Posts Written On May 2014

The West Side Y Hosts Women’s Health Week

The West Side Y Hosts Women’s Wellness Week to celebrate National Women’s Health Week
Free fitness classes, workshops, and health screenings for women at the West Side YMCA

[New York, NY – May 1, 2014]  The 15th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 11, and is celebrated until May 17, 2014. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a priority. To help encourage women to get active, the West Side Y is offering a week of fun, health and fitness related activities that are free and open to the public. Additionally, the West Side Y is offering membership deals including no joiner’s fee and one month free to further incentivize women to get moving.

Over the course of the week, the West Side Y invites you to join in the free fitness classes such as yoga, pilates, Zumba®, boot camp, total body conditioning and more. We are also hosting multiple workshops for women, including Telling Women’s Stories – a writing workshop for women; a Culinary Wellness Workshop with opportunities to get hands-on in creating healthy and nutrient dense meals; and Stress Relief workshops. Visitors and members will also enjoy giveaways and free chair massages throughout the week.

Additionally we are excited to announce that we are working with a number of partners to bring free health screenings to the West Side Y. Komen NYC will be sending the Scan Van to the Y to give free mammograms. Duane Reade and Walgreens will be providing blood pressure screenings throughout the week.

The West Side Y is also pleased to announce that they have just completed a total renovation of the Women’s Locker Room which features both steam and sauna rooms.

For further details about Women’s Wellness Week at the West Side Y, including a full event schedule, please visit or contact Grace Rochford at 212-912-2623 or

For more information on the West Side Y programs and services, visit or call 212-912-2600.

About the West Side Y:
For more than 130 years, the West Side YMCA has been providing vital programs and services to the Upper West Side neighborhoods of New York City. Through its full-service Branch operation and 3 program sites, the West Side YMCA helps more than 12,000 kids and adults develop to their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body, in an environment steeped in our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Supported in part through contributions to the Annual Campaign, the West Side YMCA provides membership assistance and scholarships to programs like summer camp, child care and teen activities, so that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Visit to learn more.


Huge Summer Sale @AmiClubWear

Spring cleaning feels great!  Once you have emptied your wardrobe of all the things you don’t want to wear again this summer, it is time to shop!  Take advantage of the site wide 40% off sale going on right now at  They have a ton of sexy clothes for a very reasonable price. With Facebook and IG pics, you simply cannot and should not wear the same thing as you did last summer!  Repeat offenders 🙂

They have a slew of items and take the time to look through it all. I have found a few awesome pieces that are my favorites for summer.

1. Tiger Swimsuit $29.99

Tiger Style

It has a low back, thick enough straps and even lined bra insert. Great for the beach, pool and perfect with a pair of cut off shorts too!

2. Floral Lacey Dress – $15.99

Talk about a cool optical illusion to make you look svelte!  This dress unfortunately is already sold out but it can be paired with heels, gladiator sandals and even jellies! The neon orange piping is so on trend and makes it fun to mix in some brights!

Orange Lips


 Update your whole summer wardrobe without breaking the bank at

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Celebrate #WorldTurtleDay on May 23 with @TortoiseRescue

American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) (, a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is sponsoring its 14th annual World Turtle Day on May 23rd.  The day was created as an observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.  Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, founders of ATR, advocate humane treatment of all animals, including reptiles.  Since 1990, ATR has placed about 3,000 tortoises and turtles in caring homes.  ATR assists law enforcement when undersized or endangered turtles are confiscated and provides helpful information and referrals to persons with sick, neglected or abandoned turtles.

“We launched World Turtle Day to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures,” said Tellem. “These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade,” says Tellem. “We are seeing smaller turtles coming into the rescue meaning that older adults are disappearing from the wild thanks to the pet trade, and the breeding stock is drastically reduced.  It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world.”  (See slide showhere.)

Tellem added, “We are thrilled to learn that organizations and individuals throughout the world now are observing World Turtle Day, including those in Pakistan, Borneo, India, Australia, the UK and many other countries.”

Tellem notes that biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises within the next 50 years.  She recommends that adults and children do a few small things

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that can help to save turtles and tortoises for future generations:

  • Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
  • Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
  • If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
  • Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles, and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to endangered sea turtle deaths.
  • Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
  • Report the use of tiny turtles as prizes at carnivals and other events.  It’s illegal.
  • Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches.  This is illegal to buy and sell them throughout the U.S.

“Our ultimate goal is to stop the illegal trade in turtles and tortoises around the world.  Our first priority here in the U.S. is to ask pet stores and reptile shows to stop the sale of hatchling tortoises and turtles without proper information for the buyer,” says Thompson.  “For example, many people buy sulcata tortoises as an impulse buy because they are so adorable when they are tiny.  The breeders and pet stores frequently do not tell the buyers that this tortoise can grow to 100 pounds or more and needs constant heat throughout the year since they do not hibernate.”

He added, “We also need to educate people and schools about the real risk of contracting salmonella from water turtles.  Wash your hands thoroughly every time you touch a turtle or its water, and do not bring turtles into homes where children are under the age of 12.”

For answers to questions and other information visit American Tortoise Rescue online or send e-mail to; on Twitter @tortoiserescue; “Like” American Tortoise Rescue on Facebook; and follow World Turtle Day on Facebook.