Heart disease is the number one killer of women, more than all forms of cancer combined.  A year ago, I had a heart attack and almost became one of those s [...]

Children receive so many benefits when they play sports and exercise. They develop their muscles, strengthen their heart and learn valuable social skills. In most sports, running is a large component of the activity. While this is a fantastic physical exercise, it can be dangerous for children if they aren’t trained properly. Check out the the do’s and don’ts of kids running to make sure your chi [...]

There is not a hotter place to be than Miami’s South Beach as it hosts the annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) on February 21-24. This world-renowned event is chock-full of celebrities, Food Network™ TV personalities and an abundance of the main attraction: spectacular food and wine. We’re delighted to present t [...]

New Year, New Tools

Posted on Jan 11th 2013 by John Padgett

It’s the New Year and for some of us, that means getting back to a normal routine. For others, it may mean starting some new routines. Either way, we’ve got some exciting new tools that are going to bring a fresh approach to your health routine for 2013. As a Florida Blue member, you have exclusive access to a personalized WebMD site through your member account at [...]

As we all know, there are two kinds of spreads during the holidays: the buffet spread of all the great-tasting foods we know we shouldn’t eat and the spread that happens in our bodies as a result: the belly spread, the thigh spread and the butt spread. This last spread is the one that will see us running for our “fat pants” with the elastic waist. How do we enjoy the first and avoid the second? H [...]

As a nutrition and fitness professional, it is great to see that the advice I give to clients holds true when my role as a mother takes over. I know that if I want my clients to put their trust in me, I have to walk the talk. The same is true for parents. We need to be consistent with our efforts in getting our children to try (and like!) vegetables.  It will most likely take several attempts befo [...]

My Great American Smokeout

Posted on Dec 11th 2012 by John Padgett

I’m sure that most of you have heard of the Great American Smokeout. If you haven’t, it’s an event held every November, and it’s designed to give smokers a special day to consider kicking the habit. I don’t want to spend too much time talking about the serious health risks and the high cost [...]

There’s loyalty, and then there’s absolute loyalty. Jerry Roden, a private attorney from Vero Beach who practices in Fort Pierce, Florida, has been a Florida Blue member since 1991. As his career evolved and he married Cindy, an etiquette consultant, and fathered his son Brice, now thirteen, Jerry always wanted the stability and confidence of keeping Florida Blue as his carrier. [...]

It’s December and that means that the holidays are upon us and the year is almost over.  For most of us, this means tax season is right around the corner. Whether you do your taxes early or wait until the last minute, there are some new changes to the Claims & Statements area when you log in at floridablue.com [...]

You could win a $25 gift card and 25-minute massage on 12/15 from 11am to 2pm. We know the holidays can be a crazy time, but we’re always here to help. That’s why we’ve put together an extra-special Twitter contest just for you. On the week leading up to 12/15, we’ll be sending out tweets asking people for fun responses about their holiday stress relief. All you have to do is respond wit [...]

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