The EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care Events In Harlem

April 2, 2014

EmblemHealthCome join the FREE April 2014 events that are open to the public and are being held at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care at 215 West 125th Street in Harlem.

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WHAT: Resistance Band Workout

WHEN: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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5:30 pm through 6:30 pm

DETAILS: A fun and challenging way to tone and strengthen muscles!


RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Sitting Chi Breath & Stretch

WHEN: Wednesday, April 2, 2014; Wednesday, April 9, 2014; Wednesday, April 16, 2014; Wednesday, April 23, 2014; and Wednesday, April 30, 2014

5:30 pm through 6:30 pm

DETAILS: Join us for this restorative wellness class designed for chair sitting. Learn basic chi (energy) movements that help to reduce stress, gain clarity and promote relaxation. Angela Wu, certified holistic instructor and wellness coach, will guide you through:

·         Chi (energy) movements/stretches

·         Breathing techniques

·         Energy meditation


Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and arrive ten minutes early. Be sure to let your doctor know that you will be taking part in an exercise class.  Space limited – must call to reserve.


RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Afrofusion Fitness Class

WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 2014

5:30 pm through 6:30 pm

WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014

3:30 pm through 4:30 pm

DETAILS: This is a holistic journey through dance movement, music and exercise which encompasses the total wellness experience. The benefits include the following:

Ø  Improves respiratory functioning

Ø  Strengthens cardiovascular muscles

Ø  Decreases body fat while increasing overall lean muscle tone

Ø  Releases stress

Ø  Increases circulation of healthy blood flow

RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Into to Tai Chi and Qigong

WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014; Saturday, April 12, 2014; Saturday, April 19, 2014; and Saturday, April 26, 2014

11:30 am through 12:30 pm

DETAILS: Join us to experience the healing benefits of tai chi. It’s easy on the joints, helps reduce stress and can improve flexibility and balance. While tai chi is generally safe for all ages and fitness levels, please let your doctor know you’ll be taking an exercise class. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. Space is limited and reservations are required.


RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Healing Through the Arts

WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014

4:00 pm through 6:00 pm

DETAILS: An open mic opportunity to share your song, poetry, dance, artwork or even an excerpt from your novel. To register and for more information call 212-865-0775 Extension 2128/2127




WHAT: Walk Away the Pounds

WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2014; Friday, April 11, 2014; Monday, April 14, 2014; Friday, April 18, 2014; Monday, April 21, 2014; and Monday, April 28, 2014

11:00 am through 12:00 pm

DETAILS: Join us for a fun walk-in-place workout! No complicated steps and no equipment needed. This DVD workout is safe for all ages and fitness levels, so lace up your walking shoes and join us!

Wear comfortable shoes and workout wear. We’ll provide plenty of water. We’ll ask you to fill out an emergency form on the first day of class. Be sure to let your doctor know you’ll be taking part in an exercise class.


RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Low-Impact Zumba

WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2014; Monday, April 21, 2014; and Monday, April 28, 2014

6:00 pm through 7:00 pm

DETAILS: Join EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care for a dance-fitness class that’s friendly and fun. It uses the Zumba formula, with modified moves and pacing for active older people and those starting their journey to achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle.

• We’ll ask you to fill out an emergency form on the first day of class.

• Wear comfortable shoes and workout gear.

• We’ll provide plenty of water!

Please let your doctor know you’ll be participating in an exercise class.


RSVP: 866-469-0999




WHAT: Understanding Asthma Medications

WHEN: Monday, April 8, 2014

2:30 pm through 3:30 pm

DETAILS: Do you know how your Asthma medication works?

·         Medicines for Quick Relief

·         Medicines for Daily Control

·         Common Side Effects

·         How to Use a Spacer

RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Eating for Health

WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014; and Tuesday, April 22, 2014;

5:30 pm through 6:30 pm

DETAILS: Learn the benefits of eating for your health, especially if you are dealing with a chronic illness or condition. You will also discover how to eat right while still enjoying your meals.

Topics will include:

• Healthier versions of popular ethnic recipes (with recipe handouts)

• Healthy eating on a budget

• How to read food labels (can I eat it?)

·         Fun and interactive cooking demos


RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Moving for Life

WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014; Tuesday, April 15, 2014; and Tuesday, April 22, 2014;

5:45 pm through 6:45 pm

DETAILS: Moving for Life uses safe and uplifting movement to bring joy to women with breast cancer.

RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Friends in Deed

WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 2014; and Wednesday, April 23, 2014

12:00 pm through 1:00 pm

DETAILS: Diagnosed with a life-threatening illness? Overwhelmed with caregiving? Heartbroken over the death of a loved one? If so, you may be feeling frightened, powerless, overwhelmed and alone. How do you ease the fear and reconnect to possibility? Start by coming to a Big Group.

What’s a Big Group? It’s a safe and welcoming space where anyone affected by illness, caregiving or grief can talk about what they’re feeling. It’s about hearing and speaking the truth so you can live life in the moment. Please join us.


RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Cell Phone Literacy for Older Adults

WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014; and Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2:00 pm through 3:30 pm

DETAILS: A cell phone is an important communication tool for connecting with your loved ones and friends. This hands-on demonstration will cover how and why cell technology is important, how to understand text language and send messages and photos, as well as learn to use other helpful features of your cell phone. Get your questions answered and hear about the past experiences of others.


