APR 2019 The Twins Turn 1! Michael and Michele Celebrate Their First Trip Around the Sun LifestyleLedger
W hen my wife, Lisa, and I went from being the parents of one child to two, the amount of work it took to raise those two kids didn’t double. Instead, it was exponential. Now that it’s been nearly a year since we’ve welcomed twins to our family, I can honestly say the amount of work it takes to raise these four rambunctious, beautiful kids is absolutely crazy. On April 23, 2018, Lisa and I welcomed Michael and Michele Russo to our growing family. Adding twins to our family of four was quite the shock for us, as we had struggled with infertility between our two eldest children, Lia Grace and Jack. Couple that with the fact that Michele and Michael are the first twins we know of in our families, and you can imagine how out of the blue this was for us. Since last spring, we’ve seen our daughter, Lia Grace, take on quite the little mommy role of the house. She’s always been helpful, but with the twins and Jack, she takes her role very seriously. And after a few lessons in how to be gentle with the twins, Jack is now very loveable and caring to his younger siblings. Our hearts melt when we hear him whisper, “I love you, Michael and Michele.” As for the twins themselves, both are progressing well. For a short period of time, they had to wear a cranial band on their head, but they have both since graduated from those and are thriving. At the time of writing this, we’re getting the precursors to them standing and moving around more, and we can only imagine how our lives will change when two toddlers begin roaming around our home. Of course, there’s also the friendly competition between my wife and me about whether “Mama” or “Dada” will be our children’s first words, and we’ve been hearing rumblings of both from the twins. Though I jokingly tell all my kids their first word was “Daddy.” But it’s completely worth it.
As a business owner, I usually spend most of my time at the office during the
day, but with NJIB’s transition to a new office and subsequent higher emphasis on overall health, I’ve been able to spend more time working from home. This
means I get to spend more time with the people who mean the most to me, and I’ve also been able to observe how unreal my wife is when it comes to our children. She is the definition of supermom. I’ve enjoyed watching this transformation in my family. As my siblings, cousins, and in-laws also welcome more babies into the family, I’m cherishing the moments I get to see my kids interact with their cousins. I grew up with cousins who were like siblings, so to see that happening with my own kids has been pretty amazing. As readers will remember from March’s cover, the Russo family likes to keep birthdays simple, and first birthdays are no different. When Lia Grace turned 1, we had a big bash with family and friends. But my wife and I noticed that we barely had any time to enjoy the day as a family of three. That’s when we decided to make each birthday a simple affair. This year, there will be a traditional first birthday cake smashing, but it will also be a day just for our family to celebrate our crazy, wonderful year. After all, the five of them are what keep me going.
Happy first birthday, Michael and Michele!
–Dr. Michael Russo
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Be a Tourist in Your Hometown No Place Like Home
You might even find a historical tour that can teach you all about the wonders of your town. Download an app like Eventbrite, or go old-school and check for fun local events in the paper.
Do you dream of adventure? Do you want to see something new, discover someplace interesting, and make memories you’ll cherish forever? Do you still have to be at work on Monday? Finding adventure doesn’t have to mean packing up and trekking across the globe for six months. Being adventurous is all about changing your mindset and looking for the unexpected in the familiar. As you start planning summer vacations, instead of spending a lot of money to be a tourist somewhere else, why not try finding a little adventure at home? Get a Room If you really want to experience your hometown through the eyes of a tourist, try waking up somewhere new. One night in a hotel room or bed-and-breakfast can really put you in the adventuring mindset. Find Local Events Now’s the time to check out the farmers market you’ve been meaning to go to for ages! Then you can swing by that free concert in the park before going to a play at your community theater. Attending local events is a great way to visit places in town you’ve never been before.
