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 skinn [...]

It Takes a Village

Posted on Aug 28th 2012 by Kate Warnock

“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 captur [...]

How many times have you laced up your running shoes, grabbed your water bottle, and lost all motivation to exercise outdoors when you notice the temperature is already  91 degrees…at 8:30 in the morning? The flip-side of living in our gorgeous, sunny state is that we are forced to endure summer heat that makes most of us feel wrung-out by humidity and triple-digit temperatures. So, how can [...]

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. [...]

Stalked by a Manatee

Posted on Jul 19th 2012 by Kate Warnock

I bet if I asked you to name your top five favorite songs, you could tick off the titles. Movies and books? Got those favorites listed too, right? What if I asked you to name your top place to exercise - or simply enjoy being healthy - outside? I could do that in an instant:  riding a stand-up paddle (SUP) board in Sarasota Bay, just off St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. How's that for speci [...]

This July, our Florida Blue Center in Pensacola has the privilege of hosting weekly T’ai Chi classes for seniors led by Jerry Bozant, an instructor of this ancient martial art with 17 years’ experience.  Jerry is passionate about the health benefits that anyone who practices White Crane T’ai Chi will receive, especi [...]

Health Care Makes Sense Here

Posted on Jul 12th 2012 by Kate Warnock

Have you secretly imagine [...]

Celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, the Girls Scouts of America has a long tradition of empowering young women throughout the country by teaching them the value of honesty, confidence, courage and sisterhood. One of these extraordinary young ladies is 16-year-old Joslyn Simmons of the Florida Girl Scouts of Gateway Council [...]

If I walked into Coach Lopez’s office with a preconceived notion of what I’d hear during this interview, I left it with those notions swept clean. Sure, I knew I was talking with an Olympic medalist – he won the Bronze in the 200m breaststroke for Spain in the 1988 Olympics, competed again in 1992 and qualified [...]

There’s no denying it, Tampa Bay is an amazing place to live, work and play! That’s why it’s so important to Florida Blue to help make the thriving Tampa community an even healthier place to be. You may have seen our own Mark Lee, VP of the Brand Development and Marketing Communications team, speak about some of our ongoing initiatives and partnerships that we’re proud to be a part of at last wee [...]

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