RSVP: 866-469-0999




WHAT: Come Talk to Greg: One-on-One Support for Caregivers

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2014

11:00 am through 4:00 pm

DETAILS: Take advantage of this opportunity to meet one-on-one with Greg Johnson, EmblemHealth’s Director of Community Outreach and creator of the Care for the Family Caregiver Program. Greg has received numerous awards and recognition within the fields of health care, family caregiving and service to others. Family caregivers are welcome to meet with him for support and advice.


RSVP: 1-646-447-7175 (call to make appointment)




WHAT: Bed Aerobics

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2014; Friday, April 25, 2014

5:30 pm through 6:30 pm

DETAILS: Bed Aerobics is a powerful workout routine that combines deep stretches and muscle toning calisthenics to improve flexibility, build strength and burn fat – all from the convenience and privacy of your very own bed! Included in the routine is an invigorating facial/eye muscle exercise concluding with brief meditation for total body, mind and spirit rejuvenation!


RSVP: 866-469-0999




WHAT: 15-Minute Chair Massage

WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014 and Saturday, April 26, 2014

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm (call for appointment)

DETAILS: Research shows that massage therapy can:

·         Reduce stress

·         Ease aches and pains

·         Decrease stiffness and joint swelling

·         Improve digestive/breathing functions, alertness and circulation

·         Help people with arthritis, stroke, asthma, diabetes, Parkinson’s and bursitis

Massage therapists are licensed.


RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Introduction to Yoga

WHEN: Monday, April 14, 2014

5:45 pm through 6:45 pm

DETAILS: EmblemHealth and the Harlem Yoga Studio invite you to join us for an introductory yoga class that is perfect for beginners and experienced yogis alike. Each session will include:

·         Brief centering and meditation

·         Breathing practices (pranayama)

·         Basic yoga poses


Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Try not to eat a heavy meal within two hours of class, but a light snack at least 30 minutes before is ideal. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to settle in and relax. Speak to the instructor beforehand if you have any medical conditions and let your doctor know you will be taking part in an exercise class.


RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Meditation Made Easy

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

DETAILS: Join us in learning how to meditate in just a few simple steps. Besides being a way to let go of the harmful effects of stress, worry and tension, daily meditation can help you experience a new feeling of calmness, ease and quiet inner knowing.

RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Understanding High Blood Pressure & Medications

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

1:00 pm through 3:00 pm

DETAILS: Do you know which medications you take to control your blood pressure? Do you feel confused about these drugs and why you need to take them? You can bring all of your medications with you and join us in learning:

·         What IS high blood pressure?

·         Why do you need to control your blood pressure?

·         Which lifestyle changes can help you manage your blood pressure?

·         What are some of the common medications that people take and what are the side effects?

·         What should you monitor when taking these medications?

·         What should you do when you experience side effects?


RSVP: 866-469-0999




WHAT: Keeping It Simple: Your Benefits Explained

WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 2014

            11:00 am through 6:00 pm

DETAILS: Keeping it Simple: YOUR Health Benefits Explained is a personalized, one on one opportunity for EH members and nonmembers to sit with a health care solutions specialist to understanding their health care benefits so that they may stay healthy, live well and get better!


The following services (and much more) are available during the one on one sessions:

·         An explanation of your health benefits to help you stay healthy

·         Receive a set of tools to help strengthen the relationship between you and your doctor

·         Get connected to a nurse, program navigator, social worker or pharmacist to help you stay the course of your treatment plan

·         Get connected to community & social service resources right in your own neighborhood


Guests will leave sessions feeling empowered, knowledgeable and ready to focus on their health & well-being.   All sessions are by appointment only.  Visit for more info.


RSVP: 866-469-0999 (call for your one-on-one appointment)




WHAT: Harlem Stroke Foundation Support Group

WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 2014

5:00 pm through 7:00 pm

DETAILS: The Harlem Stroke Foundation survivors support group will be holding monthly meetings at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Harlem. Speakers at the meeting will include physical and occupational therapists, doctors and other health care professionals. All in attendance will be there to share their experiences and those of loved ones after a stroke. Participants will also hear about some of the best places to receive therapy.


RSVP: 866-469-0999




WHAT: West African Dance Class

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014

5:30 pm through 6:30 pm

DETAILS: Celebrate life and good health by moving to the rhythms of the drums. Instructor Ndeye Gueye, a recipient of the Martha Graham Award has over 25 years in dance, choreography and community engagement events. She will guide participants in a head to toe warm up, followed by choreography and personal self-expression. Please wear comfortable workout clothes and (if possible) a wrap skirt.

RSVP: 866-469-0999



WHAT: Understanding Diabetes Medication

WHEN: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

4:00 pm through 5:30 pm

DETAILS: Do you know how your diabetes medication works? Do you know when to take it, how much to take and possible side effects? To help you make the most of your treatment, join us in learning:

·         What is diabetes?

·         Why is it important to control blood sugar levels?

·         Meal Planning

·         What lifestyle changes can help?

·         What drugs are used to treat diabetes?

·         What should I watch for when taking these drugs?

RSVP: 866-469-0999


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