Florida Strawberry Festival is Packed with Fun

Posted on Feb 15th 2013 by Kate Warnock

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Few things in life can compete with a perfectly ripe strawberry. Of course they’re tasty, but let’s not forget that they’re also a nutrition dynamo , helping to lower cholesterol, plus packing fiber, vitamins and cancer-fighting properties in a fat-free, low-calorie, perfect--for-holding-melted-chocolate package.         These deserve a ten-day festival What better way to celebrate these edible gems than by holding a ten-day festival in the winter strawberry growing capital...

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Kate Warnock

Kate Warnock is a member of the Florida Blue social media team and has loved being at the forefront of the social wave @FLBlue. A marketer with ten years’ experience, Kate is also a wife and mom to two children. When not at work, you’ll find Kate listening to NPR, reading The New Yorker and Cooking Light, and arriving two minutes late to yoga class.

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How One Screening Changed My Life

Posted on Feb 14th 2013 by Sheronda Major

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As my Weight Watchers Leader Paula would say, “Stop falling in the hole and take another street.” When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 280 pounds. I was in denial about my weight. During one of the health fairs at the Florida Blue Center , I met with a local ophthalmologist who was doing retinal screenings. I was told that I had the beginnings of blood clots in my right eye that could eventually cause blindness. The blood clots are usually found in patients that have diabetes. I...

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Sleep Training, Part 2 | Florida Blue Blog

Posted on Feb 14th 2013 by sarah

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When I last posted , I was in the throes of sleep deprivation and obsessing on a nightly basis over how to get my then 11-month-old to sleep for more than three hours at a stretch. We would put Henry to bed (never letting him cry it out) between 8 and 9 p.m. each night. We had a bed time routine (sort of) and he was sleeping in his crib in our room. It probably wouldn’t surprise you then to hear that Henry was still waking up three or four times a night to nurse and often times ending up in our...

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Helping Members Save Money | Florida Blue Center

Posted on Feb 12th 2013 by Kate Warnock

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Sometimes a visit to your local Florida Blue Center is more than worth your time. Here's a great story of helping member's save money using the Florida Blue Center . Mr. B stopped in the Winter Park Florida Blue Center after he learned he had a basal cell cancer spot on his nose. ( Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, accounting for more than 90% of all U.S. skin cancer cases.) He explained to Ellen Smith, R.N., a Center care consultant, that his doctor had arranged...

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Kate Warnock

Kate Warnock is a member of the Florida Blue social media team and has loved being at the forefront of the social wave @FLBlue. A marketer with ten years’ experience, Kate is also a wife and mom to two children. When not at work, you’ll find Kate listening to NPR, reading The New Yorker and Cooking Light, and arriving two minutes late to yoga class.

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I'm Too Young to Have a Heart Attack, but I Did

Posted on Feb 12th 2013 by Kathleen Roberson

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Heart disease is the number one killer of women, more than all forms of cancer combined. A year ago, I had a heart attack and almost became one of those statistics. I would like to share what happened that day and how my life has changed. On Saturday, February 11, 2012, I woke up at 3:00 a.m. with chest pain. I didn’t take it too seriously because I had already been sick for a week. I thought I had bronchitis but found out later I actually had pneumonia. I took some pain medicine and went back...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Kids Running

Posted on Feb 12th 2013 by Victoria Edwards

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Children receive so many benefits when they play sports and exercise. They develop their muscles, strengthen their heart and learn valuable social skills. In most sports, running is a large component of the activity. While this is a fantastic physical exercise, it can be dangerous for children if they aren’t trained properly. Check out the the do’s and don’ts of kids running to make sure your child is off to a successful “running start.” 1. Don’t Over-train Your Kids According to the American...

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Victoria Edwards

Victoria Edwards is the Digital Content Strategist for Florida Blue. You can find her tweeting on her own personal handle at, @TallChickVic. When she’s not working on content or social media, she loves blogging for other online publications, like Search Engine Watch or keeping fit by running, playing tennis or swimming.

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Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival | Urban Gardens, Family Fun and our Pinterest Contest

Posted on Feb 8th 2013 by Kate Warnock

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There is not a hotter place to be than Miami’s South Beach as it hosts the annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) on February 21-24. This world-renowned event is chock-full of celebrities, Food Network™ TV personalities and an abundance of the main attraction: spectacular food and wine. We’re delighted to present the Florida Blue Fun and Fit as a Family experience featuring Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen sponsored by Carnival on February 23 rd and 24 th at Jungle Island...

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Kate Warnock

Kate Warnock is a member of the Florida Blue social media team and has loved being at the forefront of the social wave @FLBlue. A marketer with ten years’ experience, Kate is also a wife and mom to two children. When not at work, you’ll find Kate listening to NPR, reading The New Yorker and Cooking Light, and arriving two minutes late to yoga class.

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New Year, New Tools

Posted on Jan 11th 2013 by John Padgett

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It’s the New Year and for some of us, that means getting back to a normal routine. For others, it may mean starting some new routines. Either way, we’ve got some exciting new tools that are going to bring a fresh approach to your health routine for 2013. As a Florida Blue member, you have exclusive access to a personalized WebMD site through your member account at floridablue.com . Some of the highlights include access to health, medical and lifestyle information that’s tailored to you and your...

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John Padgett

John Padgett is the Center Director for the Florida Blue Center in Tallahassee. John has a passion for resolving member issues and increasing customer satisfaction. He loves the culture and people in his adopted home town of Tallahassee and sits on the board of directors for the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. John is currently attending online classes at Florida State College and has plans to transfer to Florida State University in the near future. John enjoys gadgets of all kinds including home theater, video games, and all things Apple. He also enjoys reading about leadership and politics, and anything related to Steve Jobs. John has been married to his wife Amanda for almost 5 years and they have a 4 year old Samoyed named Magnus. He enjoys keeping up with social media so feel free to follow him on Twitter or join him at LinkedIn.

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Managing the Holiday “Spread”

Posted on Dec 18th 2012 by Dr. Carm

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As we all know, there are two kinds of spreads during the holidays: the buffet spread of all the great-tasting foods we know we shouldn’t eat and the spread that happens in our bodies as a result: the belly spread, the thigh spread and the butt spread. This last spread is the one that will see us running for our “fat pants” with the elastic waist. How do we enjoy the first and avoid the second? Here are five of my favorite strategies: 1. Prepare before you party. You are heading to a holiday...

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Dr. Carm

Dr. Carmella Sebastian is Florida Blue’s Vice President of Medical Affairs. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development of an integrated clinical strategy to improve members’ health and well-being while creating and implementing a market-facing strategy to best represent the company’s clinical interests and mission. She, her husband Louis and two daughters call Tampa home. Find her on Twitter @Dr_Carm or visit her website, http://www.drcarm.com/.

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Five Ways to Get your Child to Eat Their Veggies

Posted on Dec 13th 2012 by Jackie Vega

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As a nutrition and fitness professional, it is great to see that the advice I give to clients holds true when my role as a mother takes over. I know that if I want my clients to put their trust in me, I have to walk the talk. The same is true for parents. We need to be consistent with our efforts in getting our children to try (and like!) vegetables. It will most likely take several attempts before our children will have a true like or dislike for a new food, and it will take even more time for...

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