Flu Season Will Be Here Soon

Don’t wait until you’re suffering with body aches, fever and cough to think about a flu shot. We provide this to members at no cost. It’s the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from getting seriously ill. Stop by an AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) office for a flu shot. There are…

Back-To-School Health Checklist

All set for back-to-school? Here are six things you can do to help your child have a healthy start to the year. Schedule a Checkup: Schedule a back-to-school checkup with your child’s pediatrician. The doctor will review any health concerns and make sure your child’s vaccines are up-to-date. Go for an Eye Exam: Vision problems…

What You Need to Know About Asthma

What is Asthma? Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs. An “asthma attack” happens when something known as a trigger, bothers the lungs and causes them to swell, fill with mucus and narrow. This makes it hard for air to pass through the lungs. It then becomes hard to breathe, causing an asthma attack….

Recipe: Ecuadorian Ceviche

We’re celebrating Ecuadorian Heritage Month with a traditional ceviche recipe. This low-calorie dish is a healthy option for people who cannot eat raw seafood. Tools you’ll need One large bowl One small bowl One skillet pan Ingredients 2 pounds of shrimp 2 red onions 4 tomatoes 1 green pepper Juice from 20 limes 3/4 cup…

Recipe: Healthy Zucchini Lasagna

Here’s a way you can enjoy a homemade lasagna in a healthier way, while avoiding carbs! This recipe uses part-skim cheeses and includes flavorful sliced mushrooms, reducing the calories and fat that may come from other lasagna recipes. Ingredients Two 8-ounce packages sliced crimini (baby bella) mushrooms 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon olive oil…

Recipe: Oatmeal and Flax Seed Blueberry Muffin

We’re celebrating National Blueberry Muffin Day on July 11 with a recipe that includes the power of oatmeal and flax seed to curb bad (LDL) cholesterol. Tools you’ll need 16-cup large muffin pan One large bowl One small bowl One whisk A food processor One grater Ingredients 1 2/3 cups quick-cooking oats ⅔ cup all-purpose…

Sun Safety Tips

Protect yourself and your family this summer What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. It happens when damage to skin cells occurs, most often by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds. While skin cancer is a very real threat, it’s the easiest cancer to treat,…

Save Money with your Pharmacy Benefits

Learn more about Part D prescription drug coverage at emblemhealth.com/pharmacy-medicare. If you’re an EmblemHealth Medicare member, search for medicines on your plan’s formulary. This is a list of covered drugs: Ask your doctor to prescribe a generic or low cost drug. Tiers 1 and 2 drugs have lower copays, the fixed amount that you pay…

3 Easy Recipes for Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month

June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month—a great time to add some summer produce to your diet! Berry Spinach Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup of orange juice 1 cup of raspberries 1 1/2 cup of loosely packed spinach 2 tablespoons of agave syrup Directions Pour 1 cup of orange juice into blender Add the raspberries Add…

Recipe: Bananutty Quinoa Bowl

By Nicolas Gomes, Assistant Actuary at EmblemHealth This quinoa bowl is healthy, easy and great for breakfast! Meet quinoa. Pronounced “keen-wah,” it cooks and tastes like a grain, but is gluten-free. It’s a member of the same food family as spinach, Swiss chard and beets. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, easy to prepare and versatile. Ingredients…

Spring Cleaning Rules for Healthy Eating

By Katherine Harris, RDN, CDE Spring is the perfect time to spring clean your kitchen and set yourself up for a healthier diet. The weather is warmer and there are delicious local and seasonal options to try. Spring clean your health with these five rules for healthy eating: Rule #1: Keep healthy foods options on…

What You Need to Know About Diabetes

Learn what you can do to help prevent or control it Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose (sugar). If you have diabetes, it means you have too much sugar in your blood. It is caused by a lack of or low insulin. Insulin is a hormone…

Recipe: Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo

By Myriam Bostwick, Communications Specialist at EmblemHealth Fettuccine Alfredo is the ultimate comfort food. With its noodles soaked in butter, cream and parmesan, it’s delicious but not the epitome of healthy. This is recipe stays low fat, but keeps the flavor and is customizable. If you’re not a fan of whole wheat pasta, check out…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners

