Just what is that Florida Blue Center you may drive past or walk by each day? Well, in a nutshell, it is a place you can go to help you make sense of health care, whether you’re a Florida Blue member or not. Our website describes all the features of the Centers, but at the heart of each location are the people who work there. In this and in fu [...]

It Takes a Village

Posted on Aug 28th 2012 by Kate Warnock

“It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, impossible is not a word; it’s just a reason for someone not to try.” Every email sent by Felicia Hardaway, principal of North Shore Elementary in Jacksonville, is tagged with that inspirational quote. If there is a single word to captur [...]

How many times have you laced up your running shoes, grabbed your water bottle, and lost all motivation to exercise outdoors when you notice the temperature is already  91 degrees…at 8:30 in the morning? The flip-side of living in our gorgeous, sunny state is that we are forced to endure summer heat that makes most of us feel wrung-out by humidity and triple-digit temperatures. So, how can [...]

Stalked by a Manatee

Posted on Jul 19th 2012 by Kate Warnock

I bet if I asked you to name your top five favorite songs, you could tick off the titles. Movies and books? Got those favorites listed too, right? What if I asked you to name your top place to exercise - or simply enjoy being healthy - outside? I could do that in an instant:  riding a stand-up paddle (SUP) board in Sarasota Bay, just off St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. How's that for speci [...]

This July, our Florida Blue Center in Pensacola has the privilege of hosting weekly T’ai Chi classes for seniors led by Jerry Bozant, an instructor of this ancient martial art with 17 years’ experience.  Jerry is passionate about the health benefits that anyone who practices White Crane T’ai Chi will receive, especi [...]

Health Care Makes Sense Here

Posted on Jul 12th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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If I walked into Coach Lopez’s office with a preconceived notion of what I’d hear during this interview, I left it with those notions swept clean. Sure, I knew I was talking with an Olympic medalist – he won the Bronze in the 200m breaststroke for Spain in the 1988 Olympics, competed again in 1992 and qualified [...]

I'm not a registered dietitian or a nutritionist, but I am aware of the debate around organic versus conventionally-grown produce. In a nutshell, organic produce has far less residual pesticides (what's left after you scrub the food in water) than produce grown using conventional (with pesticides) practices. Since the long-term effects of consuming pesticides used on food crops is not fully known, [...]

Forever Changed by a Child

Posted on Jun 26th 2012 by Kate Warnock

Learning and growing can happen at any age, don’t you think? Karen Fergusson, a Florida Blue employee of 28 years, lives by this mantra. Our third Blue Community Champion of the Year is a disarming, genuine kind of person who knows how to put complicated matters in very plain terms. It’s those characteristics that may have contributed to her connection with a special little girl we’ll ca [...]

Ever have the good fortune of making a decision and not realizing the consequences would be far-reaching, unexpectedly positive, and life-affirming? Julie Engelien is one such lucky individual, and she is the second Blue Community Champion of the Year we are featuring in our series. Julie works in our National Accounts area and has been with Florida Blue for nearly 20 years.  She was recognized f [...]

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