We’ve all heard about the magical healing power of chicken noodle soup when you’re under the weather, but there are lots of other recipes that can help prevent and cure fall illnesses—like this recipe!
Let’s Keep Writing The Story
Kimberly Lauersdorf, VP Marketing I was fifteen when my friend died by suicide. He was kind, funny, involved in school and church activities. I sat through his funeral numb and confused. Of course, I had the typical ‘how could he’, ‘he was so happy’ type of confusion. But even greater than that, my young mind...
Make Time for Your Mental Health
Caring for your mental health is just as important as caring for your physical health, but it may make you feel overwhelmed or self-conscious. Don’t worry—we’re here to help with tools and resources you can use to start building a healthier and happier lifestyle: Identify Are you feeling extra worried, irritated, sad or hopeless? Have...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
5 Ways to Make Winter Easier on Your Asthma
Do you get more asthma attacks in the winter? Cold, dry air and an increased risk of upper respiratory infections can worsen asthma symptoms during the winter. Make winter easier on your asthma with these 5 tips.
Make the Most of Your 2019 Checkup
A great way to take charge of your health in the new year is to visit your doctor for an annual wellness checkup. Not only does it allow your doctor to review the current status of your health, but it’s also an opportunity to talk to your doctor about any health goals you’re looking to...
A Quick Guide to Your First Mammogram
So, you have your first mammography appointment coming up and you don’t know what to expect. Should you take the day off of work? What should you wear? Do you have any questions for your doctor? Do you really need to get checked? Your first mammography can be an overwhelming experience – for both men...
Natural Ways to Fight Fall Allergies
With the leaves changing color in New York City now, we can officially say it's fall. For some, it's the most beautiful time of the year to take a stroll at the park, while others are combating with irritating fall allergies. The good news is there are several natural remedies to help. Here are a...
6 Tips for Developing Healthy Eating Habits for Kids
It’s not always easy to get kids to eat healthy. However, by teaching them healthy eating habits, and following these habits yourself, you can help your child maintain a healthy weight and live a healthy lifestyle. It simply takes a little effort, practice, and dedication. Start your child’s path to eating better with these six...
6 Ways to Help Teens Cope with Stress
Do you remember the first time you experienced stress? You may have been a teen or even a child – everyone experiences stress at some point. For some, it can help them develop the skills they need to deal with possible threatening situations throughout life. For others, it is a hindrance that does not allow...
How to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Suicidal Behavior
On World Suicide Prevention Day, we would like to bring awareness to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest statistics. Suicide rates have sharply increased in the last couple of years and rates in half of the states have increased more than 30%. According to the CDC, there has been an increase across age,...
Is Technology Hurting Your Eyes?
Technology has become an essential part of people’s lives over the years. Adults and children have both come to quickly lean on technology to help them find answers to everyday questions. This raises the question, is technology hurting your eyes? We asked for AdvantageCare Physicians’ ophthalmologist Dr. Amita Vadada’s expert opinion regarding this topic. Dr....
Recipe: Healthy Chicken Fajitas
National Fajita Day inspired us to share a healthy chicken fajita recipe perfect to celebrate with your friends and family. Ingredients 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 2-inch strips 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder ¾ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper...
Tips To Help Get Your Mind Out Of Office
When you take time off of work, do you take a trip, explore your city or catch up on your personal to-do list? Everyone has their unique way of unwinding and enjoying their time off out of the office. Whichever way you spend your time, make sure your mind is out of office too. Here...
5 Tips for a Healthy Work Commute
Whether you’re driving, biking or taking the subway, commuting can be stressful, especially if your journey is long. It can also affect your physical health—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five tips to help you stay healthy and stress-free during your daily work commute. Just Breathe: When your commute gets stressful,...
13 Tips to Make Your Summer Healthier
We have seventy-one days until the end of the summer this year. That’s almost two more months of longer days in NYC! However you like to spend the summer, make sure your health is still a priority. Here are 13 tips to help you focus on your health and get the most out of the...
Recipe: Black Bean Summer Salad
National Eat Your Beans Day was celebrated the first week of July and we’d like to celebrate by sharing a delicious black bean summer salad recipe. It’s refreshing, tasty, easy to make, and more importantly filled with fiber, protein, and other nutrients. Adding beans to your diet may improve heart health, bone health, and relieve...
Understanding Depression in Men
Did you know the signs, symptoms, and even the coping methods of depression can differ in men and women? According to the CDC, it is estimated that 1 in 10 adults suffer from some type of mood disorder, with depression as one of the most common conditions. For Men’s Health Week, let’s take a deeper...
5 Tips for Exercising with Arthritis
Did you know exercise can help relieve arthritis pain? Use these 5 tips to start a workout program that is safe on your joints.
The Truth About Osteoporosis
For National Osteoporosis Month, we were inspired to break some common myths about bone health and lay out the truth behind them: “It’s inevitable, the older I get, the closer I am to osteoporosis!” False. Bone loss or even osteoporosis can affect you in your 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. While your age and gender may...
ABCDE’s of Melanoma
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that occurs when pigment-producing cells mutate and become cancerous. Keep your skin healthy by talking to your doctor and learning the ABCDEs of melanoma.
What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is spread by infected deer (or bear or black-legged) ticks through contact with your skin when they attach themselves to you. Ticks cannot jump or fly and are mostly found in grassy, busy or wooded areas. Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. These...
4 Tips for Healthier Sleep
A good night's sleep is essential in preventing obesity, depression and heart disease. Here are four easy steps to follow to help your health through better sleep.
