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…

Why You Need to Drink Water

In this educational TED-Ed video, Mia Nacamulli, TED educator, details the necessary role water plays in the human body and how much H20 we actually need to stay healthy. According to recent studies, the amount of water the human body needs varies between gender, weight, environment and activity levels. On average, women need between 2…

men's health

Come Join Us for Men’s Health Day

EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care invites you to a free Men’s Health Day celebration! Come participate in the events of the day and learn about preventable health problems and the importance of early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. You can participate in a free health screening and exercise classes, enjoy refreshments and a…

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…

Working Together to Drive Affordability

EmblemHealth’s Transition to Value-Based Payments

The American Journal of Managed Care recently spoke with EmblemHealth President and CEO, Karen Ignagni about the health care industry’s transition toward improving affordability and access to care for patients and members. Innovative health plan strategies are only one component to an effective…

Asthma Action Plan

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…

Member Appreciation Day

Member Appreciation Day

To show our appreciation for your loyal membership, EmblemHealth cordially invites you to Member Appreciation Day on Friday, June 10. Participate in exercise classes, health workshops, take tours and get your questions answered from knowledgeable staff. Light refreshments, giveaways and free massages will be available throughout the event. We hope to see you there, and…

Meet Emblem the Wellness Dog

EmblemHealth has a strong commitment to your health and wellness. That commitment is part of the legacy of service to the communities we serve. Today, we are unveiling the first of a series of videos featuring our new mascot, Emblem the Wellness Dog, and his journeys around New York City. The short video episodes will show how all of us can…

Peach Popsicles

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…

computer_vision_syndrome

What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

According to a recent New York Times article, approximately 70 million people are at risk for computer vision syndrome (CVS) — also known as digital eye strain — which is used to describe vision-related issues that result from prolonged computer, tablet or cell phone use. The article cites medical research that indicates 70 to 90…

healthy fruit pie

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…

Teen Battle Chef at Neighborhood Care!

Join us on Wednesday, June 1 at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Harlem to cheer on the talented teen chefs as they compete and show off their culinary talents. The Teen Battle Chef program teaches students to cook with fresh ingredients for better health, and aims to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes. The event is free,…

Bladder Control

Do You Have Bladder Control Issues?

Bringing up urinary incontinence, even with your doctor, is enough to make anyone squirm. But without treatment, you could suffer rashes, sores and urinary tract infections. So ask for your doctor’s help. Urinary incontinence may be caused by medication side effects, weak or overactive muscles, nerve damage from some chronic conditions or an enlarged prostate…

Improving Value-Based Care in New York

“The Journey from Volume to Value” panel brought together prominent health care leaders to discuss the unique value-based care challenges in the New York market, as well as the catalysts needed for change on a national and local level. Bunny Ellerin, Co-founder and President, NYC Health Business Leaders (NYCHBL), gave opening remarks and thanked Oliver…

On Health Care

How New York Is Adapting to Changes in the Health Care System

A Recap of City & State’s Annual ‘On Health Care’ Conference

On May 19, City & State held its annual “On Health Care” conference, bringing together experts from health care businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and academic institutions to examine and discuss the current health care ecosystem in New York. Noting that it can…

Thrive NYC

Today I Thrive

One in five New Yorkers are affected by mental illness each year. For Mental Health Month, learn about ThriveNYC, an initiative by First Lady Chirlane McCray that’s expanding access to resources and support across the city. ThriveNYC is empowering New Yorkers to have an open conversation about mental health. To learn more, watch the nine…

Keep Your Treatment Team on the Same Page

You may see both medical and behavioral health doctors for separate conditions that may impact each other, especially if you are taking multiple medications. Health plans and doctors need to work together to get a full understanding of your health so you can get the best results. That’s why it’s important for all your doctors…

Healthy Eating

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…