Resources

Health Tips and Recipes of the Month

HealthDay: News for Healthier Living

Health Topic of the Month: Worksite Wellness

Low Calorie, Low Fat Recipe of The Month
2014
February: Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes from Recipe.com
January: Roasted Squash Soup from the Mayo Clinic

2013
December: Edamame and Penne Salad with Feta from the American Heart Association
November: Pumpkin Patch Cheesecake from chooseveg.com
October: Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Quinoa from the Art of Conscious Living

Free and Reduced-Cost Healthcare Information

Click here for a pdf-printable version of this information.

The Ryan Center
URL: http://www.ryancenter.org/
Three Locations:
110 West 97th Street (btw Amsterdam and Columbus Aves). 212.749.1820
279 East 3rd Street (btw Aves C & D). 212.477.8500
645 10th Ave (btw 45th and 46th Sts.). 212.265.4500
Description:
The Ryan Center is a community health center with three locations in Manhattan. They provide medical, dental, gynecological, mental health and optometry, among many other medical specializations. They also provide medical services for a sliding fee based on your income level for patients without health insurance. Additionally, all prescriptions are provided for $10 from their pharmacy for patients without prescription drug coverage. They do not take United Health Care, so students with NYSHIP will be better served going to a provider that is within the UHC network.

NYU NYC Free Clinic
URL: http://www.med.nyu.edu/nycfreeclinic/
Address: 16 East 16th Street (btw 5th Ave and Bdwy)
Description:
As their website states: “The NYCFC, New York's only comprehensive free health care clinic, believes that high-quality health care is the right of all individuals. We provide, at no cost to our patients, the full range of health care services, including specialty referrals, counseling, patient education, social services, and screening and registration for public health insurance.” Appointments are available ONLY on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:45 pm. To make an appointment call: 212-206-5200.

The Institute for Family Health
URL: http://www.institute2000.org/
Four Locations:
Sidney Hillman Family Practice: 16 East 16 Street - 3rd Floor. 212.924.7744
Phillips Family Practice: 16 East 16th St. - 1st floor. 212.206.5200
East 13th St. Family Practice: 113 East 13th St.. 212.253.1830
Amsterdam Health Center: 690 Amsterdam Avenue at 94th St. 212.865.4104
Description:
This is a group of clinics in Manhattan and the Bronx. They run 2 free Saturday clinics, one in Manhattan and one in the Bronx. See the website for details. Each clinic has a team of social workers who can help you get health insurance if you are uninsured. Additionally, if you are uninsured, the fee is "sliding scale" based on your income. For students with NYSHIP, the Institute takes United Health Care, so you can go to the doctors there and be covered "in-network".

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
URL: http://www.callen-lorde.org/
Location:
356 West 18th Street (btw 8th and 9th Aves). 212.271.7200
Description:
A health center specializing in health issues for New York's LGBTQ population, yet accepting of all patients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Callen-Lorde is a respectful environment, staffed with excellent physicians, gynecologists, social workers and even a dentist. The clinic is very clean, efficient and professional. If you earn less than $21,660/year, you will qualify for a sliding-scale fee. They also have an agreement with a CVS in Chelsea where you can receive a discount on prescriptions if you are paying out of pocket when the prescription was written by Callen-Lorde. Sometimes, they can take a same-day appointment. Callen-Lorde does not accept United Health Care therefore students with NYSHIP may want to go elsewhere for health care. However, they can help you find an LGBTQ friendly provider in New York City.

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
URL: www.cbwchc.org
Location: 125 Walker Street (between Centre St & Baxter St) and two additional NYC locations
Description:
For more than 30 years, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has been a leader in providing high-quality, affordable, culturally competent healthcare to the Asian American community in New York City. The majority of the Center's clients are low income, uninsured or underinsured Asian immigrants with nowhere else to turn for basic healthcare. In addition to providing comprehensive primary care services, the Center promotes the health of the community through innovative, award winning health education and advocacy programs, and by recruiting and training bilingual health care providers. Call (212) 941-2170 to schedule an appointment. Click here for pdf of the CBWCHC brochure.

