Even if you only choose plant-based meals over animal protein only a few meals a week, plant-based diets have many health benefits. Research shows vegetarian diets are linked with lower incidences of obesity, Type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer and hypertension. By eliminating meat and substituting vegetables, beans, whole grains or soy you can create meals rich in vit [...]

With ongoing changes in the health care industry it is important to take charge of your health and well-being. Patient engagement refers to the involvement and actions each person needs to take in order to get the most from the health care services available to them. The following is a recommended list of ways to be an active participant in your health care this coming year. 1. Check wi [...]

Immunization Awareness

Posted on Aug 17th 2016 by Florida Blue

Immunizations are a cost-effective and successful way to protect yourself and your children from many diseases and illnesses. By introducing a small amount of the virus or bacteria into the body, your immune system’s defense mode is triggered, which creates antibodies to fight the germ or disease. Immunization programs can have far-reaching effects on our society. For example, when the smallpox [...]

It’s that time of year again – time to enroll in health coverage for 2017.  Open enrollment begins on October 1 for plans without financial assistance and on November 1 for plans with financial assistance.  So what’s the difference in shopping in October versus November?  The plans available starting on October 1 through Florida Blue do not includ [...]

It happened again. I couldn’t believe it. At first when it came on, I was confused and in disbelief. It was all over me and it kept spreading. “Rain drops” they called it - like these lesions or scales are some cute little badges you get to wear for a long time. Why did it make me so frustrated, so self-conscious, so sad and out of control. This is my experience with guttate psoriasis. [...]

LAKE MARY, Fla. – Florida Blue announced a major expansion of its Central Florida operations today. The state’s largest health insurer will add more than 280 positions and a new 30,000-square-foot office in Seminole County, tripling its local workforce. Florida Blue unveiled its newest contact center located at 701 International Parkway in Lake Mary as part of the expansion announcement [...]

Florida Blue is committed to the communities it serves and the health of its members. That’s why we support a multifaceted approach to optimum oral care called Oral Health for Overall Health. Why Oral Health for Overall Health? Dental health can influence conditions such as diabetes, oral cancer, coronary artery disease (CAD [...]

A New Destination

Posted on Jul 25th 2016 by Sharon LaSure-Roy

American writer, Henry Miller once wrote, “one’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.“ I firmly believe there is joy in experiencing a new way of seeing and doing things.  It helps broaden our minds, our attitudes and our well-being. Many would say I am an avid traveler, always seeking new adventures with my family.  Whether we are driving up a mountai [...]

#BlueGivesBlood

Posted on Jul 25th 2016 by Florida Blue

Did you know that every blood donation could help save as many as three lives?  It’s a fact we all should know and share because the need for blood is every day. Recently the world recognized June 14, 2016 as World Blood Donor Day.  It is a day we acknowledge the role of blood donors and the impact their donations have had in their local communities, their nations and the worl [...]

Passport in hand and ready to go! Traveling overseas to visit lands I have only seen through the tube. These are the thoughts that stream through my mind as I am in the waiting room of my doctor’s office just a week prior to my trip to Dominican Republic As a healthy young adult, the only tablet that goes with me everywhere, literally, is my Trader Joe’s Women’s Once Daily Multivitamins [...]

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