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Dental care has always been important in its own right.  Teeth are for eating, smiling, chewing, and allowing you to live life to the fullest.  You have one set of baby teeth, but when they are replaced by permanent ones, there are no others.  It is up to you to help maintain them for your whole life. That is why regular dental care is a necessary part of the solution to [...]

It’s not always what you think. The term swimmer's ear, an inflammation of the ear canal, comes from the fact that it often occurs in children and young adults who swim frequently. Similar to a diaper rash in babies, swimmer’s ear can be caused by excess moisture in the ear from routine showering, improper ear cleaning, and/or swimming in dirty or polluted water. The moisture can cause [...]

7 Tips to Become SPF Savvy

Posted on May 20th 2016 by Florida Blue

Not all sunscreens are the same. New FDA rules for sunscreen labels make it a whole lot easier for you to compare products when you shop for sunscreen. Follow these tips: Use SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Look for “broad spectrum” on the label. It means the product passes government tests for effectiveness. Choose products tha [...]

Golf, tennis, sunbathing, or even an outdoor event, can mean too much heat and sun for anyone. In Florida’s hotter months people are more likely to experience heat stroke, which can be fatal or cause major health damage.  Recognize these symptoms and call 911 if you think you or someone you know may be in danger:  [...]

6 Safety Tips for Summer Fun

Posted on May 20th 2016 by Florida Blue

It’s summertime! A cool splash in the pool, boogie boarding at the beach, sunbathing and weekend outings are prime times for sun burns. But before you go outdoors, be sure to protect your skin against damaging sun, which can lead to melanoma. Here’s what you can do to protect your skin: Use sunscreen daily. Apply sunscreen every two hours if you’r [...]

Everyone gets struck by life’s blows, even when you’re the legendary Dick Vitale, the renowned sports broadcaster and former professional basketball coach. From medical issues to job changes, there were many times when Vitale thought his world was crashing in on him, but he always found a way to bounce back. In part two of my chat with the Hall of Famer and Florida Blue member, Dickie V [...]

When you meet Dick Vitale, you can’t help but be inspired by his charisma and enthusiasm for life. The Hall of Fame sportscaster and former college and NBA coach has an energy that is contagious, as are his Vitale-isms. As the man who coined terms such as “diaper dandy,””Mr. Pac Man” and “Wilson Sandwich,” I wasn’t too surprised when a passerby yelled out his most famous phrase, “awesome baby,” [...]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - To help Florida’s diverse population make informed choices about their health and nutrition, the Florida Blue Foundation continued its support of the Florida Literacy Coalition for an eighth year by awarding 15 grants totaling almost $75,000 at the 32nd Annual Florida Literacy Conference in St. Petersburg. The [...]

Want to keep up with the latest decisions Medicare is making regarding certain conditions, treatments and screenings? Florida Blue tracks these decisions and posts them on [...]

Visit A Florida Blue Center

Posted on May 2nd 2016 by Florida Blue

Sometimes you need to talk to someone face-to-face about your benefits. At one of our Florida Blue Centers, you can get questions answered about your plan, meet with a registered nurse for health screenings and even attend free events, such as yoga classes. There are 21 Florida Blue Centers located throughout Florida. To find your neighborhood Florida Blue Center, please visit [...]