It Takes a Village

Posted on Aug 28th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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“It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, impossible is not a word; it’s just a reason for someone not to try.” Every email sent by Felicia Hardaway, principal of North Shore Elementary in Jacksonville, is tagged with that inspirational quote. If there is a single word to capture Principal Hardaway’s spirit, it would have to be inspiring. Principal Hardaway came to our attention through our employee, Willetta Richie, who organized a group of Florida Blue employees to mentor students at North Shore...

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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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A Jaguars’ Trainer Helps Us Stay Cool in Summer

Posted on Aug 9th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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How many times have you laced up your running shoes, grabbed your water bottle, and lost all motivation to exercise outdoors when you notice the temperature is already 91 degrees…at 8:30 in the morning? The flip-side of living in our gorgeous, sunny state is that we are forced to endure summer heat that makes most of us feel wrung-out by humidity and triple-digit temperatures. So, how can you stay fit and active, outdoors, in spite of our tropical weather? We took our question to Rod Scott, an...

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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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A Team Approach to Interpreting the ACA

Posted on Jul 27th 2012 by Florida Blue

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This week, Florida Blue Chairman and CEO, Pat Geraghty, was invited by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to speak on the impact the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have on Floridians. Pat provided Florida Blue’s perspective on the decision – that everyone is entitled to be covered, and that reform in health care is a must. In the spirit of cooperation across the health care spectrum, Pat welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the CEO of a major hospital system, Brian Keeley of Baptist...

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Stalked by a Manatee

Posted on Jul 19th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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I bet if I asked you to name your top five favorite songs, you could tick off the titles. Movies and books? Got those favorites listed too, right? What if I asked you to name your top place to exercise - or simply enjoy being healthy - outside? I could do that in an instant: riding a stand-up paddle (SUP) board in Sarasota Bay, just off St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. How's that for specific? Why that particular piece of real estate? I submit photographic evidence #1. Does the beauty of the...

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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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T’ai Chi Is a Healthy Way to Go with the Flow

Posted on Jul 17th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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This July, our Florida Blue Center in Pensacola has the privilege of hosting weekly T’ai Chi classes for seniors led by Jerry Bozant, an instructor of this ancient martial art with 17 years’ experience. Jerry is passionate about the health benefits that anyone who practices White Crane T’ai Chi will receive, especially seniors. We caught up with Jerry to learn more about this beautiful practice. Florida Blue: In laymen’s terms, what is T’ai Chi so that it’s not confused with other practices?...

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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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Health Care Makes Sense Here

Posted on Jul 12th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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Have you secretly imagined yourself on the podium receiving your Olympic gold medal as the Stars and Stripes lifts majestically overhead? Indulge your inner Olympic athlete and join us July 14 and 15 as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our newest Florida Blue Center located in sunny Winter Haven. We’ll have exciting games and giveaways inspired by the Olympics, with free food, face painting, live music and massages that the entire family can enjoy. Not from the Winter Haven area? No worries!...

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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 Girl Scouts’ Superstar Joslyn Simmons Makes Us #FloridaProud

Posted on Jul 9th 2012 by Florida Blue

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Celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, the Girls Scouts of America has a long tradition of empowering young women throughout the country by teaching them the value of honesty, confidence, courage and sisterhood. One of these extraordinary young ladies is 16-year-old Joslyn Simmons of the Florida Girl Scouts of Gateway Council , troop #143 in Jacksonville. Joslyn’s work to fight childhood obesity makes us #FloridaProud. Joslyn joined the Girls Scouts at the age of 5 after a troop visited...

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How to Coach an Olympian: An Interview with Sergio Lopez Miro

Posted on Jul 3rd 2012 by Kate Warnock

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If I walked into Coach Lopez’s office with a preconceived notion of what I’d hear during this interview, I left it with those notions swept clean. Sure, I knew I was talking with an Olympic medalist – he won the Bronze in the 200m breaststroke for Spain in the 1988 Olympics, competed again in 1992 and qualified for the 1996 Games. Did I leave an hour later a bit overwhelmed by Coach Lopez’s humility? Affirmative. Completely. Sergio Lopez Miro is the head swimming coach for The Bolles School , a...

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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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Making Tampa Bay a Healthier Place to Be

Posted on Jul 2nd 2012 by Florida Blue

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There’s no denying it, Tampa Bay is an amazing place to live, work and play! That’s why it’s so important to Florida Blue to help make the thriving Tampa community an even healthier place to be. You may have seen our own Mark Lee, VP of the Brand Development and Marketing Communications team, speak about some of our ongoing initiatives and partnerships that we’re proud to be a part of at last week’s Rays game. We wanted to share more about these exciting initiatives with our blog readers. Fit...

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The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15

Posted on Jun 29th 2012 by Kate Warnock

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I'm not a registered dietitian or a nutritionist, but I am aware of the debate around organic versus conventionally-grown produce. In a nutshell, organic produce has far less residual pesticides (what's left after you scrub the food in water) than produce grown using conventional (with pesticides) practices. Since the long-term effects of consuming pesticides used on food crops is not fully known, many advocate eating organic. But reality strikes. If you're like me, maybe you've wondered if a...

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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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