Holiday Appetizers Made Easy by Chef DeJuan

Posted on Dec 1st 2020 by Chef DeJuan

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The word “holiday” is a noun or verb. As a noun, it is defined as “a day of festivity or celebration when no work is done.” Can you imagine that during the holidays, one could really get by without doing any work? I know from experience that lots of work is being done to ensure plenty of days of festivity. As a culinary professional, the holidays are often the busiest time of the year; therefore, as a husband and father, I struggle with contributing to the family celebrations. However, my wife...

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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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Tips to Make Your Holiday Celebration Healthier

Posted on Nov 29th 2020 by Florida Blue

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The cascade of holidays at the end of the year sometimes make it hard to finish the year on a healthy note, with so many parties, celebrations and delicious food. If you make it through Thanksgiving without an extra pound or two, that’s a good start. But the month or so that follows can test your willpower and your waistline. The annual holiday-palooza starts Dec. 10, with the first day of Hanukkah, and ends Jan. 1 on New Year’s Day. In between is Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa and New...

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Why #FloridaGives

Posted on Nov 28th 2020 by Sharon LaSure-Roy

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Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Recently, I had a chance to speak with Susan Towler, Vice President, Florida Blue Foundation and the Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility for Florida Blue, to chat about the work of the Foundation, the importance of Giving Tuesday and the #FloridaGives community campaign. Q: Susan, tell us about the Florida Blue Foundation and how it supports the Florida Blue mission of helping...

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Sharon is a daughter, sister, proud mother & well-loved wife. She calls herself a #socialmedia storyteller and definitely not a guru. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Follower her on twitter at @sharonlroy and @chefandbride.

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CDC Recommends Staying Home This Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 24th 2020 by Florida Blue

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You know that close talker who always seems to corner you at large family gatherings? Or that goofy uncle you only see during the holidays who tells the same stories every year? You should be safe from both of those this year if you follow safety guidelines for holiday celebrations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home for Thanksgiving and celebrating only with people in your household. This comes as the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths...

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Don’t Become a Real-Life Home Alone Character - Stay Safe This Holiday Season

Posted on Nov 22nd 2020 by Florida Blue

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We’ve all seen the slapstick scenes in Home Alone , when Kevin McCallister fights off bad guys using a series of traps involving household items like nails, tar, broken glass, and even video clips of the fake gangster movie “ Angels With Filthy Souls .” This series of booby traps eventually sends the burglars running, and Kevin triumphs in keeping his home safe until his parents return from their holiday vacation without him. Watching these two “Wet Bandits” suffer various injuries on TV might...

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Five Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes from Chef DeJuan

Posted on Nov 21st 2020 by Chef DeJuan

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Even though it may look a little different this year, Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and comfort food. It is one of my favorite holidays of the year and I wanted to share a few of my favorite holiday dishes. They include a sweet and spicy berry chutney you can serve with your turkey on Thanksgiving Day, as well as warm cornbread and roasted root vegetables. Make sure you save a couple of tablespoons of that chutney for a flavorful addition to the leftover holiday turkey salad recipe...

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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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Trust Issues Linked to Fewer Black People Getting Flu Shots

Posted on Nov 18th 2020 by Marilyn Young

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For decades, Black people have been less likely to get a flu shot than those from many other races. And the percentages in Florida are among the lowest in the country. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says only 38 percent of Black residents at least 6 months old in Florida got a flu shot last season. That’s compared to 49.7 percent of white residents and 44.5 percent of the state’s total population. Some of the reasons date back decades, according to Dr. Cynthia Griffin, vice...

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New payment options for Medicare members

Posted on Nov 12th 2020 by Florida Blue

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One size doesn’t fit all. That statement couldn’t be more truer especially when it comes to your health care coverage. That’s why we’ve given you more options for how to pay your monthly plan premium. It’s convenient, secure and easy to set-up. Medicare Advantage members can now make premium payments online using a credit card. You can also enter your email address when you log in to your member portal to receive email updates about your payment. Getting started is easy. Just log in to your My...

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Get Ready to Enroll in Medicare

Posted on Nov 10th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Turning 65 is a milestone birthday that sets the stage for important life-changing events, such as enrolling in Medicare. Understanding your options and available Medicare health plans will help you make the right choice to protect your health now and later. With this rite of passage, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in Original Medicare also known as Medicare Parts A and B. And, while many medical services are covered, some are not covered at all, such as prescription drugs, dental,...

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Affordable myBlue Plan Expanding to More Counties

Posted on Nov 10th 2020 by Florida Blue

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In a world with so much uncertainty, having affordable health care coverage gives you peace of mind, knowing you and your family will be covered for the care you need, including emergencies. There are several levels of plans to choose from for myBlue, an HMO health plan that has our lowest premiums. Most having a $0 to low-cost copay when you see an in-network primary care doctor. And, you’ll get some of the same benefits as other Florida Blue plans. Beginning Jan. 1, myBlue will be available...

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