Bleeding gums is just one of the many warning signs of gum disease. Gum infections often go unnoticed, because symptoms may not be painful until later stages. The following are warning signs of gum disease that should be acted upon immediately: re [...]

Q & A on Losing Weight

Posted on Oct 28th 2014 by Florida Blue

Q: I’ve tried repeatedly to lose weight by eating healthy and exercising regularly. I start off ok in the morning, but by the end of the day I’ve “caved” and eaten something bad and no longer have the energyto go for a walk. I feel like a failure and about ready to give up completely. Is there an [...]

Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S., second only to lung cancer. It’s estimated that one in eight women will develop this disease in her lifetime. While awareness about breast cancer risks and prevention continues to grow, many women still have questions about the importance of routine screenings, particularly mammograms. What is a mammogr [...]

This vegetarian Brussels sprout and potato hash recipe is a quick, easy dinner, perfect for a cool fall evening. Resist the urge to stir it too much! Cooking the hash undisturbed allows a crispy caramelized crust to form on the potatoes at the bottom of the pan. Look for hash browns that don’t have added salt to help keep sodium in check.   [...]

When Tom Richter’s youngest son Michael asked him to build a robot so that he could get out of cleaning his room, what he clearly heard from his son was, “use the Force, Dad.” Being an avid Star WarsTM fan, Richter, a network analyst in the Information Technology department of Florida Blue, started a unique p [...]

With juices, smoothies, flavored waters, sport drinks, fancy coffees and other liquid creations, we have many options to sip. Beverages, like foods, can contain beneficial ingredients but they can also contain ingredients with little or no nutrients. For any beverage, pay attention to these key points: Choose unsweetened water as your main drink every day. Water is a nutrient. [...]

Do You Know Fire Safety?

Posted on Jul 25th 2014 by Florida Blue

Did you know that 85% of all fire deaths occur in the home? Almost half of home fires occur in homes without smoke alarms. Mostly, home fires result from: Cooking (primary cause of home fires) Smoking Candles Fireplaces that do not have safety screens Wood burning stoves Heaters Overloaded electrical outlets Mak [...]

[RECIPE] Corn and Basil Cakes

Posted on Jul 8th 2014 by Florida Blue

This corn and basil cake recipe is a great side dish for any summertime barbeque! Not only is it pretty healthy, but also very delicious. [...]

It’s okay to be a quitter when you’re quitting a bad habit like smoking. In fact, if you’re a smoker, quitting smoking is the single most important step you can make toward a longer, healthier life. Unlike some healthy lifestyle changes that take time to make a difference (such as eating better or working out), [...]

Try this fruit and nut based couscous salad with grilled salmon or chicken. Servings: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 2 teaspoons finely chopped shallots ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 cups cooked whole-wheat cousc [...]