When our military men and women come home from serving in other countries, especially if they have been in a war zone, they face many hurdles. Transitioning to non-military life, finding a job and rebuilding relationships are just a few of the major changes many service personnel have to navigate. Many face physical injuries that require medical care for a long time – maybe forever. But many ti [...]

A well-stocked first-aid kit will help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies. It is a good idea to give your kit a checkup every three to six months to replace used or expired supplies. Pre-made kits are available in stores, or you can make your own, using the suggested items below based on your family’s needs. Here are 25 items that you should keep in your first aid kit. [...]

Stress is an ordinary mental and physical response to the ever-increasing demands of life. Our bodies are designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can affect us physically, emotionally and mentally. If not managed well, stress can affect our health, vitality, peace-of-mind, and even our personal and professional relationships. Each of our body systems reacts to stress differen [...]

Q: My mom just lost her vision due to an eye disease. I know carrots are important for my eyesight but I think they taste awful. Is there anything else I can eat to prevent this from happening to me? A: No worries! While carrots are the most well-known food to support vision, there are many. The main nutrients that play a role in eye functio [...]

Summertime feels special to me. I think it’s because the kids are out of school and it feels like a break from the usual grind. I always try to schedule a special trip during the summer, and it was during a recent planning session for this vacation that the topic of exercising on vacation came up. As I discussed menus and packing with my friend and her husband, I reminded her to bring her runni [...]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Blue Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2016 Sapphire Awards through September 18, 2015. The Sapphire Awards, given annually by the Florida Blue Foundation since 2005, recognize excellence and innovation in nonprofit community health leadership and programming in Florida. Three categories of awards are available: program, organization an [...]

The Importance of Oral Health

Posted on Jul 30th 2015 by Kelly James

If asked what the most common chronic disease is in the United States, most people would likely respond with heart disease, diabetes, or hypertension. Very few people would respond with the correct answer – tooth decay – which a Commonwealth Fund newsletter defines as th [...]

Summertime and grilling go handin- hand. Barbecues are a great way to enjoy time with your family in the backyard or at a local park. When you grill, you should not throw caution to the wind where your health is concerned. Here are some tips to have the healthiest cookouts. Before you set flame to the grill, make sure it’s clean. If it is still dirty from your last cookout, sc [...]

Pool parties, beach picnics, backyard barbecues and outdoor grilling traditions accompany our Florida summer weather. Not to worry! Grilling is one of the healthiest cooking methods, and with so many fresh options it is the perfect season for healthy eating. Here are some summertime ideas: Grilled fruit kabobs – try chunks of pineapple, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe and honey [...]

In recent years, Vitamin D has been the subject of more research, increased testing, and more than a few organizations devoted to extolling its virtues. In case all of that information is overwhelming, this article provides the basics of what you should know about Vitamin D. What is it? Vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin,” is a hormone your body produc [...]

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