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Connecting with the right care for mental health
If you or a loved one needs help, but you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. Here are some guidelines to help you identify signs of a mental health issue and find the right resources to help you feel your best.
Mapping out your bipolar disorder treatment plan
Learn about bipolar disorder treatment options and how to navigate insurance coverage to maximize impact.
Understanding depression in teens: Strategies for parents and caregivers
Learn the common symptoms of depression in teens and how you can provide a supportive environment as a parent or caregiver.
Paving the road to recovery from addiction in rural NC
Devin Lyall, CEO and Founder of Wilkes Recovery Revolution, has been in recovery for 12 years and has worked tirelessly to create recovery resources for the people of Wilkes County, saving countless lives.
ADHD medication shortage: 6 ways to cope
If you or someone you love has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), you may be dealing with the frustration of not being able to get medication during the several months-long national shortages – caused by manufacturing delays and increased demand of Adderall. We explain what you can do in the meantime and six ways to cope with the ADHD medication shortage.
Adolescent Girls Say They Feel Hopeless. We Need to Listen to What They’re Telling Us.
In 2021, more than half of teen girls felt persistently sad or hopeless. A new report by the CDC makes it clear that boys also face increasing mental health challenges, but girls are nearly twice as likely to experience feelings of unrelenting despair.
From homeless and pregnant to helping others: A woman’s inspiring journey
For a woman, double lines on a pregnancy test can spark a flood of emotions, ranging from immediate and immense joy to shock and fear. Becoming pregnant is life changing. It impacts your priorities, your health, your finances and your lifestyle. But, for pregnant girls in their teens, the impact can be life-threatening, too. Cassie […]
What it takes to put mental health resources within reach
Lack of mental health care providers is one piece of the puzzle when it comes to access. But at Blue Cross NC, we’re guided by an expansive understanding of what “access” really means: Making every step of the member journey easier to understand and more manageable.
How to have more energy: The one secret you need to know
When we’re feeling tired or run down, most of us reach for an extra cup of coffee. But science shows that exercise is one of the best energy boosters around.
Beyond the call of duty: Answering the call for care in rural communities
Wallace Chief of Police, Jimmy Crayton, is doubling down on his commitment to protect and serve his community by addressing its lack of adequate health care services.
Tips to Rock Your Virtual Interview
Putting your best foot forward virtually doesn’t have to be as stress-inducing when you’re prepared for the big day. To help ease your nerves, get ready for your video interview with these five tips
Infertility coverage 101: understanding your fertility benefits
Infertility treatment can be overwhelming. If you have questions about your fertility coverage and family-building benefits, we can help you find the answers you need.
Are these surprising fitness myths holding you back?
There’s a lot of misinformation online about exercise and nutrition, and it can be hard to know what’s true. Let’s take a look at five of the most common fitness misconceptions and how those misconceptions can get in the way of your goals.
Why dental health matters
Simply taking care of your teeth and gums can have a big impact on your quality of life – and that’s certainly something to smile about.
Growing health for North Carolina’s migrant farmworkers
Migrant farmworkers play a huge role in the state’s economy, but they also face incredible physical and mental health challenges. Vecinos is changing that through education and full immersion in farmworker communities in western NC.
Life after lockdown: How formerly incarcerated people are helping each other heal
Formerly incarcerated people face tremendous odds to leading healthy lives after their release from prison. A coalition of mentors with lived experience are providing support where newly released North Carolinians need it most.
8 surprising ways a walk can help you de-stress
Did you know walking is one of the best things you can do for your whole-person health? The research proves it! Walk this many minutes a day for less stress, more creativity, better sleep and more.
Essential care to keep your pre-teen safe and healthy
Pre-teen vaccines – those recommended for 11- and 12-year-olds – can be life-saving. These five vaccines are recommended for this age group to keep your kids safe and healthy.
Here’s why we’re helping children and youth get their kicks in the grass
It may seem like an unlikely investment in community health, but giving all kids the chance to play soccer offers a host of mental, physical and social benefits.
Challenging mental health stigma in the Hispanic community
More than 16% of Hispanics battle some kind of mental illness, but only 35% of those who struggle receive the help they need. That’s 10% lower than the U.S. average. Fighting stigma is the first step toward closing that gap.
An unlikely prescription for good health: Read to your kids every day.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that caregivers read out loud to children at least 15 minutes a day. Learn more about the wide-ranging health benefits of reading to our kids.
Rural communities face higher rates of childhood trauma. One woman is using Stanford methodology to help them heal.
Vichi Jagannathan came to Edgecombe County to teach science. Now, she’s using Stanford’s Design Thinking process to help local systems understand and cope with trauma in their communities.
What to do when you feel like you’re failing at exercise and healthier choices
It’s not easy to get in shape, eat differently or lose weight when you’ve fought that battle most of your life. Sometimes we try the latest diet or exercise craze and then feel defeated when we can’t stick with it. But setbacks are part of the journey!
Serving all North Carolinians with intentionality
We’ve stuck by all 100 counties of our great state since 1933. But supporting each county with a one-size-fits-all approach will not help us achieve affordable and accessible health care. We’re working to support the unique needs of each individual community.
Parents’ checklist: Prepare your family’s health for back-to-school season
Back-to-school season can be stressful for both parents and kids, which makes it all the more important to take extra good care of your health and your child’s health. We compiled a simple health checklist for the season to come.
Your monkeypox questions answered
Monkeypox has been declared a public health emergency, which means you likely have questions and concerns. Dr. Larry Wu answers your questions about monkeypox, from how it spreads and who’s at risk to how to protect yourself and others.
