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Healthy Recipes: Chimichurri Grilled Flank Steak

By BlueKC | May 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

There’s nothing like a backyard BBQ to kick off summer! This chimichurri grilled flank steak from Chef Kyle Williams, head chef of our Live Blue Kitchen + Café, is full of protein and flavor. Yields 4 portions of steak and potatoes and 2+ cups of chimichurri sauce Ingredients: Chimichurri sauce: Fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

By BlueKC | May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized each May to increase awareness of mental health and well-being, and to educate people in order to decrease the stigma that is oftentimes associated with seeking help for mental health issues. We spoke with two Spira Care mental health professionals about the importance of mental health, ways to seek…

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Four Ways to Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

By BlueKC | May 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s National Women’s Health Week, the annual May event that encourages women of all ages to take control of their wellness and live their healthiest possible lives. Use these four ideas to refresh your path to a healthy lifestyle or encourage the women in your lives to try them. Pledge to eat well. A healthy…

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Blue KC Celebrates National Nurses Week

By BlueKC | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

National Nurses Week is celebrated every year from May 6 to 12 to recognize the profound contributions nurses make to the community. This week, Blue KC is celebrating its own nurses, including those who practice at our Spira Care Centers in Shawnee and Olathe. Empowered to Help Ashley Andre, a Licensed Practical Nurse at Spira…

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Turn a Working Lunch into a Walking Lunch

By BlueKC | Apr 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Yes, it can be hard to find time in your schedule to squeeze in some physical activity. However, walking is one of the simplest, safest and most effective forms of exercise. And here’s your perfect opportunity to get started. Wednesday, April 25 is the 10th annual National Walk @ Lunch Day sponsored by Blue Cross…

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Healthy Recipes: Spring Tuscan Bean & Kale Stew

By BlueKC | Apr 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 –…

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Childhood Allergies: Be Aware So You Can Prepare

By BlueKC | Apr 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

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…

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Making Healthy Choices When Eating at Restaurants

By BlueKC | Mar 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

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…

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Healthy Recipes: Heart Healthy Wild Seared Salmon Spinach Salad

By BlueKC | Mar 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By BlueKC | Feb 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

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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