The Mind-Body Connection

By Jennifer Licari, Senior Healthcare Solution Specialist, EmblemHealth

Meditation—the ancient practice of quieting the mind—can greatly enhance our daily lives. Originating in the India/Pakistan region more than 5,000 years ago, meditation is said to bring calmness and openness to your entire being, leaving you with a strong sense of self and connection. When our lives get busy, we choose to put this practice on the back burner. However through meditation you can achieve…

Healthy Holiday Recipe: Italian Rainbow Cookies

“These cookies are family tradition! I’ve adapted them to be healthier, but wanted to still keep the dolcini tre colori classic flavor.” -Olivia Fischetti, Digital Strategy Manager at EmblemHealth Tools you’ll need: Three 13x9x2 metal baking pans Foil Vegetable shortening for prep Three bowls Stand or hand mixer Pastry brush Ingredients: 2 cups vegan or…

Watching Your Cholesterol During the Holidays

The holiday season is all about family, friends and food! While it is tempting to eat the fatty foods that await you, it is important to be mindful of your cholesterol intake, especially if you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. Total cholesterol is made up of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides….

Healthy Holiday Recipe: Apple and Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake

“I feel like breakfast always gets the short end of the stick during the holidays- everyone’s always getting ready to eat a dinner feast of savory sides and entrée. But let’s not forget that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”

-Recipe by Jinni Baek, Enterprise Marketing Specialist at EmblemHealth

What Can the Flu Shot Do for You?

The types of flu virus (known as strains) that are around each year can vary. The flu vaccine is made before it is needed based on strains expected in the upcoming season. You will need this year’s flu vaccine to fight this year’s seasonal flu. You never know what the flu shot can do for…

Diabetes Awareness

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. As November is Diabetes Awareness Month — and the start of the holiday season — it’s important to raise awareness of this growing disease and encourage all to eat healthy. Recent studies have found that 86…

A Caregiver’s Checklist

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Nearly 50 million Americans will provide care to a chronically ill, aged or disabled family member in any given year, meaning we may all be family caregivers at some point. When it comes time for you to lend a helping hand, here is a list of questions to ask when…

Grilled Salmon Linguine

November is American Diabetes Month. Whole wheat pasta mixed with the polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, vegetable oils and fish can help prevent type 2 diabetes. Here’s a recipe that will help you incorporate all those ingredients into one delicious meal…

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November 17 is the Great American Smokeout®

The Great American Smokeout® was adopted by the American Cancer Society as an annual event that encourages smokers to quit. By quitting — even for one day — you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing your cancer risk. This November 17, join the American Cancer…

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7 Quick Tips to Feel Better Every Day

By Erin Reddan, Lead, Healthcare Solutions & Site Operations, ACPNY Express

Are you overwhelmed with making healthy diet changes or adding more physical activity to your daily routine? If you’re hesitant to make big changes to your eating habits or lifestyle but want to lead a healthier lifestyle, you may want to ease your way in before making bigger changes. Here are some quick and easy tips you can…

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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:…

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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…

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…

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…

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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…

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….

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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…

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Therapy Animals: Natural Healers

By Diane Petchesky-Buffolino, Senior Communications Specialist, EmblemHealth

When Meghan Dyer, E-Correspondence Representative, EmblemHealth, adopted Jetta, a female mixed-breed puppy from a Syracuse shelter, she never guessed how it would change her life. Meghan was working at a residential facility where an adolescent girl with a strong affinity for animals was being treated. The girl’s therapist…

Safe Summer

Stay Safe While Having Fun This Summer!

Whether grilling for a weekend barbeque or jogging after work, use the following tips to help keep you, your family and friends safe during the hot summer months. Keep your eyes and skin safe with sun protective clothing and sunglasses. These defenses can block close to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. In addition to…

Summer Ready?

Summer is here and for many that will mean weight loss is on the mind. Here’s how to do it safely and successfully.