What growing up on a farm taught me about food security
Growing up, I woke up every day and watched my community work long, hard hours to put food on people’s tables. Yet people are still going hungry. Here’s how we’re partnering with farmers to get healthier, fresher and more affordable food into the hands of North Carolinians.
Raleigh non-profit turns houses into homes
The Green Chair Project is making sure every family has essential furnishings for their home, including a bed for each child. In partnership with Blue Cross NC, they’re also providing cribs and newborn care supplies for expectant mothers in need.
Breaking Through Mental Health Challenges, One Brick At A Time
Did you know that nearly half of U.S. adults with a mental health diagnosis are dealing with more than one mental health disorder at a time? Derek shares his experience managing multiple mental health conditions and finding ways to thrive.
Como apoyar a un ser querido que está pasando por depresión
Unas de las cosas que los profesionales de la salud mental recomiendan es buscar apoyo en personas de confianza. ¿Pero cómo sabemos cuál es la mejor manera de ayudar a un ser querido en este proceso?
Preserving the Health of the Tribe
Darlene Graham is helping to resurrect the healing traditions of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe in North Carolina, one crop at a time. She’s bringing healthy living to tribe members through a healing green space on their land.
Full Circle Moments: How this Western NC Community is Addressing Food Insecurity at the Root
This pay-what-you-can café in Boone, North Carolina and its partners are making sure no one in their community goes hungry. See how.
How beginners of all ages and abilities can build strength — without pumping iron
When you think of strength training, does a bodybuilder’s ripped bod immediately come to mind? This is a misconception. Strength training is important for everyone, and it can benefit your life in many ways. Here’s how to incorporate it into your fitness routine.
“What if I’m just lucky?” Are you suffering from impostor syndrome?
If you’re struggling with self-worth, you may be dealing with impostor syndrome. Learn how to recognize the signs and find tips to cope.
Thinking about breastfeeding? Benefits for the new baby
You may not know that many insurance plans cover breastfeeding support and supplies. Learn more about using your benefits for the new baby.
Supporting students’ mental health with more awareness and fewer phones
This high school in rural, Eastern North Carolina is putting the focus on youth mental health. Their disconnectED event took students a deep dive into what mental health means to each of us and how to get support.
What to do if you get bit by a copperhead snake
Copperheads are venomous snakes that are known to bite when threatened. Their bites can cause severe pain and require immediate medical care. Here’s what to do if you get bit.
Could we end mental health stigma in our children’s generation?
Providing youth with access to mental health services is critical at this historical moment, when more than 4 in 10 teens report feeling “persistently sad or hopeless.” Working more carefully with children and adolescents could dismantle the nearly universal stigma associated with mental health care.
Doctors—and moms—answer your questions about the COVID vaccine for kids
COVID vaccines are now available for kids ages six months and up. If you have a question about the COVID vaccine in kids, including the risks and benefits of getting your kids vaccinated, our doctors have answers.
Maya Jackson is bringing holistic care to mothers of color. And it may just save their lives.
From the moment her pregnancy is confirmed, a woman needs and deserves one thing: proper maternal care. Yet, for many women—especially those of color—that reality is far beyond reach. Maya Jackson is changing that.
Stress vs. depression: Know these five red flags and steps to get help
How do you know when it’s “just the blues” caused by recent events, or when it’s something more serious, like depression? Know these five key symptoms of depression.
When It Comes to Mental Health, Outdoor Play Is Serious Business
It’s never been more important to get young people outdoors and active. Every child should have a safe place to jump around. That’s why we help build playspaces for all kids to get the full emotional and physical benefits of outdoor play.
Blue Cross NC nurse saves a life over the phone
Cheryl Propst is one of about 350 Blue Cross NC nurses. When a member called in with signs of a stroke, Cheryl took action to save his life.
Feel better today: Exercise provides a powerful boost to mental health
Even small amounts of exercise can make a big difference. Here’s what to do and how much.
Caring beyond the chat window
Health insurance can be confusing, but our customer service team is here to help. Cindy Evers is bringing empathy and a human touch to customer support—one call, one chat at a time.
Children of color face an invisible threat. Here’s how we can support them.
Here in North Carolina, 69 of our 100 counties have no child psychiatrists; 27 have no psychiatrist at all. Failure to address this challenge now will have long-term consequences.
NC mom helps fellow foster parents care for vulnerable children
Gaile Osborne found herself at the center of a foster care system that didn’t work. So, she began fixing it. Now she works to recruit foster and adoptive parents and provide assistance and training to existing families.
Retired Army Surgeon Finds a Way to Keep Saving Lives – And You Can, Too
Dr. Hugh Donohue has been donating blood for half a century. The Army veteran, who now works at Blue Cross NC, has saved as many as 72 lives through his donations.
Teen makes miraculous recovery after losing the ability to walk, talk and eat
After developing post-COVID encephalitis, a rare complication causing swelling on the brain, 14-year-old Micah Hullum became unresponsive. His mother, Keosha Street, prayed for a miracle. She got one.
Join us for a 5-day challenge to walk 10 minutes each day
Certified Personal Trainer Michelle Rogers is leading a five-day Walking Challenge, starting on April 18, 2022. Read more to find out how you can take part!
Sharing the love of soccer with kids of all abilities
TOPSoccer provides people with diverse abilities an opportunity to play soccer in a safe, fun, supportive, and inclusive environment. (If Ted Lasso warmed your heart, read this.)
How to Remove COPD Triggers from Your Home
:] Learn more about recognizing COPD flare-ups and how to avoid them.
How to Remove COPD Triggers from Your Home
Learn more about recognizing COPD flare-ups and how to avoid them.
6 Tips for Eating Out with Diabetes
These tips make it easy to order your meal and enjoy it with confidence.
