Wellness

Seven Tips to Manage Stress

You may be familiar with the symptoms of stress, including a pounding heart, increased perspiration, tight neck and shoulder muscles, anxiety and fear. [These are signs that your mind and body have gone into “fight or flight” mode.] But, you may not know how to prevent or relieve these symptoms. Stress can be triggered by…

Read More

Five Tips for a Safe Halloween

Spooky season is in full swing and your little monsters are giddy with the anticipation of showing off their costumes and stocking up on their favorite treats. With Halloween creeping up quickly, check out these five tips that will help keep the evening as fun as it is spooky. 1. Dress to Impress (and for…

Read More

Hiking Through Fall: A Guide to Kansas City’s Best Trails

How are you welcoming the fall season? With autumn in full swing, there’s no better time to get outside and immerse yourself in the cool weather, warm colors and fresh air. Before you bundle up for winter, carve out time to take advantage of our Kansas City parks and their abundance of lush hiking trails.…

Read More

How to Tackle the 3 Barriers to Behavioral Health Care

More than half of Americans with a mental health condition do not receive treatment. This is true for Blue KC members as well – nearly 20 percent of our members have a behavioral health condition and close to half don’t receive treatment. Treatment and intervention for behavioral health conditions has evolved significantly over the past…

Read More

Six Signs to Identify a Behavioral Health Condition

Behavioral health conditions are increasing with each generation and are prevalent at home, in the workplace, at schools and within the community. While these conditions share similar signs and symptoms it can be very difficult to identify them. These conditions present themselves in behaviors and attitudes that may be uncomfortable to address with yourself or a…

Read More

What is Behavioral Health?

When we think of “health,” we tend to focus on the more visible and physical attributes. When one says, “I’m healthy” they’re likely speaking within the context of being free from illness, living an active lifestyle or eating nutritiously. Although these elements are important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there’s another category of health that…

Read More

3 Diabetes-Friendly Recipes from Chef Kyle

Nearly 1 in 3 of us is at risk for diabetes and more than 86 million Americans have prediabetes , most of whom don’t realize they are on the cusp of the disease. Diabetes prevention matters and can ultimately be life-saving. In May 2018, Blue KC introduced the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a lifestyle change…

Read More

Six To-Dos Before Sending Your Child Back to School

Summer vacation is winding down and it’s almost time for kids to head back to school. The anticipation surrounding the start of a new school year may have you running from store to store, stocking up on an array of school supplies, the latest textbooks and new clothes for your child’s first day – but…

Read More

Blue KC Celebrates National Youth Sports Week

As Blue KC’s Community Relations and Investment Manager, I have the privilege of working closely with Girls On The Run, WIN For KC, and Sports LAB™ with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City to help work toward their respective missions. What’s so great about these missions and why are they important to…

Read More

Why You Should Keep Vaccinations Top-of-Mind During Summer Travel

You’ve probably seen several mentions of the recent measles outbreak and been involved in some type of conversation around vaccinations. That’s not surprising, given that as of early June , there have been more than 1,000 confirmed cases of measles across the country. This outbreak marks the greatest amount of cases reported in the U.S. since…

Read More