Have you been to the doctor yet this year? Now is a good time to schedule your checkup to check in on your health. These are important, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes. Besides spending one-on-one time with your doctor, it’s also a good time for your doctor to do special tests to make sure your diabetes is under control and not causing other problems. Your docto [...]

When you’re filing your 2016 tax returns, you’ll show proof that you had health insurance using Form 1095. You may receive one or more versions of the form, depending on how you enrolled or if you changed from a PPO to an HMO anytime during the year. If You Enrolled Through Healthcare.gov (The Marketplace) If you enrolled in your 2016 plan through the government [...]

Healthy Eating on the Go

Posted on Apr 2nd 2017 by Florida Blue

March was National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme was “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” It’s a reminder that each bite counts—and you hold the tool in your hands to make healthy choices happen. When your life is busy, it’s often easier to grab food on the go. Sometimes, though, we sacrifice convenience for nutrition. The good news is that you can get the nutrients your body needs even when [...]

Are You a Primary Caregiver for a Loved One? Caring for someone can take a toll on your health. No matter how much you have to do or how much help your loved one needs, it’s important to take care of yourself first. Manage your stress: If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, think about the reason and take a break from it if you can. Simpl [...]

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.But even if you enj [...]

Farm to Table

Posted on Mar 28th 2017 by Florida Blue

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday morning? Check out your local farmer’s market to scoop up some fresh veggies, like cucumbers, onions and greens. Loading your plate with fresh veggies can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other conditions. Bonus: They taste great too. This easy-to-make and affordable Greek salad is loaded with veggies that are in season in s [...]

Spring Forward into Fitness

Posted on Mar 28th 2017 by Florida Blue

If jogging, yoga or going to the gym isn’t part of your daily routine, that’s OK. You can easily start to fit exercise into your life with some small adjustments. Get up from the couch at home and take a 10-minute walk. Find an activity that is easy for you. Start slowly and make sure to follow your doctor’s advice, especially if you have an ongoing health condition, like heart disease. [...]

If it’s not caught and treated early, high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack and other dangerous health problems. Getting an accurate blood pressure reading when you see the doctor is important to catch problems as early as possible. Florida Blue’s Dr. Paul Kaplan answers common questions about blood pressure and explains some things you may not know about this common health measu [...]

Feeling sick one day, Manuela Salomon stopped by a Florida Blue Center near where she lives in Fort Myers. A nurse practitioner at the center checked her weight, blood pressure and blood sugar. It turned out that her blood sugar levels were a little high. “They talked to me about what to do about it. I didn’t go back to the center for a few months. But one day, I was feeling a l [...]

It’s spring—time to pack away the sweaters, clean your closets and make an appointment with your doctor for your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. Why? Even if you just saw your doctor for a cold in December, it’s important to have an Annual Wellness Visit. Your Annual Wellness Visit is different from other visits you have with your doctor when you are sick. It’s your time to meet one-on- [...]

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