6 Tips for Eating Out with Diabetes
These tips make it easy to order your meal and enjoy it with confidence.
Simple Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy
Keep your ticker strong for life with these 8 easy solutions
Simple Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy
Keep your ticker strong for life with these 8 easy solutions
“I couldn’t let him die:” Lindsay’s heroic quest to save her coworker’s life
Kevin’s kidneys had failed, and his survival depended on finding a donor. Little did he know, on the other side of his office wall at NC State University sat his perfect match.
Kate’s 3D-printed bionic arm improved her health—and her confidence
Kate, who was born without her right forearm, made the decision to get a prosthetic as an adult. The 3D-printed “Hero Arm” has improved her health, but it’s also transformed the way she interacts with others. Read more about her journey.
Meal prepping secrets for success (plus 3 easy recipes)
As a health coach, Michelle Rogers helps her clients find a system of meal prepping that works for their busy schedules. Here she shares a few expert tips and recipes to get started.
The Road Back Home: Coping with post-COVID’s long shadow
The average recovery time for COVID-19 patients is two weeks. But for some people, many of whom call themselves “COVID long haulers,” symptoms can persist for weeks or months. Learn more about what we know about long-COVID so far.
It’s like wearing a neon sign announcing “I’m a cancer survivor”
Robin Winters felt like she had a neon sign over her head announcing to the world that she had breast cancer. She tried to hide it, until one day she learned to embrace what it meant to be a survivor. Now she helps others find that strength in themselves.
Record-High Claims in 2021 Reflect COVID-19’s Impact on North Carolina
While COVID-19’s cost in human terms can’t be calculated, the pandemic also carries a price tag – and it’s a hefty one. The numbers only confirm that making health care affordable must remain a priority, not just for Blue Cross NC, but across all of health care.
The three words every patient in the U.S. healthcare system should know
We all know the saying, “You get what you pay for.” It applies to almost everything we buy. But with health care, that saying doesn’t always ring true. Here’s how we’re helping to change that.
COVID pills are here. Here’s what you need to know about antiviral treatments.
The new pills offer an important layer of defense for high-risk patients—those whose age or health conditions make them vulnerable to severe illness. Here’s what you need to know about Paxlovid and molnupiravir.
‘What Lurks in the Woods:’ One family’s heartbreaking story of illness, caregiving, and love
Nicole Bell, author of “What Lurks in the Woods,” shares her harrowing story of caregiving, love, loss, and discovery after her husband received an unexpected diagnosis of late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Read more about the family’s search for answers and healing.
How price shopping for health care can save you money (and how to do it)
Did you know you can shop for health care the same way you might shop for a new phone? We provide these tools to help you find the best care at the lowest cost–because health care should be accessible for all. Read more to learn how to save.
The Journey to Joy: Black Community Leaders on Whole-Person Health
We spoke with three Black leaders in North Carolina to learn more about what whole-health means to them. Read more about how they’re supporting their communities on the journey to joy.
Anxiety, Pregnancy and the Pandemic: COVID-19 stress is taking a toll on expectant parents
How parents-to-be are learning to cope with the mental load of COVID.
How to stay motivated to exercise (10 tips for long-term success)
Certified personal trainer Michelle Rogers shares expert tips to help you stick with your exercise plan.
Your family medical history matters. But what if it’s a mystery?
For some adoptees, and for people who don’t know or have access to their biological relatives, tracking down a family medical history is next to impossible. Can DNA tests unlock the mystery?
One in Ten College Students Experiences Homelessness. One NC University is Making a Difference.
One third of college students experience housing insecurity in some form, and 9% identify as homeless. When a student faces housing insecurity or homelessness, it could have long-term health effects. But our state is beginning to change these statistics.
Forget New Year’s resolutions this year. Try this instead!
Resolution lists typically consist of the ways you wish you were different than you are today. Two of the most popular resolutions are to lose weight and get in shape, and they rarely last. But what if we flipped the script on resolutions for good?
Don’t hibernate! Embrace the joys of winter hiking with these 5 tips
The winter hiking season is underappreciated. Quiet trails, fall leaves blanketing the forest floor, and the sun shining through the empty trees make winter hiking a great option for staying active. Here are five tips to help you stay warm on the trail this winter.
“Each child is a vast reservoir of potential”- An Interview with Dr. Jacqueline McKnight on Foster Care in North Carolina
More than 30,000 children and youth in North Carolina are involved in North Carolina’s foster care system. Blue Cross NC is committed to helping them overcome barriers to good health.
Substance Use is Driving Children into Foster Care. Here’s What We Can Do About It.
Throughout the pandemic, substance use has risen sharply, and record numbers of opioid deaths have left even more families destabilized and more children vulnerable.
It’s Time to End Surprise Billing and Unfair Pricing
The cost of medical care is too high and is a major concern for our members. Surprise billing alone has cost our health care system roughly $40 billion. Find out what we’re doing to make sure health care is better, simpler, and more affordable for all.
How to be an ally to Indigenous people this American Indian Heritage Month
November is Indian American Heritage Month. Here are three ways to be an ally to indigenous people, from Blue Cross NC’s tribal liaison.
Adoptive Parents Can Also Experience the “Baby Blues” – Here’s Why That Matters
In health care, we often talk about postpartum depression. But few people realize that adoptive parents can also experience “the baby blues,” or post-placement depression. See how Blue Cross NC is taking a holistic look at maternal health.
How to dine out healthier without feeling deprived
With the holiday travel season approaching, many of us will be eating fast food or grabbing food to go. Two different meals at the same fast food chain can differ by upwards of 1,500 calories. Here’s what to look for if you want to make healthier choices on the go.
