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An apple a day keeps the doctor away.But even if you enj [...]

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. And since I’ve lived with Crohn’s disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease) for 28 years, I try to find as much humor as I can when it comes to any type of bowel screening. I’ve had at least a dozen colonoscopies over the years. And I’ve tried all the different preparations for colon cleansing. If you are age 50 or older, call yo [...]

Farm to Table

Posted on Mar 28th 2017 by Florida Blue

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday morning? Check out your local farmer’s market to scoop up some fresh veggies, like cucumbers, onions and greens. Loading your plate with fresh veggies can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other conditions. Bonus: They taste great too. This easy-to-make and affordable Greek salad is loaded with veggies that are in season in s [...]

Spring Forward into Fitness

Posted on Mar 28th 2017 by Florida Blue

If jogging, yoga or going to the gym isn’t part of your daily routine, that’s OK. You can easily start to fit exercise into your life with some small adjustments. Get up from the couch at home and take a 10-minute walk. Find an activity that is easy for you. Start slowly and make sure to follow your doctor’s advice, especially if you have an ongoing health condition, like heart disease. [...]

Caring for someone can take a toll on your health. No matter how much you have to do or how much help your loved one needs, it’s important to take care of yourself first. Manage your stress: If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, think about the reason and take a break from it if you can. Simple steps like taking a walk can help you feel more in control. [...]

If it’s not caught and treated early, high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack and other dangerous health problems. Getting an accurate blood pressure reading when you see the doctor is important to catch problems as early as possible. Florida Blue’s Dr. Paul Kaplan answers common questions about blood pressure and explains some things you may not know about this common health measu [...]

Feeling sick one day, Manuela Salomon stopped by a Florida Blue Center near where she lives in Fort Myers. A nurse practitioner at the center checked her weight, blood pressure and blood sugar. It turned out that her blood sugar levels were a little high. “They talked to me about what to do about it. I didn’t go back to the center for a few months. But one day, I was feeling a l [...]

It’s spring—time to pack away the sweaters, clean your closets and make an appointment with your doctor for your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. Why? Even if you just saw your doctor for a cold in December, it’s important to have an Annual Wellness Visit. Your Annual Wellness Visit is different from other visits you have with your doctor when you are sick. It’s your time to meet one-on- [...]

Stephanie Westerman, Program Manager, Enterprise Learning & Delivery, has a passion. Her true desire is to be more engaged in Down syndrome advocacy and make a difference for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And that passion came to her in the most unexpected way – with the birth of her daughter. Here’s how her story, her passion, began. Step [...]

We feel very fortunate to serve the residents of the beautiful state of Florida. In South Florida, Florida Blue employees engage in numerous charitable programs and volunteer days of giving. [...]

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