Don't Let Stress Get You Down

Posted on Oct 9th 2018 by Florida Blue

In Florida, the first day of autumn might not feel very fall-like. But we know it’s arrived when we begin to see Halloween candy and costume displays. These scenes can lurch us into panic mode, knowing it will only be a matter of time until Thanksgiving and then Christmas have come and gone. It’s no wonder the holiday season is nicknamed “hustle and bustle”: we’re left with long to-do lists, in [...]

Keeping up with your health is hard enough as it is: making yearly wellness appointments, maintaining a healthy weight, staying motivated to move every day, and knowing when to get milestone check-ups like mammograms and colon screenings. That’s where a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) comes in. When you find a PCMH, you’ll get a team of health care pros working together to look out [...]

My Kind of Blue

Posted on Oct 9th 2018 by Florida Blue

When you’re part of the Florida Blue family, your membership goes far beyond doctor’s visits. We want you to feel good saying, “That’s My Kind of Blue.” We’re in your neighborhood. Free exercise and nutrition classes to everyone in the community? In-person help for all your health insurance questions? Quick and easy health snapshot from a registered nurse? Yes, please. [...]

Sometimes it’s hard to let others know the details of your caregiving situation. Yet, often, many friends, family, and neighbors are already aware that there’s something going on and would love to help if they only knew how. Take this holiday season to share the news in a way that is respectful of your loved one, and gives the people who care about both of you the opportunity to give a gift tha [...]

In March 2018, President Trump signed a congressional budget deal that included changes to the timeline for closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap, also called the “donut hole.” You may have heard other health plans tell you the donut hole will completely close in 2019. That isn’t completely true. People with Medicare Part D who have high prescription drug expenses currently pa [...]

Now is the time to think about your health and prescription drug plan. Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP) is the open enrollment window every year for people with Medicare. Starting October 15 you will be able to change your Medicare plan if needed. But you’ll need the right information to make the best choice for you. Ignore the junk mail you’ll soon receive. Take the phone off th [...]

The Florida Blue Foundation is collaborating with five YMCA associations to expand the “Safety Around Water” awareness campaign in the Tampa Bay area. The program, which teaches two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give participants confidence around water, will be taken out into the communities the Y serves in addition to continuing at more than 30 YMCA locations across [...]

It’s fall. That means there are signs and ads everywhere telling you it’s time to get your flu shot. Many who opt out of getting a flu shot usually say something like “I never get the flu. I don’t need it.” The problem with that is getting a flu shot really isn’t about you at all. When you get a flu shot you are actually protecting everyone around you — your grandchildren, your [...]

It’s time for those ghosts and goblins, pirates and princesses, zombies and clowns, witches and warlocks. Yes, it’s time for Halloween! Here are 17 spooky Halloween tips for your little ghosts and goblins, so you're sure to have a happy and successful Halloween! FIRST THINGS FIRST: Let’s start with preparing for Halloween festivities with a few healthy tips. [...]

If you feel lonely from time to time, you aren’t the only one who feels that way. The New York Times reported that loneliness is a growing health epidemic. How does a “feeling” become a physical health issue? According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, older adults who report being lonely or not having enough desired social interaction experience a decline in physic [...]

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