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Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reveral Program
Weekly Meditation Sessions
How Toxic Are You?
Yin Yoga Sessions
Free mini Reiki Healing Sessions
Healthy Heart Program
Stress management for an Urban Lifestyle
Sports Nutrition Lectures
ErgoBasics for the Digital Age
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
Other Events and Classes
Professional Classes & Events

The Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program
This intense cardiac rehabilitation program will be starting on January 6, 2014 at the Center for Health and Healing.

This is an experiential 3 month program developed over twenty years ago by Dr. Dean Ornish, Founder and President of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. The program has been scientifically studied and proven to halt the progression and even reverse heart disease.

Participants meet twice a week for the first six weeks and once a week for the second six weeks to learn sustainable ways to a healthy lifestyle. It includes all four aspects of a heart-healthy regimen: exercise, stress management, a plant-based low fat diet and group support. Medicare reimburses this program for many patients with heart disease and other insurances may cover it even for cardiac risk factors.

Dr. Dean Ornish and his staff have personally trained a select group of our providers and our Center is currently the only certified program in New York State. If you would like more information, please call Arielle Black at 646 935-2822.

NY Post interviews Dr. Kominos on this program

The Center offers Zen meditation to patients, practitioners and the general public at the Center for Health and Healing. Sessions consist of brief instruction followed by a 25-minute meditation session.

All are welcome. There is no charge for these sessions. They are held on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:00 P.M.

Join Mary Beth Augustine, RDN, CDN and Beth McDonald, RDN, CSSD for a detox workshop with tastings, a toxicity quiz and a 3-day detox diet with menus and recipes provided.

Date: To Be Determined

Continuum Center for Health and Healing, 3rd floor kitchen

Limited space — only 15 seats available. Reserve early with prepayment of $25 registration fee.

Call (646) 935-2248 or (646) 935-2287 to register by phone or email for more information

Yin Yoga is a passive yoga that targets the body’s deeper connective tissues (ligaments and tendons) in the joints and spine. The sitting or lying down poses help open major joints to reduce the likelihood of future injuries and pain. This class is a collaborative program with CHPfit, Continuum’s employee health promotion program.

The classes is taught by Adam Henick, Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Care and Medical Enterprise, who did his 200-hour teacher training at YogaWorks and his Yin training at Om Yoga, both in NYC.

The class is given on Monday evenings starting January 28th from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm at the Center for Health and Healing, 245 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor.

Four slots are reserved for patients as room allows. The session is free to all.

Contact to register.

Reiki is an anciet Japanese therapeutic practice that promotes a feeling of balance and relaxation in the mind and body. A Reiki session consists of the practitioner placing their hands through light touch on or above the body in a prescribed pattern, enhancing the recipients awareness of their own energy. Sessions can leave you feeling rested and vibrant.

15-minute sessions are offered in the 2nd floor and 3rd floor waiting rooms to patients who receive prior approval from their physician.

Dates: Every Tuesday on the 2nd floor and every Thursday on the 3rd floor

Time: 11:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Fee: Free

This 3-month program meets weekly. The 2-hour sessions incorporate educational talks with experts, mindfulness training and experiential exercises to help you discover what you can do to prevent heart disease or heal from prior cardiovascular events and reach optimal health.

Taught by: Vivian A. Kominos, MD, integrative cardiologist, and a team of experts including Mary Beth Augustine, RD, CDN, Martin Ehrlich MD, MPH, CAc, Beth McDonald, MS, RD, CDN, Caroline E. Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH, Caroline Lisa Werner, JD, LMSW, SWC(c) and Jeff Young, CSCS.

When: Program is currently not scheduled.

Where: Center for Health and Healing, 245 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor

Who: Open to anyone seeking a healthy heart lifestyle


To Register: Call Bonnie Everhart at 646 935-2248

Taught by integrative nurses – Caroline E. Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH and Christine Gilchrist, RN, MSN, MPH – sessions are designed to experience and practice proven techniques (breathing with awareness, meditation and imagery, biofeedback, essential oil therapy and restorative postures) to cope with day-to-day stress and optimize well-being. Emphasis is placed on ways to integrate these methods into a busy urban lifestyle.

Option 1: Attend a two hour group session on ONE of the following dates — session is $50, limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration is required.
Wednesday evening, 6pm-8pm: Dec 4, 2013; Jan 8th, Feb 5th March 5th, 2014

Option 2: Option 1 plus one 50-minute private one-on-one session is also available by appointment tailored to your chosen area of interest. Both option one and option two are $200.00

Option 3: Three 50-minute individual sessions within 3 months by appointment. $400.00.

Center for Health and Healing, 245 Fifth Ave., 2nd floor conference room

Program cost is non-refundable.

