Few things in life can compete with a perfectly ripe strawberry. Of course they’re tasty, but let’s not forget that they’re also a nutrition dynamo, helping to lower cholesterol, plus packing fiber, vitamins and cancer-fighting properties in a fat-free, low-calorie, perfect--for-holding-melted- [...]

As my Weight Watchers Leader Paula would say, “Stop falling in the hole and take another street.” When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 280 pounds. I was in denial about my weight. During one of the health fairs at the Florida [...]

When I last posted, I was in the throes of sleep deprivation and obsessing on a nightly basis over how to get my then 11-month-old to sleep for more than three hours at a stretch. We would put Henry to bed (never letting him cry it out) between 8 and 9 p.m. each night. We [...]

Sometimes a visit to your local Florida Blue Center is more than worth your time. Here's a great story of helping member's save money using the Florida Blue Center. Mr. B stopped in the Winter Park Florida Blue Center after he learn [...]

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 [...]

Managing the Holiday “Spread”

Posted on Dec 18th 2012 by Dr. Carm

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 [...]

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