Health & Wellness

 

5 Spectacular Autumn Hikes on the North Carolina Coast

5 Spectacular Autumn Hikes on the North Carolina Coast

The poor North Carolina coast: after fall color has ignited in the mountains and blazed through the Piedmont, folks seem resigned to move on, unaware that this statewide show runs into early December at the coast. Why should coastal foliage be immune from flashing great color? Turkey oaks, for instance, are abundant, and their three-lobed […]
Depression Hides Behind Many Faces: Knowing Where to Turn

Depression Hides Behind Many Faces: Knowing Where to Turn

Have you ever woken up sad? Not for any particular reason, really. But no matter what you do,  it’s just there? Your sadness colors your entire day. You keep wondering, “Why do I feel so sad? Nothing particularly bad has happened. What’s wrong with me?” Now imagine spending every day like that. Even things you […]
5 Healthy Halloween Hacks Your Kids Will Never Suspect

5 Healthy Halloween Hacks Your Kids Will Never Suspect

The scariest thing about Halloween isn’t just the costumes or the walking around in the dark. For many families it marks the beginning of unhealthy holiday eating for everyone involved (don’t pretend you haven’t  piliaged your kids’ candy stashes). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Sure, you can’t avoid what other people will […]
Desk to 5K: Life Lessons from the Trails

Desk to 5K: Life Lessons from the Trails

Anyone who has spent time with me since I joined the company has had to endure listening to me speak about a passion of mine: running–and in particular, long distance running. But it’s important to understand that while you don’t immediately start out by running marathons, you do have to start somewhere. That starting place […]
5 Stunning Fall Hikes in the North Carolina Piedmont Region

5 Stunning Fall Hikes in the North Carolina Piedmont Region

The beginning of fall can be a busy time: the start of school, slipping back into the routine of work, still operating under the assumption your favorite football team has a chance. So it’s understandable if you weren’t able to make the drive and catch fall’s colorful debut in the mountains. But that hardly means […]
Aiming High with Helping Hands: Inspiring 5K Running Stories

Aiming High with Helping Hands: Inspiring 5K Running Stories

Reaching your fitness goals is hard work. It takes dedication and perseverance, but in the end, knowing how far you can go is worth the bumps along the way. That spirit of accomplishment is very much with us here at BCBSNC, especially right now.  As we speak, almost 200 employees are preparing to run a […]
The Health Care Sweet Spot: Health Plans That Help You Find It

The Health Care Sweet Spot: Health Plans That Help You Find It

Consumer Reports‘ annual health plan rankings came out two weeks ago. While that certainly gets some attention each year, there’s a new section that warrants a closer look if you’re interested in the costly problem of unnecessary medical treatment. The consumer magazine’s assessment of 507 private health insurance plans now includes a category called “Avoiding […]
Pack This, Not That! Avoid These Four School Lunch Pitfalls

Pack This, Not That! Avoid These Four School Lunch Pitfalls

Ten months of packing school lunches is a daunting task for any family. Keeping lunches healthy and offering a variety of foods with a busy schedule can be even more intimidating, especially if you have a picky eater in your family. There are plenty of ready-made lunch and snack options available, but while they’re convenient […]
Knowing The Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Knowing The Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Depression is far more common than you think. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in ten adults report they are affected by depression, but many more suffer in silence, either embarrassed or ashamed to talk to their doctors. If left untreated, this surprisingly common mental health condition can have serious consequences. But by […]
Goodbye Pumpkin Spice Latte, Hello Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Goodbye Pumpkin Spice Latte, Hello Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Autumn and good food go hand in hand, and have done so for time out of mind. It’s a time to celebrate the harvest, to enjoy the bounty, and to knock back a pumpkin spice latte every day. Well, no. It’s not likely that the settlers had pumpkin spice lattes, but they surely had pumpkin. […]