At a Florida Blue Center Near You: March 2019

Posted on Feb 26th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Our Florida Blue Centers are committed to providing classes to our communities that can help everyone live a more centered and fulfilling life. Tune in each month to find out what’s happening in your neighborhood! Check your local center calendar for more details. Diabetes Prevention Program Beginning March 6, 10 a.m. Our 16-week member program focuses on getting you back on the right track to a healthy lifestyle. Our registered nurse meets with the group to discuss topics such as stress...

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Celebrate National Pancake Day With These Healthy Pancake Recipes

Posted on Feb 24th 2019 by Marilu Cristina Flores

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Pancakes are a delicious and timeless breakfast staple, but toppings, butter and syrup add unnecessary and unhealthy grams of fat, sugar and calories to the most important meal of the day. However, there are many ways to substitute some of those sugar-laden ingredients for fresh, healthier ones. So in celebration of #NationalPancakeDay, here are two of my favorite healthy pancake recipes. Tropical Island Coconut Pancakes (Gluten Free, Vegetarian) Ingredients: 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted 1/4...

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Marilu is a veteran of the entertainment industry, her career in entertainment spans over thirteen years having worked with some of the most prominent creative media houses known, including, Warner Brothers, MTV and Universal Pictures. In 2014, she shifted gears to begin working as a digital marketing professional. Prior to her work at Florida Blue, she worked for Keurig in Waterbury, Vermont. Marilu is incredibly passionate about our oceans, wildlife, and conservation, and has been featured as a guest speaker at conferences nationwide for her knowledge and expertise on Marine environments and the issues affecting our oceans. A Miami native, she holds a degree in Tropical Coastal Ecosystem Resource Management from the University of Queensland and currently acts as the Surfrider Foundation's Regional Coordinator in Florida.

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Big Easy Cornbread and Shrimp Salad

Posted on Feb 24th 2019 by Chef DeJuan

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Planning a Mardi Gras celebration? Here's a delightful kale salad that features a favorite soul food staple: cornbread. There are plenty of ways to eat your greens and I enjoy a hearty kale salad. The lemon and soy sauce in the vinaigrette help to cut the bitterness of the kale. The addition of the spicy shrimp makes it a delicious entrée. Spicy Shrimp and Kale Salad With Cornbread Croutons Corn Bread Croutons 5 eggs 3 cups milk 2 cups butter 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 tbsp salt 3...

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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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Busting Myths About Flu Shots

Posted on Feb 20th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Getting a flu shot every year is the best way to protect yourself, your community and those you love from the flu. However, many people avoid getting the vaccine because they’ve heard incorrect information about it. Here’s a look at myths and facts about the flu shot. Myth: I could get the flu from the flu shot. Fact: The flu shot does not give you the flu. After you get your flu vaccine, you may experience some redness or swelling at the site of the injection or some aches and a mild fever...

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Be Good to Yourself and Others This Flu Season

Posted on Feb 19th 2019 by Florida Blue

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This is your mother’s flu shot. And your grandma’s. And your partner’s. And your preschooler’s. And your college student’s. The truth is, when you get the flu vaccine, you’re protecting everyone around you. Everyone you love, all your neighbors, even the bagger at the grocery checkout line. The CDC reports that last winter we lost 80,000 people to the flu. So far this flu season, 19,000 flu-related deaths have been reported. At least 34 of those who died were children. Wouldn’t you do...

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Understanding Your BlueMedicare Drug List

Posted on Feb 19th 2019 by Florida Blue

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The best way to avoid surprises at the pharmacy is to know what your plan covers. You can find that information in your plan’s formulary (list of covered drugs). We mail you a new list of covered drugs each year. Log in to your member account at floridablue.com/medicare to find your drug list. Or find and download your plan's drug list on our Medicare website. When you open it up and look for a certain drug, you'll see something like this : First column: What's it called? The first step to...

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Five Reasons to Cut Back on Sugar

Posted on Feb 15th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Are you eating too much sugar? Even if you skip the cookie aisle at the store and say no to sugary drinks, chances are, your diet probably includes more sugar thank you think. At most, adults should only get about 10 percent of their calories from added sugar, according to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This equals about 12 teaspoons a day for typical adults. However, most Americans are consuming about 17 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Why are added sugars a problem? Unlike...

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Encourage, Mentor and Take Time to Care

Posted on Feb 15th 2019 by Velma Monterio-Tribble

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Florida Blue is committed to helping people and communities achieve better health – this mission leads my work and encouraged me to find outlets to use my passion for education to encourage Floridians to achieve a better life. My parents, educators and extended family all mentored. They taught me as a young girl that education is something no one can ever take away from you. It is one of the pathways to achieve a better life. Last year, I was appointed to serve on the Board of the Florida...

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Velma Monteiro-Tribble is currently the Director of Grants and Programs at the Florida Blue Foundation. In her executive position, she is responsible for carrying out the vision, mission, strategic direction, management and supervision of the philanthropic giving decisions and investments across the state of Florida for the Foundation and Florida Blue. Prior to this position, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Treasurer at Alcoa Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY directing all facets of the business with a $500 million dollar global budget. Velma also served as an executive with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation working primarily on initiatives and partnerships in Latin America and South Africa. Velma has received numerous awards for her work, among them, the Urban Bankers Leadership Award and the National Woman of Achievement Award from the National Business and Professional Women Association. A respected author she is currently under contract to complete her book on women aspiring to take on leadership roles in the Corporate Suites. Currently Velma serves on several nonprofit boards, including Florida State College System Foundation, Jacksonville Urban League, Jacksonville Women’s Giving Alliance, and the Jacksonville Ritz Chamber Players. She is past chair of the Advisory Board for the Morehouse College International Leadership Center and has served on the boards of Seton Hall University, Highmark Foundation, Tampa Bay Community Foundation, and WQED Public Broadcasting, and other local, national, and international boards. Velma holds a B.S. degree from Stillman College, and a nonprofit management certificate from Case Western Reserve.

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Relationships Take Work

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February means candy hearts and Cupid’s arrows, but what if your sweetheart is driving you crazy? Whether you’re single, dating or promising forever, all relationships take work. Here are some tips on being a better communicator when things get complicated. First, understand that sharing your thoughts and feelings is not only beneficial for your mental health, but also a way to engage in healthy problem solving with your spouse or significant other. Talk about the tough stuff – at an...

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Hurricane Michael Impacts

Posted on Feb 11th 2019 by Florida Blue

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If you need an individual or family plan and you weren’t able to enroll in a 2019 health plan because of the hurricane, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period until February 16. Counties eligible for this extended SEP include: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, Washington, Okaloosa, Walton, Jefferson, Suwannee, Madison and Hamilton. Even if you don’t live in one of these counties, you may still be able to qualify for a Special...

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