Keto 101

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the Ketogenic “Keto” Diet lately, and you may be wondering if it’s right for you. But, before you start the Keto diet (or any diet), make sure you understand its pros and cons.  How does it work? The Keto Diet is very low in carbohydrates, moderate to high…

Expanding Population Health, One Borough at a Time

By: Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, EmblemHealth, and Navarra Rodriguez, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer, AdvantageCare Physicians There’s something different on Pennslyvania Avenue in East New York, and it’s hard to miss. New Yorkers emerging from the nearby subway stops, walking along the avenue, and driving down the street may notice a new building….

Karen Ignagni: Decoding the Health Care Debate

As all of us at EmblemHealth listen to candidates debate health care, we do it from the perspective of our work bringing working families, employers, and beneficiaries of public programs access to affordable health care every day. This mission is crucial for the many members we serve throughout the tristate area.  Over the next 15…

Ask of the Month: All About Tai Chi

During the past few months, we received some questions from our members about Tai Chi, an exercise class we offer at some of EmblemHealth’s Neighborhood Care locations . We brought your questions to the Tai Chi Master at our Chinatown location, Sunny Tsang, and he explained the purpose and benefits of this ancient practice. Read on…

Ready to Quit Smoking? Here’s What You Should Know

Smoking Cessation: Why and How to Quit According to the CDC, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Smoking, use of smokeless tobacco products (i.e. chewing tobacco), and exposure to secondhand smoke can cause and exacerbate a variety of health problems, including lung cancer, coronary heart…

The Science Behind Sunburns

Most of us have gotten a sunburn at least once in our lives after forgetting to put on sunscreen or falling asleep on the beach, but do you know why skin gets burnt from too much sun? Read on to find out what causes a sunburn and the symptoms that come with it. What is…

Fireworks Safety: What You Should Know

Although fireworks may seem like a harmless 4th of July tradition, they can be extremely dangerous when handled improperly. Before you light your sparklers, check out these fireworks facts from the National Security Council. In 2017, over 12,000 people were injured during fireworks-related incidents.  More fires are reported on July 4th than any other day…

How to Pick and Stick with a Healthy Habit

Summer is practically here. With 2019 almost halfway through, now is the perfect time to dust off your New Year’s resolutions, or to choose some new healthy habits that will stick this time around. Not sure where to start? Follow these tips for picking and sticking with a healthy habit. What is a Healthy Habit?…

Men’s Health Week: Takeaways from the Instagram Takeover

In honor of Men’s Health Week last week, we sat down with one of our employees, Jarrod from our Human Resources (HR) department, to find out what he does to stay healthy and feel good—and then we let him post about it on our Instagram account. For those of you who didn’t see Jarrod’s posts,…

5 Tips for Surviving Your Commute

New York City is home to one of the country’s largest groups of supercommuters: people who spend 90 minutes or more each way on their daily commute. Whether you’re driving, biking or even walking to work, it’s important to keep your commute both enjoyable and healthy -here are five tips to help you do just…

A Doctor’s Guide to Choosing Allergy Medicine Wisely

Spring allergies? While you might be tempted to grab the closest antihistamine medicine to reduce your symptoms, before you do, make sure the medicine won’t do more harm than good. There are different types of antihistamines, and some are better than others depending on your age, health and other medications you take. Older formulas work,…

Think on Your Feet – They Matter!

Between speed-walking, biking, riding the subway, or running late to that next meeting, New Yorkers are constantly on their feet. In the fashion capital of the world, your footwear not only matters for style, but also for function. During National Foot Health Awareness month, let’s work to keep our energy going by taking care of…

Investing in City Workers’ Wellness: EmblemHealth’s New HMO Preferred Plan

For millions of employees and workers who serve our communities, neighborhoods and city on a daily basis, wellness and health benefits have never been more important. Today, wellness programs are a core element of EmblemHealth’s approach to building healthier communities. Wellness programs empower employees to take control over their physical and mental health, improving their…

Why Doing Good is Good for You: 5 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering is not only a great way to give back to your community—it’s also good for your health and well-being. We recently sat down with EmblemHealth member Carolyn Ramey, who shared her thoughts on what volunteering means to her and how she got started. Born and raised in Harlem, Carolyn told us, “I have lived…

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Talk to your doctor about getting screened today. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths 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 tissue. Some polyps can become…

Trouble sleeping? These tricks might help.

Getting a good night’s sleep is not only satisfying, but plays a major role in our personal and professional lives. In honor of Sleep Awareness Week, here are five tips and tricks to improve your sleep health. Set a Schedule: Regulate your body’s clock by creating a sleep schedule and sticking to it. By waking…

Beyond Diet & Exercise: Why Your Heart Needs More to Stay Healthy

We are always told that exercise and eating healthy can help to keep your heart healthy, but what else can you do to keep it pumping strong? Here are a few other ways to help you take care of your heart: Take Care of Your Blood Pressure We all get our blood pressure taken by…

What it Means to Be a Nonprofit Health Plan: A CFO’s Perspective

What I’ve learned in my seven months at EmblemHealth is that we take our nonprofit status seriously, in part because it underscores a tradition more than 80 years in the making: an unapologetically patient-centered approach to health care delivery. Before I joined EmblemHealth as Chief Financial Officer, I had never worked for a nonprofit. I’ve…

Type 2 Diabetes: I’ve been diagnosed, now what?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30.3 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes. In New York City alone, nearly one million New Yorkers have been diagnosed, with diabetes as the fourth leading cause of death affecting black, Hispanic, and low-income communities at the highest rates (1). Type…