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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MJ visits the White House

Posted on Jul 15th 2011 by Florida Blue

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Manjunath “MJ” Charmani , one of our colleagues here at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida attended a special reception on June 22 nd at the White House , where he also met President Obama, to learn about the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative . We spoke to MJ and here’s what he had to say: “The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative is one of the ways the Obama Administration is opening access to leaders in the AAPI community, thereby sending the message of...

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Choose My Plate - the USDA does away with the food pyramid

Posted on Jul 14th 2011 by Florida Blue

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Do you remember the food pyramid ? On June 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it was no longer using the food pyramid and replaced it with My Plate . My Plate is a colorful, yet simple, plate split into four sections: fruits, grains, vegetables and protein with a separate section to represent dairy foods. My plate is designed to help you build a healthy meal, balance calories and eat less by avoiding oversized portions. To learn more about the USDA’s My Plate, and for tips to eat...

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Little known ways to increase your fluid intake

Posted on Jul 8th 2011 by Florida Blue

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Continuing our tips for summer safety under the Florida sun , we are talking today about fluid intake. Under normal conditions, most people can drink enough fluids to meet their water needs, but if you are outside in hot weather for most of the day or doing vigorous activity, you may need to increase your fluid intake. If you think you're not getting enough water each day, the following tips may help: Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands. Freeze some...

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The Secret to enjoying Cruises the healthy way

Posted on Jul 6th 2011 by Florida Blue

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Summer is here and we at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida are excited about the different ways Floridians are utilizing the sun. With a whole host of activities to choose from, cruises seem to be a favorite with everybody we asked. We talked to a few cruise aficionados, who had some interesting tidbits to share about their cruise experience, especially about how to stay healthy while still having fun in the sun. Karla Williams who went on a 7 day family cruise in 2010 says her biggest...

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Staying safe under the Florida sun

Posted on Jun 27th 2011 by Florida Blue

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Summertime in Florida is here! While we love the warm weather and fun that comes with it, we also want to make sure that you take your sun care protection and health seriously. We found this very excellent infographic below that highlights the danger and the precautions you should take while enjoying time in the sun. Via: Term Life Insurance

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In the pursuit of Health...a continuation (Sheena's story)

Posted on Jun 22nd 2011 by Florida Blue

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Part 5 of 5 To date, we’ve profiled three successful individuals that have made a commitment to their pursuit of health and one indidvidual on her way to her goal. We checked with Sheena on her progress and here's what she had to say: The path to good health is paved with many a calorie-inducing temptation. I am personally learning about them on as I pursue my goal of being in a healthier place by the end of the year. The experts all say the simplest way for weight loss is looking into the...

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