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…

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Event Roundup: Karen Ignagni on Post-Election Health Care & Innovation Opportunities

Last month, Karen Ignagni, EmblemHealth President and CEO, participated in several live and televised discussions with policymakers, academics and executives on the post-election health care landscape and opportunities for innovation and collaboration. On November 16, Ignagni, along with Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing, and Maya MacGunieas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget,…

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…

Join EmblemHealth at Z100 Jingle Ball Pre-Party!

If you’re an EmblemHealth member*, please join us on Friday, December 9 for the official Z100 Jingle Ball  Pre-Party! As a special offer to members and to gain access to the event, fill out this survey and hit submit. You will then receive a confirmation email that acts as your ticket to the event. We encourage you…

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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…

South Brooklyn Opening

EmblemHealth Opens South Brooklyn Sales Office

This weekend EmblemHealth celebrated the grand opening of its new sales office in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. More than 30 local community leaders attended the South Brooklyn Sales Office grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony, including Sen. Martin J. Golden; Wai Yee Chan, Director, CPC Brooklyn Community Service; Peggy Sheng, Chief Operating Office of CAIPA; Steve Chung, President, United…

mind-body connection

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.

breast cancer risk

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…

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…