Change in a Heartbeat

Posted on Feb 27th 2017 by Betsy Appelsies

“The doctor would like to see you in the consultation area.” Hearing those words last week at Florida Hospital Orlando made my stomach drop. My husband, Gary, had been in for a routine [...]

Did you know President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February would be known as American Heart month back in 1964? We’ve come a long way, but heart disease and stroke are still leading causes of death in the U.S. for both men and women. Now is a great time to learn how to keep your heart healthy so you can celebrate all o [...]

In February 2007 we turned heads in the health care industry by introducing the first Florida Blue Retail Center, at St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. It was something the market had never seen before: a stand-alone store for health insurance. At a time when more and more consumers were starting to shop on the Internet, committing to brick-and-mortar was a bold and, perhaps, risky [...]

“When it rains, it pours” is a proverb meaning that sometimes, misfortunes tend to follow in quick succession or arrive all at the same time. We’ve all been there – looking for an umbrella to get us out of the storm. Deanna Stewart, a Referral Specialist at University of Florida’s UF Health Women’s Specialists in Jacksonville, recently had her own personal downpour, but through a lot of hard wo [...]

Have you ever stood in line at a pharmacy and marveled at the countless number of drugs sitting on shelves behind the counter? It seems like there’s a drug—sometimes more than one—for every health condition.  For the last 20 years, I’ve cared for family members who take a mix of prescription drugs. My 19-year-old so [...]

  January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.  Take this quick quiz  about cer [...]

If you’re a parent, you know the feeling of watching your child accomplish major milestones in their development: you remember when they said their first word (hopefully it was your name!), when they first started to crawl (they were into everything!), and when they got their first teeth (oh, those long and sleepless nights!). The minute the first tooth breaks through the gum line, your baby ca [...]

Get the Most out of Your Florida Blue Health Plan This Year Happy 2017! A new year brings lots of opportunities to make smart choices and start new habits that will set you up for success.  By choosing a Florida Blue health plan, you’ve already made one choice toward being as healthy as possible this year. Use this checklist to get started, and bookm [...]

Get the 411 on Folic Acid

Posted on Jan 18th 2017 by Florida Blue

How much do you know about folic acid? If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you’ve probably heard about it. Part of the vitamin B family, folic acid helps the body make healthy, new cells. And taking it is one of the most important things you can do to protect your unborn [...]

It’s 2017, a fresh new year. That means it’s time to shake the cookie crumbs off your ugly holiday sweater and dust the cobwebs from your gym membership card, right? Taking better care of yourself is a big step, one that could yiel [...]

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