Mint is an herb for all seasons, whether used in a cool refreshing drink in the summer or a warm cup of tea when the weather turns a little chillier. Widely used since ancient times, it is currently used in manufactured products for its flavoring and aroma; it can also be found it many of the products we use on a daily basis. As an herb, mint’s leaves a [...]

When you see a problem as challenging as childhood obesity, you might wonder if anything can truly be done to reverse it. Fortunately, there are groups here in Florida who run towards the problem with expertise, compassion and dedication. The [...]

4 Running Tips for Kids

Posted on Mar 8th 2013 by Victoria Edwards

Childhood obesity is ever so present. As adults and parents, it’s up to us too not only teach our children about a balanced diet, but to also encourage regular activity. What you do and teach them now will help their health in the long run and possibly prevent them from developing conditions [...]

Have you ever wondered how long-distance runners can run so far without stopping? I am a novice runner, so I wanted to know their secret.  My running history includes an 8k and the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, which took place last year. I usually try to run a 5K (3.1 miles) around two to thre [...]

Here in Florida, we know that major health care changes are rapidly approaching. Sometimes a major change is good and sometimes it can be frustrating, like the recent changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS has announced that they plan to implement a 2.3 percent reduction in Medicare Advantage payments for 2014. With the other payment reduction [...]

It’s an interesting time for health care; Florida Blue is committed to helping the people and communities in Florida be healthy, so we’re always trying new innovative things to help health care makes sense.  David Pizzo, Florida Blue’s Market President in Tampa, is helping lead this effort and is actively involved in community sponsorships, like the [...]

Health Care Reform and You

Posted on Feb 18th 2013 by Kate Warnock

Listening to the evening news, following the trending topics on Twitter or even just talking with your friends and family, it would be hard to avoid hearing about health care reform, more formally known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What is health care reform? And how will it affect you, your family and your health? [...]

Strawberry Flatbread Pizza

Posted on Feb 15th 2013 by Chef DeJuan

When I think of the strawberry, I am reminded of a quote by William Allen Butler: “Doubtless God could have made a better berry, than a strawberry, doubtless God never did.”  Webster’s dictionary defines a strawberry as a small red fruit. I would add that even though it is small in size, it is large in flavor. Strawberries are grown throughout the world and a [...]

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 [...]