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…

Why You Should Donate Blood

Donating blood is a great way to pay it forward: a single donation can save up to three lives.  Check out this infographic on how to prepare for blood donation, and why it matters. Donate blood today at a New York Blood Center location near you.

How Running Can Improve Your Health

Global Running Day is Wednesday, June 7 It’s a love-hate relationship with many, but after just a few weeks of consistent running, you’ll feel happier, stronger and more energetic. Sometimes, getting up and out the door is the toughest hurdle, but there are numerous ways to begin; mostly it depends on your current fitness level, age, gender and history of…

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…

Woman in sun fighting skin cancer.

Infographic: Four Simple Ways to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Are you ready for summer? Longer days, warmer weather and outdoor activities make for a fun-filled season. Part of staying healthy in the upcoming months is protecting yourself from the harmful effects of too much sun. Check out the following infographic to learn how to protect yourself from skin cancer.

Karen Ignagni Receives Heritage Healthcare Leadership Award

EmblemHealth President & CEO Karen Ignagni received the 2017 Healthcare Leadership Award at the 2nd Annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards for New York on May 22 held at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. The ceremony, which honors innovators who have improved the quality of affordable healthcare in the community, was hosted by Heritage…

Infographic: ALS Awareness Month

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disorder that progressively affects the function of nerves and muscles. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge inspired millions of people to dump gallons of water on their heads in support of a cure, and ALS Awareness Month is the perfect time to support and…

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…

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…