The coronavirus outbreak that began in late December in China has been getting a lot of headlines. The numbers are big: About 72,000 cases and nearly 1,800 deaths, as of Feb. 17. About 99 percent of the cases are in mainland China, as are all but five of the deaths. There are 1 [...]

SilverSneakers® is well-known for helping older adults stay active by building their strength and energy. Now it can help them build college tuition savings for loved ones. Thanks to a partnership between SilverSneakers and SAGE Scholars, Florida Blue Medicare members can take part in the Tuition Rewards program. And it’s easy to do: You’ll get 1,000 Tuition Rewards point [...]

The YMCAs of the Tampa Bay area and the Florida Blue Foundation are teaming up again to save lives! Thanks to a generous $155,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation, Tampa Bay area children can receive free water safety and swim lessons at their local Y. Free Safety Around Water [...]

It’s time to fire up the slow cooker! This warm and hearty stew is made with healthy chicken sausage, apples and cabbage. Cabbage is in season during the winter, so pick some up at your local farmer’s market or at the store. Ingredients 1 medium head green cabbage 2 Granny Smith apples ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon smoked paprika [...]

Many of us only think about our health coverage when we get sick. Don’t wait until you’re feeling under the weather to get started with your 2020 Medicare health plan. Here’s why: Your Medicare health plan includes many benefits that can help keep you from getting sick, like a flu shot or your Annual Wellness Visit with your doctor. These preventive [...]

Coping With Change

Posted on Feb 14th 2020 by Florida Blue

Experiencing change as we get older is inevitable. Sometimes, even small events can throw us off course throughout our day-to-day lives. Major changes, such as retiring or the death of a spouse or friend, can ripple through all aspects of your life. Whether positive or negative, change can be hard. [...]

It’s February – the season for love notes, flowers and heart-shaped chocolates. Maybe that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, or maybe it makes you want to fast-forward to March. Instead of putting pressure on your significant other or your relationship status, try treating yourself to some self-compassion this month. Be kind to yourself. Show yourself the same e [...]

Early in my career, a coworker looked at me and said,” You are a very negative person.” My initial reaction was to feel a bit hurt, but something in me recognized some truth. Whenever I saw someone, I immediately and instinctively found something negative. There were things said about me and to me as a child that formed a negative frame of mind. I’m pretty sure that negativity started w [...]

As the region’s leader in hunger relief, Feeding Tampa Bay has made a strong commitment to ending hunger by 2025, and Florida Blue has reaffirmed its support of that vision by investing $750,000 in three major initiatives to provide acce [...]

You’ve probably heard a lot about the recent outbreak of a virus in China. About 20,700 cases and over 425 deaths have been reported in the five weeks since the first person was diagnosed there in late December. About 99 percent of the reported cases are in China and all but one of the deaths occurred there, as well. Click [...]

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