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 [...]

This summer much our state has grappled with toxic blue-green algae, red tides and the numerous hazards that come along with these imbalances in our marine environments. As a health care company we are deeply concerned about the effects these ecological issues have on the wellbeing of Floridians. After all so much of our lives here in Florida revolve around the water -- from fishing to [...]

When you think of health risks, smoking and being overweight probably top the list. But there’s a surprising hidden health threat that affects up to 30 percent of adults over 65 — loneliness. Research has shown that loneliness and social isolation can increase the levels of harmful stress hormones and inflammation in the body. This in turn can raise the risk of conditions like Type 2 di [...]

Exercises Everyone Can Try

Posted on Sep 14th 2018 by Florida Blue

Certain conditions or disabilities can make it difficult for some of us to go to the gym, take exercise classes or even go for walks. If traditional exercise isn’t an option for you or someone you are caring for, there are still plenty of ways you can get moving. Even the smallest amounts of exercise can be a boost to your health. How will exercise help you? Not only does it improve you [...]

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Here's how to make sure you’re prepared. Be sure to review personal evacuation and emergency plans with your family. As part of your personal preparedness, you should have an emergency kit (make sure nothing in it is expired) and a method for monitoring emergency alerts from local officials. [...]

As our bodies age, it often becomes harder not only to start exercising, but also to keep exercising. Exercising and staying active play important roles in keeping us healthy and on the go. In fact, a University of Florida study showed that adults over 70 who walked just a quarter of a mile a day were more likely to stay mobile than their peers who did not exercise. While even a [...]

GeoBlue is the global solution for the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. We offer group corporate products under the Blue Cross Blue Shield Global brand.   [...]

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