June 12th, 2014 by HarlemGuy

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Harlem Students Face Off in Teen Battle Chef Competition

Twelve Harlem students who have mastered an eight-week culinary program will put their cooking skills to the test when they face off in Teen Battle Chef Live.

Teen Battle Chef Live is the culmination of an intensive program aimed at preventing obesity and diabetes. Students from Democracy Prep, a Harlem charter school, and The Harlem Dream Center, an afterschool program, will show off the techniques they learned that are needed to prepare delicious and nutritious food through healthy cooking. Two teams of students will complete a designated recipe that reflects the healthy, multi-ethnic meals and sophisticated culinary techniques they learned during the program.

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver opening remarks, with Chef Alexander Smalls, Food Network personality Ellie Krieger and Izabela Wojcik, Director of House Programming of the James Beard Foundation serving as judges.

The event is sponsored by EmblemHealth and the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

WHEN:  Thursday, June 12, 2014

6 p.m. | Reception

7 – 8 p.m. | Competition

WHERE: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Langston Hughes Auditorium

515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY

(NW corner of West 135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard) 

About The Metro-Manhattan Chapter, of the Links, Inc.

The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated established in the Harlem community in 1988, is a proud addition to a National organization established in 1946.  The Chapter’s express mission is to serve the Greater Harlem community.  The chapter’s hard work has established a reputation at the local and national level for effective programming through its signature Young Achiever’s program and other equally impactful initiatives that have impacted Harlem institutions such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem Hospital, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Thurgood Marshall Academy, and countless men, women and children in Harlem and around the world.

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November 11th, 2013 by HarlemGuy

All Hail the Kale Photo via harlemcondolife

All Hail the Kale! By Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN

The year of kale is upon us, and it is no wonder why so many people pledge their loyalty to this nutritionally dense super food.

Restaurants, celebrities and chefs swear by kale both for its taste and its nutrition. A dark, leafy green vegetable that grows well in a cold climate, kale contains numerous antioxidants and vitamins A, K, C, folate, calcium, potassium and more.

Now that the days are shorter and the weather is cold, kale season is just beginning. Fresh kale is available in farmer’s markets from the middle of summer. But kale is hardy and some claim it is better after frost ends the growing season. So, you can find kale well into the winter.

Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, one cup of boiled kale provides your body with more than 300 percent of the daily value of vitamin A and 1,000 percent of vitamin K.

Among many health benefits, vitamin A helps keep skin and mucous membrane cells healthy and moist. The moistness helps ward off bacteria and viruses since it makes it harder for them to latch on and cause damage to your immune system.

Vitamin K can regulate the clotting of blood and maintain bone health. With the upcoming winter season, slippery walkways can make for one nasty fall. But by taking the necessary precautions now and giving your body the nutrients it needs, you can have the best defense intact to help protect against injury.

Available at your local farmer’s market, kale, garlic and bell and jalapeño peppers, when combined, make for a delicious treat.

The following recipe requires little prep time in the kitchen and is bursting with vitamins and minerals:

Kale with Garlic and Peppers
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups red bell pepper, sliced
1 tablespoon jalapeño pepper, chopped and seeded
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups kale, chopped and stems removed
½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 clove garlic, minced

Preparation: Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add red bell pepper, jalapeño, salt and black pepper and sauté three minutes or until tender. Add chopped kale and broth and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Stir in garlic and increase heat to medium. Cook uncovered for two minutes or until liquid evaporates.

The best gift you can give your family and friends is a meal that is both healthy and flavorful. A recipe for optimal health: eat nutritious food, dance, laugh, and be active. Enjoy life!

Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN, is Vice President, Medical Management at EmblemHealth where she oversees initiatives that improve the health and well-being of New Yorkers. EmblemHealth is a sponsor of Harvest Home Farmer’s Market, which provides access to locally grown fruits and vegetables and cooking demonstrations at the West Harlem, East Harlem and Metropolitan farmer’s markets.

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November 9th, 2012 by harlemcondolife

Feeding the Cold
By Tina Gowin

The chill is upon us – the days are dimming and hibernation feels very appealing. But while the air is brisk and your spirits are high, it’s time to gather the last roots of warm sustenance at your local farmer’s market.

All good things come to an end and we are near the end of the growing season. Before farmers’ markets close for the season, stock up on some hearty fruits and vegetables that can last up to a year or more if frozen, and will ignite your body with warmth and allow you to brave the chilling air.

Instead of roasting marshmallows, pan-roasting root vegetables on your stove top will prove to be a far healthier alternative that will add to the ambience of a cold night.

Potatoes, for example, are an excellent source of dietary fiber that provides feelings of fullness and helps to promote digestive regularity.  An averaged sized potato (about 5.3 oz) with its skin intact also contains 45% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, 620 mg of potassium – which is comparable to bananas, spinach and broccoli – and other essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.  Added bonus: an average sized potato only contains 110 calories and has no fat!

