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,…
Weight loss and aging
We’ve all been there. You make an appointment for your annual physical only to become painfully aware that your progress on last year’s advice — lose some weight and get in shape — has been a bit…slow. Unfortunately for all of us, the older you get, the harder it becomes to lose weight. But that’s no reason to give up….
You installed the stair gates, put child locks on the cabinets, and someday you’ll figure out how to keep your kid from eating from the dog’s bowl. In our efforts to kid-proof, we may be missing an invisible threat. If you live in an older building, there could be lead paint in your home. When this paint cracks,…
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In this video, Independence associates Michael Holmes and Kim-Thao Nguyen share more tips on how you can personalize your own first aid kit. Now that the weather is nice, you and your family are probably out and about more than ever — kicking up sand at the beach, lounging at the pool, hiking, biking,…
Blue Crew volunteer
Eric Inge (center) with fellow Blue Crew Volunteers at the Medal of Honor Grove in Valley Forge. Eric Inge, Senior Business Analyst Years on the Blue Crew Advisory Board: 2 When you’re a volunteer, you have to be ready for anything — even things you can’t always see. One of Eric Inge’s most memorable (and eerie) volunteer experiences took place in the pre-dawn hours at the Philadelphia Zoo,…
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Improving family nutrition
Sausages fried in butter. Sugar-coated cereal. Strawberry milk. Sometimes a toaster pastry. That was the breakfast that many of us in my generation routinely had each morning, and no one gave it a second thought. And if you did, you were probably in the minority; a “health nut.”

Superfoods: How can anyone stand this stuff?

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Volunteering in Philadelphia
Lorina Marshall-Blake and other Blue Crew volunteers helped young ladies at the Cozen PAL Prom Boutique choose the perfect dress and accessories to wear to their big dance. Through volunteering, I have been able to help so many nonprofit organizations that are doing so much good. If you believe in the mission of the organization and the work you are doing,…
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The Independence Blue Cross innovation team teaches workshop participants our human-centered approach to problem solving to help them tackle their unique business challenges. Do you have a business challenge that keeps you up at night? Could you use some help with creative problem solving? Don’t fear — the Independence Blue Cross innovation team is here!…
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Loneliness and aging can lead to depression in seniors.
I read an article recently announcing that May is National Mental Health Month, and it reminded me of my days in medical practice. Dealing with geriatric mental health issues is among the most complex challenges in caring for the elderly. This year’s theme, Risky Business – Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll, is intended to educate the public on habits and behaviors that may increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illness or be signs of mental health problems in and of themselves….
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Post-race recovery tips
A BCBSR finisher gets a well-deserved post-race massage at the end of the course. I ran my first Blue Cross Broad Street Run® (BCBSR) in 2010, the second hottest race in its history. Race day was anticipated to be in the 80s, so I spent the previous day drinking gallons of water….
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