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 [...]

Big changes happened to the MarketplaceSM (Obamacare) in Florida. On December 31, 2016, UnitedHealthcare and Aetna/Coventry closed their Marketplace plans, and Humana closed its Marketplace plans in six counties: Polk, Lake, Osceola, Seminole, Orange a [...]

We all know we’re supposed to go to the dentist twice a year for cleanings. If a cavity turns up, nowadays the dentist uses a drill to get out only what’s rotten so we can keep most of our tooth. But can you imagine getting a cavity in the Middle Ages? Electricity wasn’t widely used until the late 1800s. Before then, if you had a toothache (read: cavity), you’d just wait it out till the [...]

Congratulations on renewing your health plan or picking a new plan for 2017. Here are a few steps to be sure you are ready to use your benefits on January 1. Your Member ID Card [...]

This chocolatey holiday treat has a nutrient-packed secret—squash! Serve this up at your holiday party. No one will ever guess that they’re getting a veggie with their dessert. Plus, at 24 cents a slice, it’s a budget-friendly option for any gathering.   Chocolate Squash Cake   Ingredients list ½ cup vegetable o [...]

We’ve all seen the slapstick scenes in Home Alone, when Kevin McCallister fights off bad guys using a series [...]

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, most of us feel more than a little stressed this time of year.  Here’s the good news — there’s a stress-relieving tool right in your pocket. Free smartphone apps are available that can help you relieve stress, manage anxiety and improve your mood. Look for these apps on the Apple App store or in the Google Play stor [...]

You see your doctor for your annual wellness visit and you leave with a prescription for medicine to treat high blood pressure. But the medicine is more than you can afford. What do you do? Have you ever skipped a prescription refill to save money, or forgotten to take a dose of your medicine? You should always follow yo [...]

‘Tis the season to be jolly. But as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year, keep these guidelines in mind if you plan to drink alcohol.   Healthy adults over 65 should stick to these limits on alcohol use: Per day: No more than 2 alcoholic drinks for men, 1 drink for women Per week: No mo [...]

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