Appreciate the Arts There are countless tiny museums and cultural attractions all over the place that most people overlook — especially those who have lived in an area for a while. Does your hometown have interesting art installations on Main Street?What about museums dedicated to strange and supernatural phenomena, parks, historical landmarks, or giant robotic farm animals? Check Yelp.com for lists of popular attractions near you, or ask your friends for suggestions. You might be surprised by what your hometown has to offer. You might be thinking,“This is would be great if I lived somewhere fun!”If you’ve ever thought your town was boring, that’s all the more reason to try being a tourist! Adventures can happen anywhere if you just take that first step out the door.
Who Are You?
Discover Who You Are With DNA Testing
your optimal health mentally, emotionally, and physically. These two tests include:
We hate to break this to you, but you’re becoming your parents. No matter howmuch you try to avoid it, it’s inevitable. Besides picking up on their little quirks, fears, and habits, children can inherit a number of medical conditions from their parents. Anything fromweight distribution to cardiology conditions can stem from the cards your parents dealt to you at birth. For some people, this knowledge isn’t readily available. For whatever reason, plenty of people don’t know who their biological parents, grandparents, or siblings are. Along with emotional and mental tolls, this can also affect a person’s health, because if you know your family’s medical history and background, you have a better chance at preventing diseases that you are genetically predisposed to. For example, some people have a higher genetic predisposition to developing Type 2 diabetes, but external factors, such as diet and exercise, may trigger the gene to“turn on.”This is difficult to avoid when you don’t know your biological family. At NJIB, we offer two types of DNA testing to help patients and their families. This testing is designed to give you and your family answers to questions that may be preventing you from achieving
Familial Testing: This is one of the most common kinds of genetic testing. If you (or a loved one) are ready to know who your biological relatives are, we can test your DNA against another person’s DNA that has been submitted for this analysis. This will help us determine your relation to this person, and in doing so, you could get some answers to some of life’s most pressing questions. Genetic PredispositionTesting: Get a snapshot of what your genes and DNA may be predisposing you to with this test. Our analysts will determine what diseases and conditions your body may be more likely to contract or develop, which will allow you to make prepared and well- thought-out decisions about your health.
If you’re interested in one of these services or would like to learn more about our DNA process and services, call NJIB at 201-339-1109.
DON’T LIVE IN PAIN ANY LONGER!
Receive a free wellness screening and a discounted reiki session this April!
NOT SURE IF YOU NEED THIS? YOU JUST MIGHT IF ANY OF THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR … · You dread walking to your mailbox or with friends because you fear pain flare-ups or dizziness. · You sit out instead of playing with your kids or grandkids because the pain is too much. · You have fallen at some point in the past few months, or you fear that you will fall. · You have given up on some of your favorite hobbies because the pain is persistent. · You feel lethargic, fearful, and angry that you can’t move the way you used to. · You’re hopeless and think the pain is a normal part of aging.
At NJIB, our experts have the experience and expertise to help you live a healthy, pain-free life without fear or anxiety. You deserve to do what you love!
And this April, we want to make this easier than ever. Bring this insert into the NJIB offices during the month of April and receive a free wellness screening.
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DURING THE SCREENING YOU CAN EXPECT: · An open dialogue about your pain, limitations, and goals · Physical tests designed to identify the root of your pain · Options for treatment · A set plan with courses of action to help you feel better In addition to this wellness screening, we are also discounting our $75 reiki sessions to $55 when you bring in this insert! Reiki is a Japanese practice that harnesses the healing energy of your body through touch and movement. The treatment taps into the same practices used by yoga,
massage, acupuncture, and tai chi experts, while focusing on emotional and mental empowerment for healing.
For more information about how NJIB can help you be active and pain-free, call 201-339-1109 or visit NJIB.org.
