How to Safely Choose Mosquito Repellents

The itch from one, tiny bite is annoying enough, but these days, mosquitoes can do more than just bug you; their bites can transmit serious diseases. Here’s a guide for choosing the best mosquito repellent to deter mosquitoes, as well as how to use it to protect your skin.


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Employee Assistance: Resilience Training

Lately, a lot of attention has been paid to helping employees manage day-to-day stress in the workplace. There is no lack of helpful resources when it comes to quick stress-reducing techniques. But what happens when serious issues arise that require more than deep breathing exercises or a seated mountain pose?

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Moving? Your New Home May Come With a New Health Plan.

If you’re in the market for a house, you’re probably knee-deep in listings and phone calls from realtors. Moving can be stressful, but there’s a reward waiting at the end, besides your new home: new health insurance options.

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Breaking the Cycle of Addiction, Family by Family
Did you know that more than 9 million children in the U.S. live with a parent who uses illegal drugs?* Here’s another drug abuse fact: children living with an addicted family member are four times more likely than their peers to develop a drug dependency. ** In an effort to break the drug and alcohol addiction cycle,…
The Latest U.S. Dietary Guidelines and What You Need To Know
The U.S. government recently published a new set of dietary guidelines to reflect the most current findings in nutrition science. It’s 500 pages long and aimed at public health professionals, so we’ve asked registered dietitian and certified personal trainer John Rickards to break it down for us. But before we get into the details, John wants to emphasize that these are just guidelines,…
From March 13 – 16, a three-person group from the Corporate Development and Innovation Team at Independence Blue Cross (Independence) traveled to Austin, Texas, to attend this year’s South by Southwest conference (SXSW). SXSW Interactive is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity. The 2016 event featured five days of compelling presentations from some of the brightest minds in emerging technologies….
Manage a workplace crisis with the help of your Employee Assistance Program

Helping employees in the aftermath of a workplace crisis

Workplace crises are an unfortunate fact of life and, depending on how serious they are, they may have far-reaching effects on an employee’s health, productivity, and livelihood. Also known as critical incidents, workplace emergencies can include traumatic events like natural disasters, robberies, serious illness or death of a coworker,…
Life happens — but COBRA isn’t your only health insurance option

Lose your health insurance? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

No one plans on getting sick, having an accident, or losing their health insurance. But it sometimes happens. The good news is that COBRA coverage isn’t your only choice for health insurance. In fact, losing your coverage may actually qualify you for special enrollment in a health plan….

Road to Wellness: Introduction

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 by
IBX’s Road to Wellness Blog Series
How well did you sleep last night? Not great? What about your day? Were you cooped up, glued to your computer or smartphone? Did you throw down some fast food for lunch? If so, you’re not alone. Consider these sobering health and wellness statistics — The Wellness Council of America1 reports that the typical American: Gets a poor night’s sleep Eats one or more meals outside the home daily Receives 50 to 100 emails and countless text messages each day Is considered either overweight or obese Consumes his or her body weight in refined sugar each year Spends 95 percent of the day indoors I don’t know about you,…
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Coordinated Care Shows Success of Heart Patient Monitoring Program
An enhanced heart failure care coordination and management program launched by Independence Blue Cross in mid-2015 is showing encouraging, positive results and decreased hospitalization. The program electronic remote monitoring (telemonitoring) of patients’ vital signs and health care through ReAdmission Solutions (RAS), an independent company, to allow for better coordination of care for patients with heart failure….
New Perks & Discounts for Independence Blue Cross Members!
Your Independence Blue Cross (IBX) member ID card is your key to quality health care and additional advantages that you might not know about — including discounts, reimbursements, and personal support that can help you reach your health and wellness potential.*

Here are some IBX member perks to take advantage of this year:

Free admission at the Blue Cross RiverRink….
Knowing your health numbers can save your life
Date of birth, phone numbers, Social Security numbers — keeping these numbers top of mind can save you a lot of time. But when it comes to your health, knowing specific numbers may actually help save your life.

What health numbers do I need to know?

The basic numbers you need to know are your: Blood sugar Blood pressure Cholesterol Body weight and BMI By keeping track of these numbers,…

Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover

Friday, 05 February 2016 by
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Did you know that you’re probably consuming more than a recommended “serving size” when you eat? When the FDA created nutrition labels in 1993, serving sizes were based on food consumption data from the late ’70s and late ’80s. Portion sizes have super-sized over time, along with increased rates of obesity and chronic diseases, which is why the FDA has proposed new rules for nutrition label design and serving sizes….