carol Sames, PhD, an exercise physiologist and director of the Vitality Fitness Programs at Upstate. She says people can keep moving and keep fit while stuck at home. … Continue reading

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Everyday hero: Childhood cancer survivor Dan Kosick climbs mountains, skis, runs obstacle courses

By JIM HOWE Dan Kosick leads an active life. The Endicott resident is a social worker at a local middle school, a longtime youth lacrosse coach and a fitness enthusiast who typically swims three days a week, runs three days a week and … Continue reading

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Should weight loss be part of breast cancer treatment?

BY AMBER SMITH An obese woman with breast cancer is at increased risk for recurrence, compared with healthy-weight patients. Researchers want to know whether she can reduce her risk of recurrence by losing weight. Central New Yorkers can help find … Continue reading

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Nurse prescribes soccer — which he plays professionally — for fitness and fun

  BY JIM HOWE To Isaac Kissi, soccer means many things. Kissi works as a nurse at Upstate while studying in Rochester to become a nurse practitioner, where he lives. A native of Ghana, he first came to the United … Continue reading

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Mind-set to thrive optimizes quality of life

BY AMBER SMITH A cancer diagnosis can produce stress, no doubt. How a person responds to that stress impacts his or her quality of life. Family medicine doctor Kaushal Nanavati, MD, is medical director of integrative therapy at Upstate. He … Continue reading

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Yoga for all: Physical therapist adapts exercise for those with developmental disabilities

From its origins in India more than 3,000 years ago, yoga in America today has a reputation for improving flexibility, balance and muscle strength. Rebecca Alexander, who graduated from Upstate with her doctor of physical therapy degree this spring, extols … Continue reading

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Why your baby needs tummy time

BY AMBER SMITH The American Academy of Pediatrics says babies need to be placed to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome during the first year of life. But daily supervised play time while … Continue reading

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News about Upstate you may have missed

Autism symposium “The message of our book,” said the co-author of a Pulitzer Prize finalist work about autism, “is that the larger community needs to change, needs to step up and not freak out over people who are different.” That’s … Continue reading

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Sticking to it: Kali Club offers enjoyable route to self-defense skills

BY JIM HOWE About two dozen people battle each other with wooden sticks every week on the Upstate campus, displaying skills that look like a mix of a fencing class, a pirate raid and a street brawl. But no one … Continue reading

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