My Great American Smokeout

Posted on Dec 11th 2012 by John Padgett

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I’m sure that most of you have heard of the Great American Smokeout . If you haven’t, it’s an event held every November, and it’s designed to give smokers a special day to consider kicking the habit. I don’t want to spend too much time talking about the serious health risks and the high cost of smoking, because I believe that most of you already know the facts. What I will do is talk about my personal struggle with smoking and how I beat the nearly impossible task of kicking the habit. I...

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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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A $4,500 Savings - Jerry Roden’s Story

Posted on Dec 10th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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There’s loyalty, and then there’s absolute loyalty. Jerry Roden, a private attorney from Vero Beach who practices in Fort Pierce, Florida, has been a Florida Blue member since 1991. As his career evolved and he married Cindy, an etiquette consultant, and fathered his son Brice, now thirteen, Jerry always wanted the stability and confidence of keeping Florida Blue as his carrier. "I wanted the peace of mind knowing my family was protected" But a few months ago, reality set in. Their family’s...

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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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What’s new at floridablue.com?

Posted on Dec 7th 2012 by John Padgett

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It’s December and that means that the holidays are upon us and the year is almost over. For most of us, this means tax season is right around the corner. Whether you do your taxes early or wait until the last minute, there are some new changes to the Claims & Statements area when you log in at floridablue.com that should make you very happy. First, you’ll notice that the look and feel of the claims detail page has changed and should make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Now you’ll...

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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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Stress relief is just a tweet away with Florida Blue.

Posted on Dec 6th 2012 by Florida Blue

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You could win a $25 gift card and 25-minute massage on 12/15 from 11am to 2pm. We know the holidays can be a crazy time, but we’re always here to help. That’s why we’ve put together an extra-special Twitter contest just for you. On the week leading up to 12/15, we’ll be sending out tweets asking people for fun responses about their holiday stress relief. All you have to do is respond with your answer and a hashtag we’ll provide. Then, we’ll announce winners the following day on Twitter at noon...

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My Migration is Nearly Over

Posted on Nov 14th 2012 by Florida Blue

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[Editor's note: This post was guest-authored by Stella the Whale, a life-size mural of an Atlantic right whale painted by the artist Wyland. The Wyland Foundation organized her 700-mile migration which has taken her to schools across the state in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment, setting goals, and being healthy. Florida Blue is proud sponsor of this program.] What an amazing journey! I'm nearing my destination of the Right Whale Festival in...

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Prediabetic? Take Charge of your Health!

Posted on Nov 14th 2012 by Dr. Carm

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In residency, as I was studying to become a doctor, I clearly remember one of my instructors referring to diabetes as a “metabolic cancer.” She said that the disease ravaged the body like a cancer, destroying the eyes, limbs, kidneys and in fact, every organ in the body. She said that she had to choose between Hodgkin’s disease (a cancer of the immune system) or diabetes, she would choose Hodgkin’s since it is 95% curable and diabetes is with you forever, slowly devastating your body. We all...

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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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More than Just a Game: My Florida Classic Story

Posted on Nov 14th 2012 by Natiel Curry

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From the Legacy Walk, to lacing up my cleats, my Florida Blue Florida Classic experience was definitely a unique one. Most historically black college and university ( HBCU ) football games have no more than 10,000 fans in attendance. The Florida Classic is the exception. This particular game has been played in front of as many as 73,000+ screaming fans. I was blessed to have been able to participate in it for five years as a player for Bethune-Cookman University. I was able to experience the...

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I am a recent graduate of Bethune Cookman University majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management. Along with excelling in the classroom, I exceled on the football field being named to 10+ All American team between 2010-2012. My long term goal and aspiration is to become a successful entrepreneur after my football career is over.

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#FloridaProud During Week of Valor

Posted on Nov 7th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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Some of us respond to a calling to teach, others to minister to needs, and still more to serve their country. Here in our Jacksonville headquarters, we are honored to work and live among military veterans, active duty personnel and the countless families and friends who support them. So much of our culture is influenced by their courage and sacrifice. That is why we are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Navy-Marine Corps Classic to be played November 9 th on the USS Bataan at Naval...

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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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Halfway there!

Posted on Nov 6th 2012 by Florida Blue

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Editor's note: This article was contributed by guest author, Stella the Whale, an Atlantic right whale mural that is the centerpiece of a Wyland Foundation project. This program will teach children about the importance of their own health and the health of the environment. For a whale like me, migration is a way of life. It's not always easy, but if you've got friends along the way to help you, it makes the trip less work. Just last week, I hit the midway point of my journey when I got to...

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Make Your Day Easier

Posted on Nov 5th 2012 by John Padgett

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Whether you’re a mechanic, a teacher or a mom, you probably find yourself using all kinds of tools to get through your day. A tool can be as simple as a screwdriver or as complex as a car. Simply put, a tool is something that helps us get the job done and if you’ve ever found yourself in need of a tool to help with your Florida Blue plan, then you’ll relate to my story. A few weeks ago, I found myself at the dentist’s office getting ready to go back for surgery when the nurse handed me my...

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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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