Parsnips, which are also rich in fiber, are very low in saturated fat, rich in vitamin K and vitamin C, and high in folate and potassium.  And because parsnips are naturally cholesterol-free, by eating this nutritious veggie, you can reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

With the winter months quickly approaching, why not give your eyes the necessary vitamin A needed to promote good eye health by eating carrots.  After all, your vision is essential while driving in the snow.

The following easy-to-make recipe is sure to delight and will send you out in the cold to your local farmer’s market one final time this season.

Herb Roasted Vegetables

4 carrots, chopped
2 medium potatoes, chopped
3 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon mint, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation:  Combine fresh herbs and olive oil.  Toss with vegetables and add salt and pepper to taste.  Place in a skillet and cover to pan-roast vegetables and cook until tender.

Fresh, local produce helps keep vital nutrients intact.  Healthy living is achieved by combining both proper nutrition and daily exercise.  Weather the cold with healthy living!

Tina Gowin is a full-time registered dietitian at EmblemHealth, one of New York’s largest and most comprehensive health plans.  EmblemHealth is a sponsor of Harvest Home, which provides access to locally grown fruits and vegetables at the Mt. Morris Park Historic District through Nov. 17, 2012 and West Harlem Farmer’s Market through Nov. 20, 2012.  Cooking demonstrations will continue at the West Harlem Farmer’s Market until its season’s end. 

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August 1st, 2012 by harlemhouse

We just received new information from a reader that Manhattan’s Physician Group (MPG), opened its multi-specialty medical practice in Harlem today.  EmblemHealth will provide “point-of-care” support to MPG patients in the Harlem facility to help with medication and treatment adherence, home care, and community resources.

Please read their announcement below –

Manhattan’s Physician Group Opens Patient-Centered Medical Home in Harlem

EmblemHealth providing “point-of-care” support for coordinated medical coverage

 NEW YORK CITY – Manhattan’s Physician Group (MPG) has opened a multi-specialty medical practice at 215 West 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Frederick Douglass Boulevards in Harlem to provide coordinated health care with increased access and convenience for all residents in the community.

EmblemHealth will provide “point-of-care” support to MPG patients in the Harlem facility to help with medication and treatment adherence, home care, and community resources. Point-of-care coordination helps reduce the need for hospital readmission after discharge and has resulted in improved health outcomes and increased member satisfaction.

MPG recently received Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition at Level 3, the highest level, for six of its practices in Manhattan from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Under a patient-centered medical home model, patients actively participate in their own care, and treatment is coordinated through a primary care physician who leads a team of health care professionals.

Federal and New York State health reforms encourage patient-centered medical home models. Medical homes create meaningful partnerships among physicians, patients and their families.

“To provide the highest level of quality care, we are continually upgrading our services to provide the best outcomes for our patients,” said Howard Tepper, MPG Chief Executive Officer, noting that the new Harlem office replaces an office on Amsterdam Avenue. “The medical home model is another change to support superior care. MPG continues to expand our clinical services, locations, and supporting technologies. For example, our sophisticated electronic medical records system allows easy exchange of patient data between our physicians, specialists, labs, pharmacies and hospitals, thereby fostering communication, eliminating medical errors, and improving patient service.”

Often, there is little coordination of care outside a medical practice, which can lead to delays as hospitals or other physicians seek records, or unnecessary costs. In the MPG model, every patient has a privacy-protected electronic medical record that follows them through all levels of care so every physician has the same information. The patient-centered medical home means that the medical practice also coordinates with community and education resources to provide a wide range of care for the patient and family.

The new MPG facility features a broad selection of medical services, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterology, infectious disease and nutrition. The 18,000-square foot facility will have an advanced electronic medical records system, providing patients with features that include electronic prescription fulfillment and secure email correspondence with physicians.

“Throughout our history, we have continued to support innovation and integration to best serve our members,” says William Gillespie, MD, Chief Medical Officer for EmblemHealth. “Our long-standing relationship with MPG is built on improving health outcomes and providing quality care and value. MPG’s new medical facility exemplifies the difference between a state-of-the-art medical practice with integrated care coordination like MPG and other physician choices in the community that do not have all these capabilities.”

MPG provides comprehensive and affordable health care to EmblemHealth members throughout Manhattan.

About MPG:

Manhattan’s Physician Group (MPG) is a physician-owned and operated multi-specialty medical group, comprised of over 70 board certified providers. With seven convenient locations throughout the borough, MPG offers a complete range of services and provides patients with comprehensive and continuous health care that is affordable, accountable and accessible. For additional information on MPG, visitwww.mpgcares.com.

About EmblemHealth:

EmblemHealth, Inc., through its family of companies that include Group Health Inc. (GHI) and HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP), serves 3.4 million people and provides affordable, quality health care coverage through a range of attractive options. Members have a choice of networks, including access to over 106,000 quality doctors and other health care professionals and most of the leading hospitals across the tristate region.  EmblemHealth has established long-standing arrangements with independent medical groups in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens/Long Island. These medical groups offer primary care and specialty care to half a million EmblemHealth members at 40 medical office locations, with more than 61,000 members served at MPG.  For additional information on EmblemHealth, visitwww.emblemhealth.com.



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