Fall 2021

Anne Akers, Editor


Dear Friend,

As the leaves begin to turn and we welcome the colors of Autumn, crisper weather and shorter days, it is Nature's invitation to think of the new season as a fresh start to many things.....including our health habits.

As a women's health expert, my patients often ask me how to enjoy this time of year to the fullest.  My tips below are simple and ones i hope you can incorporate into your daily lifestyle.


With fewer Covid related hospitalizations, lower infection rates, and decreased mortality,  experts believe we are starting to turn the corner on the Pandemic. With that in mind, my advice is to live your life to the fullest but with caution and respect to others. We are by nature "social animals" but don't put yourself in high risk situations. In addition, masks may not offer complete protection in crowded spaces.


Consider signing off social media for awhile ....bypass the  social media of others...and create a more interesting life for yourself.  Exercise your senses with the sights and smells of Autumn, the feel of leaves crunching under your feet, the invigorating Fall air, and all the benefits of spending time outdoors.  This includes better mental health and sun exposure which boosts Vit D levels and much more!


A minimum of 2 miles a day....about 5000 steps on a Pedometer is a good start.....but also consider mixing it up a bit! Hiking, biking, tennis, golf, or for the less ambitious, how about a little game of Frisbee with "Fido"?  And did you know that for an average weight person, 30 mins. of raking leaves, planting and weeding can burn roughly 150 calories!


While local Farmers Markets abound with a panoply of color and variety....and apple orchards offer a singular experience.......it's an optimum time to eat healthy and eat well.  Remember to hydrate and include nutritious foods rich in Vitamin C, yogurt with all its probiotic properties, and pumpkin, an Autumn favorite. High in beta carotene, your body will convert Pumpkin to Vitamin A....and don't forget pumpkin seeds, a great source of plant-based protein, fiber and magnesium.


As the weather turns colder, and we spend less time in the Sun, Vitamin D3, 10 to 20,000 units per day, can boost your mood and your immune system.  Equally important are Vitamin C and Zinc to maximize immune support.


With the advent of Covid, many travel opportunities have been limited. And for those in the labor force, including those working at home, vacation time has accumulated.  Psychologists will tell you that everyone needs time to unplug and decompress, and it you don't feel comfortable traveling, just spending quality time with friends, in person, virtually, or on the phone is vital.


Autumn and Winter are the Earth's way of telling us to slow down. Start a journal to track your moods and stay in touch with how you are feeling, read a good book by the fire on a chilly night, and be kind to yourself. 


Try to plan to go to bed earlier when you can, especially the week before the clocks change.  Longer periods of darkness = longer periods of sleep!


In the words of Winston Churchill, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  Although every day presents an opportunity to do some act of kindness, small or large, the season of Thanksgiving reminds us all of the endless possibilities to spread good will and boost our own endorphins at the same time!


Hugh H. Melnick, MD

MEET Wendy Sigman, Practice Administrator

A Long Island  Mom and Grandmother of  four children, Wendy Sigman brings a wealth of experience and empathy to her role as Practice Administrator for Dr. Hugh Melnick.  A paralegal and expert in medical software practice management and billing, Wendy met Dr. Melnick two decades ago on a routine training call for his Manhattan office.

Wendy's skill set was a fit for Dr. Melnick and now, with 20 years of service, Wendy manages the medical team at Advanced Fertility Services and is also the first point of contact for new patients and old.  Having experienced challenges with fertility in her own life, Wendy has a special understanding of the struggles of bringing a child into the world as well as the inexplicable joy of witnessing the results of successful fertility treatments.

As Dr. Melnick expanded his expertise to other  areas of women's health and well being, including the management of thyroid disease, Wendy continues to be inspired by  interaction with patients and a sincere desire to make the patient experience as pleasant and meaningful as possible.
When queried about the special challenges of medicine in the age of Covid, Wendy expressed appreciation for the continuity of care and convenience which Telemedicine provides but readily admits that nothing can replace the in-person connection.
With a busy work schedule, Wendy still manages to make time with her grandchildren a priority.....and also loves an occasional day of "binge watching" with the newest Netflix series, Ted Lasso. When asked, "Why Ted Lasso?", her reply was, "I love the team spirit...and his positivity and kindness".
It is easy to understand Wendy's response because indeed, she is all about "team spirit" and in her role as Practice Administrator, all that means to her team and to the patients she serves.  BRAVA, Wendy!

Upcoming Events - Save the Date


NOVEMBER 30, 2021 - 6PM

With appropriate Covid precautions in place, we are happy to announce the first of a series of Women's Health talks to be held live at Dr. Melnick's Carnegie Hill offices.  Guests experts will be included in this series; the first event will feature Dr. Melnick, and will be moderated by the Emmy award winning broadcaster, Jane Hanson.   In order to maintain the intimate quality of the evening, attendance will be limited to 15 people.  
To receive an exclusive invitation, please RSVP to Anne Akers as akersnyc@aol.com for further details.  Bites and Beverage and a Q&A will be included.  Vaccination cards and ID will be required for admittance.  There is no charge.

MAY 13th, 2022

SAVE THE DATE for the 8th annual RENEWAL SUMMIT, to be held at the beautiful Scandinavia House on Park Avenue.  This is an all day event on the theme of "Live, Love and Be Happy" , designed for women in midlife and beyond.  Panelists will include gurus in happiness, food and wine, health and beauty and our own Dr. Melnick. This event is produced and hosted on an annual basis by the Three Tomatoes, Cheryl Benton and Anne Akers.  Follow further details in our upcoming newsletter.


Who understands the feminine experience better than a Reproductive Endocrinologist and a specialist in the treatment of thyroid disease, menopause, Invitro fertilization and ovarian rejuvenation?  Dr. Melnick's approach to patient care is that of an empath, one who truly listens to patient symptoms in order to reach the best diagnosis.  Recognized as a "Top Doctor" by Castle Connolly Medical and U.S. News and World Report, appointments with Dr. Melnick can be scheduled at his medical office in Carnegie Hill, Manhattan or via telemedicine. Scheduling details are available at WWW.HUGHMELNICKMD.COM.
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