More than 11 million adults over age 65 have diabetes, and some of them may not even know it. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body attacks cells that produce insulin, a hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes typically develops when people are younger, during childhood and adolescence, and cannot be prevented. Type 2 diabetes, on th [...]

Frugal Fun in Florida

Posted on Jul 11th 2016 by Florida Blue

Looking for a few good adventures? Summer is the perfect time to explore all the Sunshine State has to offer, whether you want to spend a week lounging on the beach or a day exploring an art museum. Here are a few off-the-beaten-path ideas for you to consider as you plan your summer travels. And the good news? None of these activities will break the bank. Seafood lovers: Located west of [...]

Fitness (and Fun) in the Sun

Posted on Jul 11th 2016 by Florida Blue

Walking, jogging, playing tennis or even gardening…the options for staying fit outside under sunny Florida skies are too many to count. But during the sizzling summer months, when temperatures soar into the 90s, it’s important to take a few precautions to avoid heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. Play it safe this summer. Follow these simple tips for staying active and safe in [...]

Dave Andreychuk is a former NHL professional ice hockey player. He played for various teams like the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning, to name a few. He is one of the highest scoring left-wingers in NHL history, and is the league's all-time leader in power-play goals with 274. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Andreychuk, who is now vice president of corporate [...]

Plaque Wars

Posted on Jun 24th 2016 by Robert Lewando, D.D.S.

You just brushed your teeth. Now what? Well, it is almost time to brush them again. Plaque is a term used to describe biofilm, a collection of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. Once it is removed by brushing, flossing or using other oral health aids, the process starts anew. It is a never-ending battle to keep the bacterial levels in your mouth as low as possible to prevent thi [...]

5 Tips for Healthy Eyes

Posted on Jun 21st 2016 by Florida Blue

Eye care is an important part of health for individuals of all ages. Many eye conditions can be corrected if they are found early, so getting an annual eye exam can help you maintain good vision and eye health. It can also determine if you have an eye disease, even if you are symptom free. Here are five tips that may help improve your eye health: • Pay attention to your plate. H [...]

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,” [...]