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A. Most of us don’t get the recommended amount of fiber in our diets each day: 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Good sources of fiber come from fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, whole grains and nuts and seeds. Here are some ways to add more fiber to each meal: 1. Breakfast – Add 1/2 cup of raspberries, strawberries or blueberries to your cereal [...]

Why do we have heart attacks? Each year, more than 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. A heart attack usually happens as a result of underlying heart disease. Heart disease is a chronic condition that is the leading cause of death for both men and women [...]

The 2016 Sapphire Symposium and Awards is scheduled for April 20-21, 2016 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, Florida. Registration is now open. Register today and enjoy [...]

Alignment Healthcare opens care centers exclusively for Florida Health Care Plan’s BlueMedicare Preferred HMO members ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A new model for health care for Medicare beneficiaries in Florida has come to Pinellas County. Two new Alignment Healthcare Centers are now open in Eagles Park Shopping Center in St. Petersburg, an [...]

A bronze tree stands tall in a hospital lobby in North Carolina. Overhead a spotlight beams down to illuminate tiny metal leaves bearing engravings of people’s names. One of those is my dad’s: Mike Roberts He was only 60 years old. On October 16, 2013, he fell in the yard, hitting his head on a nearby rock. The next day my mom, sister, and I were being asked to donate his kidney [...]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Grant proposals are now being accepted for the Florida Health Literacy Initiative, a partnership of the Florida Blue Foundation and the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC). This effort provides health-education resources for local adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and family literacy programs so that students in these programs can make informed choices about [...]

Did you know that about 70 million adults in the United States—1 in 3 adults—is currently living with high blood pressure? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease compared with those with normal blood pressure. In fact, almost 1,000 deaths every day [...]

Information on Zika Virus

Posted on Feb 4th 2016 by Paul Kluding

Chances are you have heard about Zika virus in the news in recent weeks. The World Health Organization has declared Zika a public health emergency because of its potential link to serious birth defects in babies. Zika virus is spread most commonly through mosquito bites, and potentially through sexual contact. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red [...]

The Art of Health

Posted on Feb 3rd 2016 by Marilu Cristina Flores

Did you know that for several years doctors and health researchers have been exploring the relationship between how the creative arts affect various health outcomes? Specifically, the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression and expressive writing. While much of this dat [...]

Program to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care in South Florida WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – . (Feb. 1, 2016) – Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, and  Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization, LLC (PBACO) are pleased to announce the implementation of an accountable care program that aims to improve the [...]