Northwell Health - Plainview & Syosset Hospitals

Fall 2016

Look North is a magazine published by the Northwell Health System. This publication features health and wellness information geared toward healthcare consumers in the Long Island and New York City region.

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Stay safe while tidying your yard. A leaf blower makes yard work easier, especially if you have children who love to jump in the piles and force a do-over. But the tool can pose health risks. Old two-stroke, gas-powered leaf blowers can pollute the air even more than cars, according to the American Lung Association (ALA). Common at home improvement stores, two-stroke, gas-powered leaf blowers contaminate your air with dangerous particulates and carbon monoxide, and disperse allergens like fungi and pollen, according to Kenneth Spaeth, MD, internal medicine and occupational medicine physician with Northwell Health. Instead, the ALA recommends hand-powered or electric leaf blowers, which work much more quietly than gas-powered units with levels of 90 to 102 decibels. With the right tools, cleaning up fallen leaves can be a healthy activity that families can do together on a crisp autumn day. "Keep clean and safe with sturdy work gloves and safety glasses," said Dr. Spaeth. "And don't forget the sunscreen before heading outside." For more autumn wellness tips, see page 3. Visit for more information about Northwell Health's environmental health and safety services. Safely Safely Spruce Up Your Yard N O R T H W E L L H E A LT H H O S P I TA L S : COHEN CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER . GLEN COVE . HUNTINGTON . LENOX HILL . LONG ISLAND JEWISH (LIJ) FOREST HILLS . LIJ MEDICAL CENTER LIJ VALLEY STREAM . NORTH SHORE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL . NORTHERN WESTCHESTER . PECONIC BAY MEDICAL CENTER PHELPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CENTER . PLAINVIEW . SOUTH OAKS . SOUTHSIDE . STATEN ISLAND UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL . SYOSSET . ZUCKER HILLSIDE AFFILIATES: BOCA RATON REGIONAL HOSPITAL . MAIMONIDES MEDICAL CENTER . NASSAU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER WE'RE HERE FOR YOU: Northwell Health offers interpreters and auxiliary aids and services, free of charge, to ensure effective communication to any individual with limited English profi ciency or a disability. The Affordable Care Act, Section 1557, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in any health program or activity that received any funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); any health program or activity that HHS itself administers; and Health Insurance Marketplaces and all plans offered in them. Northwell Health Plainview and Syosset Hospitals 888 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY 11803 MICHAEL DOWLING President and CEO WINIFRED MACK, RN Senior VP and Regional Executive Director MICHAEL FENER Executive Director, Plainview and Syosset Hospitals TERRY LYNAM Senior VP & Chief Public Relations Office ALEXANDRA ZENDRIAN Editor Look North is published by the Public Relations Department of Plainview and Syosset Hospitals (516-321-6701). The information within this publication is intended to educate readers about subjects pertinent to their health and is not meant to be a substitute for consultation with a personal physician. Produced by True North Custom, Chattanooga, TN. © 2016. Printed in USA. FOR ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES Please contact Alan Heyman at 631-656-9900 or

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