Change in a Heartbeat

Posted on Feb 27th 2017 by Betsy Appelsies

“The doctor would like to see you in the consultation area.” Hearing those words last week at Florida Hospital Orlando made my stomach drop. My husband, Gary, had been in for a routine [...]

Did you know President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February would be known as American Heart month back in 1964? We’ve come a long way, but heart disease and stroke are still leading causes of death in the U.S. for both men and women. Now is a great time to learn how to keep your heart healthy so you can celebrate all o [...]

  January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.  Take this quick quiz  about cer [...]

If you’re a parent, you know the feeling of watching your child accomplish major milestones in their development: you remember when they said their first word (hopefully it was your name!), when they first started to crawl (they were into everything!), and when they got their first teeth (oh, those long and sleepless nights!). The minute the first tooth breaks through the gum line, your baby ca [...]

Get the 411 on Folic Acid

Posted on Jan 18th 2017 by Florida Blue

How much do you know about folic acid? If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you’ve probably heard about it. Part of the vitamin B family, folic acid helps the body make healthy, new cells. And taking it is one of the most important things you can do to protect your unborn [...]

It’s 2017, a fresh new year. That means it’s time to shake the cookie crumbs off your ugly holiday sweater and dust the cobwebs from your gym membership card, right? Taking better care of yourself is a big step, one that could yiel [...]

We all know we’re supposed to go to the dentist twice a year for cleanings. If a cavity turns up, nowadays the dentist uses a drill to get out only what’s rotten so we can keep most of our tooth. But can you imagine getting a cavity in the Middle Ages? Electricity wasn’t widely used until the late 1800s. Before then, if you had a toothache (read: cavity), you’d just wait it out till the [...]

When cooking on the stove, make sure to turn pots handles inward so kids aren’t able to grab them. • After you’ve enjoyed your meal, package and store any remaining food, as it can cause bacteria if left at room temperature. A good rule of thumb is to make sure to refrigerate food that can spoil within two hours. • Check the ages listed on toys to make sure they are appropriate. [...]

A slice of sweetness  This chocolatey holiday treat has a nutrient-packed secret — squash. Serve this up at your holiday party. At 24 cents a slice, it’s a budget-friendly option for any gathering. Chocolate squash cake [...]

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Posted on Oct 20th 2016 by Florida Blue

Usher in fall with this holiday favorite ingredient! Serve this crowd-pleaser as an appetizer or dessert. It’s easy to make, loaded with vitamin A and low in saturated fat.  Ingredients: • 6 ounces low-fat cream cheese, room temperature • 1/3 cup reduced-fat Greek yogurt • 15 ounces (1 can) roasted pumpkin, no sugar added • 2 1/2 teaspoons gr [...]

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