Health & Wellness Message For the Month of September

Newborn Screening

Each year, millions of newborns are routinely screened and tested for hearing loss and harmful health conditions prior to discharge from a hospital or birthing center.

Newborn screening is typically performed within 24 to 48 hours of birth — in most cases, while the mother and child are still in the hospital. This preventive measure allows doctors to start any necessary treatments for disease. Early detection, diagnosis and intervention can prevent death or disability and enable children to reach their full health potential.

EmblemHealth offers members and employees a pregnancy management program to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy. The Healthy Beginnings PATH Program provides confidential assistance to members and their dependents, who are thinking about becoming pregnant or who are already pregnant. Employees who enroll will receive guidance throughout their pregnancy and after-delivery care. Visit the EmblemHealth’s Healthy Beginnings PATH Program to learn more.

 National Childhood Obesity

 One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts children at risk for health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

 However, by breastfeeding your child, you can prevent childhood obesity at birth. Human breast milk has the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein that a baby needs, and it is much easier for a baby to digest than infant formula. The natural sugar in breast milk does not cause an overproduction of insulin which can later result in childhood obesity.

In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, EmblemHealth encourages your family to make these healthy changes together:

 •             Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride or play sports at the park.

•             Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV or playing video games) to two hours or less a day.

•             Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits and whole-grain foods.

 For more tips, see the United States Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition: 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series

Source: Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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