Firework Safety Tips

Posted on Jun 30th 2019 by Florida Blue

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela . Happy Fourth of July! We hope your day consists of barbeques, a cool swimming pool or dip in the ocean, and that you are as excited to celebrate our Nations Independence Day as we are. We know it's easy to forget "safety first," but we want to help keep you out of the emergency room or urgent care this holiday. So here are some great tips on firework...

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Giving The Opportunity of Sight To Those In Need

Posted on Jun 20th 2019 by Marilu Cristina Flores

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As a mission-driven organization we have long advocated for supporting the communities we serve. We are proud to highlight members who live by the same dedication to serving those around us. Aysha Miskin is one of those members, a talented fine artist based in Jacksonville, FL. Miskin was inspired by her own personal vision issues and contemplated how different her life would be without the gift of her glasses, which allow her to participate in the World. Many of us take our ability to see for...

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Marilu is a veteran of the entertainment industry, her career in entertainment spans over thirteen years having worked with some of the most prominent creative media houses known, including, Warner Brothers, MTV and Universal Pictures. In 2014, she shifted gears to begin working as a digital marketing professional. Prior to her work at Florida Blue, she worked for Keurig in Waterbury, Vermont. Marilu is incredibly passionate about our oceans, wildlife, and conservation, and has been featured as a guest speaker at conferences nationwide for her knowledge and expertise on Marine environments and the issues affecting our oceans. A Miami native, she holds a degree in Tropical Coastal Ecosystem Resource Management from the University of Queensland and currently acts as the Surfrider Foundation's Regional Coordinator in Florida.

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Three Ways to Increase Your Energy - Naturally

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If you’ve every browsed the shelves at health-food store, you’ve probably seen the super vitamin pills, grape seed extract and other tablets and tonics that promise renewed zest and energy. Not surprisingly, medical experts urge caution when using these products. Instead of popping a pill to restore long-lost vigor, here are three ways to promote better vitality, naturally. Eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods. With time at a premium, it's sometimes easier to skip meals or "graze" on whatever food...

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Stay Safe in the Summer Sun

Posted on Jun 12th 2019 by Florida Blue

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It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy! A cool splash in the pool, boogie boarding at the beach and sun bathing are great for enjoying the weather. However, they also put you at risk for getting a sun burn. Before you go outdoors, be sure to protect your skin from head to toe. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin damage and even melanoma. Here’s what you can do to protect your skin: Use sunscreen daily . Apply sunscreen every two hours if you’re swimming or sweating. Sunscreen should have an...

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Protect Yourself and Your Family from Measles and Hepatitis A

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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We’re seeing a resurgence of two serious diseases in the U.S.: hepatitis A and measles. It’s important to be sure you and your family have been vaccinated for these so that you are protected against these diseases. The two blog posts below will update you on the news, getting your shots and recognizing symptoms. Avoid Measles and Hepatitis A: Vaccines are Your Best Defense Not Sure If You Should Vaccinate? A Mom, Physician and Former Public Health Official Weighs In

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Make Sure You're Ready for Hurricane Season

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Here's how to make sure you’re prepared Be sure to review personal evacuation and emergency plans with your family. As part of your personal preparedness, you should have an emergency kit (make sure nothing in it is expired) and a method for monitoring emergency alerts from local officials. Ready.gov and the Red Cross both provide checklists for at-home preparedness and emergency response, as well as recommended items...

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Healthy Teeth and Gums Are Important for a Healthy Body

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Did you know your mouth is full of bacteria? It’s true. No matter how well you brush, floss and rinse, more than 700 kinds of bacteria can be present. Some of the bacteria in your mouth are good. But too much of the bad bacteria can cause problems ranging from bad breath and cavities to issues in other parts of your body. Mouth and Body Health: A Close Connection Keeping your mouth healthy is especially important if you have certain medical conditions. When oral bacteria gets into the...

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Transitioning to Medicare is easy with BlueMedicare plans from Florida Blue

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Whether you’re going to be 65 soon, or are Medicare eligible due to a disability, let us help you choose a Medicare plan that’s right for you. With over 70 years in the biz, we’ve got the health care experience to make your transition to Medicare a happy occasion. You have options we’ll lay them out for you. There’s no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to Medicare coverage, so Florida Blue always focuses on you. We’ll explain how Medicare plans work and help you choose one that’s...

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Short-Term Plans Provide Coverage When You’re Between Jobs

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Stacy had a year of big changes. She’d built a house of her own in her favorite neighborhood. She’d taken up hiking to get her health on track. She started taking those art classes she’d been thinking about. She was getting more serious with her boyfriend and expected to be engaged soon. On a roll and feeling great, Stacy decided to make another big change. She decided to quit her job, take a few months off to recharge and then find a new position that better suited her. A bit of polish on her...

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Not Sure If You Should Vaccinate?

Posted on Jun 7th 2019 by Kelli Tice Wells, M.D

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Parents make decisions every day that they hope will keep their kids happy and healthy. What they eat. If they play an instrument or sport. Whether they need braces. Your child’s doctor can offer advice on a lot of important topics. One of the most vital is getting their vaccinations on time. Without vaccines, they’re not fully protected from certain serious illnesses. As a doctor, I made the decision to fully immunize my children. I couldn’t see a reason not to. There are so many diseases that...

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Kelli Tice Wells, M.D., joined Florida Blue in 2018 as Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs. She is the clinical lead for Florida Blue’s medical operations work in the areas of virtual health, social determinants of health, opioid overuse response, and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Wells’ interest in health disparities and culturally competent care began early in her training. Prior to joining Florida Blue, she was a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar and completed her NHSC service obligation in the Jacksonville area. Dr. Wells taught cultural competency for physicians and incorporated group and home visits into her clinical practice. She led patient-centered clinic flow redesign at numerous locations while serving as clinic Medical Director, Clinical Services Director and then County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Wells also worked at the state level where she led a statewide public health initiative to advance health equity and worked to incorporate its principles into the daily work of the department. Dr. Wells is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, and currently serves as chair of the Deans Council, Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. Dr. Wells received her bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University, her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her residency at St. Vincent’s Family Practice Residency Program.

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