I’ve been vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, paleo, gluten free, dairy-free, low-carb, and kosher, yet I fall again and again to the lure of the Reuben. As I get older, I’m learning to take a more omnivorous approach to health, but I still love writing about new trends in diet, fitness, and wellbeing.
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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Blue Crew Volunteer Leaders: Veronica Serrano
From left to right: Daisy Fontanez, Yasseline Diaz, Veronica Serrano-Herbin, and Juan Lopez, members of the Latinos con Proposito leadership team. Veronica Serrano-Herbin was shy at first. She only started volunteering with the Blue Crew when her best friend, Yasseline Diaz, started working at Independence. “It was a fun way for us to do things together,” Serrano-Herbin said….

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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Food vs. Food: Greens

Friday, 17 March 2017 by
most healthy greens
Greens. Whether you love ‘em, tolerate ‘em, or still push them around the plate so it looks like you ate ‘em, we can all agree that they’re good for you. If eating your greens is a fight every time, maybe it’s time for a rematch. Read on for some fresh ideas.

Done with iceberg? Try romaine.

Break the Breakfast Rut

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 by
Make-ahead breakfasts
Nothing shames us more than picture-perfect Instagram breakfasts: colorful, carb-free, with a high likelihood of chia seeds. On the average Wednesday morning, I’m not looking for a photogenic breakfast, just something tasty and healthy that I can eat one-handed while getting ready for the day. I asked Heather Rudalavage, RDN LDN, dietitian, busy mom, and founder of Intuitive Nutrition about her refreshingly simple morning meals,…

Food vs. Food: Potatoes

Monday, 13 March 2017 by
favorite potato dishes
Potato, po-tah-toe, Yukon Gold, Idaho Russet, waxy, starchy…there are so many types of potato that it’s easy to get them mashed up in our heads. So we put them eye to eye to see how these spuds stack up against each other, nutritionally and in your favorite dishes.

Round 1: Regular Potatoes vs. Sweet Potatoes

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Should You Go Vegan?

Monday, 28 November 2016 by
Thinking of starting a plant-based diet? We asked a registered dietician how to go vegan the healthy way.
There are certainly plenty of reasons to go vegan. But is it the best choice for you? We asked John Rickards, a local registered dietitian and personal trainer, why you should — or shouldn’t — go vegan, how to make it last, and what his secret ingredient is for whipping up vegan baked goods.

Can a vegan diet be healthy?

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Are you ready to sign up for health insurance? Learn how with our helpful guide.
Open Enrollment 2017 is here, and you’re ready to sign up for a health insurance plan — you may even have a health plan from Independence Blue Cross already picked out — but what else do you need to apply? We put together a handy checklist to make sure that you have everything you need when you sign up for health insurance for 2017….
Have you recently had a big change in your life but you’re not sure if it means that you can enroll in a new health insurance plan? Check out this infographic to see if you have a qualifying life event that makes you eligible for a special enrollment period. It will also show you how to apply for a special enrollment period….