Five Tips for National Men’s Health Week

The second week in June marks Men’s Health Week – a time intended to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. We’ve highlighted five ways to dive into a healthy lifestyle this week. Stay active Grab a buddy and join a local sports…

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June 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Kara Schoff

In just four years as a special education teacher at Truman High School in Independence, Mo., Kara Schoff has been referred to as “a positive force in her school and community,” “the total package” and simply an “amazing teacher and person.” She’s also been recognized as both the building and the district teacher of the…

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Healthy Recipes: Chimichurri Grilled Flank Steak

There’s nothing like a backyard BBQ to kick off summer! This chimichurri grilled flank steak from Chef Kyle Williams, head chef of our Live Blue Kitchen + Café, is full of protein and flavor. Yields 4 portions of steak and potatoes and 2+ cups of chimichurri sauce Ingredients: Chimichurri sauce: Fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized each May to increase awareness of mental health and well-being, and to educate people in order to decrease the stigma that is oftentimes associated with seeking help for mental health issues. We spoke with two Spira Care mental health professionals about the importance of mental health, ways to seek…

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Innovating Healthcare from the Inside Out, Starting in Kansas City

Healthcare today is at a crossroads – as other industries move toward on-demand, simplified user experiences, we must do the same. No longer can our mindset be, “this is how it’s done.” We must look beyond existing systems, operations and roadblocks to deliver better, smarter care. Where do we begin? Getting started can sometimes be…

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Four Ways to Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

It’s National Women’s Health Week, the annual May event that encourages women of all ages to take control of their wellness and live their healthiest possible lives. Use these four ideas to refresh your path to a healthy lifestyle or encourage the women in your lives to try them. Pledge to eat well. A healthy…

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May 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Isabella Line

Isabella Line will always remember the words of her great-grandmother. “Can’t never did anything,” she’d tell Isabella, a junior at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas. And now, Isabella is taking that advice and putting it to good use for the betterment of her school and the lives of her peers. “That phrase reminds…

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Blue KC Celebrates National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week is celebrated every year from May 6 to 12 to recognize the profound contributions nurses make to the community. This week, Blue KC is celebrating its own nurses, including those who practice at our Spira Care Centers in Shawnee and Olathe. Empowered to Help Ashley Andre, a Licensed Practical Nurse at Spira…

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Understanding Step Therapy

What is Step Therapy? Step therapy ensures you get the safest, most effective and reasonably-priced drug available. Step therapy means trying less expensive options before “stepping up” to drugs that cost more. Do More Expensive Drugs Work Better? A higher cost does not mean that a drug is better. A brand name drug may have…

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Turn a Working Lunch into a Walking Lunch

Yes, it can be hard to find time in your schedule to squeeze in some physical activity. However, walking is one of the simplest, safest and most effective forms of exercise. And here’s your perfect opportunity to get started. Wednesday, April 25 is the 10th annual National Walk @ Lunch Day sponsored by Blue Cross…

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