Aging and Cultural Sensitivity

The Chinese American Planning Council – Nan Shan Senior Center — has been awarded a Commitment to Care Award for ensuring graceful aging with dignity and cultural sensitivity. Its mission is to serve the Chinese-American, immigrant and low-income communities in New York City by providing services, skills and resources towards economic self-sufficiency. As one of…

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…

Commitment to Care

By Joseph Shen, Sr. Director, Applications Development, EmblemHealth

I am never more proud of working at EmblemHealth than when we honor the unsung heroes of New York’s communities — the nonprofit organizations that are truly making a difference in the lives of people who need them the most. One of the most meaningful programs that EmblemHealth hosts in our communities is the Commitment to Care Lecture and Award Series…

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…

Welcome Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer

EmblemHealth is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Scott Breidbart, MD, MBA, as Chief Clinical Officer. Reporting directly to Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, Dr. Breidbart will be an integral member of the senior leadership team as EmblemHealth works to lead the region in quality-based payment models. “Scott has a distinguished record of performance….

Event! A Celebration of Family Caregiving: Unity in Diversity

Join us for a celebration of family caregiving at the 4th Annual William S. Perper Symposium. Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Location: New York Academy of Medicine (use the 103rd Street entrance) Senior leadership from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, EmblemHealth and the New York City Partnership for Family…

Eat Better: Tips for Healthy Lunches

New Yorkers’ lives move so quickly; we sometimes go for convenience rather than health in regards to lunch options. Recently, New York-based registered dietitian Katherine Harris, director of integrated nutrition at AdvantageCare Physicians, gave Cosmopolitan some helpful tips on ways to eat a satisfying and healthy meal. Katherine explains, “Filling up on carbs leads to…

Preparing for Open Enrollment Period

Malik Abdur-Razzaq, Marketing Segments Manager, EmblemHealth, recently appeared with host Rhina Valentin on BronxNet TV to discuss how to prepare themselves for the upcoming open enrollment period, when individuals make their health insurance decisions for 2016. Malik answered questions to help educate viewers about the process and considerations people should take into account when determining…

Event! Small Steps to a Healthier School Year

With the school year in full swing, stop by EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Cambria Heights, Queens for a fun family day. There will be healthy cooking demonstrations, free height and weight measurements, giveaways and much more! The event is free to attend…

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,…

Event! Atlantic Antic

Join EmblemHealth and AdvantageCare Physicians at the 41st annual Atlantic Antic festival. Events take place on Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and the waterfront in downtown Brooklyn. This mile-long festival spans four neighborhoods, has music, food, crafts and more than 100 local businesses that support economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment…

Building Healthier Minds and Bodies

By Deborah Antoine, President and CEO, NYJTL

There is something remarkable about watching children make smart decisions about their health and nutrition, especially when so many other options are available. At New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL), our mission is to develop the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court…

Protect Yourself Against the Flu

By Dr. Joseph Zeitlin, Chief Medical Officer, EmblemHealth

Flu season is just around the corner, so it’s time to protect yourselves and your families by getting your seasonal flu shot. As New Yorkers, many of us live, work or go to school in very cramped quarters, which can increase our likelihood of coming in contact with the influenza virus…

Number of Uninsured Americans Declines in 2014

By Paul Zurlo, VP, Small Group and Individual Business

The number of Americans without health insurance continued to decline last year, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released September 16. Nearly nine million people gained insurance, bringing the total percentage of uninsured to 10.4 percent in 2014…

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…

Event! AdvantageCare Physicians Health Fair in Flushing

Join us at the AdvantageCare Physicians Flushing Health Fair and Family Festival, and experience what care feels like right in the neighborhood. Stop by for a health screening, and get your fill of food, music and health and wellness tips and take a small step to living healthier. Date: Sunday, September 20 Time: 10 am-4…

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…

Fit for Your Neighborhood

In the vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhoods of Flatbush, Brooklyn, more than one of four adults is obese, and more than half of all adults in those communities report doing no physical activity at all. As a result, the second-leading cause of death in Flatbush is heart disease. The Haitian-American Community Coalition (HCC), which champions the health…

Sharing a Mission, Caring for New York

By Joanne Kroeger, New York Daily News

The Beatles’ 1964 definitive performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The barrier-breaking, all-female FDNY Hong Kong Dragon Boat team. The once homeless Bronx teen invited by Michelle Obama to attend the State of the Union address. These are just a few of the stories which comprise “Your City: Then and Now,” a collaboration between the New York Daily News and EmblemHealth…

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…