Program Teaches You How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted on Jan 21st 2020 by Florida Blue

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Life can get hectic juggling your job, family and other obligations. Before you know it, you’re skipping breakfast because you’re late for work, grabbing fast-food for dinner after your child’s soccer game and passing on exercising in the evening because you’re too tired. You tell yourself you’ll cook a healthy dinner and make time to exercise tomorrow. But that doesn’t always happen. Before long, you ’re one of 86 million adults who may be prediabetic, without even knowing it. Without a...

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Making It Easier for You to Find the Right Care

Posted on Jan 21st 2020 by Florida Blue

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Getting the right care starts with finding the right doctor. Based on feedback from members like you, we have just added new features in our online provider directory , making it easy for you to find a doctor that best fits your needs. The directory allows you to search for a provider, type of service (like urgent care, dental and lab testing), languages spoken by the staff and other options. Look at the new features we have: You can book appointments online with some of our providers at...

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Sometimes It's About More Than Medicine

Posted on Jan 21st 2020 by Latondra Steele

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There are many non-medical factors that can have an impact on an individual’s overall health. As a result, it requires Florida Blue to take a more holistic approach—to go beyond traditional medicine—to help our members achieve better health. I recently sat down with Dr. Kelli Wells, Sr. Medical Director at Florida Blue, to talk more about these non-medical factors, known as social determinants of health, and how we’re addressing them for our members. Q: Dr. Wells, what are social determinants...

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After a 20-year hiatus, Latondra recently relocated back to the Sunshine State and now works as an internal communications consultant at Florida Blue. As a true communications explorer, she enjoys helping people and organizations say the right things to the right people at the right time. She has a BS in Journalism from Florida A&M University and a MS in Communications from Purdue University. You can follow her on Twitter at @ Steele_I_Rise, especially if you’re a guinea pig owner!

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Chef DeJuan's Strawberry Flatbread Pizza

Posted on Jan 20th 2020 by Chef DeJuan

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When I think of the strawberry, I am reminded of a quote by William Allen Butler: “Doubtless God could have made a better berry, than a strawberry, doubtless God never did.” Webster’s dictionary defines a strawberry as a small red fruit. I would add that even though it is small in size, it is large in flavor. Strawberries are grown throughout the world and are celebrated for their taste, aroma and medicinal value. Strawberries can be used in many different recipes, from savory to sweet. Many of...

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Chef DeJuan Roy is a Food Network winning executive chef with over two decades of experience. DeJuan has presided over five-star kitchens, NFL catering services, and historic venues, most recently the Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville. He hopes to share his passion for fine dining and healthy eating since he firmly believes food nourishes body, mind and soul. He is married with two children and lives in historic Springfield in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Here's What's Happening At A Florida Blue Center Near You - February 2020

Posted on Jan 19th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Don't miss out on events at your Florida Blue Center. We welcome all Floridians! You don't have to be a member to get in on free events happening at your local Florida Blue Center. From health fairs and weekly wellness programs to special guest seminars, take advantage of these free events for you and your family. You can even bring a friend! See what activities are being offered this month, check your local center calendar for more details. Conversations with Care: The Power of Positivity...

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Five Ways to Get the Most from Your Health Plan

Posted on Jan 15th 2020 by Florida Blue

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New year, new you” doesn’t have to be a cliché. Let it be your mantra for 2020. Your Florida Blue plan and the community of care we offer can help you get there. Here are five key things to do to use your plan to its fullest. Set up your member account If you’re new to Florida Blue, you have to register . Returning members can log in here . Doing this unlocks a slew of opportunities to learn more about your plan, pay your bill and set up convenient automatic payments. You also can find a doctor...

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Medicare Members, Take Care of Your Health and Earn Rewards in 2020

Posted on Jan 14th 2020 by Florida Blue

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You’ve probably heard you should have an Annual Wellness Visit and flu shot every year. You might also need a mammogram or a colon cancer screening. Why not get something extra when you’ve done these things? HealthyBlue is a program that rewards you for getting the tests and services you need. It’s our way of saying “thanks” for being loyal to your health! Sign up to find out what screenings and services you need to receive rewards. Then, redeem rewards for gift cards from places like Publix,...

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Get Healthier, Earn Rewards with Better You Strides

Posted on Jan 13th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get or stay healthy in 2020? The Better You Strides online wellness program can help with that and reward you along the way. Start your journey by taking 15-20 minutes to complete a personal health assessment. It will set the path for the health and wellness activities, videos and quizzes you tackle along the way. Topics include managing your health conditions, healthy snacking, planning meals and managing stress. When you finish one program, you’ll get...

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Save Time and Money with Value Choice Providers

Posted on Jan 9th 2020 by Florida Blue

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High-quality compassionate care at a lower price with shorter wait times? Yes, please. That’s what you get when you go to one of our Value Choice Providers. They are an important part of the community of care that we wrap around our members, whose needs are at the center of what we do. Our doctors aren’t watching the clock when they’re with you. They’re taking the necessary time to understand your concerns and decide next steps to help you get better. You and your family can see a primary care...

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Students Receive Hands-On Experience in State-of-the-Art Florida Blue Simulation Lab

Posted on Jan 4th 2020 by Christie DeNave

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Health Science students at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) can now receive critical hands-on experience in a new simulated hospital thanks to a grant from Florida Blue. The Florida Blue Simulation Lab is a replica of multiple hospital settings including emergency rooms, pediatrics, intensive care and obstetrics. The lab is part of the new Patel Allied Health building being unveiled later this week. Lifelike patient simulation mannequins allow HCC students to receive realistic feedback and...

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Christie Hyde DeNave is a Senior Media Relations Consultant for Florida Blue devoted to serving Central Florida, Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida. She has worked around the globe with local, national and international media for nearly 20 years representing organizations such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, NASCAR, AAA and the State of Florida. In her free time, you’ll spot Christie cheering on the Clemson Tigers and serving on the Clemson University Alumni Council.

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