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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Health of America Report shows improved childhood vaccination rates, but there’s more work to do

As we face an especially hard-hitting flu season this winter, you’ve probably been urged to get your flu shot – an important step to protect yourself from the illness. Vaccines, including the flu shot, are critical to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and happy, especially children and older adults who are most…

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Meet the Spira Care Doctors

The Spira Care Olathe Center is now open! Spira Care is an innovative primary care and insurance offering that takes place at convenient locations with no deductibles, no copays and no additional cost for any procedures performed at the Care Centers.* Lauren Bessey, DO, and Jason Bessey, DO, both Family Medicine and Primary Care physicians,…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Matt Besler

For the Chiefs January 6th playoff game against the Tennessee Titans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Sporting KC and U.S. National Team defender Matt Besler as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Besler was recognized on the field and conducted the ceremonial first pass…

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