CBWCHC Health Education Activity & Workshop Schedule (Oct-Dec 2013)
Free health workshops held in Cantonese and/or Mandarin

Asian American Health & Social Services Guide – Resources in NYC (紐約市亞裔健康和社會服務指南)

Mt. Sinai Hospital
Internal Medicine Associates Urgent Care
Location: 17 East 102nd St (7th Floor, Walk-in Clinic Area D)
(212) 659-8551
Mondays through Thursdays 8am – 7:30pm
Fridays 8am – 3:30pm
Sliding Scale; Proof of Income & Residence

Urgent Care, close to the Graduate Center:
Beth Israel Medical Group
Location: 55 E. 34th Street
(212) 252-6000
Open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm
Primary care, specialty care and the Japanese Medical Practice
May book appointments online by visiting www.bethisraelmedicalgroup.com (preferred)
Feel free to walk in or book a same day appointment. New patients walk in fee is $125 and $65 for follow-up appointments in addition to other fees incurred for medical services.

Free and Reduced-Cost Prescription Medication Information

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOT RELATED TO ANY INSURANCE PLAN
Many insurance plans offer limited or no coverage for prescription drugs. The following information includes options that you may want to take advantage of if your insurance does not offer adequate coverage.

Walgreens Prescription Savings Club
Get over 400 generic prescriptions for $12 for a 90 day supply with the card. You also get a 10% reward on purchases of Walgreens brand products. There is a Walgreens located near the Graduate Center in the Empire State Building.
http://www.walgreens.com/store/psc/psc_options.jsp

Walmart $4 Generic Prescriptions:
Walmart offers over 300 different drugs at only $4 per prescription fill or refill (up to a 30 day supply $10 for up to a 90 day supply) The program is available at Walmart, Sam's club and Neighborhood Market Pharmacies. You must obtain the prescription from the store, not online. See www.walmart.com for a store that is closest to you. There are no Walmart stores in the five boroughs of NYC. http://www.walmart.com/cp/4-dollar-prescriptions/546834

Target $4 Generic Prescriptions:
The Target pharmacy offers a wide range of generic drugs for only $4. There are Target stores in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. http://sites.target.com/site/en/health/page.jsp?contentId=PRD03-004319

Rx Assist:
Rx Assist is a database of patient assistance programs. Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. http://www.rxassist.org/

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance:
The partnership for Prescription assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Its mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. 888-4PPA-NOW (888-477-2669) http://www.pparx.org/

Benefits CheckUp:
Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), Benefits CheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. Find and enroll in federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs. http://benefitscheckup.org/

The Medicine Program:
This website has a variety of options for individuals and families seeking help with prescription drug costs. The website also offers free, discount prescriptions drug card that can be used for discounts on drugs bought at pharmacies like Kmart, CVS and Duane Reade, among others. http://www.themedicineprogram.com/

Routine Examinations and Other Medical Appointments

Preparing for your appointment:

  • Create a health history that includes your current conditions and past surgeries or illnesses. Bring it to your appointment.
  • Know your family’s health history, such as your parents’ health conditions.
  • Bring a list of your current medicines with you.
  • In some cases, it is helpful to ask someone to go to your appointment with you to help you understand and remember answers to your questions.

"What is a Nurse Practitioner?" from the American College of Nurse Practitioners

Talking with healthcare providers:
Talking with healthcare providers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Question Builder from AHRQ
Be prepared for your next medical appointment. Create a list of questions that you can take with you whether you are getting a checkup, talking about a problem or health condition, getting a prescription, or discussing a medical test or surgery. Whatever the reason for your visit, it is important to be prepared.

Make Notes & Take Notes During Medical Appointments from NCPIE

"How and when do I talk about prescriptions?" from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)

Keeping track of your health over time:

Take Care NY Passport from the NYCDOHMH

Blood Pressure Tracker from the American Heart Association

My Medication Log from the NYCDOHMH

Navigating NYSHIP & the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

New York State Health Insurance Plan (NYSHIP)
Finding a NYSHIP Provider

Information on Navigating NYSHIP** from DSC Health & Wellness: Eligibility, signing up and premiums, Who provides which service, Student-Recommended NYSHIP Providers, and Avoiding the pitfalls.

Navigating NYSHIP (presentation)**

**Information may not be accurate based on plan changes, etc. Please consult your plan guide, call insurance company, or contact the GC NYSHIP Coordinator at svoorhees@gc.cuny.edu to confirm eligibility for services.**

Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act of 2010 - How the Law May Benefit You from hhs.gov

Affordable Care Act Summary from the Kaiser Family Foundation

Preparing for January 1, 2014 for young adults, uninsured individuals, and immigrants from the NYC Human Resources Administration

Free Workshops regarding Medicare and the NY Health Benefit Exchanges provided by the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (locations and description)

2013-2014 Seasonal Influenza Information

A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Your Wellness Center Student Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) recommend that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as vaccine is available in the fall (who should get vaccinated?). Click here for information regarding the 2013-2014 flu shot (Español) and the intranasal flu vaccine (Español).

