You Have the Power

Take Care of Your Mental Health Today! Caring for your mental health is just as important as caring for your physical health. Follow these four easy steps to learn about the tools that you can use to build a healthy and happy lifestyle! Identify Are you feeling extra worried, afraid, sad or hopeless? Have you…

The Health Equity Factor: Columbia University’s Health Policy & Management Conference

On Friday, April 21, 2017, health care leaders, faculty, students and alumni came together to discuss where equity fits within the evolving health care system at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s 2017 Health Policy and Management Conference. Michael Sparer, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University, kicked off the conference…

How EmblemHealth Employees Give Back

Volunteering not only helps others, but can be good for your own health and well-being, as well. In honor of National Volunteer Week, EmblemHealth asked employees how they give back to their community through volunteer work. Here are some of their stories.   Deirdre Garrett-Scott, Senior Vendor Specialist On January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King’s holiday, my…

Caregivers: Put on Your Oxygen Mask First

By Rev. Gregory Johnson, SMM, MDiv In the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure, please put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others.”  How often has each of us heard this message?  In truth, this is the key to successful caregiving—both for professional and family caregivers. It is not selfish to take…

The Facts About Alcohol Addiction

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and we break down the facts about alcohol addiction and its warning signs. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery….

Six Spiritual Principles of Caregiving

So few hours in the day, and so much to do — both personally and professionally. Family caregivers can often feel lost in the caregiving journey.  These principles for self-care offer some suggestions on how you can take care of yourself and, in the process, help you best take care of others. Take Care of Yourself…

Emergency Room vs Urgent Care: What Are Your Options?

Your primary care physician has full knowledge of your total health and is your best option for personalized care.  It’s important to know where to get the best treatment for your health when your primary care physician is not available. 24-Hour Nurse Line:  EmblemHealth members can speak with an experienced, licensed nurse anytime to access support…

Keep Your Health in Check at Work

National Public Health Week April 3 – 9 If you have a job that keeps you active all day, staying safe is pertinent to your overall health. On average, workers spend a quarter of their lifetime, and up to half of their waking lives, at work or commuting. Despite improvements in occupational safety and health…

Infographic: Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month and it’s an opportunity to get involved with the autism community. Read and share this infographic to encourage friends and family to join the movement towards acceptance and appreciation.

Improving the Quality of Your Sleep

National Public Health Week April 3 – 9 It’s Not Only about Enough Sleep, But Quality Sleep Do you try to go to bed at 10 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. to ensure you get your recommended hours of sleep? Even with eight hours of sleep, do you wake up feeling well rested…

Health Care Access and Affordability: Karen Ignagni at Fordham University

On Wednesday, March 29, EmblemHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Karen Ignagni joined Fordham University faculty and students for “Healthcare Access and Affordability: Challenges for the Insurance Industry,” a discussion organized by the Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center (GHIMC) at the Gabelli School of Business. The discussion was moderated by Falguni Sen, head of the…

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Talk to your doctor about getting screened today. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It includes cancers found in the large intestine (colon) and rectum (the lower part of the large bowel). Colon cancer often starts as a small polyp, a growth of extra tissue. Some polyps…

More than the Title: Meet the Problem Solver

This leadership series will introduce you to the men and women who drive EmblemHealth forward – their hobbies, passions and how they got where they are today. EmblemHealth is a local, neighborhood health plan that has served the New York City area and surrounding communities for more than 75 years. That’s the kind of experience…

Winter Storm Tips for Family Caregivers

Being ready for a winter storm is especially important for caregivers who are responsible for their loved ones. Here are some things that you can do to be prepared: Don’t hesitate to reach out to your relatives, neighbors, friends, medical team and spiritual family for help and be specific about what they can do. Make…

Five Quick Breakfast Recipes for Kids

We’re celebrating National Nutrition Month with healthy, easy-to-make breakfasts. Check out these quick recipes for kids and kids-at-heart! Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Ingredients 1 large banana Dash of ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons peanut butter 2 slices whole wheat bread 1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil Directions Spread peanut butter on both slices of…

Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Parfait

Whether you’re having friends over for brunch or looking for a grab-and-go breakfast, this strawberry parfait is easy to make and high in calcium, protein and vitamin C. The recipe makes two pints of roasted strawberries that can also be used in salads and as dessert toppings. Tools you’ll need: One large baking dish A…

Recipe: Gluten-Free Flax and Chia Seed Muffins

National Muffin Day is a great time to celebrate the wonders of flax and chia seeds. Here’s a gluten-free recipe that can help you prevent heart disease and diabetes. Tools you’ll need: 12-cup large muffin pan Two bowls Stand or hand mixer One grater Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour 3/4 cup ground flax…

Take Care of Your Heart!

February marks American Heart Month. This is the perfect time to remind you of one of the best ways to care for your own heart – have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis and keep it under control. What is blood pressure? Blood pressure measures how hard your heart has to work to…