Declared by the Center for Disease Control to be a nationwide epidemic, the opioid crisis gripping America has become the deadliest health issue in recent history. The numbers are staggering. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, killing over 64,000 people last year. That’s more than c [...]

Being Healthy Together

Posted on Nov 6th 2017 by Florida Blue

Looking for ways to have fun with family and friends… and be healthy?  Try out these activities: Get moving: If you’re looking to get your blood flowing, a group class with qualified instructors can be just the place. And there is no shortage of options, from tai chi to aqua aerobics. Don’t forget to visit your local Flo [...]

When was the last time you had a colorectal screening? Regular screening can help find colon cancer early, when treatment is more effective. If you haven’t had a colorectal cancer screening recently, ask your doctor what colorectal cancer screening is right for you. You have options, and they are all available at no extra cost, ranging from colonoscopy to in-home screening kits. Don’t wait. Tal [...]

If you normally don’t get a flu shot, or you think the flu shot doesn’t work, keep this in mind: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors different flu virus strains and works to make sure each year’s vaccine is the right one to protect you. Getting your annual flu shot is the single best way to prevent seasonal flu. You can get your $0 flu sh [...]

Each year, one in three older adults experiences a fall. Falls can lead to serious injuries, so it’s important to prevent them. Use the following tips to stay safe: Remove electrical cords and loose items from walkways. Have your eyes checked at least once a year. Install handrails and grab bars near steps and in showers a [...]

Hurricane Irma was a record-breaking storm which dealt a stunning blow to nearly the entire state of Florida.  Millions of Florida residents and tourists took to the roads attempting to evacuate the monster storm.  Nerves became frazzled, and stress levels skyrocketed, as gasoline and non-perishable food became scarce, and even the most remote of back roads became clogged with evacuat [...]

It’s time for your yearly checkup … Do you cringe just thinking of your doctor asking you about getting your colonoscopy?  If you answered yes, then keep reading to learn about other tests which are not so invasive. Colonoscopy (Inspection of the bowel using a long, flexible telescopic camera): A colonoscopy i [...]

There is so much information out there regarding the flu shot, and you see signs all over the place promoting “free flu shots” … but are they right for your children?  In a nutshell, I believe the answer is YES!! We all have stories about our children’s first month in daycare or kindergarten … how many of them broug [...]

There are a growing number of people visiting the emergency room for long overdue dental care. According to Federal data reported by the American Dental Association, emergency room visits for dental related  problems increased from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.2 million in 2012 (ADA [...]

We are partnering with Walgreens and have teamed up to offer free flu shots to all Floridians over the age of 18 at select Florida Blue Centers. Flu shots are available at no charge to Florida Blue members as well as individuals who are uninsured, Medicare beneficiaries and those with insurance t [...]

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