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

Now that summer has officially arrived, how many people are thinking to themselves, “I need to lose weight before I set foot on the beach?” Well you’re in luck, because summer is one of the best times to launch a healthy eating and fitness plan to trim those winter pounds. This time of year has…

Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Fact vs. Fiction

By Dr. Jotir A. Ramnarine, AdvantageCare Physicians

By now, just about everyone has heard of Zika virus. This mosquito-borne virus can be dangerous to women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant because it may cause birth defects. But with so much written about Zika in the media, it’s important to…

Healthy Eating With Chef Kenny

Chef Kenny Minor launched the “Eat for Life!” project in 2010 to educate and work hands-on with individuals looking to transition to a healthier lifestyle. Held at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care, the personal chef and author teaches the basics of nutrition and meal prep, and also reminds students that it’s okay to indulge every now and…

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Create an Asthma Action Plan

If you have asthma, it’s important to have an Asthma Action Plan. An Asthma Action Plan helps you adjust your medicines depending on your symptoms and peak flow readings. It can also help you decide whether to call your health care professional or go to the emergency room when experiencing an attack. Work with your…

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Peach Popsicles Recipe

Pick up some peaches at your local farmers market to stay cool during the hot summer heat with these homemade popsicles! Peaches contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline, which all help support a healthy heart. An increased intake of potassium along with a decreased intake of sodium can greatly reduce ones risk of cardiovascular…

Men's Health

Men: It’s Time to Get Serious About Your Health

By Dr. Rajen Mehta, AdvantageCare Physicians

June is Men’s Health Month — the time of year to heighten awareness of preventable health problems among men, and encourage them to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Heart disease, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, hypertension and obesity affect large portions of the…

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Healthy Fruit Pie Recipe

Packed with protein, this healthy fruit pie recipe is a perfect warm weather treat that doesn’t compromise your healthy habits. The crust of the pie is made with Medjool dates and cashews, which contain magnesium, selenium, copper and manganese — all essential minerals for healthy bone development. The Greek yogurt topping contains 34 grams of…

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The Importance of Healthy Eating

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, Cardiologist, AdvantageCare Physicians

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the United States and causes a significant burden on our health care system. There is mounting evidence that shows the benefits of lowering bad cholesterol in controlling diabetes and improving life expectancy. One of the best ways we can…

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Planning for a Baby? How Nutrition Affects Your Pregnancy

By Kate Harris, Director of Integrated Nutrition, RDN, CDN, CDE, CPT, AdvantageCare Physicians

When planning for a new addition to your family, a prenatal vitamin with Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) —an omega-3 fatty acid — helps ensure you have an optimal amount of nutrients stored in your body at the time of conception and throughout your…

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Five Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist

Open and clear communication with your gynecologist can help you both make smart decisions about your health. In honor of National Women’s Health Week, we asked AdvantageCare Physicians Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Melinda Huang, FACOG, five questions you may feel too embarrassed or shy to ask. Asking your doctor questions will help you…

Thank You Nurses

EmblemHealth and AdvantageCare Physicians are proud to celebrate all active and retired nurses during National Nurses Week — May 6 to 12. Their significant contributions to the health care industry and delivery of high-quality care are just two reasons why they are true differentiators in patient experience. In the above video, Christine Torre, VP Nursing,…

Healthy Taco Recipe

Healthy Taco Recipe

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a healthy taco recipe that uses tofu as a protein! If you’re unable to eat soy, feel free to swap out the tofu for a lean protein like boneless skinless chicken breasts or turkey cutlets. Tofu is a healthy substitute for meat, containing 8 grams of protein for every 3.5 ounces — it is low-calorie and fills you up. Studies show that 25 grams of soy protein…

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Healthy Vanilla Latte Recipe

Rev up for the week with a homemade vanilla latte that swaps out processed sugar and artificial sweeteners. Recent studies show that moderate coffee consumption can protect against type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and lower rates of depression among women…

Pet Safety Awareness With Emblem the Wellness Dog

Say “Hello” to Emblem the Wellness Dog, our company mascot! He is here to help you stay healthy, get well and live better by offering tips, resources and support (and unconditional cuteness). He loves having fun and helping his friends achieve their nutrition, fitness and wellness goals. For Pet Safety Awareness Month, Emblem is sharing…

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What Is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking — when women consume more than four drinks in two to three hours, and men consume more than five — has immediate effects that increase the risk of developing long-term chronic diseases. Studies show that binge drinking has been associated with heart disease, cancers, depression, anxiety and alcohol dependence. According to the Centers…

