5 Key Health Exams Millennials to Get This Year

With more and more millennials skipping out on annual health exams in favor of a quick as needed, visit to an urgent care facility, doctors fear the largest generation in America, may overlook serious health issues. There are 83 million Americans between age 22 and 37 and according to a November 2018 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 45% of those 18-29 and 28% of those age 30-39 do not have a primary care physician. The issue is that health conditions that can be caught early may slip through the cracks. Dr. Niket Sonpal, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City, offers 5 health exams millennials should get this year.

Dr. Sonpal, who at age 36 is a millennial himself, has compassion and understanding when it comes to millennials. “You’re looking at a generation with incredible debt and many don’t have jobs with health insurance,” he says.

In addition to the financial aspect, Dr. Sonpal adds that this is a generation raised on the internet. “When we got sick as kids, our mom searched for answers online. If we went to the doctor, it was a day of missed school and boring waiting rooms. Now as adults, millennials want, fast affordable solutions and often take a DIY approach to health.”

He goes on to say that healthcare has become an expensive hassle millennials choose to avoid. They would much rather facetime or text a doctor as opposed to miss work hours. They prefer to just walk into an urgent care clinic, pay $40 and be done with it, fast. “The problem though is that while this approach may be ok for treating a sore throat or flu, millennials might be missing an opportunity to nip a bigger problem early on.”

I want to urge all millennials women to get women’s wellness exams which is a PAP Smear and breast exam as well as a screening for STD’s and bloodwork. HPV, can lead to cervical cancer so it’s important to monitor dysplasia.

Dr. Sonpal encourages millennials to get these exams out of the at either the start of the year or their birthday month so they can easily remember when they last went to the doctor for these exams.

1. Blood Pressure Screenings

You want to get blood pressure checked out at least once every 2 years and ever year if the top number is 120 to 139 and bottom between 80 to 89. High blood pressure is linked to diabetes which is really hitting millennials hard. According to the CDC, between 2001 and 2015 teen obesity rates rose 30%. “As kids, millennials were part of a supersize culture. Millennials also didn’t spend a lot of time going outside to play until the streetlights came on as Gen X’ers did. This all adds up to diabetes and heart disease if not monitored,” he says.

2. Eye Exams

Millennials were raised on technology and their eyes are reaping the cost of this. It’s estimated that millennials spend over 12 hours per day consuming media with a majority of it on mobile devices on screens held closer to the eye. This leads to “nearsightedness” or “shortsightedness” where the eye weakens and can’t see clearly at a distance. A lot of millennials will find themselves squinting to see things that are further away, they may have dull headaches and find themselves rubbing their eyes frequently. “A lot of millennials are popping ibuprofen for headache associated with eye strain and neck ache from prolonged computer jobs. This then leads to stomach issues,” cautions Dr. Sonpal.

3. IBS and Digestive Screenings

We also need to consider that the food we eat today is full of antibiotics and hormones. Millennials are a generation whose diet was primarily full of processed foods. We see a lot of Celiac Disease (intolerance of gluten). A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that from the mid-80s to 2013, the incidence of colon cancer has been rising fastest for people between the ages of 20 and 29, by 2.4 percent per year. “The issue here is that we have millennials self-treating stomach issues that can be the start of something serious. If you’re experiencing chronic stomach pain, see a doctor. Gut health is incredibly important for overall wellbeing,” advises Dr. Sonpal.

4. Mental Health Screening

Millennials are one stressed out generation. According to Psychology Today, suicide rates among young adults have tripled since the 50’s with millennials are reporting a sense of “faking it until they make it.” The problem is they feel disconnected from themselves and wrong for the life they are living. They feel as if they are not enough and then they scroll on their Instagram feeds and see people their age with luxury watches, travel to the Maldives and Dubai and they feel hopeless, stressed and depressed.  They’re popping Xanax and smoking marijuana to take the edge off. The good news is that millennials are willing to discuss their feelings and studies show that this is the first generation who doesn’t see any stigma about seeing a therapist or mentor coach. Sometimes a break up or a layoff can trigger a downward spiral into depression or even drug or alcohol addiction.