The GC Wellness Center has received a supply of the seasonal flu vaccine (Novartis Flucelvax – trivalent).  The vaccine will be made available to currently registered students at the Graduate Center and the Graduate School of Journalism.  Although this vaccine has been offered free of charge in the past through The New York City Department of Health, the CUNY administration has received notice that this arrangement has been discontinued. Therefore, the Wellness Center - Student Health Services at the Graduate Center will be offering the flu vaccine at a discounted cost of $12 in exact change, please.

You may make an appointment to receive the vaccine by calling 212-817-7020. First-come, first-serve. We may also set an additional vaccine clinic date depending on how much vaccine we have leftover. Further instructions regarding this will be provided after October 17, 2013.
 
You must have your student ID (with the Fall 2013 validation sticker) available to present at reception in room 6422 upon arrival. Please bring exact change ($12).
 
**Check the Wellness Center website at http://cuny.is/wellnesscenter or call 212-817-7020 to make sure that there is still vaccine available.**

See the list of alternate providers below. Click here for a pdf version of this information.

NO COST:
Facility Name: Fort Greene Health Center (NYCDOHMH)
Facility Address: 295 Flatbush Ave Extension - 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Directions: A, C, & F to Jay St., or 2,3,4 & 5 to Nevins St. or R, Q, & B to DeKalb Ave.
Hours: 8:30am to 2:00pm (Monday through Friday)

Facility Name: Corona Health Center (NYCDOHMH)
Facility Address: 34-33 Junction Blvd - 3rd Floor, Queens, NY, 11372
Directions: #7 train to Junction Boulevard; Walk North towards Northern Boulevard or take the # 72 bus.
Hours: 8:30am to 2:00pm (Wednesday & Friday)

Facility Name: Tremont Health Center (NYCDOHMH)
Facility Address: 1826 Arthur Ave. - 1st fl., Bronx, NY, 10457
Directions: #4 to Burnside Avenue, #2 or #5 to West Farms Square, # 6 to Westchester Square. D to Tremont Avenue. Take #40 or #42 bus toward Arthur Avenue. (East from the #4 and D and West from the #5 and #6)
Hours: 8:30am to 2:00pm (Tuesday & Thursday)
 
Additional Info: There is no cost to client and no appointment necessary. Persons will be seen on a first come first served basis. Please plan to arrive early in the day. Immunization clinics are for persons 4 years and older. Children between the ages of 4 and 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. NYCDOHMH Immunization Walk-In clinics will be closed on the following days: 10/14, 11/5, 11/11, 11/28, and 12/25.

ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GC:
Facility Name: Walgreens (Store #6160)
Facility Address: 350 5th Avenue New York, NY 10118
Facility Type: Pharmacy
Target Group: 18 Years and Older
Fee Info: $32
Schedule: Monday-Friday 7am to 9pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm
To schedule your appointment online and/or check if your insurance covers the vaccination, visit: https://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/enterprisescheduler/scheduler_location_search_form.jsp or call 212-868-5790.

OTHER FACILITIES:

Facility Name: Gristedes Pharmacies
Facility Address: Locations throughout Manhattan
Fee Info: $10.99

Facility Name: Cordette Pharmacy
Facility Address: 52 West 39th Street Manhattan 10018
Fee Info: $20
Phone: (212) 398-9999
 
Facility Name: Kmart Pharmacy
Facility Address: 250 West 34th Street Manhattan 10001
Fee Info: $24.99
Phone: (212) 760-1242

Facility Name: Mobile Health Clinic
Facility Address: 229 West 36th Street Manhattan 10018
Fee Info: $25
Phone: (646) 625-3008  

Facility Name: Rite Aid
Facility Address: 542 Second Avenue Manhattan 10016
Fee Info: $29.99 ($39.99 for flu mist)
Phone: (212) 213-9887

Facility Name: Duane Reade
Facility Address: 358 5TH AVE Manhattan 10001
Fee Info: $31.99
Phone: (212) 279-0208

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has many resources for understanding how to prevent the flu (預防流感), reasons to get the flu vaccine, how to take care of yourself or someone who has the flu, differences between the flu and a cold, and treatment options for the flu.

