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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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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