Kelly James

How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Your 2014 Tax Return

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It’s time to start gathering information to prepare and file 2014 tax returns. The Affordable Care Act will require everyone to provide basic information about the health coverage they had during 2014 as part of their 2014 federal tax return. The information you will be asked to provide will vary based on how you obtained health coverage. If you didn’t have health coverage in 2014, different information will be required to determine whether you qualify for an exemption or have to pay a fee.

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Love Your Heart – Know Your Numbers!

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Blood Pressure: What is it exactly?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the blood vessel walls. It’s determined by measuring both the amount of blood your heart pumps and the resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The result shows two numbers: the top number, called systolic pressure, measures the blood’s pressure when your heart beats. The bottom number, called diastolic pressure, measures the blood’s pressure between beats when your heart relaxes.

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What’s Your Family’s Wellness Culture?

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Families come in all shapes, sizes, and dimensions but one thing is for sure, they all have a culture. So what is a family culture? It can best be described as, “That’s the way we do things at our home.” If you are interested in creating a culture of wellness in your home, you may want to consider some of the following. Here are 5 ways you can bring a culture of wellness into your family.

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What You Need to Know About Cholesterol

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Having high cholesterol can put you at risk for developing such diseases like  diabetes and high blood pressure. The main risk of high cholesterol is coronary heart disease and your blood cholesterol level has a lot to do with your chances of developing this disease. What you need to know about cholesterol is very important to your health, no matter your age. Becoming more educated on nutrition, diet, exercise and managing stress can help prevent high cholesterol. Below are some facts, tips and things to avoid when it comes to managing your cholesterol.

Lacey Durrance

4 Ways to Make Heart Health Tasty, Finally!

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Healthy foods are too often considered boring and tasteless. What if healthy tasted good, while helping your heart in the process? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Lucky for us, heart disease is preventable and the foods we eat play a huge role. Use these 4 tasty tricks to keep your heart healthy and your stomach satisfied.

Jonathan Hatch

George Vancore Goes to Capitol Hill

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It’s not every day that a Florida Blue Employee gets to speak on Capitol Hill. For George Vancore, Sr. Manager- Delivery Systems, this became a reality on Feb. 10, 2015. George was invited to testify in front of a committee on ICD-10 readiness and implementation on behalf of all payers.

Lacey Durrance

GMO Debate: Heated and Hypeful

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Working as a dietitian, “What is your opinion on GMOs?” is a common question I hear. In short, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are animals, plants and microorganisms whose DNA has been altered by genetic engineering. The intent is to engineer a better product. While regulated by the EPA, FDA and USDA for safety, the answer to this question will likely depend on who you ask. While many support this innovative science, others have concerns.

Cheryl Davis

Make Healthier Choices | 9 Tips When Dining Out

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Do you know what you and your family are having for dinner tonight? A recent study has found that 70% of Americans don’t know what they are having for dinner at 4:00 in the afternoon. If this were you, what would you do? Many Americans respond by picking up fast food or going to restaurants. If eating healthy or weight loss is a goal for you, a situation like this could be “a disaster waiting to happen.” With a little bit of advanced thinking and some simple strategies you could turn this into an opportunity for a “clutch win in the final minutes on the clock!”

Stephanie Germann

How to Boost your Immune System

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You are probably well aware of the things you should be doing to avoid the flu or cold, like getting your flu shot, washing your hands frequently, not touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and avoiding sick people, but what about increasing your body’s ability to fight infection? Fortunately, there are six simple things you can do to boost your immunity and slash the number of times you get sick this year.