Recently, a friend asked me what I consider to be the biggest health care game-changers in the past century. I could list some right way, and found more when we looked it up together on the Internet. It’s an impressive list: anesthesia, randomized clinical trials, radiologic imaging, improved cardiac care, clean water, to name a few….
Urgent care on the go
Whether it’s a weekend road trip or a cross-country family vacation, summer means travel and adventure. But if you or a family member gets sick while you are away from home, do you know the smartest and most affordable way to use your benefits and get quality care? It was a question I recently faced myself….
Green spaces in Philadelphia
Harry O’s Passyunk Gardens, a volunteer-run community green space in South Philadelphia As a committed urbanite, I regularly find myself debating (with myself and others) whether life is better in the city or in the suburbs. My usual argument is that there are pros and cons to both, but that I prefer living in the city due to things like walkability,…
Understanding the truth about dietary fats including saturated fat and unsaturated fat
“Mom, in Harry Potter, Voldemort is a baddie, right?” This is how it is with kids. Everything can be separated into two opposing extremes: goodie or baddie, right or wrong, truth or lie. It’s a simple way to view the world, and it’s enticing. The allure of the absolute. Unfortunately, in the adult world,…
3 Tips for Taking Medication
As a pharmacist, I’ve seen patients struggle with keeping a medication routine as prescribed by their doctor. In fact, a recent study found that nearly half of all Americans with chronic conditions don’t take their medication as directed, resulting in costly hospital bills, declining health, and medical complications. But there are ways to stay on a prescribed schedule to keep your medications as effective as possible….
Blue crew volunteer Kristen Mariana
Kristen Mariana (left) and her sister-in-law, Shannon, helped fill hundreds of new backpacks with school supplies for Philadelphia students during a United Way Backpack-A-Thon event. Kristen Mariana, Senior Corporate Relations Coordinator Years on the Blue Crew Advisory Board: 4 Kristen Mariana excels at bringing people together to support great causes — it’s a skill that comes in handy as an Independence associate and Blue Crew volunteer….
How to eat healthy while single
It’s time to throw away that copy of Microwave Cooking for One. No really, it’s the saddest book ever. Just because you live alone doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Eating healthy doesn’t need to be difficult, even if you’re cooking for one. Here are some tips and tricks on how to claim your kitchen,…
Associate Erin Brookes with fellow Blue Crew volunteers at the Share Food Program in Philadelphia. Volunteerism is a lot like gardening — you reap what you sow. Working with the Blue Crew at the Share Food Program in Philadelphia has taught me how this proverb applies to giving one’s time and talent. By spending a year at Share’s distribution warehouse and urban farm,…
Signs of dehydration
The kids were wiped out after a long, hot July day at my sister-in-law’s new pool, and were easy to get to bed. As I do every night, before turning in myself, I checked on all the kids, starting with my seven-year-old. The creaky door must have woken her up. She sat up and croaked miserably,…
Make sure your children are healthy when they go back to school by following our back-to-school health checklist.
Kids are going back to school, which means that parents have some homework to do: how do you get the care that will help your children thrive this year? If you are enrolled in a health insurance plan through Independence Blue Cross, your dependents will enjoy the same coverage. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act,…
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