Imagine a world without plastic – no single-use water bottles, plastic grocery bags, plastic straws, blue ballpoint pens, toilet seats, frozen foods – the list is endless. Although plastic entered our lives a mere 60 years ago, we now struggle envisioning a day without it. Our flippant use of single-use plastic is devastating our marine ecosystems and jeopardizing human health. Current [...]

Dental care has always been important in its own right.  Teeth are for eating, smiling, chewing, and allowing you to live life to the fullest.  You have one set of baby teeth, but when they are replaced by permanent ones, there are no others.  It is up to you to help maintain them for your whole life. That is why regular dental care is a necessary part of the solution to [...]

Everyone gets struck by life’s blows, even when you’re the legendary Dick Vitale, the renowned sports broadcaster and former professional basketball coach. From medical issues to job changes, there were many times when Vitale thought his world was crashing in on him, but he always found a way to bounce back. In part two of my chat with the Hall of Famer and Florida Blue member, Dickie V [...]

When you meet Dick Vitale, you can’t help but be inspired by his charisma and enthusiasm for life. The Hall of Fame sportscaster and former college and NBA coach has an energy that is contagious, as are his Vitale-isms. As the man who coined terms such as “diaper dandy,””Mr. Pac Man” and “Wilson Sandwich,” I wasn’t too surprised when a passerby yelled out his most famous phrase, “awesome baby,” [...]

Want to keep up with the latest decisions Medicare is making regarding certain conditions, treatments and screenings? Florida Blue tracks these decisions and posts them on [...]

Visit A Florida Blue Center

Posted on May 2nd 2016 by Florida Blue

Sometimes you need to talk to someone face-to-face about your benefits. At one of our Florida Blue Centers, you can get questions answered about your plan, meet with a registered nurse for health screenings and even attend free events, such as yoga classes. There are 21 Florida Blue Centers located throughout Florida. To find your neighborhood Florida Blue Center, please visit [...]

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. [...]

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