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The Mind-Body Connection

By Jennifer Licari, Senior Healthcare Solution Specialist, EmblemHealth

The idea of the mind-body connection is constantly in our lives. It’s on TV, social media sites, and even in everyday conversations. However, seeing it and understanding it are not one in the same. If we can understand where the theory comes from and what it’s based on, we can use mind-body to improve our daily lives. Here are the basics:

Three Spooky Halloween Snacks

Candy doesn’t have to be the only option for celebrating Halloween with your kids and their friends. Here are some ways to make healthy foods just as fun! Boo-nanas: Dip bananas in plain or vanilla yogurt and use blueberries for the mouth and eyes. For an on-the-go snack, freeze them on popsicle sticks. Fruit Mummies:…

Guiding Families on Their Path to Embrace Better Nutritional Choices

By Jessica Kruskamp, Chief Education Officer, NYJTL

Our partnership with EmblemHealth continues to impact families by teaching healthy habits, and making cooking a fun family activity at home. We’re engaging nearly 3,500 families citywide, in four languages: English, French, Mandarin and Spanish. More than 60 percent are bilingual, allowing us to engage families in an authentic, impactful way. The recipes and shopping lists reflect and celebrate cultural diversity, and it’s critical these resources are accessible to all.

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Who Is At Risk for Breast Cancer?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While you may be aware that breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, you may not have known that men can get it too. About 1 in 8 women born in the U.S. today will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The…

Farmers Markets

Freshen Up for Fall!

By Maritza Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets

Right now Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets are brimming with fresh, locally grown, affordable fruit and veggies. At Harvest Home we think eating healthy has to be delicious. Join us and freshen up your meals with a bit of health and a lot of taste. Our in-market cooking demonstrations provide…

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What Is a Health Home?

A Health Home is an optional Medicaid State Plan benefit that coordinates care for people with Medicaid who have chronic conditions. Health Home providers operate under a “whole-person” philosophy that integrates and coordinates all primary, acute, behavioral health and long-term services and supports to treat the whole person. This is done primarily through a “care…


Why You Should Wash Your Hands

International Infection Prevention Week
October 16 – 22, 2016

By Alexandra Ingber, Lead Program Development Specialist, EmblemHealth, MPH in Global Health, Infectious Diseases

Hand hygiene is an easy and effective way to help break the chain of infection. International Infection Prevention Week, recognized every year during the third week of October, helps teach families, caregivers…

EmblemHealth and LaborPress Honor Heroic Actions of Union Members

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, EmblemHealth and LaborPress honored the achievements of courageous union members at the fifth annual Heroes of Labor Awards. Formed in 2011, the Heroes of Labor Awards spotlights the contributions and courageous acts of those within the New York City labor community. Representing seven different New York City Labor unions, this…

EmblemHealth Serving NYC’s Chinese Community

EmblemHealth understands the importance of serving the diversified needs of New Yorkers. As immigrants are choosing to settle down in this growing area, Bensonhurst has become an attractive location to the Chinese-speaking population. At the new EmblemHealth South Brooklyn sales office location, there will be experienced, licensed, and knowledgeable health insurance professionals ready to help…

Care for the Family Caregiver Initiative Hosts First Panel Discussion

Yesterday, EmblemHealth’s Care for the Family Caregiver Initiative hosted its first Caregiver Panel discussion for Emblem employees. Members of the New York City Partnership for Family Caregiver Corps (NYCP4FC) discussed the challenges associated with becoming a family caregiver, and in an effort to prevent caregivers from becoming care recipients, offered strategies to help manage the…


ACPNY Appoints Navarra Rodriguez, M.D. as New President and CMO

AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) — one of the largest multispecialty practices in the New York metropolitan area, and partner of EmblemHealth — announced that Navarra Rodriguez, M.D. is its new President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at ACPNY and Officer of EmblemHealth. As President and CMO of ACPNY, Dr. Rodriguez will oversee all medical leadership and…

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Seasonal Flu and Vaccines

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the influenza (flu) virus causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every year. The flu vaccine (shot) is the single best way to prevent seasonal flu. That’s why it’s important to get your flu vaccine each year. The flu…


Innovation & The Internet of Health Care: Karen Ignagni at SVB HealthTech

On September 8, Karen Ignagni, President & CEO, EmblemHealth, joined Vivek Garipalli, CEO, Clover Health, in a fireside chat at the Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) HealthTech conference in New York, moderated by Bloomberg News’ Sasha Damouni Ellis. Featuring speakers from Cleveland Clinic, ZocDoc and Johnson & Johnson, SVB HealthTech examined how rapidly-changing technologies — including…

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Raising Awareness to Combat Domestic Violence

Throughout September, EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care will host “Parent Workshops on Dating Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships,” to raise awareness about ways to combat domestic violence — a program delivered by the New York City Mayor’s Office. The workshop was introduced to Neighborhood Care by Dr. Sander Koyfman, Medical Director of Behavioral Health, in effort to…


Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

No grill? No problem! These pulled chicken lettuce wraps are Labor Day barbecue-ready and can be made in a slow cooker. Total Time: 5-8 hours depending on slow cooker temperature | Yield: 8 servings Materials: Slow cooker Cutting board Forks (2) Ingredients: 3 pounds skinless chicken breasts 2 cups fat-free chicken broth ½ teaspoon black…

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Back to School Vaccine Safety

To ensure your child is well prepared for the new school year, schedule a well-child visit with your family physician. It’s a perfect time to address important health issues that may impact your child’s school year, including age-appropriate vaccines. Vaccines are the best defense against contagious diseases, such as the flu, measles and pneumonia. They…


Hitting the Trails for National Parks Month?

For your next hiking trip, here are a few things you should remember to pack . Also, to protect your skin from UV rays and insect bites the CDC recommends applying sunscreen before using bug spray.

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Farmers Markets — So Much More Than Just Fresh Food

Why Shop at a Farmers Market? Summer and fall are great times to visit a local farmers market. It’s a place to find fruits and vegetables at the peak of freshness, as well as fish, locally grown flowers and skin care products. You’ll even get to meet the people who grow the food you buy….


CDC Recognizes EmblemHealth for Diabetes Prevention Program

Today, EmblemHealth became the first U.S. health insurer to receive full recognition from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for its Diabetes Prevention Program in New York City. The program is offered in both English and Spanish and led by trained lifestyle coaches. Launched in 2012, the CDC-led National DPP is based on research…


5 Ways to Eat Healthier at Outdoor Festivals

By Katherine F. Harris, RDN, CDN, CDE, CPT, AdvantageCare Physicians

Summertime means outdoor festivals for New Yorkers — ice cream, corndogs, soda and more. They might be delicious, but healthy? Not so much. So, how can you try and stick to your diet, or simply eat healthier at outdoor festivals this summer? In addition to…