Introducing Stella the Whale

Posted on Oct 15th 2012 by Florida Blue

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My name is Stella the Whale. My friends at Florida Blue were nice enough to let me drop in and tell you about my journey starting October 14 and ending November 17. Children across the state of Florida are helping me, a life-size illustration of a baby right whale painted by renowned artist, Wyland , migrate 700 miles from one end of the state to the other. I will be stopping at schools and children's centers along my route to give them presentations from marine mammal experts and educators...

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My Mom Had Breast Cancer: Ashley Alewine’s Story

Posted on Oct 11th 2012 by Ashley Alewine

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On a seemingly ordinary day in August 2001, just days before I was to start college, I heard the words, “Your mom has breast cancer.” Those five words changed my life forever. "Your mom has breast cancer." Those five words changed my life forever. Mom had gone to a typical doctor visit for a mammogram. I was out enjoying my last few days as a high school graduate before jumping into college life. Shortly after I got home that afternoon, my grandmother came in with a look on her face that I had...

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Ashley Alewine works on the Florida Blue Center team in Tampa, the city where she was raised and still lives. She loves having her huge family a hop, skip, and a jump away, because she feels interaction with family cures even the most complicated of ailments.

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Mary Mangan – Don’t Call Her Superwoman

Posted on Oct 9th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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Florida Blue member Mary Mangan is the picture of health. She stands five feet six inches tall, weighs 115 pounds (dripping wet) and is a vigorous 28-year old who is both a nanny and a business owner ( Seminole Sitters , a baby-sitting service). Mary is the owner of Seminole Sitters Mary decided to act on the offer she received from Florida Blue for a free member health assessment at the Tallahassee Florida Blue Center earlier this year, and wasn’t expecting any surprises. Imagine her shock...

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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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Lessons Breast Cancer Taught Me - Joan's Story

Posted on Oct 6th 2012 by Joan Alewine

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The year was 2001. I had turned 40 years old in January. Little did I know what the remainder of the year had in store for me. I first felt the lump in my breast in late July, but because of my history of fibrocystic disease, I wasn’t too alarmed. When a biopsy in August proved the mass was malignant, my life changed dramatically. I will never forget the moment the surgeon said, “You have breast cancer.” I wondered what would happen to my three kids I was a single mother of three children (my...

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Joan Alewine

Joan Alewine, R.N. is the regional manager for Better You From Blue in the West Region. She works with large and small group accounts in engaging their employees in a worksite wellness program. She loves to travel, and, in addition to 20 cruises, has been to such places as Iceland, Machu Picchu and Europe. Her love for travel began after her diagnosis when she realized that you must live every day to the fullest!

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4,000 Calories a Day – Not Your Average Joe

Posted on Oct 5th 2012 by Chef DeJuan

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It’s my favorite time of year… football season! It was definitely one of the biggest professional challenges I have ever had to face -Chef DeJuan Ever wonder how much football players need to eat in order to perform at their highest level and sustain themselves through 6+ months of a grueling season? I did too. For the past three years, I’ve have had the pleasure of working as the executive chef for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers during training camp. While both a huge honor and an exciting...

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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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A Family that Eats Together

Posted on Oct 3rd 2012 by Chef DeJuan

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Chef DeJuan I am a chef, so it may surprise you to hear that it is incredibly difficult for my family to eat dinner together every night. With my hours as the executive chef for the Alhambra Theatre, one of the oldest dinner theatres in the country, I often get home after my wife and kids have eaten. The kitchen is usually well cleaned and my plate is waiting for me in the microwave. I am sure you've heard the research about the benefits of eating family dinners: A 1996 Harvard Research report...

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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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You said what?

Posted on Sep 25th 2012 by Dr. Carm

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Getting the most out of any personal interaction, whether it be shopping for a car, groceries, new shoes (YEAH!), or a visit to the doctor’s office depends on several important steps. Step 1: Know what you want out of your visit. Why do people spend more time and preparation getting ready for a visit to the car dealership than they do for their yearly physical exam? In reality, cutting corners on the preparation for a doctor’s visit will do more to disrupt and endanger your life than buying a “...

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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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Fall Into Healthy Habits Pinterest Contest

Posted on Sep 20th 2012 by Florida Blue

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Ah, Pinterest! If you seem to enter a time warp every time you visit the site (where does the time go?), do we have a contest for you! To celebrate your health and the start of one of the prettiest seasons in Florida, we are pleased to announce our first ever Pinterest contest, "Fall into Healthy Habits." The rules are simple, fun and best of all - you are guaranteed to win two tickets to the Home and Patio Show in Jacksonville or Orlando (your choice) for following these easy steps: 1. Follow...

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Meet Dr. Carm

Posted on Sep 19th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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Not long ago, we heard an employee say that a wellness session led by Florida Blue medical director, Dr. Carmella Sebastian, was so informative (and hysterical!) that she and the other attendees talked about it for days. Informative and hysterical? We had to learn more. Luckily, after the social media team met personally with Dr. Sebastian, we got so much more than an interview—we picked up a new author for the blog! We are excited to introduce you to Dr. Carmella Sebastian, who will be writing...

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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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Florida Blue Center Focus: Danna Barnes

Posted on Sep 13th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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Here at Florida Blue, nurses are some of our favorite people. Whether they act as skilled guides in helping our members improve their health, coordinate care or simply listen with a compassionate ear, nurses help our company fulfill its mission of helping people and communities achieve better health. When we opened our Florida Blue Centers around the state, we knew that we would have a nurse on staff to ensure all Floridians had access to their expertise. In this second part of our series...

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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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