Wellness

Building a healthier community for a brighter future.

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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Take Action to Avoid the Flu

By BlueKC | Oct 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The flu can be miserable — and downright dangerous. Flu complications can be serious and even deadly, so don’t forget your best defense against this common illness: getting your annual flu shot. The shot can help keep you from getting the flu and its related complications. Plus, getting vaccinated means you’ll be less likely to…

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Brainy Ideas for Summer Fun

By BlueKC | Jul 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ah, those lazy, hazy days of summer. Think vacations. Think school breaks. It seems like a good time for the entire family to just chill and not do any heavy mental lifting. As tempting as that may sound, however, maintaining good brain health is a year round activity. Here are a few fun and easy…

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Spotlighting Blue KC Athletes

By BlueKC | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

For more than 20 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) has participated in Kansas City Corporate Challenge. Corporate Challenge promotes employee fitness and recreation within the Kansas City business community. Health and wellness is part of our mission and is why we partner with initiatives like Corporate Challenge to help…

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