Recipe: Dominican Sancocho
By Fanny Greene, Senior Contract Specialist at EmblemHealth February is Dominican Heritage Month—a great time to try a hearty Dominican stew (sancocho) with some healthy substitutions. This recipe is lower in sodium and carbohydrates than the traditional version of sancocho. Ingredients 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces Juice of two limes 1 tsp cilantro chopped...
Recipe: Pernil Over Quinoa & Black Beans Slow Cooker Recipe
Although it may be tough to eat healthy during the holidays, there’s always a way to enjoy traditional meals in a healthier way. Pernil (pork) is a dish that many within our diverse NYC community enjoy during the holidays. This healthier recipe uses a slow cooker to prepare a boneless pork shoulder blade roast to...
Recipe: Oatmeal and Flax Seed Blueberry Muffin
We’re celebrating National Blueberry Muffin Day on July 11 with a recipe that includes the power of oatmeal and flax seed to curb bad (LDL) cholesterol. Tools you’ll need 16-cup large muffin pan One large bowl One small bowl One whisk A food processor One grater Ingredients 1 2/3 cups quick-cooking oats ⅔ cup all-purpose...
Sun Safety Tips
Protect yourself and your family this summer What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. It happens when damage to skin cells occurs, most often by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds. While skin cancer is a very real threat, it’s the easiest cancer to treat,...
Infographic: Good Habits to Help with Migraines
Migraines are the sixth most disabling illness in the world according to the World Health Organization, with symptoms that include nausea and sensitivity to light. Follow these tips to help prevent and alleviate migraines.
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...
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...
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 steps to learn about tools you can use to build a healthier and happier lifestyle. Identify Are you feeling extra worried, afraid, sad, or hopeless? Have you noticed changes in...
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....
Infographic: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and is preventable for many average-risk patients through colorectal screenings. Read and share this infographic on detection and prevention.
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...
Five Quick Breakfast Recipes for Kids
We’re celebrating National Nutrition Month with healthy, easy-to-make breakfasts. Check out these quick recipes for kids and kids-at-heart!
Recipe: Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Parfait
Whether you’re having friends over for brunch or looking for a grab-and-go breakfast, this strawberry parfait is easy to make and high in calcium, protein and vitamin C. The recipe makes two pints of roasted strawberries that can also be used in salads and as dessert toppings. Tools you’ll need: One large baking dish A...
Recipe: Gluten-Free Flax and Chia Seed Muffins
National Muffin Day is a great time to celebrate the wonders of flax and chia seeds. Here’s a gluten-free recipe that can help you prevent heart disease and diabetes. Tools you’ll need: 12-cup large muffin pan Two bowls Stand or hand mixer One grater Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour 3/4 cup ground flax...
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...
Start Your New Year Off Right: Schedule Your Annual Checkup Today!
If you’re like most people, you have made one or more resolutions for the New Year, such as stopping smoking, watching what you eat or exercising more. All of these are great ways to take charge of your health. Here’s one more: Call your doctor today to schedule an annual checkup for you and your...
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....
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...
7 Quick Tips to Feel Better Every Day
By Erin Reddan, Lead, Healthcare Solutions & Site Operations, ACPNY Express
The Mind-Body Connection
By Jennifer Licari, Senior Healthcare Solution Specialist, EmblemHealth
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...
Skin Cancer – What You Need to Know
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S.? While it is often diagnosed, there is a lot you can do to help protect yourself and your family from sun damage that can lead to skin cancer....
Summer is here and for many that will mean weight loss is on the mind. Here’s how to do it safely and successfully.
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...
Recipe: Healthy Fruit Pie
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...
Planning for a Baby? How Nutrition Affects Your Pregnancy
By Kate Harris, Director of Integrated Nutrition, RDN, CDN, CDE, CPT, AdvantageCare Physicians
Five Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist
Open and clear communication with your gynecologist can help you both make smart decisions about your health. In honor of National Women’s Health Week, we asked AdvantageCare Physicians Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Melinda Huang, FACOG, five questions you may feel too embarrassed or shy to ask. Asking your doctor questions will help you...
Recipe: Healthy Vanilla Latte
Rev up for the week with a homemade vanilla latte that swaps out processed sugar and artificial sweeteners. Recent studies show that moderate coffee consumption can protect against type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and lower rates of depression among women...
What Is Binge Drinking?
Binge drinking — when women consume more than four drinks in two to three hours, and men consume more than five — has immediate effects that increase the risk of developing long-term chronic diseases. Studies show that binge drinking has been associated with heart disease, cancers, depression, anxiety and alcohol dependence. According to the Centers...
Improve Your Heart Health
Quit smoking during American Heart Month — medications and support can make quitting easier.
Four Things to Know About Zika
Zika Virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites and is a similar virus to yellow fever and West Nile. In the U.S., there have been no locally transmitted cases reported. Travel-associated cases have been reported to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico and the...
Stay Safe and Healthy This Winter
When the temperature drops, you run a higher risk of health problems and injuries. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe and healthy...
Safety Tips to Prevent Falling
Falling is no laughing matter. It can lead to broken bones and a long healing process. Since 2012, falling has been the leading cause of injury-related death for people over age 65. To prevent a fall from happening to you or someone you know, share these safety tips: Wear shoes that fit properly and have...
National Family Health History Day
As your family gathers this Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to start learning about your family’s health history. Since 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving as National Family Health History Day — a day to raise awareness and encourage families across the country to collect their family health history to predict risk for illness....
EmblemHealth celebrates this annual event that encourages smokers to quit! Take steps toward a healthier life by joining the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout®. By quitting — even for one day — you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can...