January 2017   

Escape The Room
Escape the Room is a fun, interactive game for people of all ages and skill sets. While it looks like any other ordinary room, it's actually a mystery puzzle. Escape the room is filled with a series of challenges you must solve within 60 minutes. The best advice? Move quickly before the time runs out! Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and "Escape The Room".

There are limited spots available. To secure a spot, give $10.00 to Lauren Fuller or Valerie Miller by February 7th. If you have any questions, you can contact Lauren at or (212) 241-9188. 
Life Challenge Ski Trip
The conditions were perfect up at Pico Mountain for our annual Life Challenge Ski Trip! We had a total of 12 participants (3 new skiers) come out and hit the slopes. I can say without hesitation that everyone had a blast, And our night of karaoke showed some true talent on the mic! A special thanks to all the Vermont Adaptive volunteers that helped give all the participants a great time out on the slopes. To Dan Walsh with Bussani Mobility for donating an accessible minivan to help get participants up to Vermont and to the Rock Star Mount Sinai volunteers that were there helping in every way possible to make everyone's experience a great one.
Wheelchair Mobility
Looking to up your wheelchair mobility skills that will help you navigate through the streets of NYC? If so, our wheelchair mobility class is a great place to do just that. We'll teach you how to hold a wheelie with zero effort, pop up and down curbs, bump down stairs, go up and down escalators and much more. If you are interested or have any questions, Please feel free to contact Woody Wood at or Nic Naguib at
SCI Meditation Group
We just had our first SCI Meditation Group take place this passed Friday January 27th at KCC2 in room 269 and I have to say that it was a huge success. Eric Stoneberg started us off with breathing exercises connected with body awareness which led us into a guided meditation that left everyone feeling energized, refreshed and completely relaxed by the end. 

Here are five thing that meditation can help with ones quality of life.

  1. Reduces stress - One of the benefits of meditation is stress reduction. Meditating in quite contemplation can help you relax, find peace of mind and ease tension so that you can control and manage your stress levels. Stress causes your heart and blood pressure to go up and too much of that can create health issues. Meditating for a few minutes every day helps you to let go of stress to achieve a relaxed state of mind.
  2. Encourage a healthy lifestyle - Studies have shown that meditating increases your immune system. Meditation causes you to relax, which increases a compound called nitric oxide that dilates your blood vessels and causes your blood pressure to drop. A lower blood pressure improves your cardiovascular and immune health, as well as helps you to have a better nights sleep.
  3. Improves concentration - Not only does meditation help with your overall health and psychological well-being, it improves functioning of the brain by increasing memory. Research has shown that people who meditate have more gray matter in their brain in areas related to memory and thought. Furthermore, meditation improves focus and attention. When you meditate, you bring your full attention to an object, idea or activity, which helps you practice concentration. Individuals who meditate have an easier time eliminating negative thoughts and break down information. By practicing meditation, you are essentially gaining cognitive and problem solving skills.
  4. Increases happiness - Studies have shown that meditation reduces negative emotions and thus, relieves anxiety and depression. During meditation, brain signals increases on the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which regulates positive emotions. Likewise, studies show that signaling decreased on the right side of the brain, which is responsible for negative emotions. Moreover, meditation gives you a sense of self-awareness that helps you to take a step back so that you can look at stressful or upsetting situations and gain clarity. It helps you to focus on the present and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation so that you can tackle problems in a calm manner.
  5. Boosts your social life - Meditation also helps you feel more connected, and reduces loneliness. Research has also shown that meditation improves empathy and compassion and increases creativity.
Our next SCI Meditation Group will be Friday February 24th. 
Botox Study For Back Pain
Ajax Yang, MD. is conducting research evaluating the potential of Botox injection underneath the skin to provide pain relief in persons with SCI's that have nerve pain near the level of injury in the spine. Injection of Botox just under the skin have been shown to decrease nerve pain in other individuals and have been reported to help people with spinal cord injury related pain. It is important to know that you may not get any benefit from participating in this research. However, possible benefits are temporary decrease in your back pain following the procedure for about 3 months or longer. 

If you would like to learn more about this study or have any questions, please contact Ajax Yang, MD. at 857-222-2264 or

Brain & Spinal Cord Study
Autonomic Nervous System Study
Researchers at the Bronx VA are conducting a research project investigating the degree of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in people with SCI. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the part of the nervous system that controls many bodily functions that you don't think about, such as your heart rate, breathing rate, sweating, and blood pressure. ANS function will be examined through a series of simple clinical tests. Participation will last about 2 weeks and require 2 two-hour visits to Mount Sinai. For each visit, participants will receive $50 for a total compensation of $100 for the study. Those that are interested can contact  Matthew Maher at 718-584-9000 ext 1732 or
Caregiver Support Group
A caregiver is anyone who, on a regular basis, provides care for their loved ones. This can be a parent, spouse, sibling etc. Our Caregiver Support Group is a space where one can come and openly share and express themselves with others that have similar experiences. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday February 8th from 5:30-7:00 pm at 5 E. 102nd Street in room 109.   For more information, please contact Christina Nostitz at 212-824-7608 or
Recipe For The Month
Super tasty Apple Pecan Cobbler

  • 4 cups thinly sliced apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon backing powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.     Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously grease a 2-quart backing dish.

2.     Arrange apple slices in an even layer in the backing dish. In small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup pecans. Sprinkle mixture over apples.

3.     In medium bowl, mix together flower, 1 cup sugar, backing powder and salt. in separate bowl, whisk together egg, evaporated milk, melted butter and vanilla extract. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture all at once, and stir until smooth. Pour mixture over apples, and sprinkle top with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped pecans.

4.    Baking in the preheated oven for 55 minutes or util top is golden brown.

5.    All done! Enjoy with vanilla ice-cream or just on it's own.


Life Challenge Upcoming Events
For info or to reserve a spot, contact Woody Wood
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