Five surefire tips to help your child cope with fear of needles
Fear of needles keeps many U.S. adults from getting vaccinations, and the phobia is even more common in kids and teens. Here are a few strategies to help your child manage their fear and get their COVID-19 shot.
Katie was in kidney failure. A phone call two years later saved her life.
On the day of Blue Cross NC member Katie Scott’s wedding, she was in kidney failure. Two years later, she received a phone call that saved her life.
Hiking farther? Make sure you plan ahead for full-day hikes
With a little more planning and preparation, you can start spending more time on the trail with the confidence of an experienced hiker. Here’s how to make sure you’re prepared.
Ten holiday travelling tips to keep you safe from COVID-19
If you are considering traveling this holiday season, here are 10 tips to help keep you, your family and your community safe.
This cancer survivor wants you to know: You don’t always have to be strong
When our Blue Cross NC employee and member Rita Hewell was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she took on the role of the strong cancer warrior. Now she wants others to know it’s okay to be scared.
These simple steps can help you cope with Gestational Diabetes
After meeting with a nutritionist, Christy was able to monitor her glucose (blood sugar) and manage her gestational diabetes condition through a modified diet.
5 questions to ask before picking a health insurance plan
Health insurance can be complicated. We’re here to help make it easier to understand. Here are three questions to ask yourself when shopping for an insurance plan.
Strengthening Character, Confidence and Community: The Power of Performing Arts
Blue Cross NC recognizes the unique role the arts play in feeding the mind, heart and soul. That’s why we invest in arts programs like TheGifted Arts, which teaches self-expression, confidence and leadership to historically underserved students.
Knowing how to read medicine labels saves lives
Medication errors causes thousands of deaths every year. More than 30% of those errors are the result of confusing medicine labels. Make sure you know what to look for on your prescription or over-the-counter medicine labels.
Step up your pace with trail running: Five North Carolina trails for beginners
If you’re used to running on pavement, you might be skeptical about trail running. The truth is, trail running is easier on your joints, burns more calories, and gets you out in nature. Here are five NC trails to try.
This food truck is on a mission to end hunger in North Carolina
The Spinning Plate is not your average food truck. It’s a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen bringing warm, healthy meals to hungry people across the state.
Honoring Hispanic Heritage at Blue Cross NC
As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, we reflect on what we are doing to make health care better for North Carolina’s Hispanic communities, not just in October but all year round.
Embarrassed to ask questions at the doctor? Five tips to open the conversation
One reason why people struggle to make good health care choices is that they’re embarrassed to ask questions. But getting the most out of your doctor’s visit means being totally honest when you don’t understand instructions or medical terms.
5 yoga poses to help you become more balanced and less stressed
Yoga is a great way to enhance mindfulness, flexibility and physical fitness. It can reduce anxiety and even help you sleep. Here are five poses that can help you reduce stress and feel more balanced.
The doctors thought it was pregnancy symptoms. It was something much worse.
Halfway through her twin pregnancy, Venelina Vateva received shocking news. Her cough, back pain, and nausea weren’t pregnancy symptoms. They were cancer. Here she shares her moving story of “the happiest, crappiest year” of her life.
Lost your COVID-19 vaccination card? Here’s how to get a new one
COVID-19 vaccine cards are not laminated, do not easily fit in your wallet, and quickly become torn and unreadable. If you’re like me, you may even misplace it. Here’s some guidance on what to do if you’ve lost your card.
Should I go to the ER, Urgent Care or My Doctor’s Office?
When you have a health scare, it’s important to know where to go for the right kind of care. Knowing when you need to go to the ER, when you should use urgent care, or when to make an appointment at your regular doctor’s office can also save you time and money.
Take advantage of these 10 no-cost health care services
Preventive care is covered at 100% by your health care plan. This means you shouldn’t get a bill for preventive services. Here are 10 of those services, from cancer screenings to nutrition counseling.
“I encourage every woman to commit to annual breast cancer testing”
In North Carolina, women have a one-in-eight lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. This past December, Blue Cross NC employee Jennifer Grady found out she was part of that statistic.
How to find a therapist if you’ve never had one before
Eighteen months into the pandemic, mental health support is in high demand. If you’re thinking about reaching out for support, here are some ideas on how to get started finding a therapist.
How to tell fact from fiction with COVID-19 information
In the age of COVID-19, knowing the difference between facts and myths can save lives. Here’s how to know whether you can trust the information you’re seeing online.
New Advisory Marks a First in the Nation’s Efforts Against Opioid Overuse
The United States is losing ground in our battle against opioid overuse. Overdose deaths were up around 30% in 2020, and opioid overdose is now a leading cause of death for adults ages 25 to 54 in the U.S. See how the new advisory’s call to action mobilizes the health care system to address opioid overuse.
Rooted in Raleigh: How This Small, Urban Farm is Making a Big Community Impact
A healthy diet is the most commonly reported unmet social need. So Raleigh City Farm works to provide fresh, healthy food and agricultural education throughout the Triangle.
When Those Who Help Need Help: National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
When I was in medical school, two of my fellow students died – one by suicide and one from an alcohol use disorder. A third student survived a suicide attempt. Today, our profession recognizes National Physician Suicide Awareness Day as we seek to understand and combat the factors that lead so many medical professionals to emotional crisis.
When it comes to recovery programs, knowledge is power
There are many evidence-based, effective treatments for substance use disorders. The challenge is separating those options from the ones that don’t actually work. Shockingly, some studies indicate that as many as 25% of patients receive treatment that is counter-productive or harmful.
The Facts about Falling
Falls can cause serious injuries, especially among the elderly. So it’s important to know the facts about fall-related injuries, what to do if you fall, and tips to prevent falling.
