How many years does it take to build a legacy? One, five, ten or twenty years?  What about 70?  Known for more than half a century as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, and now Florida Blue. We are proud to mark our 70th anniversary. We have so much to celebrate, both in terms of past success and future opportunity. [...]

Sometimes danger stares you in the face. Sometimes, it’s hidden. When it comes to health hazards, awareness makes it easier to take steps that reduce your hidden risks. For example: INSOMNIA: Everybody loses sleep occasionally. But if it becomes chronic, you could be at risk for depression, difficulty concentrating, mood swings and irritability. And if the problem is caused by ob [...]

The ingredients to staying healthy include eating better foods and staying active. Taking care of your body not only You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from lifting weights. Strength training is good for just about everyone—no matter how old (or young) you are—especially when combined with regular aerobic exercise. It can help you reach and maintain your ideal weight and improv [...]

Happy Kidneys Happy You!

Posted on Apr 24th 2014 by Florida Blue

It’s so easy to keep your kidneys healthy that you might forget to make the effort. But the effort is worth it. Located in the back of your abdomen, your kidneys are sophisticated trash collectors. They filter your blood so you can urinate. And they help keep your body salts and electrolytes in balance. When they’re having problems, you usually won’t experience symptoms until the problem becomes s [...]

Top 5 Apps for Healthy Eating

Posted on Apr 22nd 2014 by Florida Blue

Google Play and the iTunes store are brimming with apps that can help you eat better or work around food allergies. These top five apps do everything from count calories to provide community support for achieving your health goals. [...]

We all know how heartburn feels: a painful burning in the center of the chest. If you get this feeling a lot, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a form of chronic heartburn that requires medical attention. While it has nothing to do with the heart, [...]

As of March 31st, enrollment for the new government health plans has ended. Starting April 1st and for the rest of the year, if you have a certain life event, like a new baby, marriage or a job loss, you may still qualify for a new government health plan during a ‘Special Enrollment Period’.  During this time, you can change your current health plan or buy a new healt [...]

Packing your kids a healthy lunch takes a little planning, but it’s worth every bite. When it’s time to fill the lunch box, pick something from each of the five food groups for a balanced meal. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Fruits - dried fruits, chopped fresh fruits or canned fruits, applesauce Vegetables - side dishes or leftovers from dinner, salads, bake [...]

While reading various online articles about fitness, I come across the term 'HIIT,' so I figured I would do some research and find out what is HIIT training and is it safe? HIIT stands for high intensity interval training, and not only is it safe when working within your limitations, but it’s an effective [...]

Chronic kidney disease affects 26 million Americans, and millions more are at high risk for developing this condition. Thankfully, what used to be a hopeless terminal illness is now very treatable. What is Chronic Kidney Disease? Our kidneys perform important functions, like filtering our blood by removing waste products and extra fluid through urine. They also regulate our body’ [...]