#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

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

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 Glimpse of their Future

Posted on Nov 5th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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  Question: How do you help someone to appreciate their own value?   To make the words “You can be anything you want to be” more than a platitude? And give them hope when their home life or school setting might be less than perfect?   Florida Blue found the answer by connecting with community champions like former professional tennis player MaliVai Washington and his nonprofit organization, MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF). We invited Mal Washington and local students...

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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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Finding a Lump at a Young Age

Posted on Oct 30th 2012 by Natasha Sluder

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I was always aware of breast cancer but I never thought I would have to think about it at such a young age. I was 18, very active in school sports and took my health very seriously, including doing monthly breast self-exams. One morning I woke up and honestly put my hand right on the lump. I knew something wasn’t right, so I told my mom and we set up an appointment with my doctor. At first he thought I was being overly cautious, but it turned out my gut instinct was right – the lump needed to...

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Natasha Sluder

Natasha is a member of the Florida Blue Center Pensacola team. Her passion in life is helping others either through her professional work effort or community involvement.

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Playing in the Dirt at Walker Park

Posted on Oct 24th 2012 by Angel Alvarez

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Editor’s Note: The following article was written by the Angel Alvarez, the food and nutrition program coordinator of Centro Mater Childcare Services, at our request. This organization received funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation’s Embrace a Healthy Florida initiative addressing the causes and prevention of childhood obesity. Many children come to the center and are not accustomed to eating fruits and vegetables. Every school year, a new set of children come to...

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Angel Alvarez

Angel Alvarez is a registered dietician and and licensed dietician nutritionist. He serves as the food and nutrition program coordinator for Centro Mater Childcare Services in Miami-Dade.

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Sleeping like a baby? Well, not really...

Posted on Oct 24th 2012 by sarah

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PART 1 I love my sleep. I cherish it. I crave it. But most of all, I miss it. I am good at sleeping and I used to look forward to going to sleep. That all changed with the birth of my son. Evenings are now a time of uncertainty. Every night I wonder, “What will tonight bring?” Of all the changes that come with having a baby, not being in control of my sleep has been the hardest. Lack of sleep is a parent's new normal You get a lot of advice when you are pregnant, whether you want it or not...

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The Spice of Life

Posted on Oct 24th 2012 by Janice Bradley

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I love spices. There, I said it! Spices and I have had a long-standing love affair. Exaggeration? Perhaps. But it is really quite simple to understand why. You see, when I was about 10 years old, my mother, who is old-school when it comes to cooking, began to teach me how to cook. She makes everything from scratch, and it is rare when she makes something that doesn’t taste good. It was about that time that my mother decided to try a new recipe – Curried Chicken with Granny Smith Apples served...

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Janice Bradley is part of the Federal Employee Program. She has happy memories of being told to stand “over there”….wherever “there” was while Mom cooked. Janice sees a world immersed in spices and herbs as a beautiful place to be and would love everyone to live the dream with her!

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John Padgett – Center Leader, Tech Geek and Problem Solver

Posted on Oct 24th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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Starting this month, your life will get a little simpler. Why? Because John Padgett is our newest blogger. Need to know what new health gadget or app will help you reach your wellness goals sooner? Check… Wish you could access your claims at 10:45 at night, but aren’t sure how to register and log in at floridablue.com ? Check… Need a little inspiration to get you on that path to personal health? Check… John Padgett might be the Tallahassee Florida Blue Center leader, but he’s also a nine-year...

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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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Breast Cancer Was a Gift to Me: A Story by Barbara Groves

Posted on Oct 19th 2012 by Barbara Groves

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When I was 41 years old, I was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer. I was very lucky that I had a mammogram which found the micro-calcifications that were deep in my breast tissue on the chest wall. A few months prior, a mammogram revealed the calcifications and my doctor wanted me to repeat the mammogram in three months to see if there was any change, and there was. I worked at the hospital and when I saw my doctor in the hallway, he looked at me and said, “Have you seen your mammogram...

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Barbara Groves

Barbara Groves is an RN and a care consultant at the Fort Myers Florida Blue Center. She loves being a nurse and a grandmother, and a mommy to an adorable Yorkie named Lucy.

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