Exercises for people who hate to work out: 18 fun ideas to get moving
Not a gym person? Not excited by the idea of exercise in general? Certified personal trainer Michelle Rogers shares ideas to get yourself moving without feeling like you’re doing traditional exercise. You might even have some fun!
5 fall hikes to help you regain your hiking groove
With cooler temps on the horizon and more people getting outdoors, hiking expert Joe Miller outlines 5 scenic trails to hike this fall.
Blue Cross NC Goes Green
In Blue Cross NC’s kitchens and cafes, every scrap of food waste is destined for composting. To date, we’ve diverted more than 12,000 pounds of food waste from the landfills, donating the compost to community farms and gardens.
Three things you need to know about breakthrough infections
Dr. Nguyen talks “breakthrough infections,” or symptomatic COVID-19 cases in people who have been fully vaccinated.
Improving Maternal and Perinatal Health Equity in North Carolina and Beyond
Over the past several decades, in much of the world, the maternal mortality rate has declined. But in the U.S. the problem has only worsened.
Fear of COVID-19 vaccines is real. Should it be?
For many people, fear is still the number one roadblock to getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Here are some of the top fears related to vaccines and a few ideas on how to combat them.
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.
How to Talk About COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Addressing Four Common Types of Resistance
At this moment in time, no conversation is more critical to our nation’s health than encouraging our peers and loved ones to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But how do we initiate dialogue that might trigger intense feelings?
Need advice on breastfeeding? “Do what makes you a happier mom.”
This Breastfeeding Awareness Month, hear from other moms about the difficult, complex, and amazing work of breastfeeding.
ACEs: COVID-19’s Social and Economic Impact Looms Large Over Children
In December of 2019, the odds that a child in the United States would experience trauma were already high. In the wake of a global pandemic, those odds have risen sharply.
Everything parents of babies need to know about COVID-19
If you have a baby or are expecting a baby, you may have questions and fears about how COVID-19 could affect your littlest family member. Here’s what you need to know.
School-based Virtual Clinic Improves Children’s Access to Care
In some rural and underserved communities in North Carolina, access to pediatricians is limited. Virtual clinics have helped young students get the care they need while staying in school.
Do you actually need to walk 10,000 steps a day?
Do you have to walk 10,000 steps a day for better health and fitness? Is there any evidence that 10,000 should be the default, and where did that come from? Here’s the scoop.
5 Fun (and Kid-Friendly) North Carolina Hikes for the Family
Having a hook (like a waterfall or an awesome view) is key to a successful family hike. So is hiking a trail that’s not too long, not too hard. (Snacks help, too.) Here are 5 family-friendly hikes that fit the bill.
Quick tips to protect yourself from the sun and late summer heat
Many of us are spending more time outside than ever, but the North Carolina heat is no joke. Make sure you know how to protect your skin from the sun and keep yourself safe from heat exhaustion.
After months of isolating, are our immune systems out of practice?
Physical distancing has not weakened your immune system, at least not in the way you might think. But if you’ve noticed a lot of people catching colds and other illnesses as they venture into the world, loneliness and stress may be to blame.
Do I still need a mask? Breaking down the Delta variant and new masking guidelines
As the Delta variant takes hold in the U.S., we’re here to help you make sense of the latest guidelines so you can keep yourself, your family and your community safe.
Children’s mental health a year into the pandemic, and what parents can do to help
Children have undergone mental health challenges during the pandemic. Find out what they are, signs to look out for and what parents can do to help.
Partnership enables students to pursue passion for education in home communities
A core value of the College of Education at East Carolina University is serving rural communities. A partnership with Blue Cross NC is helping future educators fulfill that mission.
A mom’s perspective on managing a pandemic back-to-school season
With a new school year approaching for many of us, a lot of parents are worried about how their kids will do academically, socially, and emotionally. Maggie Brown shares how she’s managed caring for both her kids and herself during this challenging time.
Tobacco Cessation: Don’t Let Your Plans Go Up in Smoke
Coverage of COVID-19 has dominated health news for more than a year now. But another disturbing health trend has slipped under the radar: During the pandemic, many vows to quit tobacco use went up in smoke.
Stress, depression, and anxiety are too common in college students
As the fall semester approaches, it’s a good time to talk about mental health in college students.
8 chair exercises to strengthen your abs and back
Whether you work at a desk all day or have mobility challenges (or both), chair-based exercises can help you tone your muscles and relieve stiffness from almost anywhere. Here’s a quick exercise plan to get you started.
Top 10 Myths About Childhood Vaccines (And Yes, We Still Need Them)
While COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle, it’s important to keep your children up to date on vaccines that protect against other serious illnesses, too. Here are some of the most commons myths about childhood vaccines–along with the facts.
Must-know tips to protect yourself and your family during hurricanes
Hurricane season is upon us, and experts think it will be one of the most active years of tropical storms to date. Here are some ways to prepare and tips on getting medical care if you need it.
I prayed for a better solution to my type 2 diabetes. Then I found Virta.
Blue Cross NC member Shannon Farrar was shocked when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 28. After years of trying to get it under control, she found a way to reverse her diabetes through Virta.
What to expect with your child’s COVID-19 vaccine
For many of us, the choice to get vaccinated was fairly straightforward. Making that choice for our kids, however, may feel more complicated. Here are answers to your most pressing questions.
An Empty Plate Can Undermine Mental Health and Well-being
The research is clear: it takes more than sustenance to address the wide-ranging impacts of food insecurity. It requires a whole-person approach.
Push your envelope with 5 of the most challenging hikes in North Carolina
Outdoor expert Joe Miller walks us through five of the most extreme and challenging hikes in North Carolina for those looking for a true adventure.
