Building a healthier community for a brighter future.

Celebrate American Heart Month with These Six Tips

By Blue KC | Feb 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

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

By Blue KC | Jan 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

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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National Diabetes Month

By Blue KC | Nov 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

November marks National Diabetes Month in the United States, a time to spread awareness of the 30.3 million Americans diagnosed and the 84.1 million people living with higher blood sugar levels than normal—known as prediabetes. These numbers illustrate a significant health crisis, with implications extending to other economic, health and social factors. Residents of Kansas…

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It’s Flu Season: Here’s What You Need to Know

By Blue KC | Nov 1, 2018 | 4 Comments

Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory illness that can cause serious complications and lead to hospitalization or even death. Although well-known throughout the country, this infection is often underestimated, with only 47 percent of Americans getting a flu vaccine during the 2016-2017 flu season. Meanwhile, an estimated 80,000 Americans died of the…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Blue KC | Oct 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

For more than 30 years, October has been observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a month dedicated to increasing awareness of the disease and raising funds to research its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. We spoke with Stefani Lim, MSN, FNP-BC, a Kansas City native and Family Nurse Practitioner at Spira Care Shawnee, on the…

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Let’s Take the Bite Out of Hunger in Kansas City

By Blue KC | Sep 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

Hunger isn’t just a problem for underdeveloped nations. It’s an issue, right here, in Kansas City and the surrounding region. And it extends well beyond the homeless community or poverty-stricken families. An estimated 350,000 people in the metropolitan region are hungry or faced with the threat of hunger1. That’s about one in every seven residents;…

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Healthy Recipes: Asian Thai Chili Turkey Lettuce Cups

By Blue KC | Aug 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fresh lettuce cups are a delicious low-carb option for lunch or dinner and this one has an Asian flair! Tucked inside delicate butter lettuce leaves, you’ll find a delightful combination of Thai chili, tender turkey, and crispy-crunchy vegetables from Chef Kyle Williams, head chef of our Live Blue Kitchen + Café. This recipe yields 4 servings.…

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Sun Safety 101

By Blue KC | Aug 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

It feels good to bask in the sun. But it’s important to protect your skin when you’re outdoors, too. After all, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are the top cause of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States. And here’s a beauty alert. Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage…

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Vacationing Safely

By Blue KC | Jul 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ahh, vacation. It’s something you’ve probably been looking forward to all year long. There’s a lot of preparation that goes into your trip. Your travel plans. Remembering to pack all the items you might need. But there’s something you may be forgetting about: your health. Unfortunately, the possibility of illness and injury never takes a…

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What Athletic Shoe is Right for You?

By Blue KC | Jun 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Whether you run, walk, or participate in fitness classes, a quality sport shoe is essential. According to the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), the right shoe can help protect against injuries and enhance performance. Ready to invest in a quality shoe that’s built specifically for your sport? You Run Some runners prefer a…

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