Volunteering — Helping Myself While Helping Others

By Diane Petchesky-Buffolino, Senior Communications Specialist, EmblemHealth

National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 10 through April 16, 2016, is conceived to honor people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. “Celebrate Service” is the theme and presents “an opportunity for individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities alike to…

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How to Recognize and Prevent Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

Does your heart sometimes skip a beat or bounce around? Does it occasionally feel fast or fluttering? If so, these can be signs of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), which is a common heart rhythm disorder in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are…

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Small Steps With the YMCA

As the Official Sponsor of Small Steps to a Healthier You, EmblemHealth supports the YMCA of Greater New York. Through this relationship, EmblemHealth has the opportunity to offer its members a number of discounts to any one of the YMCA’s branches in New York City. Benefits include: A guest pass good for free use of…

National Doctors’ Day

Say Thanks To Your Doctor With EmblemHealth

March 30, 2016, marks National Doctors’ Day — a day to celebrate the contribution of medical doctors who serve the U.S. by caring for its citizens. At EmblemHealth, we honor this day and encourage you to thank your doctor for his or her quality service. See below for…

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Sleep: Why It’s Good for You

EmblemHealth is raising awareness for the importance of sleep during March 6-13 for the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) Sleep Awareness Week. According to the NSF, most adults need approximately seven to nine hours of sleep each night to feel fully rested and well prepared for the following day. The amount of sleep needed varies between…

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Broccoli and Parsnip Stir-Fry

Healthy Broccoli Recipe Ingredients: 1 leek, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 bunch broccoli, chopped 2 parsnips, thinly sliced and boiled until tender 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/3 cup water 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce Preparation: Heat oil. Add garlic and leek. Cook for about 5 minutes until leek is softened. Add reduced…

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The Truth About Immunizations

By Dr. Jack Skowron, AdvantageCare Physicians

I have been a practicing pediatrician for over 30 years now. While I have seen significant changes throughout the years, the most dramatic has been the drop in severe, life threatening infections. I often used to care for patients hospitalized with meningitis, pneumonia, measles and other major infections. Now, I rarely see patients with these serious illnesses. The primary reason for this drop is…

Successfully Preventing Diabetes

Recently, 11 EmblemHealth employees celebrated their graduation from the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) held at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Chinatown. Karen Ignagni, EmblemHealth President and CEO, attended to congratulate those for taking steps toward lifestyle change. The DPP program is offered to all EmblemHealth employees and members at no extra cost. The company launched…

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Kale With Garlic and Peppers

This recipe is a nutritional powerhouse and is high in calcium, fiber and vitamins A, C and K. These vitamins and minerals can help reduce the risk for cancer and heart disease. They can also improve bone health and reduce cholesterol.

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Prevent Joint Damage

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the lining of your joints, causing painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. RA typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet first, and then spreads throughout the arms and legs. Good control of RA requires early diagnosis…

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipe

Gingerbread cookies stay fresher longer and are the perfect care package treat. Try this recipe with a few healthy substitutes. To start, you’ll need a heart-shaped cookie cutter, rolling pin and baking sheet. This recipe uses blackstrap molasses which contains significant amounts of vitamin B6 and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese…

Four Things to Know About Zika

Zika Virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites and is a similar virus to yellow fever and West Nile. In the U.S., there have been no locally transmitted cases reported. Travel-associated cases have been reported to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico and the…

Improve Your Heart Health

Quit smoking during American Heart Month — medications and support can make quitting easier.

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

February is American Heart Month — an important time to remember that while we often think of cigarette smoking to cause illnesses such as cancer, chronic…

Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 3, 2016, marks National Girls & Women in Sports Day — a day to highlight the health benefits of sports and exercise. At EmblemHealth we honor this day and encourage all to take small steps toward healthier living. The health benefits of competitive sports are more than just physical. While sports are proven to…

How to Make Workouts Fun

There are so many unique ways to add more physical activity to your routine — workouts that don’t include a treadmill. The smallest steps can lead to big strides toward improving your health, and aside from reaching a healthy weight and body…

New Year, New You

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

If you’ve resolved to lose weight this year, here’s how to do it safely and successfully. Do you know which New Year’s resolution is among the most popular year after year? If you said, “I’m going to lose weight,” you’re absolutely right….