Blue Cross NC interns are the next generation of health care leaders
Some of our summer interns share what they’ve learned at Blue Cross NC and where they’re headed next.
Helping young families and children out of homelessness
Our partner organization, Families Moving Forward, helps young families experiencing homelessness find their way home.
The Future of Telehealth Requires Flexibility and Data-driven Solutions
Telehealth shouldn’t make care more expensive. Blue Cross NC supports a long-term telehealth strategy driven by affordability, access and outcomes.
PTSD doesn’t just happen to soldiers. And with COVID-19, it’s surging.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is on the rise among COVID patients and health care workers. But it can happen to anyone who experiences a trauma. Know the signs and get help if you need it.
What does self-care look like in a pandemic?
Self-care has become a buzzword, but what does it mean, really? It doesn’t have to be complicated. But during the pandemic, it’s become all the more important.
Leading at the intersections of health and freedom
At Blue Cross NC, we believe true freedom means the ability to live a life where barriers to health and wellness no longer exist – especially those rooted in discrimination.
Health care burnout has never been more real. Is it fixable?
The pandemic has confirmed that we need to address physician burnout. Focusing on mental health and working conditions could be important first steps.
Discover the joy of bike riding for exercise and fun
Learn more about the benefits of cycling and how to get started from Certified Personal Trainer Michelle Rogers.
If you’re looking for summer adventure, try paddling with these beginner-friendly tips.
It’s too hot to be outdoors? Not if you’re near water. Or better yet, on it. Here are some tips from outdoor expert Joe Miller on how and where to try out paddling this summer.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Health Care
Grades aren’t generally considered to be matters of life and death, but some report cards can have grave implications for millions of us. When it comes to North Carolina’s health grades, there’s room for improvement.
Your guide to choosing a primary care doctor who’s right for you
Choosing a primary care provider can be a difficult decision. We’re here to make it easier.
Conversations with a Compassion Warrior: A social worker on LGBTQ+ mental health
This Pride Month, social worker Hayden Dawes talks LGTBQ+ mental health, stigma, and what it means to be a compassion warrior.
How To Take Charge Of Your Dental and Vision Health Coverage
Dental and vision health have enormous impacts on our overall health. Here’s how to start prioritizing your health in these areas.
One of the first teens to get the COVID-19 vaccine shares his story
Chris got his COVID-19 vaccine at age 15, even before it was available to adults. He was part of the phase III Pfizer trial to help determine how effective the vaccine is in kids and teens.
Blue Cross NC employee shares how he’s coped with OCD, ADHD during the pandemic
George Price shares how he’s taken care of himself and advocated for others struggling with their mental health throughout the pandemic.
We Resolve: To Improve Access to Health Care in All 100 Counties
North Carolinians shouldn’t have to choose between where they want to live and good health. Here’s how we’re closing rural care gaps.
Why is health care in America so expensive, and how can we address it?
If you’ve ever wondered why health care is so expensive, you’re not alone. Here’s what accounts for those costs and what we’re doing to drive them down.
What women need to know about COVID-19 vaccine side effects
Women have different side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine than men. Here’s what you need to know about potential symptoms, including changes to your period and swollen lymph nodes.
Teen transitions from foster care to adulthood, intent on helping kids like him
Trent Taylor understands how living in the foster care system can impact your transition to adulthood. Here he shares how he’s overcoming past trauma and preparing to help the next generation do the same.
The evolving world of technology and behavioral health care
Technology offers new ways for people to connect with mental health resources. Learn more about the types of support you can get without ever stepping foot in a provider’s office.
Five steps you can take to help end mental health stigma
This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s talk about what we can do in our own lives to fight the stigma surrounding mental health conditions. Here are five concrete steps you can take to help.
We Resolve: To Lower the Cost and Raise the Quality of Health Care in All 100 Counties
Most Americans would probably balk at the idea of spending nearly $20,000 on a bloated annual expense. That would be enough to buy a new car every year! Unfortunately, by 2028, that will be the annual per-person cost of health care if things don’t change. Between 2009 and 2019, health care spending in the United [...]
Loss of Life, Loss of Heritage: COVID-19 and our American Indian Communities
At a staggering rate, COVID-19 has taken American Indian lives. With them, the virus has taken connections to language and tradition passed down through generations.
Julia beats the odds: an anxiety success story
After years of struggling with anxiety and depression, 19-year-old Julia found support from LifeSet, a Youth Villages program that helps vulnerable youth transition to adulthood.
Five of the most beautiful hikes in North Carolina
Adventure guide Joe Miller’s top picks for a gorgeous spring hike, including a meadow of flowering rhododendrons and a lodge tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Seven Tips: Helping Children Overcome Anxieties About Returning to School
Dr. Nora Dennis shares seven tips on helping kids adjust to in-person learning during COVID-19 and how to recognize signs of anxiety.
Why is it so hard to get mental health care and support?
At Blue Cross NC, our behavioral health team is committed to the vision that behavioral health services should be accessible, high-quality, and stigma-free. Here’s how we plan to get there.
Better health care for North Carolina: Lower prices and higher quality, from the Blue Ridge to the beaches
Between prescription drug costs, inefficient care and administrative burdens, health care is more expensive than it should be, and the costs are only rising. Here’s what we’re doing to make care higher quality and more affordable for all.
How to build a great relationship with your doctor
The doctor-patient relationship is one of the most important relationships in our lives. To make the most of it, we have to be active participants in our own care. Here are some tips.
Black Maternal Health: Health Equity Begins Before Birth
Black women in the U.S. are three times more likely to die from pregnancy than White women. Discover why this is, and how we can help combat these disparities.
