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These businesses in Nassau County, Long Island, are offering new services for local kids and families. Check it out!


CATZ gym, Long IslandLose Big to Win Big

Have you ever wanted to lose weight like the contestants on The Biggest Loser, but you're not exactly keen about stepping on the scale in front of millions of television viewers? This month, CATZ Sport Performance Center in Levittown is offering a similar competition - the CATZ Adult Fitness Challenge­ - that allows members to participate in more comfortable surroundings.

During the 12-week program, members 16 years of age or older can compete against themselves and other participants, and the more weight/inches/body fat they lost, the more points they earn towards prizes. Three mandatory fitness tests to assess progress throughout the course of the program must be completed in order to gauge speed, strength, and endurance. Contestants will "weigh in" every week with CATZ's nutrition counselor; the better the results, the more points are accumulated.

"This is our third time doing this challenge in January," marketing manager Craig Mauro says. "People seem to respond really well after the holidays are over and can get back on a normal schedule." CATZ fitness is based on tailored programs to get members the results they want with a motivating, fun, and efficient workout, and each routine can be customized to individual fitness levels.

Those who sign up for the challenge will receive one week of nutrition sessions and a challenge t-shirt.

CATZ of Levittown is located at 148 Gardiners Avenue. For more information on the CATZ Adult Fitness Challenge call 516-513-0573 or e-mail staff at [email protected].



The Little Gym logoThe Little Gym Lands in Levittown

On January 31, children ages 4 months to 12 years will have a new place to call their own, where physical activity and motor-skill development go hand in hand. The Little Gym of Levittown will open its doors and offer a gymnastics-based noncompetitive curriculum, with classes geared to individual age and skill levels to ensure every child progresses at their own pace. Parent/child, preschool/kindergarten, and grade school gymnastics classes are open during The Little Gym's first semester, with karate, dance and other sports skills lessons likely to follow.

Owner and gym director, Tina Lopano, had been taking her own young sons to The Little Gym in Merrick for a while when she decided to open the Levittown branch. "As a parent participant, I was able to witness first hand the outstanding curriculum and many cognitive, physical and social benefits of The Little Gym," she says.

Coming soon to 2890 Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. Online enrollment is now available at www.tlglevittownny.com or by calling 516-520-4455.



The Brain SpecialistsBrain Specialists

From Drs. Christine and Emilian Mihaila come The Brain Specialists, a new outlet in Great Neck for patients 6 years old through adulthood seeking neuropsychological and psychological assistance. Doctors at The Brain Specialists focus on individual neuropsychological assessments and offer treatments such as psychotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation and memory groups. Advocacy services are also provided when needed - for example, having a neuropsychologist present at school meetings when decisions are made about learning accommodations for a child.

Doctors are available to help with conditions such as ADHD, communication disorder, psychological problems, neurological illnesses, cognitive functioning issues related to injury or memory deterioration as well as many others.

The Brain Specialists is located at 1010 Northern Boulevard, Suite 130 in Great Neck. 347-994-8855. www.thebrainspecialists.com.

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