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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

smokeout

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…

7 quick tips

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…

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:

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…

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…

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.