If you believe you have a cold (普通感冒), requesting antibiotics from your doctor may not be the answer. Read why antibiotics may not help, differences between viral and bacterial infections, and what to do for a runny nose. Also, what are the differences between a cold and allergies?

Adult Immunization Information

Vaccinations for Adults: Guidelines from the CDC
*Please note that all vaccinations listed on this chart are avaliable at SHS, with exception of HPV, zoster, varicella and meningitis.

Vaccination Schedule also available in Chinese: (向成年人推薦的疫苗注射表)

Vaccine Information Statements from the CDC
Vaccine Exemptions Contribute to Rising Pertussis Rates from clinicaladvisor.com

Travel Vaccinations:
Students who need vaccinations prior to travel, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Traveler's website.

Women's Health

Men’s Health

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (Men's Health)
Men's Health (男性健康) Brochures from CBWCHC (English and Chinese)

Health Screening Guide for Men from MerckEngage

Testicular Self-Exams: How to Perform?
Facts for Life: Breast Cancer in Men from the Susan G. Komen Foundation

From the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
Urethritis (Español)
Yeast Infections (Español)

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) from McKesson Corporation

NYC resources for individuals experiencing domestic violence

LGBTQ Healthcare and Resources

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
URL: http://www.callen-lorde.org/
Location:
356 West 18th Street (btw 8th and 9th Aves). 212-271-7200
Description:
A health center specializing in health issues for New York's LGBTQ population, yet accepting of all patients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Callen-Lorde is a respectful environment, staffed with excellent physicians, gynecologists, social workers and even a dentist. The clinic is very clean, efficient and professional. If you earn less than $21,660/year, you will qualify for a sliding-scale fee. They also have an agreement with a CVS in Chelsea where you can receive a discount on prescriptions if you are paying out of pocket when the prescription was written by Callen-Lorde. Sometimes, they can take a same-day appointment. Callen-Lorde does not accept United Healthcare therefore students with NYSHIP may want to go elsewhere for health care. However, they can help you find an LGBTQ friendly provider in New York City.

GMHC
URL: www.gmhc.org
Location: 446 West 33rd Street (btw 9th & 10th Aves). 212-367-1130
Description:
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. The organization offers inclusive services for men, women, families and youth, including: individual counseling, support groups, benefits and entitlements, nutrition counseling, wellness/fitness classes, hot meals, HIV prevention and testing services, legal services, workforce development and case management.
GMHC Services for Men
GMHC Services for Women
GMHC Services for Youth and Young Adults
HIV Testing Services

To meet with a Client Intake Clinician for an initial visit or to reconnect to services, please visit the office during the following times: Monday, 11 am – 3:30 pm; Tuesday, 10 am – 1 pm; Wednesday, 4 pm  –  5:30 pm; or Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 212-367-1130 or e-mail intake@gmhc.org.

Association of Gay and Lesbian Affirming Psychotherapists
URL: http://algap.org/
Description: ALGAP therapists help to provide the New York lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community an affirming therapeutic environment where one's sexual orientation is understood and supported, free from the judgment that homosexuality, bisexuality or transgender experience are pathological. All of ALGAP's therapists are screened and selected by our Clinical Advisory Board for their experience, skill level, as well as their sensitivity in work with LGBT issues. For a referral to an ALGAP therapist, call 646-486-3430.

National LGBT Cancer Network
The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk. Take Care of That Body is a project of the National LGBT Cancer Network. Funded by a grant from N.Y. State, it educates the LGBT community about our increased cancer risk factors and encourages cancer screening, offering referrals to LGBT-friendly free/low cost facilities in all five boroughs of New York City.

Go to the Take Care of That Body website to find an LGBT-friendly cancer screening facility near you. The National LGBT Cancer Network has selected these resources because of their commitment to offering safe, affordable, welcoming care to all LGBT people. Each facility has a Personal Contact who will guide you in setting up your appointments and assure your comfort and safety when you arrive. While all providers included in this directory have expressed a commitment to transgender health, the facilities that are highlighted have distinguished themselves by training all staff on transgender issues and reaching out to their local transgender community.

