Wellness

Let’s Have a Heart-to-Heart About Stress

What stresses you out? Your daily commute? Office politics? Your mother-in-law? The fact that you’ve got miles to go to retirement? If you’re constantly under stress, and you don’t have good coping strategies, you’re more likely to have high blood pressure, chest pain, or experience irregular heartbeats. Here’s why. Stress triggers your body’s “fight or…

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Importance of Hand-Washing

Hand-washing is a simple and effective way to help prevent diseases, such as colds, flu, and food poisoning. When to Wash Your Hands Wash hands: Often, especially during cold and flu (influenza) season, can reduce your risk of catching or spreading a cold or the flu. Before, during, and after preparing food reduces your risk…

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Staying Active in Cold Weather

If you’re feeling inspired by the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, there are plenty of ways to be active in fall and winter, even if the weather turns cold. You can stay in shape and have fun while you’re at it. Indoors Go for walks at the mall with a friend. Local schools and churches may…

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Healthy Recipes: Parsnip Sage Browned Butter Soup

This month’s healthy recipe from Chef Kyle Williams, head chef of our Live Blue Kitchen + Cafe, is Parsnip Sage Browned Butter Soup. The humble parsnip is a root vegetable that is related to carrots, but sweeter. Parsnips, in all their creamy white glory, are packed with nutrients, and make for a deliciously healthy winter…

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Flu vs. Cold

The flu and the common cold are both types of upper respiratory infections (URIs). Both are caused by viruses. But the flu is not the same as the common cold. Flu symptoms Flu symptoms are usually much worse than a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and lasts longer. Symptoms may include: Fever Cough Shaking chills Body…

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It’s Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, the number one cause of lung cancer. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of premature death. While many smokers are aware of the reasons to quit, knowing where to start can be difficult and daunting. Whether attempting to quit alone or with support, taking the first…

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Spotlighting Blue KC Breast Cancer Survivors

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re honoring a few of the incredible breast cancer survivors who work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) by sharing their stories. Barb Barb Culbertson has worked at Blue KC for more than 25 years and has been a breast cancer survivor for…

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Take Action to Avoid the Flu

The flu can be miserable — and downright dangerous. Flu complications can be serious and even deadly, so don’t forget your best defense against this common illness: getting your annual flu shot. The shot can help keep you from getting the flu and its related complications. Plus, getting vaccinated means you’ll be less likely to…

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Brainy Ideas for Summer Fun

Ah, those lazy, hazy days of summer. Think vacations. Think school breaks. It seems like a good time for the entire family to just chill and not do any heavy mental lifting. As tempting as that may sound, however, maintaining good brain health is a year round activity. Here are a few fun and easy…

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