Even if you only choose plant-based meals over animal protein only a few meals a week, plant-based diets have many health benefits. Research shows vegetarian diets are linked with lower incidences of obesity, Type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer and hypertension. By eliminating meat and substituting vegetables, beans, whole grains or soy you can create meals rich in vit [...]

With ongoing changes in the health care industry it is important to take charge of your health and well-being. Patient engagement refers to the involvement and actions each person needs to take in order to get the most from the health care services available to them. The following is a recommended list of ways to be an active participant in your health care this coming year. 1. Check wi [...]

Immunization Awareness

Posted on Aug 17th 2016 by Florida Blue

Immunizations are a cost-effective and successful way to protect yourself and your children from many diseases and illnesses. By introducing a small amount of the virus or bacteria into the body, your immune system’s defense mode is triggered, which creates antibodies to fight the germ or disease. Immunization programs can have far-reaching effects on our society. For example, when the smallpox [...]

Psoriasis Too Shall Pass

Posted on Aug 9th 2016 by Victoria Edwards

It happened again. I couldn’t believe it. At first when it came on, I was confused and in disbelief. It was all over me and it kept spreading. “Rain drops” they called it - like these lesions or scales are some cute little badges you get to wear for a long time. Why did it make me so frustrated, so self-conscious, so sad and out of control. This is my experience with guttate psoriasis. [...]

Florida Blue is committed to the communities it serves and the health of its members. That’s why we support a multifaceted approach to optimum oral care called Oral Health for Overall Health. Why Oral Health for Overall Health? Dental health can influence conditions such as diabetes, oral cancer, coronary artery disease (CAD [...]

Passport in hand and ready to go! Traveling overseas to visit lands I have only seen through the tube. These are the thoughts that stream through my mind as I am in the waiting room of my doctor’s office just a week prior to my trip to Dominican Republic As a healthy young adult, the only tablet that goes with me everywhere, literally, is my Trader Joe’s Women’s Once Daily Multivitamins [...]

Visit a Florida Blue Center

Posted on Jul 11th 2016 by Florida Blue

Visit a Florida Blue Center At a Florida Blue Center, you can sign up for a class (like yoga!) or seminar and ask questions about your health coverage in one stop. At some of our centers, you can also talk to a nurse and get screenings, such as blood pressure checks. Visit http://www.floridablue.com/find-a-loc [...]

Need a new doctor? We can help you 24/7 Did you know you can find a full list of doctors in your network around-the-clock? Just visit bluemedicarefl.com. Follow these steps to search for doctors in your network: Go online to: bluemedicarefl.com. 1.Click Resources and Event [...]

Is Your Health on Track?

Posted on Jul 11th 2016 by Florida Blue

Before you plan your summer activities, make sure you have seen your doctor for your annual wellness visit. Your annual wellness visit is different from other doctor appointments you have throughout the year. Whether you feel fine or see your doctor regularly, your annual wellness visit is important to keep you healthy from head to toe. If you have [...]

How Much is Too Much?

Posted on Jul 11th 2016 by Florida Blue

You’ve probably heard that a glass of red wine now and then can actually be good for you. In fact, studies have shown that antioxidants found in red wine can be healthy for your heart. But this silver lining could be attached to a pretty dark cloud. Alcoholism affects 1 in 10 Americans over 60. Although men are more likely to be affected by alcoholism overall, women are more likely to b [...]