Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer, but skin cancers can develop on skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Environmental hazards, radiation treatment, and even heredity may play a role. Although anyone can get skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people who have: Fair sk [...]

For many of us, health care reform (HCR) is a confusing topic. We’re learning new terminology, only to have it changed on us (for example, “exchange” is now “marketplace”). And many times, we ask the government questions only to be told “we don’t know yet.” It can be a little unsettling as an insurer and as a consumer. Below you will find some insight into everything you wanted to know abo [...]

Are Your Kids Stressed Out?

Posted on Jun 27th 2013 by Florida Blue

We’ve all experienced stress at some time or another, and while different things cause stress in different people, we can all agree that being stressed is no fun. As adults, we’re equipped to manage and reduce the stress in our lives, but what about our kids? They can feel stress like we do, but they don’t always know how to deal with it. So, are your kids stressed out? Stress [...]

There are a lot of health and wellness websites that discuss the topic of sleep and how important it is. Good sleep habits are essential to overall health and performance. Here are 10 things you can do to improve your sleep habits, and catch the ZZZs you need. 1. Keep a regular sleep schedule, even on the weekends. 2. Develop a relaxing pre-sleep routine, like a warm shower or [...]

A key to heart healthy eating is choosing foods that are low in sodium. The current recommendation is to limit daily salt intake to 2,300 milligrams, or approximately a teaspoon of table salt. It’s probably not surprising to hear that most Americans consume more sodium than recommended. But what may surpris [...]

5 Myths and Facts About Fats

Posted on May 21st 2013 by Florida Blue

Long ago, fats were considered not only something that could destroy a diet, but could also contribute to cardiovascular disease to diabetes. After many years of research, we now look as fats as a necessary item. While there are some fats that are bad, they are not all created equal. Below are five my [...]

With as diet-obsessed as we are as a nation, you might assume that the most important number for you to know about your health is your weight. In reality, there are other figures related to your health that are more closely correlated to being healthy overall – and your weight isn’t one of them! According to sources ranging from [...]

When you see a problem as challenging as childhood obesity, you might wonder if anything can truly be done to reverse it. Fortunately, there are groups here in Florida who run towards the problem with expertise, compassion and dedication. The [...]

Here in Florida, we know that major health care changes are rapidly approaching. Sometimes a major change is good and sometimes it can be frustrating, like the recent changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS has announced that they plan to implement a 2.3 percent reduction in Medicare Advantage payments for 2014. With the other payment reduction [...]

You could win a $25 gift card and 25-minute massage on 12/15 from 11am to 2pm. We know the holidays can be a crazy time, but we’re always here to help. That’s why we’ve put together an extra-special Twitter contest just for you. On the week leading up to 12/15, we’ll be sending out tweets asking people for fun responses about their holiday stress relief. All you have to do is respond wit [...]

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