Wellness

Building a healthier community for a brighter future.

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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Migraine and Headache Awareness Month: Recognizing, Treating and Living with Migraines

By Blue KC | Jun 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Migraines are the third-most common illness in the world, affecting more than 39 million people in the United States, or 12 percent of the population. Despite the prevalence of migraines, many people don’t realize what they are or how to treat them. In recognition of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, we’ve outlined how to spot…

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Five Tips for National Men’s Health Week

By Blue KC | Jun 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The second week in June marks Men’s Health Week – a time intended to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. We’ve highlighted five ways to dive into a healthy lifestyle this week. Stay active Grab a buddy and join a local sports…

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