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 [...]

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, [...]

I’m probably like so many other women my age. I’m a mom that works full-time. I know the basic principles behind good nutrition and I know how good it feels to eat right. BUT… it is really hard to eat right when the world gets [...]

Is Sunscreen a Time Machine?

Posted on Jun 7th 2012 by Kate Warnock

I read an article recently and it prompted me to do something funny at my desk: I held my right arm out to the side, twisted it as far as it would go, and had a good look at my skin on the underside. Yep, it was several shades paler than the topside, it was nice and smooth (working on the "t [...]

What Moves Us

Posted on May 18th 2012 by Florida Blue

How do Florida Blue employees pursue their health? The social media team had an opportunity to ask just that at the recent Diversity Expo, part of a larger Diversity Conference held at the Jacksonville campus each year. Each employee had a unique answer to the question “What do you do in the pursuit of health?” [...]

There’s more than one way to work out, and for those looking for a more intense exercise routine, CrossFit might be a solution. Founded in 2000 by Greg Glassman, CrossFit has gained a large following with over 3,000 affiliated gyms in the US and worldwide. Due to its word-of-mouth popularity, Reebok has been sponsoring the CrossFit Games since 2007 to see w [...]

Florida may be better known for its beaches and golf courses, but it’s also a runners’ paradise. Walt Disney World held the seventh largest marathon in the US in 2011, according to Running USA’s 2011 Annual Marathon Report.  Further, the state was home to two of the world’s biggest half-marathons in the same year. For Floridians ye [...]

Eating right is hard, exercising is tough, and sticking to a diet can sometimes seem impossible. Finding the right healthy living routine, rather than just picking a diet off the shelf, can often make this process less of a challenge. While many of us live a healthy lifestyle, or are making efforts to improve our routines, obesity remains a serious problem in our state. Florida is ranked 29t [...]

Eating Healthy Starts at Home

Posted on Apr 25th 2012 by Florida Blue

You’re always on the go. Whether you’re on the way to work, heading to classes at school, meeting up with a friend, or spending time with family, it’s often hard to find the time to prepare a healthy meal. Often, the easiest way to save time is to hit the drive-thru or call for delivery. But that’s also one of the easiest ways to fall into bad eating habits. Healthy eating habits start with what [...]

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