Author: Natania Barron

 

Navigating In-Network and Out-of-Network Charges

Navigating In-Network and Out-of-Network Charges

Whether you’re signing up for a health plan, searching for a doctor or just checking to see if you owe anything, the terms “in-network” and “out-of-network” are bound to pop up. And sooner than you might expect. With open enrollment around the corner, keep this in mind: Know your network. It’s important because most of […]
In the Office: Viruses Spread Faster Than You Think

In the Office: Viruses Spread Faster Than You Think

Enterovirus D68 has made news all across the world after an outbreak in the Midwest. In the last few days, the virus popped up in over ten states, causing symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and hypoxemia, particularly in children. With over hundreds of cases, Entervirus D68 has put children in both emergency rooms and intensive care […]
5 Ways Not to Sabotage Your First 5K

5 Ways Not to Sabotage Your First 5K

Last October I ran my first 5K. I wish I could tell you that after months of training and planning that the whole thing went off without a hitch, that I had my best personal time, and I blasted through that finish line in a blaze of glory. But it was anything but that. I’ve […]
How to Start a #HealthyConversation

How to Start a #HealthyConversation

Our health is intensely personal. Yet it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Which is why having “healthy” conversations – the kind where you talk about your health – are so important.If you have a family history of heart disease, cancer or diabetes, you need a healthy conversation. If you want to help a friend who’s […]
Make it a Smooth Journey with These Healthy Travel Tips

Make it a Smooth Journey with These Healthy Travel Tips

There’s a reason that highways and airport terminals are decked out with signs for fast, greasy food. Marketers know that our options are limited when we travel, so they capitalize on stressed out moms and dads with tired kids. A good strategy for avoiding the pitfalls of travel eating is to have a game plan […]
Grill it Up – In Good Health – This July 4th

Grill it Up – In Good Health – This July 4th

One of the best ways to eat healthy this summer just might be waiting in your back yard. That’s right, I’m talking about your grill, that quintessential summertime cooking surface.
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 […]
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 […]