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Warm up to the Winter Outdoors by Hiking

New Year’s resolutions to be more active are a curious thing: they’re made at the worst possible time to be active outdoors. At least it’s perceived as the worst possible time: In reality, winter is among the best times to active outside. Think about it: Would you...

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Make the First Day of 2017 Count with a Hike

New Year’s resolutions are thought to date back some 4,000 years, to Babylonia. True, the Babylonians weren’t vowing to develop rock-hard abs or drop 25 pounds by bikini season (their main goals were to repay debts and give back the stuff they had borrowed), but the...

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4 Hiking Myths Debunked

Perhaps you’ve noticed our new Hike NC statewide hiking program, seen that it’s geared toward new hikers, noticed that most of the more than 60 hikes scheduled over the next couple of months aren’t crazy long (between 2 and 4 miles), and, most significantly, taken...

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4 Immunization Myths Busted

The recent measles outbreak in North Carolina has reminded us all of how important vaccinations are when it comes to disease prevention. Highly contagious, measles is an airborne disease that can be spread through coughing or sneezing.

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Serving Those Who Serve Durham

What makes Durham a great place to live and work? You could name a lot of things, but the most important is that Durham is a community that cares. Durhamites look out for one another and the city boasts a network of churches and nonprofits that extend a hand – or food or clothing or shelter – to those in need.

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7 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight in the Office

Everyone’s familiar with – and fears – the “Freshman 15,” the predictable 15-pound weight gain from overindulging just a little too much that first year of college. But did you know there’s a risk of history repeating itself with the “Office 15” as college graduates enter the working world?

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Do the Benefits of Football Outweigh the Risks?

It’s mid-August, and parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers across the country may be having the same conversation – do we let our kid try out for a contact sport? Parents have to weigh the risk of injury against the benefits of exercise and being part of a team, particularly in that American staple of fall sports, football.

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Solution to keep kids active in the summer

It’s about that time in the summer when kids are proclaiming, “I’m soo bored, there’s nothing to do.” I found a solution for my family and want to share it with yours too! It's time to show them the many outdoor activities our North Carolina State Parks offer. From a...

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The open workspace: Is it really that bad?

Pity the open workspace. It has been criticized by everybody from The Washington Post to Fast Company magazine for creating office distractions, destroying privacy and even making employees sick. So when BCBSNC transitioned out of its well-known Chapel Hill...

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America’s Health: A Smart Investment

When I received the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s 2015 “Investing in America’s Health” report recently, the title struck me. Specifically, the word “investing” started me thinking. Impact across America The report outlines the combined community impact of the...

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Bringing your true self to work

Bringing your whole and best self to work is an aspirational goal for some. But for others, it’s a daunting challenge. According to a study by the Human Rights Campaign in 2014, 53 percent of the LGBTQ community concealed their sexuality at work and 35 percent lie...

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I survived running of the bulls

If you have always wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona, but don’t have a trip to Spain planned anytime soon, consider the Bull City Running's annual Running of the Bulls 8K.  This past weekend, 1,411 participants laced up to run a hot 4.97 miles through the...

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North Carolina History Awaits in Old Salem

When my friend Natania suggested we take a walking tour of Old Salem, my first thought was: Hmmm. Should I pretend I know what and where Old Salem is? Or should I fake it? As I usually do, I decided to fake it. I accepted the invitation and immediately went online to...

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