Exercise from home with online classes (plus two awesome free options!)
Michelle Rogers breaks down the benefits of online workouts and tips for getting the most out of your virtual exercise class. Plus, she shares two free classes she teaches virtually through Blue Cross NC’s Raleigh Center, open to anyone!
Prosthetics didn’t match her personality. That was before the Hero Arm.
Kate took a yearslong break from wearing a prosthetic arm, but with advancing technology, Kate discovered the 3D-printed Hero Arm.
NC schools say, “We’re making sure no child goes hungry on our watch.”
Fighting child hunger, Nutrition Director for Buncombe County Schools leads a team on a mission to make sure no student goes without a meal.
How to support a loved one recently diagnosed with cancer
When Margaux was diagnosed with cancer, she quickly learned what kinds of support from loved ones were most helpful. Here she shares ideas on how to be there for a friend or family member who is recently diagnosed–and a few things not to do.
Six surprising ways hiking can improve your mental health
We all know that hiking has benefits for our physical health. But the mental health benefits are powerful, and they might surprise you.
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.
10 ways to support loved ones with chronic health conditions
It can be hard to know how to support someone with a chronic illness, or what to say to a friend struggling with health issues. Here are a few tips.
Why you should quit dieting — and how to ditch it for good
A piece of advice from a Certified Personal Trainer: Diets don’t work. Not only are they too restrictive and unsustainable for most people, but they can also be unhealthy. Here’s what to do instead.
Looking for a way to unplug after work? Try an evening hike
If you’re looking for a way to unplug and de-stress after a long day at work, evening hikes may be an option you haven’t considered. Here are some things to know before you go.
What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? Find out if you’re eligible
Learn the difference between these two programs, including who’s eligible and what benefits each program provides.
“I joined a Phase III COVID Vaccine Study to Reduce My Odds of Landing in the ICU”
Paul Miller knew he was high-risk for COVID-19. He imagined himself sick in the hospital on a ventilator. The fear was enough to get him to enroll in a clinical trial for the Moderna vaccine, and he is now fully vaccinated.
Why Health Insurance is Important and What Options You Have
Understand why health insurance is important. Know your health insurance options, including Medicaid eligibility, Marketplace plans, and individual plans.
Do You Know the Signs of a Brain Injury?
Dr. Anuradha Rao-Patel talks brain injuries–the different kinds of brain injuries, how they can impact our lives, and the symptoms to look for if you suspect someone has had a brain injury.
5 things you should know about health insurance before you get sick
When Margaux was diagnosed with cancer at 28, she quickly discovered that she had a lot to learn about health insurance. Here she shares her 5 tips for making the best use of your plan.
COVID-19’s Impacts on Health Care Finances Are Coming into Focus
As we’re approaching the one-year mark since North Carolina started to feel the impact of the pandemic, we now have a good understanding of how the pandemic is financially affecting our Company. Between lowering our premiums for 2020 and absorbing the incremental costs associated with COVID-19, we saw a decrease in our company’s net income, [...]
5 places to find spring in North Carolina
Hiking expert Joe Miller knows where to find the first signs of spring. Here are 5 hiking trails in North Carolina to find budding wildflowers and enjoy some time outdoors.
Real men go to therapy: know the signs of depression in men
Many men face additional stigma around mental health, making them less likely than women to get help. But support is out there. Read one man’s story of how he overcame fear and social stigma around therapy – and how it paid off in spades.
How Specialty Pharmacies Provide an Extra Level of Care to Help Manage Your Condition
One of the biggest challenges of managing chronic illness is accessing affordable, quality care and medicines. Learn more about what specialty pharmacies do and how they help care for patients with chronic conditions.
A cancer screening during COVID-19 may have saved our member’s life
Our member, Laura, was diagnosed with breast cancer during the covid-19 pandemic thanks to a routine screening. Now she’s celebrating her completion of chemotherapy and looking forward to regaining her strength.
ACA Opens Special Enrollment Period in Response to COVID-19: What You Need to Know
The Biden administration has opened a special enrollment period, allowing you to pick a health plan or switch your plan through August 15, 2021. Here’s what you need to know.
Do you know the signs of a heart emergency?
Do you know the signs of heart attack and stroke? The signs of a heart emergency are different in men and women. This Heart Health Month, learn the signs and get tips on taking care of your heart health.
To Overcome Black Resistance to Vaccines, We All Need to Understand It
While doubts about the safety and efficacy of the new vaccines are largely unfounded, among people of color these fears are the result of systemic inequities that are very real.
How childhood trauma affects adult health (and what you can do about it)
People who had difficult childhoods are at higher risk for many health complications later in life, including cancer and major depression. Thankfully, there are several ways to fight back.
COVID-19 changed health care. But will the changes outlast the pandemic?
Telehealth visits exploded in the early months of the pandemic, increasing by more than 7,500%. Clearly, the way we provide care to patients has changed. But will this change outlast the pandemic?
How to stay healthy and fit during the winter
Don’t let cold weather get in the way of exercising this winter. Certified personal trainer Michelle Rogers shares tons of creative ideas for both indoor and outdoor exercise, as well as ways to stay safe in the cold.
5 ‘must-do’ North Carolina hikes
Hiking expert Joe Miller of Get Going NC shares his top five “must do” hikes for 2021. Check them off your bucket list, and let us know how they support your mental and physical health!
Struggle, Progress and Strength: Recognizing Black History Month at Blue Cross NC
For Blue Cross NC, this Black History Month comes less than a year after we’ve welcomed Dr. Tunde Sotunde, the first Black CEO and president in our company’s 88-year history. It’s a moment for reflection on the “struggling and striving” we’ve seen.
