Healthy Recipes: Spring Tuscan Bean & Kale Stew

Soups are a great way to combine a number of healthy ingredients into a delicious one-pot meal. This white bean and kale stew recipe from Chef Kyle Williams, head chef of our Live Blue Kitchen + Café, is packed with legumes, herbs, vegetables and rustic good taste. Makes 1 gallon Ingredients: Kale, Rough chopped –…

Read More

April 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Lisa Painter

Every weekday morning, P.E. teacher and track coach Lisa Painter greets the elementary students of Kansas City Christian School as they get out of their parents’ cars. Carrying her signature smile, she makes sure that the students are welcomed to the building for the day and are received by a friendly face. “If my children…

Read More

Everything you need to know about the 1095 form

With tax season in full swing, you may be wondering what to do with those 1095 forms, and what they’re all about. So let’s clear the air. A 1095 form is kind of like a W-2 form. Your employer or insurer sends one copy to the IRS and one copy to you. A W-2 reports…

Read More

Childhood Allergies: Be Aware So You Can Prepare

Spring is here, and while it’s often a welcome reprieve after a long winter, it also brings seasonal allergies. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association recently examined American children diagnosed with different kinds of allergies and allergic reactions for the newest installment of its Health of America series, Childhood Allergies in America. The findings…

Read More

Making Healthy Choices When Eating at Restaurants

For many people, eating out is a way to relax and socialize. But if you are watching your weight or just are concerned with healthy eating, dining out can be a challenge. The good news is that usually there are healthier options at every restaurant, even at fast-food places. By following some simple guidelines, you…

Read More

Bringing Spira Care to Life

When the idea that would evolve into Spira Care first came to mind in early 2016, we had no concept of what was to come. We at Blue KC constantly strive to provide a better healthcare experience for our members, so we wanted to know what it would be like if we could recreate it…

Read More

March 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Brooke Wiens

In a school where 18 countries are represented and 21 languages are spoken, Brooke Wiens is in a very important role. Thankfully, she loves it…and loves her students, their families and the community at Crestview Elementary School, in the North Kansas City School District. Now in her fourth year at Crestview, Wiens serves the student…

Read More

Healthy Recipes: Heart Healthy Wild Seared Salmon Spinach Salad

This month’s healthy recipe from Chef Kyle Williams, head chef of our Live Blue Kitchen + Cafe, is a Wild Seared Salmon Spinach Salad. It’s fresh, nutritious and the perfect recipe during February’s Heart Health Month. Makes 4 servings         Ingredients: Wild salmon fillets – 4 each of 3-4 oz. servings Whole…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More