5. Annual Exam and Immunizations

It’s recommended that you get the flu shot every year. Another important vaccine is for HPV which was mentioned earlier. Dr. Sonpal points out that the HPV vaccine has expanded coverage and is important to prevent certain types of cancer. Other vaccines may also be recommended depending on your health history. The only way you know is by having a yearly physical.

About Dr. Niket Sonpal:
Dr. Niket Sonpal is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn who specializes in Gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the Medical University of Silesia – Hope Medical Institute in Poland. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, he was selected to be the 20132014 Chief Resident at Lenox Hill Hospital–Northshore LIJ Health System. Dr. Sonpal has completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Lenox Hill Hospital and continues his work in the field of medical student and resident test preparation. He now serves as the associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brookdale University medical center.

He is the coauthor for the best-selling Master the Boards: USMLE Step 2 CK, Master the Boards Step 3, And Master the Boards: Internal Medicine. He is also the Chief Operating Officer for Medquest Test Prep, Director of Medical Education for Picmonic Test Prep, and a recognized expert on medical test prep.

Where to Celebrate National Relaxation Day this August 15th

Tomorrow is the perfect day… to relax! Where are you celebrating National Relaxation Day in NYC tomorrow?

As a national holiday that everyone deserves to celebrate, here is a list of the top 5 places to go right in NYC:

  • Premier57, NYC’s 40,000 sq. ft. luxurious spa/water wonderland is the perfect escape this August just a walk away in Midtown. The meditation room, infrared lounge and sleeping room put the ‘relax’ in relaxation lounge.

  • Shibui Spa - From the roof of the 250 year old Japanese farmhouse that adorns the spa’s pool and lounge area to the holistic, nature-driven treatments, everything in the spa is about impressive yet understated beauty.

  • The Spa at Mandarin Oriental - If you’re looking for a particularly lavish retreat, try one of their holistic wellness rituals like the three hour Thai Yoga Journey that uses Thai yoga massage to help you find balance inside and out.

  • Aire Ancient Baths - Stepping into Aire Ancient Baths is like stepping back in time to a classic Roman bathhouse. Lounge like an emperor on heated marble stones or soak in their six candlelit specialty pools.

  • Ohm Spa & Lounge - This cozy spa specializes in targeted massages and skin-loving facials including everything from enzymatic peels to hydrating treatments using pure manuka honey from New Zealand.

We hope you’re able to relax at your choice of the best place to unwind this August 15th and every day.

Neapolitan Express Brings New York Pizza Food Trucks to Two Downtown Austin Locations, March 3

Renowned Eco-Friendly Mobile Pizzeria Powered by Renewable Natural Gas Opens March 3  
Photography courtesy of Neapolitan Express.
Neapolitan Express, the only mobile pizzeria company that makes authentic Neapolitan pizza using organic, non-GMO ingredients, and powered by renewable natural gas (RNG), is excited to announce the opening of operations in Austin this Friday. Open seven days a week, Neapolitan Express’ two trucks will be located in downtown Austin at 3rd and Congress and at 5th and Colorado. With the hashtags #MoreThanPizza and #PizzaNeverSleeps, the food trucks will serve pizzas made with authentic ingredients including Caputo 00 flour imported from Italy and San Marzano tomatoes. The Austin locations of the company mark the first venture for the pizzeria outside of New York City.Launched in New York City in 2013 by founder Max Crespo with the support of legendary energy magnate T. Boone Pickens and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, Neapolitan Express is the first mobile restaurant powered entirely by alternative energy. In Austin, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the largest producer, marketer, and distributor of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in North America, will provide its Redeem™ brand of RNG to power the trucks. RNG is methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic waste. From an environmental standpoint, fueling each truck with RNG is the equivalent of removing 200 vehicles emitting harmful greenhouse gases off the road.

“Neapolitan Express is well-positioned as it sits at the intersection of quality food, wellness, innovation and sustainability. We believe strongly that Austin is a natural fit for our brand, and are proud to call Austin our first home outside of New York. We hope that the city and its residents love us as much as we love them,” said Max Crespo, founder and creator of Neapolitan Express.

