Wellness

Building a healthier community for a brighter future.

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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Importance of Hand-Washing

By BlueKC | Feb 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By BlueKC | Feb 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By BlueKC | Jan 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By BlueKC | Jan 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

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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Flu vs. Cold

By BlueKC | Dec 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The flu and the common cold are both types of upper respiratory infections (URIs). Both are caused by viruses. But the flu is not the same as the common cold. Flu symptoms Flu symptoms are usually much worse than a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and lasts longer. Symptoms may include: Fever Cough Shaking chills Body…

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It’s Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

By BlueKC | Nov 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

About 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, the number one cause of lung cancer. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of premature death. While many smokers are aware of the reasons to quit, knowing where to start can be difficult and daunting. Whether attempting to quit alone or with support, taking the first…

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Spotlighting Blue KC Breast Cancer Survivors

By BlueKC | Oct 26, 2017 | 3 Comments

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re honoring a few of the incredible breast cancer survivors who work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) by sharing their stories. Barb Barb Culbertson has worked at Blue KC for more than 25 years and has been a breast cancer survivor for…

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