Author: Natania Barron

 

Open Enrollment 2015: Dates to Know

Open Enrollment 2015: Dates to Know

It’s hard to believe that almost a year has passed since the Affordable Care Act went live and Open Enrollment 2014 began. And now we’re headed into Open Enrollment 2015. What’s Open Enrollment? Good question. Basically, it’s when you’re able to choose a health insurance plan on the Exchange for 2015. If you miss Open […]
Four Things to Know About Fall Allergies

Four Things to Know About Fall Allergies

Fall is time for cooler temperatures, vibrant colored leaves, and, for some people, allergies. When most people think of allergies, they think of spring when so many flowers bloom. But in late August and early September, the flowers of ragweed are prevalent, and damp weather makes a good environment for mold to develop. These changes […]
3rd Annual Sort-A-Rama Volunteers Sort 170,000 Meals For Needy NC Families

3rd Annual Sort-A-Rama Volunteers Sort 170,000 Meals For Needy NC Families

The backdrop was an immense warehouse in RTP, filled with hundreds of bins and surrounded by a fleet of volunteers. The end result was over 170,000 meals sorted for distribution to needy families by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. On September 11, 2014, employees from BASF, Food Lion, Cisco, and many other […]
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 […]