Walk to Unplug

Posted on Apr 14th 2017 by Florida Blue

These days it’s common to spend a good portion of each day in front of a screen. We go from our computer screens at work to TV screens at home to phone and tablet screens in between. Our minds are constantly engaged, and we don’t realize how important it is to disconnect from time to time. One great way to unplu [...]

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. And since I’ve lived with Crohn’s disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease) for 28 years, I try to find as much humor as I can when it comes to any type of bowel screening. I’ve had at least a dozen colonoscopies over the years. And I’ve tried all the different preparations for colon cleansing. If you are age 50 or older, call yo [...]

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. [...]

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