Blue Crew Volunteer Sarah Villamayor
Sarah Villamayor (left) and her fellow Blue Crew advisory board member, Helen Furlow, happily share their time and talents with many local non-profit organizations. Sarah Villamayor, Management & Leadership Development Specialist Years on the Blue Crew Advisory Board: 4 Volunteering is contagious. Sarah Villamayor says once you start, you’ll want to do it again and again….
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Philadelphia arts and business
Philadelphia is home to a thriving arts scene and world-class local businesses. Working together, the arts and business communities can create something vibrant, innovative, and uniquely Philly. That’s where the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia comes in. The council was created to support arts organizations by sharing skills from the business world. Now, new initiatives are reversing these roles,…
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Why Get Your Child Vaccinated?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 by
Child vaccination
When considering what we can do to keep our families healthy, few things match the effectiveness of vaccination. In fact, the benefits and safety of vaccines have never been clearer. However, some parents have reservations about taking children for their shots, which leaves our most vulnerable at risk. To clear things up, we asked IBX Medical Director Dr….
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Marshell volunteering with her daughter
Marshell and her daughter volunteering at the Philadelphia READS Book Bank on MLK Day of Service. In her 11 years of volunteering with the Blue Crew, some of Marshell Vicks’ most meaningful experiences weren’t hers — they were her daughters’. As a member of the Blue Crew advisory board, her approach to community service is: “You’ve got to give back….
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Learning about cholesterol
Cholesterol can’t swim, so it needs boats to help it get around inside our bodies. I learned this today. I was looking up something about cholesterol for work and feeling like I’d done this a million times and read this same material a million times and was beating myself up a little that I couldn’t seem to keep it all straight….
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Volunteer in Philadelphia
Rogelio Riley, Senior Care Management Assistant, Medicare Case Management Years on the Blue Crew Advisory Board: 5 Spend just a few minutes with Ro Riley, and you’ll know he’s someone who feels deeply for anyone facing struggles in life. Whether it’s a parent with a sick child, a woman experiencing homelessness, or a friend living with the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis,…
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Healthy quinoa recipes
“Eat it. It’s good for you.” These words struck fear into my eight-year-old heart. That means it’s gross, because otherwise they’d have said to eat it because it’s yummy. Though I’ve left childhood behind me, when it comes to food, I suspect none of us have ever really let this youthful logic go. Take quinoa (keen-wah) for example….
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Blue Cross Broad Street running playlist
Here’s what the IBX Blue Streaks running club is listening to as they prepare to run the Blue Cross Broad Street Run on May 7. We hope these fresh beats give you get-up-and-go during those final weeks of training when you need an extra kick to get you over the hump and motivated for race day!…
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Coaches vs. Cancer

Thursday, 06 April 2017 by
Coaches versus cancer
Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about basketball. Friends and colleagues also know that I am passionate about another, more serious subject – the fight against cancer. So you can see why I urge everyone to support the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall Gala presented by Independence Blue Cross….
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Boost immune system
Even though the snow never amounted to much at my house this winter, my family was buried under drifts of illness for what seemed like months — just as one of us got over a cold, someone else would get a stomach bug, or the flu, or an ear infection. I will spare you the details,…
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