Monthly Archives: June 2014

 

Health in a Hurry: There’s an App for That

Health in a Hurry: There’s an App for That

Do health apps work? Can they help us make better choices around nutrition, fitness and health?
Another Private Exchange Opens for Business in NC

Another Private Exchange Opens for Business in NC

Get ready for more options when it comes to choosing your annual health benefits. BCBSNC is launching its first private exchange for North Carolina employers with at least 51 employees. Beginning Sept. 1, the exchange lets employers select up to four different medical plans to offer their employees from a menu of 18 plan options. […]
Sticker Shock: The Impact of Hidden Medical Costs

Sticker Shock: The Impact of Hidden Medical Costs

Our inability to compare cost and quality information means there isn’t a way to keep prices in check. Without checks and balances, all of our medical costs rise.
5 Easy Ways to Make Your Smoothies Even Healthier

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Smoothies Even Healthier

by Veronica Verhoff, Onsite Nutritionist at BCBSNC   This time of year, smoothies become a go-to drink, both for their nutrient value and for their great taste. However, you may not be getting the most out of your smoothies. High sugar levels in many fruit smoothies lead to increased insulin (fat storage hormone) and reduced […]
U.S. Health Care Costs $2.8 Trillion. Do We Get Our Money’s Worth?

U.S. Health Care Costs $2.8 Trillion. Do We Get Our Money’s Worth?

The United States spent $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. So what did we get for our money? A last-place ranking in health quality and efficiency among 11 leading nations, according to a new report. The Commonwealth Fund measured a variety of health rankings and compared the results. Not only did the U.S. fare […]
The CSA in Your Back Yard: This Garden Comes in a Box

The CSA in Your Back Yard: This Garden Comes in a Box

he Produce Box is at the forefront of the sustainable food movement spreading across the state. The Raleigh-based, family-owned company supports 40 North Carolina farms by getting their goods in consumers’ hands.
Walking with Dinosaurs in Durham to Promote Outdoor Play

Walking with Dinosaurs in Durham to Promote Outdoor Play

For generations, kids and adults alike have found adventure in the 86-acre grounds of the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. Filled with amazing plants, animals, and the errant dinosaur or two, it’s something of an institution. When my son was a toddler, he called it the “dinosaur place” and it’s always been a […]
Breast Cancer: A Common Enemy That Impacts Us All

Breast Cancer: A Common Enemy That Impacts Us All

by King Prather I never knew my grandparents. Two died before I was born, one died within a year and another died within six years after I was born. I had my picture taken with the last one and I can conjure up an image or two of her with an apron and a cast […]
The Drug That Costs $1,000 a Day — And Why You Should Care

The Drug That Costs $1,000 a Day — And Why You Should Care

You have to love the TV pitchman’s favorite question: “Why pay more?” But it’s no longer good for a chuckle when you find out there’s an actual answer. In the case of Sovaldi, the new hepatitis C drug, someone has to pay more — a lot more — than what the vast majority of other […]
Costly Habits: What $1.5 Trillion Looks Like

Costly Habits: What $1.5 Trillion Looks Like

All the cheeseburgers, cigarettes and channel-surfing Americans enjoy certainly take their toll: Unhealthy lifestyles account for up to 40 percent of all deaths in the U.S.