Wellness

Three Healthy Recipes for Springtime

Spring is a time for renewal, and your health is no exception. Chef Kyle Williams, head chef of our Live Blue Kitchen and Café, sat down with The Blueprint to discuss healthy eating habits that can be practiced year-round. “Nutrition heals our bodies on the inside,” Chef Kyle said. “It’s sort of like a special…

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Join Blue KC at the Farmers’ Market

While there has been an increased focus on addressing the social determinants of health from the healthcare industry over the last few years, there is still a significant amount of work to be done in this space. The social determinants of health, at their core, are factors that impact a person’s health that are often…

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Why You Need a Primary Care Provider

The demands of our busy lifestyles can make it difficult for us to justify making a trip to the doctor for preventive care. It’s not uncommon to dismiss the option of routine healthcare check-ups and screenings, instead to only make a trip to the doctor when facing injury or illness. This disjointed approach to care,…

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Meal Prep 101 with Chef Kyle

Recent increases in conversations surrounding health and wellness, body positivity and viewing food as fuel have inspired individuals to take their health into their own hands. In particular, the simple yet effective practice of meal prepping continues to grow in popularity, as it allows people to cut costs, save time and cater to their own…

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Four Benefits of Spring Cleaning

Spring has finally arrived in Kansas City, which means it’s time to pack away your winter essentials and rid your home of some clutter.  Why is it that approximately 91 percent of Americans engage in spring cleaning each year? While it may seem like a chore, there are many benefits that will make it worth…

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What to Know About Advance Care Planning

Advanced care planning is crucial to ensure that your health care team, family and loved ones are informed to make important decisions on your behalf during a health crisis. No one can predict when a catastrophic medical event may take place, so don’t wait to start these imperative conversations. Blue KC Director of Care Management…

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What You Need to Know About ADHD

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) recently released its latest Health of America report, “The Impact of ADHD on the Health of America’s Children.” The report reviewed medical claims of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses and treatment among children 2-18 years old from 2010-2017. Children with ADHD struggle with paying attention, controlling impulses…

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Six Tips for Better Brain Health

In recognition of Brain Awareness Week, here are six tips to help you manage and improve your brain health. Train Your Brain Keeping your brain healthy can be as simple as picking up a new hobby. Research shows that mentally stimulating activities like reading, puzzles, taking courses and doing crafts such as drawing help to…

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Celebrate American Heart Month with These Six Tips

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, even among younger people between the ages of 35 to 64. Join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) this month as we recognize American Heart Month with some helpful tips for maintaining your heart health. By the end…

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Healthy Recipes: Beef Bourguignon

This cold weather classic is an all-time favorite recipe of Chef Kyle Williams, head chef of our Live Blue Kitchen + Café. Beef Bourguignon is a stew of meat simmered slowly in red wine along with pearl onions, mushrooms and crisp, cubed bacon. This recipe yields 2-3 gallons (serving 6-8 servings). Ingredients: For the stew: 4-6…

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