Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida goes Digital

Posted on Sep 20th 2011 by Florida Blue

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As the world changes, we are all responsible for making our own complex health decisions. BCBSF is developing digital capabilities for the purpose of empowering you to take charge of this by putting the tools you need to manage your health at your fingertips. We've developed online tools, mobile technologies and social media programs to help you make decisions, stay better informed and connect with resources you need. Our goal is to develop resources that fit your lifestyle and are easy and...

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Embrace a Healthy Florida

Posted on Sep 9th 2011 by Florida Blue

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Did you know that in Florida, 33.1% of children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese? This means Florida has a higher percentage of childhood obesity than the national average which stands at 30.6% . A study from the New England Journal of Medicine shows that children who are overweight or obese are more likely than others to become obese as adults. A 2004 study commissioned by the Action for Healthy Kids show that overweight and obese children may also suffer from higher rates of depression,...

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Fashion’s Night Out

Posted on Sep 8th 2011 by Florida Blue

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If you are in Tampa on September 8 th , join us at the International Plaza and Bay Street for Fashion’s Night Out , an after-hours shopping extravaganza filled with live music, caricature artists, DJs, competitions and tons of shopping. We, at BCBSF, are excited to be a sponsor for Fashion’s Night Out, where designers participate in an exciting, one-of-a-kind event in stores all over the globe from Manhattan to Milan, Atlanta to Australia. Led by Vogue Magazine and the Council of Fashion...

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Your Health on the Road

Posted on Aug 31st 2011 by Florida Blue

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Here is a question for our members - if you are traveling for work or fun and need to see a doctor, what do you do? How many of us can really keep a complete list of our medications, drug allergies, etc. in our head? Or can remember the date of our last doctor’s visit, or even the doctor’s name? Fortunately, MyBlueService is here to help. Your free, online member website gives you access to your health information anytime , from anywhere in the world. Here’s just a few of the things you can do...

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Tips for a healthy & safe road trip

Posted on Aug 31st 2011 by Florida Blue

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Going on a road trip? Put away those chips and look at these great tips we found about eating healthy on the road. · Prepare your own snacks – All you need are granolas, nuts, dried fruit, and/or snack mix. Get your containers, Ziploc® bags, mix and seal! One innovative mom also has everybody make their own bag and label them to avoid arguments. · Use the cooler – Fill up the cooler with water (always important). · Add some fruits & veggies – since you are bringing along a cooler, add some...

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Florida Blue Young Authors Contest

Posted on Aug 12th 2011 by Florida Blue

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We are so proud of 7 th grader Noelle Schneider ! This 13 year old homeschooler from St. Petersburg, Florida is the winner of the Florida Blue Young Authors Contest, a contest sponsored by Florida Blue and the Books by Kids Foundation . The contest invited middle school students from Hillsborough and Pinellas county to submit a unique story about Tampa Bay. The winning entry is to be featured in a new children’s book titled Tampa Bay from A to Z . Tampa Bay from A to Z will become part of the A...

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U.S. News and World Report's Hospital Rankings

Posted on Aug 12th 2011 by Florida Blue

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We, here at BCBSF, are proud of all the facilities that have made the list in the U.S. News and World Report annual metro area hospital rankings list. The rankings have been published annually by U. S. News for the past 22 years. The report tracks hospital data from the federal government, such as death rates and the ratio of nurses to patients. They’ve recognized 720 hospitals out of 4,825 nationwide. Here are the top ranked hospitals throughout our state: Jacksonville 1. Mayo Clinic 2...

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How to Get a Workout from Your Vacation

Posted on Aug 1st 2011 by Florida Blue

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Vacations are brilliant and such fun to have. What is not so much fun is the post-vacation doldrums - the unpacking, the getting back to everyday life and the dreaded check-in with your scale. Photo Credit: Laura Faith We’ve been thinking a lot about this conversation all of us have to have with our scale post-vacation. So here are some tips we gathered about ensuring that scale does not spew out unwelcome truths to you post-vacation. Water – drink plenty of it! Not only does it keep you...

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Top Five Best Beaches in Florida

Posted on Jul 26th 2011 by Florida Blue

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We’re constantly being asked by out-of-towners about our favorite Florida beach destinations. So we thought – why not make a top five list? The next time you’re asked or packing your bags to head to the beach, consider one of these: Photo Credit: Laura Faith Siesta Keys, Sarasota : White, silky, bright, fine - there aren't enough adjectives to describe the sand and quality of the beaches here. Located in Sarasota, this West coast beach has idyllic written all over it with tranquil waters and...

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What you need to know about Seat Belts

Posted on Jul 22nd 2011 by Florida Blue

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Have there been commercials that have made you think? For us, it's the Sussex Safer Roads’ award winning commercial about seat belt safety. We're awed by it. Such a simple message, shown in the most effective way. So a s you drive today, remember: Buckling up can reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. Though air bags provide added protection, they are not a substitute for seat belts. Air bags plus seat belts provide the greatest protection for adults. Source: http://www...

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