Breast Cancer information for LGBT individuals from the Susan G. Koman Foundation

LGBT Cancer Survivorship Support Group sponsored by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Resources for Life after Cancer  Flyer

NYC resources for individuals experiencing domestic violence

Reproductive Health and Family Planning

Family Planning Resources
Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP)
The FPBP is a public health insurance program from the New York State Department of Health for New Yorkers who need family planning services, but may not be able to afford them. It is intended to increase access to confidential family planning services and to enable teens, women and men of childbearing age to prevent and/or reduce the incidence of unintentional pregnancies. FPBP Brochure (English version)
Family Planning Providers in Manhattan (with link to providers in other boroughs)

Planned Parenthood of NYC

Choosing Birth Control Options that are Right for You
Birth Control Options (chart)

Male Condoms (insertive): How to use and why are they important?
FC2 (female or receptive) Condoms: What are they and how are they different from male condoms?
Using and Storing Condoms from the NYCDOHMH
If a Condom Breaks... from the NYCDOHMH

Male and Female Condoms: Whose responsibility?

**** Male and female condoms, lube, and dental dams are available for free at the Wellness Center: Room 6422 of the Graduate Center ****

Other places in NYC to find free condoms, lube, and other barrier methods can be found here, through the NYC Condom app (iOS) (Android), or the NYC Condom mobile site, and the Female Condom (FC2) can be found online at Walgreens.com.

Birthing Resources
NYS Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM)
NYC Midwives

Safer Sex & HIV/STI Information

Safer Sex Toolbox - Ways to protect yourself during sexual activity
Male Condoms (insertive): How to use and why are they important?
FC2 (female or receptive) Condoms: What are they, How to use, and how are they different than male condoms?
Dental Dams: What are they?
Finger Cots: What are they? from OSU Student Health Services

Male and Female Condoms: Whose responsibility?

Using and Storing Condoms from the NYCDOHMH
If a Condom Breaks... from the NYCDOHMH

**** Male and female condoms, lube, and dental dams are available for free at the Wellness Center: Room 6422 of the Graduate Center ****

Other places in NYC to find free condoms, lube, and other barrier methods can be found here, through the NYC Condom app (iOS) (Android), or the NYC Condom mobile site, and the Female Condom (FC2) can be found online at Walgreens.com.

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Disease (STI/STD) Information from the NYCDOHMH, DHHS and CBWCHC:

Free and Confidential HIV/STD Testing Clinics in NYC
Click here for pdf version of this information

Clinics close to the GC:
Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health-Downtown
URL: http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/hiv-aids
Location: 275 Seventh Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets), 12th Floor. 212-604-1720 or 1701
Description:
Mount Sinai offers the HIV rapid test free at their Seventh Avenue location. Walk-ins are welcome and the facility offers same-day results. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30am - 5:00pm, and Thursdays from 8:30am - 7:00pm.

GMHC
URL: http://www.gmhc.org/get-support/get-connected/get-tested
Location: 224 W. 29th Street ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues). 212-367-1130
Description:
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. The organization offers inclusive services for men, women, families and youth, including HIV counseling, testing, health information, education, risk-reduction strategies, referrals and partner notification services. People who want to be tested must complete an intake and consent to testing. Referrals for additional supportive services are also available. Syphilis testing is also avaliable. All services are free of charge.

The Testing Center will see clients twice a year (every 6 months) for HIV and STI testing services. Please allow 15-20 minutes to complete an intake form prior to being seen by a test counselor.

The Testing Center is open Monday – Wednesday from 9:30 am – 4 pm for walk-ins, Thursday from 9:30 am – 4 pm for appointments only, and Friday from 12:30 pm – 7 pm for walk-ins.
Please note: Every Wednesday the testing center is closed from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. The Testing Center hours are 12:30 pm – 4 pm the second Friday of each month.

For additional testing locations, please refer to this pdf for addresses and phone numbers.

Parenting and Family Resources

HealthyChildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Guide for Parents: Questions and Answers about Ear Infections
Guide for Parents: Questions and Answers about Runny Noses

Vaccine Exemptions Contribute to Rising Pertussis Rates from www.clinicaladvisor.com

From the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center: (English and Chinese):
Pediatric Brochures (兒科)
Adolescent Health Brochures (青少年健康)

Tips for Being a Good Nutrition Role Model for Children from the USDA
My Plate Planner for Kids from the NYCDOHMH

Fitness Tips for Preschoolers and School-aged Children

Lactation Room at the Graduate Center
A dedicated space has been established at the Graduate Center for mothers to express breast milk for a nursing child. Room 7408, also called the Mothers’ Room, is available to all nursing female students and employees who present a current Graduate Center ID and complete a key request form in the Office of Student Affairs, Room 7301. The room is also equipped with a hospital-grade breast pump.

