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

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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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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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Breastfeeding: One Mom's Story

Posted on Sep 12th 2012 by

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I am a breastfeeding advocate. The one, maybe only, thing I was sure of as I prepared to have a baby was that I wanted to breastfeed. I had daydreams of my baby and me cuddling in a sunny corner, me gazing lovingly into his eyes as he nursed happily away. Those dreams have since become a reality, but it wasn’t without a lot of tears, hard work, anxiety, a super-supportive husband and the help of two amazing lactation consultants. "The biggesst myth surrounding breastfeeding is that it is easy...

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“I was so upset that you were a skinny baby, I fed you milkshakes.”

Posted on Sep 6th 2012 by

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I was an obese child. I often wondered why my parents fed me the way that they did. One day, after the fat was gone, my mother and I were looking through a photo album. There I was as a baby, completely naked. Funny thing was, I was skinny. Not “kid with malnutrition” skinny, but very thin. I said, “Look at me! I was a thin baby. What happened?” Mom said, “Oh, I was so upset with you being skinny. I thought you were sick, so I fed you ‘til you looked healthy.” “You mean the fat was on purpose...

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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 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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