For more information and to register please call Troy Garriga at 646 935-2252.

Please join us in a talk with Jeff Young, CSCS, medically trained Kinesiologist and Fitness Educator and Beth McDonald, MS, RD, CDN, Integrative and Sports Nutritionist, on the practical applications of the latest scientific research on nutrition and exercise for specific health conditions.

When: Will resume in October, 2013

Where: Center for Health and Healing, 2nd floor conference room

Fee: Prepayment of $15.00

How to register:
Call Erum at (646) 935-2266
or sign up at the 3rd floor reception desk

ERGOBASICS FOR THE DIGITAL AGE: Setting up your computer to promote musculoskeletal health

Join Ellen Kolber, MS, MA OTR, CHT, Registered Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist, for a one-hour class to help computer and technology users learn how to set up their computers and interact with their devices more efficiently to prevent injuries and reduce discomfort and strain on the hands and back.

When: Next session to be posted soon

Time: 6:00pm — 7:00 pm

Where: Center for Health and Healing, 2nd floor conference room

Fee: $75.00

Contact Erum Siddiqi to register at (646) 935-2804


Modeled on the Stress Reduction Program at UMass Medical School

At The Continuum Center for Health and Healing

Each course cycle lasts eight weeks and consists of:
•Weekly Classes of 2 1/2 hours each
•One day-long class on a Saturday
•Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
•Gentle, mindful stretching and Yoga
•Group dialogue and inquiry to enhance everyday awareness
•Daily home practice assignments
•CDs with guided instruction and a workbook

Winter 2014 Cycle:
Orientation session: Thursday January 9th, 6:30-9:00 PM
8 Thursday Evening Sessions: Jan 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 6:30 — 9:00 PM
Sunday session: March 2, 2014, 10:00 AM — 5:00 PM

Research has shown that participants in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programs report:
•Lasting decreases in symptoms such as pain and anxiety
•Increased ability to cope with chronic pain
•Greater ability to relax
•Increased energy
•Improved self-esteem
•Improved ability to cope with stressful situations

Registration and Information:
To register, contact Troy Garriga at 646-935-2252
For more information on the class, please contact Lucia McBee at
Cost: $425

Instructor: Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in a wide variety of settings to college students, older adults, people with chronic illness, family and professional caregivers. She participated in professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness, and in Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine. She is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Ms. McBee regularly publishes and presents at national and international conferences. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care, her book based on her innovations in adapting mindfulness and complementary medicine for elders and their caregivers was published in 2008. She is currently co-authoring a book on Mindful Yoga for Stress Reduction.

Please click here to access the mp3s of all the guided formal mindfulness practices taught in this class at the Center for Health and Healing.


CHH at the 2nd Annual Holistic Wellness Expo

The Continuum Center for Health and Healing was well represented at “The 2nd Annual HOLISTIC WELLNESS EXPO” hosted by CUNY’S City College of New York — Continuing and Professional Studies on May 4, 2013.

Elizabeth McDonald, MS, RDN, CSSD [Integrative and Sports Nutritionist] and Caroline E. Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH [Mind/Body Health Services] offered the Harlem community information regarding the myriad of traditional and integrative services available at the center, as well as biometric screenings of BIA. Other exhibitors discussed such topics as cancer care support, Ayurvedic approaches, holistic dentistry, juicing, midwifery, doula services, and Tai Chi. The initiative added to other Harlem Wellness Week events in the area. The CCHH looks forward to participating again in 2014!

Bone Builders
This exercise and educational class for people with or at risk for osteoporosis is given by the Department of Rehabilitation Therapies at Beth Israel Medical Center.

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

WHERE: Beth Israel Medical Center, 16th Street and First Avenue
3rd floor, Linsky Building, Department of Rehabilitation Therapies

COST: $130 for a 5-week session (Total of 10 classes that meet twice a week)

CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 people

Class leader: Barbara Schildcrout has a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Her 13 years of experience at BIMC includes work with all types of patient groups including patients with geriatric, orthopedic, cardiac, neurological and musculoskeletal diagnoses.

Learn about osteoporosis, be guided through gentle and progressive exercises, improve walking patterns, enhance balance through exercise, learn a safe model for a walking program, learn about the use of free weights and theraband exercises,and more.

To learn more about the program or to be on their mailing list,
call: (212) 420-2010, after the message press option 2.

The Center will contribute to the evolution of an integrative medical model by providing high quality health professional educational opportunities through lectures, certification courses and continuing education. We believe that highly educated practitioners will be able to claim a stronger voice in shaping this new health care model.

Click here for more information about professional education offerings.


Content last modified on Dec 5, 2013