Health & Wellness

 

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 […]
Just What Are “Bundled Payments?”

Just What Are “Bundled Payments?”

Health care has more than its share of confusing terminology and jargon. One of our goals at BCBSNC is to break down the terms and concepts to give you the knowledge you need as a health care consumer. In that spirit, we give you the latest term that’s catching on: Bundled payments. It’s essentially a […]
TGIM – Thank Goodness it’s… Monday?

TGIM – Thank Goodness it’s… Monday?

More and more people actually look forward to the distraction work can bring to escape stress at home. It’s true! In fact, a recent study, When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home, showed that participants’ cortisol levels, a hormone released in response to stress, spiked more when at home than at work.
How to Challenge Your Friends to Step Up

How to Challenge Your Friends to Step Up

It’s basic but true: Your chances of starting and sticking with a fitness program increase if you’re among friends. The motivation and encouragement — and even a little healthy competition — that a group provides is hard to replicate by yourself. To help you get started, we want to share some tips that have proven […]
Suntans Fade, but the Sun’s Effects Last a Lifetime

Suntans Fade, but the Sun’s Effects Last a Lifetime

Odds are we all know someone who has been affected by skin cancer. More than 1 million Americans are diagnosed with it each year, according to the American Cancer Society, including almost 60,000 people with melanoma — the most serious type. To avoid becoming one of these statistics, it’s important to know how to stay […]
What to Know and Do About Medical Overtreatment

What to Know and Do About Medical Overtreatment

Have you ever wondered if every medical test or procedure is really necessary? Clearly, some aren’t. The Institute of Medicine says $210 billion is wasted each year on medical overtreatment — tests and procedures that either aren’t necessary or duplicate previous tests. Overtreatment can even happen when you do something as simple as switching doctors. […]
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.
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?
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 […]