“Leave it to Neapolitan Express to break so much ground. They’ve chosen the perfect city in Austin to be the first place to expand outside of New York. They’re the first food trucks in the country to use Redeem renewable natural gas, which produces substantially less greenhouse gas than other trucks. And they’ll be serving what will surely be the best pizza in town. Hats off to them,” said Peter Grace, Clean Energy’s senior vice president for sales and finance.

“Austin is a natural fit to be the next home of Neapolitan Express. Our concept is simple: good food made by a good, socially conscious, forward-thinking company. We are excited to bring this great city the best authentic Neapolitan pizza they have ever tasted,” said Chris Abbruzzese, partner at Neapolitan Express.

Neapolitan Express’ business model pushes fast casual dining to become more socially responsible, which matches the desires for many Austin residents to support businesses demonstrating concern for sustainability and the environment. The mantras “fast food should be good food,” “doing well by doing good,” and “you shouldn’t have to be rich to be an environmentalist” guide all decisions made by Neapolitan Express, from their commitment to a cleaner, greener planet to choosing only the highest quality organic, 100% non-Genetically Modified Organism ingredients.

Pepperoni-San Marzano D.O.P tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, organic pepperoni.

Pepperoni-San Marzano D.O.P tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, organic pepperoni.

The menu at Neapolitan Express contains a selection of authentic Neapolitan pizza, including vegan options using Daiya cheese, and a pizza with a gluten-free crust. Neapolitan Express’ pizzas are made-to-order on their unique electric ovens, which reach 900 degrees with zero emissions. The combination of highly trained pizza makers and technological innovation gives customers a tasty, authentic pizza in 60 seconds. The use of clean-burning natural gas fuel to power the trucks allows for customers to taste the delicious pizza without smelling overwhelming diesel exhaust.
White Pizza-Fresh Mozzarella, garlic, oregano, Parmigiano Reggiano D.O.P, extra virgin olive oil.

White Pizza-Fresh Mozzarella, garlic, oregano, Parmigiano Reggiano D.O.P, extra virgin olive oil.

The menu at the Austin locations includes six individual pizzas created by four-time World Pizza Champion, and Neapolitan Express partner Giulio Adriani. Born and raised in Naples, Adriani has over 30 years of experience and is considered one of the best pizza makers alive and the world’s leading expert in dough and flour innovation.
Fantasia Di Nutella - Italian imported Nutella, powdered sugar, sliced raw almonds.

Fantasia Di Nutella – Italian imported Nutella, powdered sugar, sliced raw almonds.

“Our menu will evolve over time to add additional pizzas and we will source locally when able for ingredients. Our pies have a crisp, airy crust, and we aim to change the myth that a food truck can’t produce restaurant-quality pizza,” said Abbruzzese.
Both locations will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For more information on Neapolitan Express, please visit neapolitanexpress.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @neaexpress.

Stars Shine Brightly at the Met Gala 2016

Written by Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Each year’s event celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night since guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. Celebrities dress in one-of-a-kind ensembles in honor of the annual fashion exhibit. This year’s theme: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

Nicole Kidman, an envious galaxy of stars in Alexander McQueen

Nicole Kidman, an envious galaxy of stars in Alexander McQueen

Zoe Saldana, a vision of a spring garden by Dolce & Gabbana

Zoe Saldana, a vision of a spring garden by Dolce & Gabbana

Lupita Nyongo in a daring ensemble by Calvin Klein

Lupita Nyongo in a daring ensemble by Calvin Klein

Claire Danes looking MAGICAL in Zac Posen

Claire Danes looking MAGICAL in Zac Posen

Karolina Kurkova wearing the Marchesa & IBM “Cognitive Dress”

Karolina Kurkova wearing the Marchesa & IBM “Cognitive Dress”

Beyonce wearing a nude beaded latex gown by Givenchy

Beyonce wearing a nude beaded latex gown by Givenchy

Met Gala Co-chair Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton

Met Gala Co-chair Taylor Swift in Louis Vuitton

Siblings Willow (in Chanel) and Jaden Smith (Louis Vuitton tux) showing how style runs in the family.