Planning for Emergencies for Kids from Sesame Street and FEMA

Nutrition and Fitness Resources

Student Budget Lunch at the GC Dining Commons
The "student budget lunch" is applicable to all CUNY students with a Valid CUNY ID who dine at the Graduate Center Dining Commons. The Student Lunch usually comes from the Deli/Grill Area and costs $5.00. It consists of a sandwich, with choice of fruit and bottled water. Or the student can substitute the fruit and bottled water for a bag of chips or a 20 oz. soda.

Nutrition Workshops:
The Continuum Center for Health and Healing
245 Fifth Avenue on the 2nd and 3rd floors

Nutrition and You:
Understanding Food Labels from Merck - Journey for Control Program

Serving Size Comparisons from the American Heart Association

Test Your Sodium Knowledge! from the American Heart Association

Tips for Eating Healthy When Eating Out from the Nutrition Club at Hunter College

Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning:
MerckEngage: A free resource that supports your choices for healthier living. MerckEngage has a range of offerings to help you take steps toward better health, including: help with managing health conditions, ideas for healthier eating, suggestions to help you become more active, and ways to better communicate with your health care professional.

Heart Healthy Grocery List Builder from the American Heart Association 
(pdf instructions)

My Plate Planner from the NYCDOHMH
My Plate Planner for Kids from the NYCDOHMH
My Vegan Plate Planner from the Vegetarian Resource Group (www.vrg.org)

Eating on the Go for Graduate Students:
Get Smart! Eating on The Go from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Tips for Healthy Eating When Eating Out from the USDA

Healthy Foods under $1 from the American Heart Association

Smart Snacking Tips from the American Heart Association

10 Tips for Healthy Vegetarian Eating from the USDA

7-Day Menus for a 2,000 Calorie Diet from choosemyplate.gov

Printable Cookbooks:
Healthy Recipes from The White House to You
Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook from choosemyplate.gov
Food Group Recipes from choosemyplate.gov

Free Fitness Resources
Shape Up NYC
Shape Up NYC offers FREE fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba.
Shape Up NYC Flyer of locations near the GC (pdf)

Free Classes in Bryant Park
Classes include: Yoga, Tai Chi, Moves (dance) and Fencing
On 42nd Street in between 5th & 6th Avenues
http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/calendar.html

Fitness at the Graduate Center

Cancer Information and Healthcare Resources


The New York State Cancer Services Program
The Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings at NO COST to women and men who:

  • Do not have health insurance OR have health insurance that does not cover the cost of these screenings
  • Cannot pay for these screenings
  • Meet income eligibility requirements
  • Meet age requirements
  • Live in New York State

See this brochure for contact information about services in Manhattan.

Breast Cancer
Manhattan Breast Health Partnership
Bellevue Hospital Center at 462 First Avenue (Clinic Building 3 South C)
If you are NOT insured, over 40 and have a family history of Breast Cancer, you may qualify for a FREE Mammogram, Annual GYN appointment and clinical breast exam. Contact Helen Temmier at (212) 562-4384.

Information on all topics related to breast cancer and national breast health resources from the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix, which is the opening from the vagina to the uterus. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called HPV, and is a preventable cancer. There are two types of tests for the presence of cervical cancer cells: a Pap smear or an HPV test. 

  • The Pap smear (子宮頸抹片檢查) looks at your cervical cells under a microscope for any abnormal cells that could lead to cervical cancer. The Pap smear has helped decrease the number of American women with cervical cancer by about 75% in the past 50 years.

  • An HPV test looks for HPV in your cervix. It’s an early warning system. If the test finds HPV, you might not have any abnormal cells now. But the HPV could stick around and create abnormal cells in the future.

Who should get tested?
What about the HPV vaccine and other ways to prevent HPV?
For more information, visit: Tamika & Friends or National Cervical Cancer Coalition websites.

Colorectal Cancer
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign

Basic Facts about Colorectal Cancer
Risk Factors and Symptoms
Recommended Screening Tests
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or The American Cancer Society websites.

Ovarian Cancer
What is Ovarian Cancer?
Visit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance or The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition websites for more information.