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions and How to Keep Them

2016 is just days away, and a great time to start thinking about healthy New Year’s resolutions. Simple and achievable goals can be highly effective and will keep you motivated throughout the year. Here are a few tips to help you get started towards a new, healthier you! Make an appointment for your annual well…

Play It Safe This Holiday Season

By Dr. Jack Skowron, AdvantageCare Physicians

This winter season, I encourage you to practice good holiday safety to ensure you and your family, remain safe and injury free. While holiday lights look beautiful, they can be dangerous and start fires if not properly installed. Make sure to take a look…

Exercise to Stay Smart

There are many benefits to incorporating an exercise program into your daily routine. From lowering your chance of heart disease to reducing your risk of high blood pressure, exercise has proven to have a positive impact on one’s health. But here’s another benefit that maybe you didn’t think of: brain function. Right now students at…

Winter Heart Health Tips

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

Aside from the brain, the heart is the hardest-working organ in the body and will function well only if taken care of. Cardiovascular disease ranks as the number one killer, but making…

Safety Tips to Prevent Falling

Falling is no laughing matter. It can lead to broken bones and a long healing process. Since 2012, falling has been the leading cause of injury-related death for people over age 65. To prevent a fall from happening to you or someone you know, share these safety tips: Wear shoes that fit properly and have…

Guilt-Free Holiday Eating

by Dr. Julie Patel-Pannullo, AdvantageCare Physicians

Now that we’ve survived our Thanksgiving feasts with family and friends, many of us still feel as stuffed as the turkeys we devoured. That’s because holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year, according…

World AIDS Day #WAD2015

Today, EmblemHealth commemorates World AIDS Day #WAD2015 and encourages everyone to learn about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day #WAD2015 is The Time to Act Is Now. According to the U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy, “This year, we will celebrate the tremendous progress made to expand access to…

The Gifts of Family Caregiving

In this last video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,’ EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson explains how you can use your caregiver expertise to plan ahead for your own future caregiving needs. To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative…

Happy Thanksgiving

Today, we give thanks for family, friends and the everyday moments that become lifelong memories.

National Family Health History Day

As your family gathers this Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to start learning about your family’s health history. Since 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving as National Family Health History Day — a day to raise awareness and encourage families across the country to collect their family health history to predict risk for illness….

Grief

EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson discusses the various  resources available to help you with the grief of losing someone you are caring for. This is the seventh video from the series, “You Are Not Alone.” To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative, see a related article, “Silent Patients” and watch the previous episodes in the series,“You Are…

A Healthy Thanksgiving

Celebrate this Thanksgiving with healthy recipes! According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. To avoid overindulging, try to reduce the amount of calories and fat in your appetizers, deserts and main meals by substituting ingredients with healthier…

Maintaining the Spiritual

In this sixth video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,” EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson expands on how spiritual guidance can help you walk with the care recipient — not into their lives.

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Breathe Easy

EmblemHealth celebrates this annual event that encourages smokers to quit! Take steps toward a healthier life by joining the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout®. By quitting — even for one day — you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can…

Maintaining the Emotional

Watch the fifth video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,” and learn how professional support groups are available to help you maintain your emotional balance while caring for a loved one.

To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative, see…

Maintaining the Physical

In this fourth video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,” EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson, details the many resources that can help make caring for yourself and others easier. To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative, see a related article, “Silent Patients” and watch the previous episodes in the series,“You Are Not Alone.”

Sautéed Vegetable Medley

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. In combination with daily exercise, it can contribute to a very fulfilling, and long life. Now that the weather is cold, keep your energy up with vitamin-rich vegetables like parsnips, leeks and habanero peppers. Parsnips are rich in dietary fiber and potassium. Just one cup of this sweet,…

The Many Faces of Family Caregiving

A family caregiver can be anyone: male or female, and of any age or background. In this third video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,” EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson explains the many faces of caregiving. To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative, see a related article, “Silent Patients” and watch the previous episodes in the…