Siblings Willow (in Chanel) and Jaden Smith (Louis Vuitton tux) showing how style runs in the family.

Solange Knowles took “Lemonade” to the Met Gala; bright yellow latex stirrup thigh-highs with her pleated, equally bright yellow dress

Solange Knowles took “Lemonade” to the Met Gala; bright yellow latex stirrup thigh-highs with her pleated, equally bright yellow dress

Super model Naomi Campbell, gorgeous as ever in Roberto Cavalli

Super model Naomi Campbell, gorgeous as ever in Roberto Cavalli

LaLa (in Nicolas Jebran) and hubby Carmelo Anthony, simply divine…

LaLa (in Nicolas Jebran) and hubby Carmelo Anthony, simply divine…

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian = “Kimye” in Balmain

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian = “Kimye” in Balmain

Karlie Kloss in a design by Brandon Maxwell that give cut-out a new meaning

Karlie Kloss in a design by Brandon Maxwell that give cut-out a new meaning

Ciara in sheer shine by H&M

Ciara in sheer shine by H&M

Rita Ora in a heavenly feather dress by Vera Wang

Rita Ora in a heavenly feather dress by Vera Wang

Lady Gaga in rocker-turned-robot GLAM in a custom Versace metallic bodysuit and matching bolero jacket

Lady Gaga in rocker-turned-robot GLAM in a custom Versace metallic bodysuit and matching bolero jacket

Kylie Jenner looking fabulous with head-to-toe sparkle by Balmain

Kylie Jenner looking fabulous with head-to-toe sparkle by Balmain

Jourdan Dunn in a gown fitting for an interstellar empress by Balmain

Jourdan Dunn in a gown fitting for an interstellar empress by Balmain

Watch out Disney! Zendaya is all grown-up and gorgeous in her Michael Kors gown

Watch out Disney! Zendaya is all grown-up and gorgeous in her Michael Kors gown

Kate Hudson STUNNING...simply STUNNING! Wearing a Versace gown comprised of rubber, Swarovski crystals and silver stud accents

Kate Hudson STUNNING…simply STUNNING! Wearing a Versace gown comprised of rubber, Swarovski crystals and silver stud accents

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger with her knight in shining armour Zayn Malik in Versace, metal love...

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger with her knight in shining armour Zayn Malik in Versace, metal love…

Alessandra Ambrosio, crochet fabulous by Balmain

Alessandra Ambrosio, crochet fabulous by Balmain

Hannah Davis (in Zuhair Murad) and Derek Jeter, classic and lovely

Hannah Davis (in Zuhair Murad) and Derek Jeter, classic and lovely

Will.I.Am, leader of futuristic chic; wearing a floral embroidered Gucci suit

Will.I.Am, leader of futuristic chic; wearing a floral embroidered Gucci suit

The queen of fashion, Anna Wintour in Chanel and Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen

The queen of fashion, Anna Wintour in Chanel and Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen

Kendall Jenner killed the game in Atelier Versace as Cindy Crawford dazzled in Balmain Kendall Jenner and Cindy Crawford, fashionable statues of beauty

Kendall Jenner killed the game in Atelier Versace as Cindy Crawford dazzled in Balmain
Kendall Jenner and Cindy Crawford, fashionable statues of beauty

Kara Ross New York Brings Bold Gemstone Designs to Austin

 Exclusive partnership with RSK Jewelry introduces Central Texans to Kara Ross line

Kara Ross New York and RSK Jewelry (RSK) have recently announced a new partnership in Austin, Texas. Favorites from the Kara Ross line are now available exclusively in Austin through RSK Jewelry, a local purveyor of fine jewelry.

“We are proud to be a new retail partner for RSK Jewelry in Austin,” said Kara Ross, founder and designer of Kara Ross New York. “The high-caliber selection carried by RSK is unlike any other, and we are thrilled to be a part of it as we bring some of our favorite pieces to the Austin market.”