LGBT Cancer Survivorship Support Group sponsored by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Resources for Life after Cancer  Flyer

Holistic Health

Healthcare Providers
The Center for Health & Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center

Acupuncture
What is Acupuncture? from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Acupuncturists and their services in New York State

Finding a physician who practices acupuncture in NYC

Yoga
Take a break from studying with Chair Yoga! An easy and quick way to get stress-free and centered. Instructions from the Urban Yoga Foundation in Harlem. Also, try alternate nostril breathing to center and calm yourself during a stressful day.

Holistic Health Workshops and Services
Weekly Meditation Sessions
Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:00 PM
245 Fifth Avenue at 28th Street, 2nd floor library
The Center for Health and Healing offers Zen meditation to patients, practitioners and the general public. Sessions consist of brief instruction followed by a 25-minute meditation session. Free and open to the public!
Flyer (pdf)

The Center for Health & Healing
245 Fifth Avenue (at 28th Street)
Workshops and Healing Sessions
Free or minimal fee classes include: Weekly Mediation Sessions, Food for Thought, and Sport and Nutrition Lectures.
Center Programs
For-fee Programs include: Mindfulness Mediation, and Stress Management for an Urban Lifestyle (group session).

Health & Wellness Network NYC
A growing community of health seekers and holistic practitioners in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, near Bryant Park and Grand Central. They offer a wide range of seminars, workshops and gatherings focused on sharing information regarding important health topics. You can learn practical skills or find out about managing complex health conditions using holistic approaches.

Relaxation and Stress Management Tips from the DSC Health & Wellness

Ergonomics in Academia

Tips for Organizing Your Work and Studyspace
This video from the Hospital for Special Surgery's Joint Mobility Center offers ergonomic tips to help you optimize your workstation. From your computer setup, to the type of desk chair you use, to the way you type and use your mouse, the video reviews the steps you can take to improve your work and studyspace.

Another desk ergonomics video from Ellen Kolber, Occupational Therapist at the Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center, offers suggestions to help optimize your workstation comfort and functionality.

Ergonomic Evaluations
The Joint Mobility Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery offers ergonomic evaluations to help you optimize the fit of your workstation and
improve your workspace.

Smoking Cessation

Nicotine Replacement Therapy:
The NY State Quitline offers medications and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) those who smoke more than half a pack per day. To see if you are eligible, please visit the NY State Quitline website. You can also visit nysmokefree.com or call 1-866- NYQUITS for more information.
Individuals can also call 311, visit www.nyc.gov and search "quit smoking", or go directly to NYC Quits for additional options for smokers interested in NRT. Additional information from the NYCDOHMH regarding various smoking cessation programs throughout NYC can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Nicotine Replacement Therapy provided by The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH).

Online quitting programs and apps:
NYC Quits is an online resource for smokers and recent quitters. Individuals can register to track their progress using a cravings log, see how much money they will save by using the Quit Calculator, read and share quit tips, test their knowledge with quizzes, and much more.  Plus, individuals get support from thousands of other quitters by joining the NYQuits Facebook community “I Quit Because” (facebook.com/nycquits).

The EX Plan: A free quit smoking program
The EX Plan App: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Other Health Resources and Information

The Graduate Hearing Science Laboratory
Location: The Graduate Center - 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7306
Services provided by appointment: hearing tests for adults and children, custom hearing protectors, hearing aid checks & hearing aid counseling, and counseling regarding communication strategies and hearing assistive technologies. Call 212-817-7983 for an appointment.

Free CPR/AED and First Aid Classes at the Graduate Center
The Office of Security & Public Safety will be conducting CPR/AED and First Aid Training classes on 10/17/13 (CPR/AED), 11/21/13 (First Aid) and 12/19/13 (CPR/AED). **Please do not contact Security to register.  An email concerning class registration will be sent to the GC community a week and a half prior to each class.**

How to Perform Hands-Only CPR from the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

DSC Health and Wellness Blog

The Jed Foundation
Go Ask Alice! (Columbia University)
Depression Screener

NYC resources for individuals experiencing domestic violence

Emergency Preparedness: How to Make a "Go-Bag" from FEMA

National Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline, a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is the first national multi-lingual helpline dedicated to providing crisis counseling and support to those struggling emotionally before, during or after disasters.
Click here for a National Disaster Distress Helpline wallet card.

For additional wellness resources or suggestions for this page, please contact:

Health Education Coordinator

The Graduate Center
The Wellness Center & Student Health Services
365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10016-4309


Phone: (212) 817-7028