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 [...]

Beth Redding was just 13 when her doctor told her that she had two options: be on dialysis for the rest of her life or get a new kidney. Doctors estimated that this would happen around the time she turned 18. This is heavy news for a teenager. But Beth is a survivor, and she was determined not to let this beat her. She took notes on ways to better care for her kidneys while they were st [...]

Stay Healthy, Surf away

Posted on Apr 4th 2016 by Florida Blue

We’ve been looking at fun, healthy tips for kid friendly summer activities and surfing seems to be the one that has everybody we know raving. From cardiovascular fitness to shoulder, leg and back strength, this fun activity seems to be a great confidence booster for kids to partake in during the summer. Here are 4 [...]

Yesterday we had our monthly Tweet Chat, which focused on the topic of healthy eating. For those of you who missed it, don't worry! Below are the questions along with the top #FlBlueChat tweets from the event.    [...]

March is National Nutrition Month®,  an annual nutrition education and informational campaign. The focus is to bring awareness to the extreme importance of making sensible food choices and creating better eating and exercising habits. Florida Blue wants to help promote this vital awareness campai [...]