The collection of Kara Ross fine jewelry selected by Robin Hancock, founder and purveyor at RSK, to launch this partnership features many pieces in the style Kara has become known for – bold pieces with precious and semi-precious gemstones in their natural, raw state. Polished pieces include the Cava rings, which are stones set within larger stones – all hand cut by a master lapidarist.

“I very much admire the attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship in all Kara Ross pieces,” said Hancock. “The elegance and timelessness of Kara’s modern design, mixed with an estate, old-school feel flows well into all modern and era-period jewelry at RSK.”

Robin and Kara found common ground when they met last spring at the Couture Show in Las Vegas. Both are graduates of the Gemological Institute of America in New York and have a passion for gemstones.

RSK Jewelry is the only retailer of Kara Ross fine jewelry in the Austin area. Selections from the Kara Ross line begin at $850. To learn more about Kara Ross New York, visit www.KaraRossNY.com. To learn more about RSK Jewelry, visit www.RSKjewelry.com.

About RSK Jewelry
RSK Jewelry brings hard-to-find estate jewelry, precious gemstones and distinctive contemporary creations home for clients in Austin, Texas and around the country. To make dreams come true, RSK provides personal shopping, appraisals, consultations and custom jewelry design. Robin Hancock, proprietor and gemologist, finds and showcases hidden treasures, refurbishes family mementos and introduces the most thoughtful designs in contemporary jewelry. Guided by a deep appreciation of art and history, Robin has built a global network of suppliers and designers, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding the perfect piece. To learn more about Robin Hancock and the jewelry at RSK, visit www.RSKjewelry.com.

A few of our favorite pieces from RSK Jewelry which are absolutely stunning!  So InFluential!

From the RSK Jewelry Collection

The Era Collection from RSK Jewelry.

About Kara Ross New York

Kara Ross New York is a luxury accessories company known for its bold and unique designs.  A certified gemologist, Kara founded the company in 2003 with the vision to create jewelry that has character and imagination.  Kara Ross New York debuted with a stunning Fine Jewelry Collection, and since that time has added a handbag collection that is cohesive in design.  Kara’s love of gemstones inspires her designs, which are characterized by vibrant colors, multiple layers and textures.  She frequently uses stones in their raw and purist form, and also sets stones within other stones, an extremely complicated technical feat.  She was just given the 2014 GEM Award for jewelry design by the Jewelers of America, and is a member of the American Gem Society, the American Gem Trade Association, the Jewelers of America, and the Women’s Jewelry Association, among others.  Pieces from her fine jewelry can now be seen at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the San Diego Natural History Museum.  She opened her first freestanding store on Madison Avenue in New York in 2013.

One of our favorite pieces from Kara Ross.

Pyrite Statement Necklace from Kara Ross.

Pyrite Statement Necklace from Kara Ross.

 

 

Celebrating Springtime with American Artist Sir James Jebusa Shannon

 

Sir James Jebusa Shannon, although he was born in Auburn, New York in 1862, moved to London in 1878 to establish his career in England. He studied at the South Kensington School of Art under Sir Edward Poynter, before attracting the attention of the Royal Academy. Shannon later had the honor of becoming a full Academician. He received a commission from Queen Victoria in 1880 and 1881, which started what was to become an established carrier as a court painter by the mid 1890′s. By the end of the 1800s, his reputation as a portrait painter was second only to John Singer Sargent. He became a member of the Royal Society of British Artists, (R.B.A.) and being from Irish decent, was also able to gain membership to the Royal Hibernian Academy (R.H.A.). He was eventually knighted by the Queen in 1922, shortly before his death in 1923.

In recognition of the first day of spring, we’re pleased to share the beautiful oil on canvas by Sir James Jebusa Shannon called In The Springtime which was completed in 1886.

The Top 10 Fashion Cities in the World According to Global Language Monitor

The Global Language Monitor names London as the top fashion capital of the world.  A few of our other favorites cities to visit are included such as Milan and Paris.   Also include is Sao Paulo about which our Fashion Editor Leonardo D’Almagro writes about in our January / February 2014 issue.

Read the fascinating editorial and learn why the top cities hold their respective positions as fashion meccas of the world.