Here’s the scenario: You see your doctor for your annual wellness visit, and she prescribes medicine for high blood pressure. But the medicine is more than you can afford. What do you do? Whether it’s not getting a prescription filled to save money or simply forgetting to take your medicine, not sticking to doctor’s orders can have a huge impact on your health. It’s important to get ——a [...]

If you aren’t getting your blood pressure checked regularly, you may not even realize yours is high. Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure can also cause kidney problems in people with diabetes. Your blood pressure is a set of two numbers. The first, larger number (systolic) measures your blood pressure while your hea [...]

Colonoscopies, mammograms, blood pressure checks…the list of tests and health screenings you can get seems almost endless. But how much value do these sorts of screenings really bring to your health? A lot. Think of health screenings sort of like a seat belt in your car. Just like seat belts, screenings are there to protect you and keep minor problems from becoming very big ones. Also, [...]

Delicious Dish On A Dime

Posted on May 2nd 2016 by Florida Blue

What’s healthy, tasty and only costs $1.05 per serving? This easy-to-make recipe for arroz con pollo. And here’s a bonus: It’s only 200 calories a serving. Yum! For more healthy recipes and tips on healthy cooking, visit choosemyplate.gov. [...]

What’s the best way to reduce your risks for heart disease, prevent injuries from falls and get your health questions answered, all in one stop? The answer is your annual wellness visit with your doctor. The good news is your annual wellness visit is covered at no cost to you. If you haven’t yet done so,be sure to schedule your annual wellness visit with your doctor as soon as possible. [...]

I’ve worked remotely  for almost 10 years and people have said countless times, “I thought you worked in the corporate office all this time.” Then I chuckle because what they don’t know is that I go to great lengths to make sure they feel that way. I work hard to stay engaged and visible, so people don’t miss having me in the office.  Here are some of my trade secrets: [...]

A Walk Toward Wellness

Posted on Apr 20th 2016 by Florida Blue

Since 2006, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies around the country have taken part in Walk @ Lunch Day in an effort to encourage people to be more active. In today’s busy world, trying to juggle all of your commitments can make it difficult to get the exercise you need to live a healthy lifestyle. Luckily, walking at least 30 minutes a day is a great way to improve your health. According to th [...]

“The doctor is a little confused, but it appears you are pregnant.” Not the words I expected to hear from the nurse over the phone while I was driving to work. As a child cancer survivor, I was told I would never have children. My head was spinning. I had long given up my dream of having a child. Once reality hit, I was overjoyed, but then all I could do was look at my stomach, my very [...]

The United Health Foundation has just released a new report, America’s Health Rankings® Spotlight: Impact of Unhealthy Behaviors, that looks at the prevalence of multiple unhealthy behaviors in order to drive awareness and understanding of the health care costs associated with these behaviors and their related chronic conditions. These five unhealthy behaviors were select [...]

Surgical vein stripping* in an operating room should never be performed because of new technology developed about 15 years ago. Vein stripping surgery used to be limited to those suffering only the most advanced vein disease and the surgery resulted in weeks of recovery and discomfort and, worst of all, more than 60 percent of patients developed a recurrence of their varicose veins. Vei [...]

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