Thoughts on Health Care Reform by Jason Altmire

Posted on Apr 10th 2013 by Jason Altmire

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When President Obama made reforming the health care system his signature issue in 2009, the top priority was said to decrease the cost of health care for families, businesses and the government. Over the course of the next year, Americans were engaged in a very public debate and tensions grew as details of the bill began to emerge. This led to a change in both the tone of the debate and the goals reform was intended to achieve. As someone who served in Congress during that time, I am not...

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Jason Altmire

Jason Altmire is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Government and Community Affairs at Florida Blue. He is a former Congressman from Pennsylvania and served from 2007 to 2013. While in the U.S. Congress, Jason was a nationally recognized leader in health care policy. A graduate of Florida State University and George Washington University, where he received his MHA, Jason now lives in Jacksonville with his wife and two children.

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Healthy Art: Supporting Local Artist Benefits the Community

Posted on Mar 26th 2013 by Megan Becker

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One of the best things about working in the Florida Blue Center is the ability to make a difference in our local community. And as a native Southwest Floridian I think that is pretty cool! We support many different community-based organizations here in Southwest Florida, one of which is the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs . Now you may be scratching your head. Why would a health care company be interested in supporting a Center for the Arts? Well it’s simple. Supporting local artists and...

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Megan Becker is the Marketing Specialist for the Florida Blue Center in Fort Myers. Megan is a native Southwest Floridian and grew up in Naples. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration. She also has an MBA from the University of Miami. Megan joined Florida Blue in November 2011.

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Tasty Moroccan Grouper for National Nutrition Month

Posted on Mar 19th 2013 by Chef DeJuan

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There are over 10,000 known herbs in the world. They are produced on farms, grow naturally in most eco systems, and if you are blessed enough, they will even grow in your yard. However, I know from experience, dandelion greens are more popular and respected in a salad. Herbs can do more than simply add flavor to food. If used right, they help you to cut down on less-healthy ingredients, such as salt, sugar and saturated fat. Many herbs have health benefits and are commonly used in traditional...

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Chef DeJuan

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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Quinoa salad with dates, pine nuts and fresh mint

Posted on Mar 19th 2013 by Chef DeJuan

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Mint is an herb for all seasons, whether used in a cool refreshing drink in the summer or a warm cup of tea when the weather turns a little chillier. Widely used since ancient times, it is currently used in manufactured products for its flavoring and aroma; it can also be found it many of the products we use on a daily basis. As an herb, mint’s leaves and flowers are used for flavoring food, medicine, cosmetics and perfumes. Mint is native to most of the continents and includes varieties like...

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Chef DeJuan

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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Creating a Healthier Sulphur Springs for Kids

Posted on Mar 8th 2013 by Florida Blue

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When you see a problem as challenging as childhood obesity, you might wonder if anything can truly be done to reverse it. Fortunately, there are groups here in Florida who run towards the problem with expertise, compassion and dedication. The Creating a Healthier Sulphur Springs for Kids initiative tackles childhood obesity by using a multi-faceted approach: implementing educational opportunities, policy changes and new programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity. The Florida...

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4 Running Tips for Kids

Posted on Mar 8th 2013 by Victoria Edwards

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Childhood obesity is ever so present. As adults and parents, it’s up to us too not only teach our children about a balanced diet, but to also encourage regular activity. What you do and teach them now will help their health in the long run and possibly prevent them from developing conditions like heart disease or diabetes. We can encourage activity by making it fun. This will prevent them from getting bored and losing interest. Here are 4 running tips for kids that will help them stay active...

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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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4 Ways to Increase Your Running Endurance

Posted on Mar 1st 2013 by Victoria Edwards

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Have you ever wondered how long-distance runners can run so far without stopping? I am a novice runner, so I wanted to know their secret. My running history includes an 8k and the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, which took place last year. I usually try to run a 5K (3.1 miles) around two to three times a week. My goal is to eventually complete a half marathon, so I’m always am trying to find new ways to increase my endurance. After doing some research, I found out that in addition to...

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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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Healthcare Reform and the Art of Innovation

Posted on Feb 27th 2013 by Victoria Edwards

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It’s an interesting time for health care; Florida Blue is committed to helping the people and communities in Florida be healthy, so we’re always trying new innovative things to help health care makes sense. David Pizzo, Florida Blue’s Market President in Tampa, is helping lead this effort and is actively involved in community sponsorships, like the Art of Innovation event. David will be taking notes as the key speaker, Guy Kawasaki, gives his perspective on innovation in the future. Mr...

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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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Health Care Reform and You

Posted on Feb 18th 2013 by Kate Warnock

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Listening to the evening news, following the trending topics on Twitter or even just talking with your friends and family, it would be hard to avoid hearing about health care reform, more formally known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What is health care reform? And how will it affect you, your family and your health? Your questions are ours, too, which is why we want to share all that we’re learning about ACA along the way. Our promise is to keep you informed as we become informed, and help...

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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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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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