EmblemHealth Keeps Residents Healthy

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(Above) EmblemHealth in Cambria Heights celebrates its grand opening. Photo by Ira Cohen

Staff Writer

In an effort to help a community in need, the largest New York-based health insurer, EmblemHealth, is offering a variety of health workshops at their health guidance center in Cambria Heights.

“We say we’re bringing care back to healthcare,” Dan Shur, director of strategic planning and administration at EmblemHealth, said earlier this year. “In care, we’ve actually brought in the whole technician of it – it’s not just about the provisioning of healthcare but its concerns, considerations, respect. It’s about being very effective and taking care of people’s needs.”

In addition to giving locals a chance to meet with experts who listen to their health challenges, Queens residents are now able to participate in fitness classes and health education workshops – all at no cost.

“We are very, very proud of what we are doing in Neighborhood Care because what we’re doing is taking away the obstacles that keep our community from taking care of their health,” Patricia McDonald, community liaison for Neighborhood Care said in an earlier interview with the Tribune. “We’re providing community resources when someone comes in [and] we are developing partnerships with our community, which is our community integration.”

From low-impact Zumba to meditation, to workshops about managing your blood pressure and managing diabetes, EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care is committed in its goal to keep New Yorkers healthy.

In addition to its health workshops, the 2,800-square-foot Cambria Heights facility has a wide variety of special activities that are available for free. Visitors have access to a health and wellness library, education classes and seminars, an Xbox Kinect fitness station, an iPad station and a ‘neighborhood room’ – a room where neighbors can interact.

EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care is located at 206-20 Linden Blvd., and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. You must RSVP for classes before attending. For more information about the classes available or to RSVP, call (866) 539-0999.

For more information about the facility, including a virtual tour and a full events listing, visit

Classes For The Month Of November

NOV. 7

Dining Diversities for Diabetics
In this workshop, you will discuss the special nutritional needs of those with diabetes. Topics will include: healthier versions of popular ethnic recipes (with recipe handouts), healthy eating on a budget, how to read food labels and interactive cooking demonstrations. The workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Meditation Made Easy
In this workshop, you will learn how to relieve tension and meditate in a few simple steps. The workshop will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

NOV. 8

Low-Impact Zumba
This is a friendly and fun dance-fitness class which uses the Zumba formula, with modified moves for older people and those just starting their journey to live a healthy lifestyle. This class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also on Nov. 11.

NOV. 9

Fall Fitness Workout
This class is a cardio workout that can help you improve your overall health and endurance. The class will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

NOV. 11

Sitting Exercise
This workout can help you improve your stability and balance. The workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

NOV. 12

Chair Yoga
Chair yoga uses slow, gentle movements and deep breathing to help you reduce stress. This workshop will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Managing your Blood Pressure Medications
In this workshop, you will learn about the tools you need to monitor and control your blood pressure. The class will be held from noon to 1 p.m.