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5 Queens, NYC Artists You Should Know

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Queens is probably one of the most under-discovered places in New York. It is usually known by sports fans all over the world because of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the annual US Open tennis championship. As well as Citi Field which is another sports complex, situated in the Park. But most people are unaware that Queens is also home to many great, emerging artists. 

Some of these talented artists in Queens are mentioned below:

AJ Lavilla 

Born in Iloilo, Philippines, AJ Lavilla is a self-taught artist, currently based in Queens, New York. He was introduced to art at the age of eleven and learned a great deal by observing the works of his favorite artists which include Picasso, Murakami, Basquiat, and KAWS. 

AJ Lavilla’s main interest is in street art and graffiti. His work is unique in the sense that he uses pop culture icons and vivid colors to bring his art to life. He is also known for the use of inspirational quotes in his work. The Queens artist has graced many walls of New York with his murals, including the World Trade Center.

OG Millie 

Kamille Ejerta, known more popularly by her street name OG Millie is another Filipino American artist. The New York artist is widely known for the amazing art that she creates despite being visually impaired. Art became her safe escape after she suffered a vision-threatening emergency. 

Her art can be easily identified in a sea of paintings because of its uniqueness. She uses vintage decorative mirrors as a canvas to paint portraits with acrylic paint. She is also a mural artist and her work can be seen on walls throughout New York. Her paintings are an embodiment of old school meets new school. OG Millie’s art focuses on colorful portraits of iconic figures.

Shaun Lee NYC 

Shaun Lee NYC one of the most talented artists from Queens, New York. Specializing in a broad style thats unique enough to distinguish. He started developing his art career at a very young age, which prompted him to participate in many programs since a child. He has showcased work in art shows all around the world, from Paris, to Quebec, and Montreal. To residences in New York Cities night clubs such as the Freehold NY.

The Queens artist is widely known for his unique art style which includes unique shades of red in majority of his canvases. However diverse in his mediums with ability to control a spray-can like a brush. He currently has murals displayed in the heart of Queens and has plans to create many more. His artwork is popular for converting traditional art ideas into contemporary pieces.

Savior Elmundo 

Savior Elmundo is a New York artist, dancer, and filmmaker. He is well known for the 3-D letter work that he started experimenting with, in 2015. Since then, the 3-D letters have become his trademark. His art icons include Dali, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Matisse, and Frida. 

Elmundo loves playing with different textures and he does a lot of message work. His art can also be identified by his logo, ‘Make Art’. According to him, his logo represents all forms of art and is a simple way of reminding people to make art.

Turtlecaps 

Turtlecaps is a Queens-born graffiti artist. He started practicing his art in the late 1980s by drawing on streets, train tracks, etc. True to his name, Turtlecaps, his main character is that of a turtle.

This character is made up of a turtle shell, with Mickey mouse shoes, a spray can cap for a head, and a wind-up key at the back. The Queens artist spends his time painting murals of his representative character on the streets of New York, with various adaptations. 

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The Role of Medicine in Achieving and Sustaining a Healthy Body Mass

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The CDC’s latest numbers classify approximately 42 percent of Americans as obese, and over two-thirds of American adults qualify as either obese or overweight. Living with excess weight heightens people’s risk for debilitating and chronic but otherwise preventable conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

With new weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy on the rise, many are wondering if these medications live up to their hype and can even help end the obesity epidemic. Sergio Padron, founder and CEO of online healthcare and weight-loss support company MD Exam, believes they can — up to a point.

“It’s important to approach these medications with a thorough understanding of what they can and can’t do,” Padron says. “Magic pills for weight loss don’t exist.”

The importance of achieving a healthy body mass

According to Padron, achieving and sustaining a healthy body mass is key to good health. To obtain your body mass index (BMI), online calculators like this one from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ask for your height and weight, run them through the standard formula, and generate your score. The last step is to find this number in the standardized ranges considered underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

“Many healthcare professionals use the body mass index (BMI) for a quick approximation of most people’s health,” he explains. “All you need is the patient’s weight and height, and you can calculate this number.”

There are exceptions, however. “In particular, bodybuilders and other athletes can generate results that make it seem like they aren’t healthy, when in fact they’re in excellent condition,” Padron explains. “That’s because BMI doesn’t consider muscle mass, and muscle is more dense than fat. In addition, BMI doesn’t account for visceral fat being more dangerous than fat deposits elsewhere in the body.”

That’s why Padron cautions people not to make snap judgments based on BMI alone and to seek a more comprehensive view from healthcare professionals. “Factors like body composition, blood markers, and lifestyle need to be considered,” he explains, “which is one of the many reasons why we only offer individualized care at MD Exam.”

If your BMI falls in the overweight or obese categories, then it’s time to make a change. “Unfortunately, excess body weight means you could be developing major health problems that you otherwise wouldn’t,” Padron says. “Being overweight has also been associated with depression. In my experience, it can have a negative impact on self-esteem and even lead to the development of eating disorders.”

Luckily, groundbreaking new drugs have become available to help people recover their quality of life.

How Ozempic and Wegovy can help

According to Padron, pharmaceutical solutions like Ozempic and Wegovy can help most people achieve and sustain a healthy body mass. These medications reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness, thereby enabling people to regulate their consumption better.

“One of the most important things our patients report is that they’re no longer tormented by cravings,” Padron says. “They find it easier to avoid overeating in the first place.”

In addition, Ozempic and Wegovy have been shown to decrease visceral fat — the dangerous kind of fat deposits. “The idea is to optimize health and well-being, not just lose weight,” Padron says. “We want to make sure you lose the right pounds. When you lose visceral fat and keep muscle, you are heading in the right direction and your body composition improves.”

In some rare cases, however, Ozempic and Wegovy aren’t effective. “Luckily, other interventions can be effective in those cases, such as Tirzepatide or classic weight-loss drugs,” Padron says.

Yet Padron emphasizes that weight-loss drugs alone are insufficient to achieve and sustain a healthy body mass.

Personalized, comprehensive support

“Just taking a pill won’t make pounds disappear,” Padron says. “To lose weight, it’s necessary to get real about your lifestyle and actually change your habits. If you haven’t been exercising, for instance, then it’s time to start getting up a little earlier and going for a morning walk. If you haven’t been eating well, then it’s time to stop buying soda and junk food.”

Easier said than done? “We know it’s hard,” Padron says. “That’s why our program takes support seriously. Our medical staff works with patients one-on-one to develop treatment plans that will work for them. We also provide coaching and connect patients to each other for mutual support and accountability. MD Exam is a community. People make friends for life on our platform.”

Lose weight, feel great

Obtaining a healthy body mass often leads to increased energy levels, improved mobility, and reduced joint pain. It can also help control chronic conditions like high blood pressure and sleep apnea, as well as forestall the development of preventable diseases. If that isn’t already enough, it can also boost patients’ self-confidence and mental health.

“Our patients experience an incredible feeling of accomplishment and empowerment,” Padron says. “Losing weight can be truly transformative. I can’t tell you how many people have told me their whole outlook on life has become more positive.”

For Padron, helping people lose weight is its own reward. “I love watching people shed their depression and come back to life,” he says. “This is the most rewarding work I can imagine.”

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