February 2014 Events at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Harlem

February 3, 2014

emblem health in harlemCome on Harlem lets stay healthy with these Free February 2014 events at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care right here in Harlem. Each event is open to the public and is being held at 215 West 125th Street in Harlem.

WHAT: Low-Impact Zumba

WHEN: Monday, February 3, 2014; Monday, February 17, 2014; and Monday, February 24, 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: Caregiver Support Group

WHEN: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

12:30 pm through 2:00 pm

DETAILS: Helpful tips, tools and resources, as well as guidance, support, sharing and caring. This event is open to the public.


RSVP: 866-469-0999


WHAT: SHARE Breast Cancer Support Group for Women of African, African-American & Caribbean Heritage

WHEN: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

5:30 pm through 7:00 pm

WHEN: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

4:00 pm through 5:30 pm

DETAILS: YOU ARE NOT ALONE! You can listen, learn, encourage, express your feelings and reveal your experiences. We’ll provide information in a safe, confidential and cordial environment. We welcome women at ALL STAGES of the Breast Cancer journey.

RSVP: 866-469-0999




WHAT: Sitting Chi Breath & Stretch

WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 2014; Wednesday, February 12, 2014; Wednesday, February 19, 2014; and Wednesday, February 26, 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: Friends in Deed

WHEN: Wednesday, February 12, 2014; and Wednesday, February 26, 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, February 4, 2014; and Thursday, February 20, 2014

1:00 pm through 2:30 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: Afrofusion Fitness Class

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2014

3:00 pm through 4:00 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: 15-Minute Chair Massage

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2014 and Saturday, February 22, 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: Eating for Health

WHEN: Tuesday, February 11, 2014; and Tuesday, February 25, 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: Introduction to Yoga

WHEN: Monday, February 10, 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: Moving for Life

WHEN: Tuesday, February 11, 2014; Tuesday, February 18, 2014; and Tuesday, February 25, 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: Keeping It Simple: Your Benefits Explained

WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 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 www.ehnc.com for more info.

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



WHAT: Obama Care 101

WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2014

                  12:00 pm through 1:30 pm


·         If you qualify for a plan on the New York Health Benefit Exchange?

·         If you qualify for financial help on the exchange?

·         The health coverage options available to you?

Get the facts on health care reform and what it means for you and your family.

RSVP: 866-469-0999



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

WHEN: Friday, February 14, 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: Meditation Made Easy

WHEN: Tuesday, February 18, 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: 1-646-476-1294



WHAT: Harlem Stroke Foundation Support Group

WHEN: Thursday, February 20, 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: Medicare 101

WHEN: Friday, February 21, 20134

1:00 pm through 2:30 pm


·         How does Medicare work?

·         What is a donut hole?

·         What is a copay? Why is it necessary?

·         How do I choose a doctor?

·         What assistance is available to help with costs?

Space is limited, so call to reserve a seat today. A sales person will be present with information and applications. To register for this seminar and for accommodation of persons with special needs at sales meetings, call 1-800-447-9169, seven days a week, 8 am to 8 pm. For those with hearing and speech impairments, call 711, seven days a week, 8 am to 8 pm.

HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP) and Group Health Incorporated (GHI) are Medicare Advantage organizations with Medicare contracts. HIP and GHI are EmblemHealth companies.


WHAT: Understanding High Blood Pressure & Medications

WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

3:30 pm through 5:00 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: West African Dance Class

WHEN: Thursday, February 27, 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

For more information, visit www.emblemhealth.com.

For more information, please visit www.ehnc.com or call 866-469-0999.

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