Simcha University: The Gift of Learning, the Power of Play

Written by Yonathan Melamed on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Imagine being a sick child in the hospital with nothing to do. Your friends are out having fun, but you are confined to your bed feeling lonely and bored.

Now imagine being able to pick from fun classes, with the opportunity to learn subjects ranging from sign language to playing the ukulele. Simcha University aims to make an extended hospital stay constructive and useful by offering an array of extracurricular classes taught by professionals in their respective fields, which our clients can elect to learn over the duration of their inpatient stay.

Flu Season: What You Should Know

Written by Jared Hershenson on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Flu season is beginning. It usually starts in the fall (October) and extends through the spring (April/May). Each year, millions of people get the flu. Missed school and work can be quite significant, but also hundreds of thousands of people need to be hospitalized and tens of thousands die from flu-related complications.

Holiday Gatherings With Family: How to Avoid Stress and Create Memorable Moments

Written by Dr. Levi Y. Breuer on . Posted in Health & Wellness

George Burns once said: “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family — in another city.” That could explain why Jewish holidays can feel quite overwhelming and stressful.

Relatives who live out of town are suddenly sorting through the food in your refrigerator. Your niece and nephews do not seem to have the same table manners you have taught your children. You notice that your siblings are judging you and making comments that send the message that they are better parents, spouses, or children.

The Scenic Path to Fundraising

Written by Audrey Siegel on . Posted in Health & Wellness

"Mitzvah cyclists" raise funds and awareness for Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington.

On Sunday, September 10, over 100 hundred cyclists headed out to Riley’s Lock in Poolesville, Maryland, to ride in MitzvahCycle 2017, Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington’s (BCGW) second annual bike-a-thon. Routes of varying distances and intensities allowed all to participate, from the most experienced cyclist to the newbie rider.

Observation Status: What You Need to Know

Written by Audrey Siegel on . Posted in Health & Wellness

This article is part of a series for Kol HaBirah on“Getting the Most Out of Your Hospital Stay.”

 Dr. Laura Wells* was a scientist, accustomed to drawing conclusions based on her own observations. In the year before Dr. Wells’ death, however, her daughter Carol* learned that her mother was in fact the one being “observed.”

Fitness Equipment on a Budget

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Health & Wellness

One of the challenges of personal fitness is trying to justify the start-up costs of having workout equipment in your home. A basic weight set can start at $30 for small weights under six pounds, but skyrocket as you increase to 15, 20, or 25 pounds. If you do buy weights, then you may also want to purchase a bench. A new bench can start at $100 to $150. How about a home system with multiple exercise stations? The price tag on those can start at $1,000.

Forgiveness is Good For Your Health

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Health & Wellness

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur hold the expectation for us to change our lives for the better. Forgiving others, and forgiving ourselves, is a major trend in the transformative process of the Days of Awe. The Rambam in “Shemoneh Perakim” very clearly illustrates that changes in our physical health would be obvious to the rational person, and that we could continuously commit ourselves to those changes as long as our intentions were pure. Having pure intentions for our physical health should be rooted in G-d’s moral prerogative, he continues, a cornerstone to piety and a paramount achievement.

How to Save a Life

Written by Audrey Siegel on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Earlier this summer, dozens of strangers on a Florida beach waded into the Gulf of Mexico to save the lives of nine people who were drowning after being caught in a riptide.