Spring-Clean Your Body Through a Cleanse Take Out the Trash
The best way to get that boost is to develop a cleanse or detox and a nutrition plan that works for your body. If you’re not ready to commit to a full-blown cleanse, start slow. Eliminate all caffeinated, carbonated, and sugary drinks from your diet, and stick to water and natural, homemade fruit juices. For extra flavor and a supercharger for your liver, add a squeeze of lemon to your liquids. By making this little switch, your body will get the extra push it needs to flush out and eliminate toxins. Keep in mind that pairing this practice with a healthful, fresh diet can go a long way in boosting your body’s natural filtration system. During this process, you can also develop new habits. At NJIB, we understand finding a wellness plan that works for you can be complex. If you or someone you know need a healthful boost to spring- clean their body, we can help. Call 201-339-1109 or visit NJIB.org to find out how.
Your body is miraculous, and every day it’s performing feats without your knowledge. Some of the strongest organs are your liver, kidneys, and skin. These parts are designed to clear your body of all the toxins that clog its system. Unfortunately, sometimes people are not great at helping their bodies with this process. The air, foods, and drinks we consume can be littered with so much junk that it can be impossible for these systems to work properly. Think of these organs like the filter on your air conditioner. When all of the dust, allergens, and dander clog the filter, your air conditioner has to work harder. The more effort it takes to run this machine, the more likely it is to break down.
The same can be said for your body. While it does a great job of cleaning out all the garbage on its own, it needs a boost from you in two ways:
• Don’t consume or be immersed in the garbage.
• Set it up for future success when it needs to release the garbage.
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HAVE A LAUGH!
Easy Bacon and Spinach-Stir Fry
This super easy stir-fry is the perfect weekday dinner. It manages to pack a ton of flavor using just a handful of ingredients.
3 slices bacon
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
Salt and black pepper, to taste
2 bunches spinach
1. Heat a large skillet to medium. 2. While skillet is warming, cut bacon into squares.
3. Cook bacon until fat is rendered and bacon is almost to your desired doneness. If desired, you can remove bacon fat from skillet and replace with 1 tablespoon oil. However, keeping the fat is recommended for flavor. 4. Add garlic and cook for 1–2 minutes. 5. Add spinach and crushed red pepper and stir-fry for 10 minutes. 6. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.
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INSIDE This Issue
Dr. Russo’s Twins Turn 1!
Adventure Awaits (At Home)
Inquire About DNA Testing
Cleansing Your Body This Spring
Easy Bacon and Spinach Stir Fry
Walk to Work Today!
Walk to Work Day A Start to a More Active Life
For people who don’t have the time, try taking a short walk around the workplace during breaks or lunch. Getting in a 15-minute walk during the day will help you feel
Everyone knows that walking is healthy for us, but not very many people have the chance to stretch their legs. With a busy schedule, youmight not have the luxury to get up earlier and get a quick brisk walk in. But that doesn’t mean routines can’t be changed. Walk toWork Day is an unofficial holiday that encourages people to walk more in their daily lives. Finding the time to walk for 30 minutes a day can help you lose weight, reduce the chance of heart disease and diabetes, and improve emotional andmental health. A Little History Walk toWork Day takes place on the first Friday of April every year and has been celebrated since 2004. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promoted the holiday with enthusiasm as a way to counter the alarming rise in obesity and health issues throughout the country. Since its debut, Walk toWork Day has been picked up by people, businesses, and organizations across the world to inspire people everywhere to exercise more. Observing the Holiday To celebrateWalk toWork Day, simply slip on your walking shoes, grab a portable breakfast, and head out the door! Be sure to bring an extra outfit and shoes with you as walking in high heels, dress shoes, and/or dress attire can be uncomfortable.
more refreshed and ready to get back into the grind. You can also invite other coworkers or friends to walk with you. Other Modes of Transportation
AlthoughWalk toWork Day encourages people to walk, there are other ways to get to work without having to drive. Biking is an excellent means of transportation and can be helpful for people whomight have a longer commute. If you don’t own a bike but are still in need of a quick transport between two locations, you can hop on an electric scooter. These scooters have appeared across America over the past year or so and have proved handy for individuals needing to get frompoint A to point B quickly. Walk toWork Day offers a perfect chance to change up your routine for a more active lifestyle. Let this holiday be the first step inmany that will come!
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