Families of Origin, Families of Choice

We are all part of a family, whether it’s a family of origin (relatives) or a family of choice (friends, neighbors, social group). Watch the second video in the series, “You Are Not Alone” with EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson. He builds upon what a family of choice really means and how these special individuals can make…

You Are Not Alone: Introduction to the World of Family Caregiving

“You Are Not Alone” is a video series from Care for the Family Caregiver. This video series contains eight 10-minute conversations with EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson, Senior Advisor for Family Caregiving; Office of the CEO. This first video in the series explores what caregiving means and how the family caregiver, also known as the “silent patient,”…

National Eating Healthy Day

Celebrate with the American Heart Association! November 4, 2015, marks National Eating Healthy Day — a day to bring awareness towards healthier food choices. At EmblemHealth we honor this day and encourage all to take small steps towards healthier living. Eating healthy helps reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and…

NoFlu4U: Flu Treatment and Tips

In the third NoFlu4U video, Drs. Carl Kenel-Pierre, OB-GYN, Julie Pannulo, Internal Medicine and Beverly Sheppard, Pediatrics, AdvantageCare Physicians (ACP), give a rundown of what to expect on the road to flu recovery…

NoFlu4U: What You Should Do

In this second video from the NoFlu4U series, Drs. Carl Kenel-Pierre, OB-GYN, Julie Pannulo, Internal Medicine and Beverly Sheppard, Pediatrics, AdvantageCare Physicians (ACP), discuss the importance of getting vaccinated every year…

NoFlu4U: What You Should Know

“The flu is the most common viral infection we see,” says Dr. Beverly Sheppard, Pediatrics, AdvantageCare Physicians (ACP). Drs. Carl Kenel-Pierre, OB-GYN, Julie Pannulo, Internal Medicine and Beverly Sheppard provide an overview of the extremely common virus, how it’s transmitted and who is most vulnerable to contracting the flu. “Anyone can get the flu, however…

The Root of Health

This fall, visit your local farmers market to pick up highly nutritional fresh fruits and vegetables. Use the fall fruit and vegetable cheat sheet below to know when certain produce is in season. Carrots and mint leaves combined with raisins, water and spices, make a nourishing dish. Tasty and in shades of autumn, this easy-to-make…

Protect Yourself Against Breast Cancer

Each year more than 230,000 women in the U.S. get breast cancer. Screening and early detection can help fight breast cancer at its earliest stages…

Faith in Action — A Celebration of Family Caregiving

EmblemHealth has been a leader in the arena of family caregiving. Our innovative Care for the Family Caregiver Program — introduced over a decade ago — serves the growing community of nonprofessionals who provide unpaid care to their loved ones, often at great personal cost. Today, our work is local, national and international, not only…

Tips for Caregivers: Preparing for an Emergency

As Hurricane Joaquin threatens to make landfall on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, many are reminded of another October storm, Hurricane Sandy, and the havoc it caused. Being prepared for an emergency is important, especially so for caregivers who are responsible for their loved ones. The Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA) has suggests the following areas…

Tips to Stay Mentally Sharp

By Christopher Peralta, Wellness Coach, EmblemHealth

This year, September 27–October 3 marks the observance of the International Council on Aging’s Active Aging Week. While this week is intended to help older adults experience physical activity in a safe and fun way, staying mentally sharp is equally important…

Apple Coleslaw Medley

Apples are the official fruit of New York State and one of the best-known symbols of fall. According to the Washington State Apple Commission, there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples; many of them grown in New York and available at farmers markets around the city. While apples are synonymous with applesauce and ciders,…

Healthy and Fun Lunch Tips

By Karen Estrada, RN, EmblemHealth

As part of EmblemHealth’s commitment to supporting efforts to reduce childhood obesity, here are some tips for a healthy and fun school lunch…

Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo, also known as fresh salsa, has grown in popularity over the past decade. And it’s no wonder — it is flavorful and low in calories. Although it’s best known as a dip for chips, pico de gallo can spice up a number of dishes, including baked chicken or fish, grilled steak, scrambled…

Family Health Checklist

Give Your Child a Healthy School Start With the back-to-school season in full swing, now is a good time for families to make sure children are in good physical health and ready to learn. Use the following family health checklist as a guide to give your child a healthy start this year: Complete Eye Exams…