Why I chose to get the covid-19 vaccine: one army doctor speaks out
One doctor tells us why he decided to get the covid-19 vaccine, whether he had concerns about his decision, how he felt after his first dose, and what this family thought about it.
3 tips for coping with chronic illness
If you struggle with a medical condition, here are three tips to help you manage your illness and maintain your quality of life.
A fourth grader needed help. One Blue Cross NC employee stepped up.
Blue Cross NC employee Mike Restaino is passionate about helping North Carolinians lead healthier lives. In his free time, he helps fourth grader Zaquan navigate virtual learning to help set him up for a bright future.
Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines: five rumors debunked
Get the COVID vaccine when your turn comes up. It’s effective, safe, and our best chance to beat COVID-19.
Resolution reset: 5 ways to get back on track with your fitness and healthy living goals
Certified personal trainer Michelle Rogers tells us why most New Year’s resolutions fail and how you can find success with your fitness goals in 2021.
“I was desperate for a way to help my brother”
When the pandemic hit, experts advised us to stay home. But what happens to people whose homes aren’t safe? Kathy shares the story of her brother David, whose home was not suitable to live and recover in after he suffered an aortic aneurism, and the organization that helped.
You tried hiking in 2020. Here’s how to keep going.
If you tried hiking in 2020 and want to continue it in the new year, here are a few tips for beginners about North Carolina trails to try and gear to have on hand.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Our Work Doesn’t Stop!
At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, we can’t fulfill our mission to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities without explicitly addressing disparities and health inequities.
2020 in Review: A Year of Heartbreak and Heroism
2020 was heartbreaking, but it also brought out the best in so many people. During one of the most serious public health crises in a century, health care professionals rose to the challenge.
The 4 basics your HR staff should know for creating employee health empowerment
An unhealthy workforce can lead to an ailing company. Here are a few tips to help your employees make informed choices about their health and health care.
Your step-by-step, no-fail system for getting fit and healthy in 2021
New Year’s resolutions look different this year with the COVID-19 pandemic. But getting fit is still possible and can help you feel great.
“Teachers are standing on the front line with a smile”
With financial support, this childcare center was able to continue to pay its teachers and meet enhanced health and safety standards to keep children and employees safe.
“Cuando esto se complique, ¿qué voy a hacer?”
Camila recuerda claramente el día en que su marido dio positivo en el test de COVID-19.
“When this gets complicated, what am I going to do?”
Camila shares her story of getting COVID-19, along with her husband, and struggling to care for their four children at a distance. She also shares about the local program that helped her fully recover.
“We knew the pandemic was coming.”
With support from Blue Cross NC, Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi of NC State turned from professor to manufacturer, producing materials for masks for frontline healthcare workers. Here is his story.
“Seeing my husband in PPE from head to toe brings tears to my eyes.”
After surviving triple bypass surgery and 40 weeks of radiation treatment for cancer, Chris’s husband was faced with keeping their family primary care practice afloat during COVID-19. Chris shares their story.
“Life feels like the movie Groundhog Day.”
Dr. John Scheitler, a primary care doctor in Gastonia, North Carolina, shares what it feels like to continue treating patients during the pandemic and how his clinic has stayed afloat.
“A friendly face makes such a difference in my quiet days”
Eighty-four-year-old Charles has been homebound and isolated since the pandemic hit in March. But Meals on Wheels has been a bright spot in a difficult time, bringing Charles meals and a friend to talk to.
Find Your Joy – Or Create It: Connection in the time of COVID
Social isolation is getting old–and taking its toll on our mental health. Here are some ideas for how to find some light in the darkness and connect with others safely during the pandemic.
Former shelter resident shares her story of hope
Blue Cross NC is investing in The Shepherd’s House to provide a safe place for people struggling with substance use disorders and homelessness.
How Blue Cross NC is Reshaping Behavioral Health Care in NC
Blue Cross NC is in its second year of a long-term strategy to improve behavioral health access, quality and efficiency by focusing on whole-person care.
Healthy Eating with Type 2 Diabetes
Eating healthy, balanced meals is an important part of controlling type 2 diabetes, just like exercising and taking medications as your doctor recommends. Here are some tips.
4 Healthy Holiday Hacks
Try these simple strategies to help you stay happy, healthy and strong and still enjoy holiday treats.
Spending the holidays alone? Three tips to take care of your mental health
Spending the holidays alone because of COVID-19? Here are three tips to support your mental health while keeping your loved ones safe.
Clinic Provides Health Care to Uninsured
Through an investment in Alliance Medical Ministry, Blue Cross NC helps uninsured people–some of the hardest hit by Covid-19–receive the care they need.
Prepare Now For the Dual Hit of Flu and COVID-19
With winter on its way, North Carolina could be getting a one-two punch from the flu and a new wave of COVID-19. Start protecting yourself by getting your flu shot.
North Carolinians come together to feed their communities
Throughout the pandemic, ASAP has helped North Carolina’s farms continue to thrive and bring fresh produce to local communities, all while supporting NC’s economy.
7 creative ways to celebrate the holidays safely during COVID-19
Our holiday season looks different this year because of COVID-19. Here are some creative ideas to celebrate while keeping yourself, your family and your community safe.
How to dress for cold weather hikes
For many of us, getting outdoors and into nature has been a saving grace during this pandemic. As winter approaches, you can still have outdoor adventures. Here are a few tips on how to dress for winter hikes.
American Indian Heritage Month & Healthy Blue
During Native American Heritage Month, learn about how Blue Cross NC is serving North Carolina’s Native communities through Medicaid transformation.
Using High-Tech and High-Touch to Simplify Health Care
Blue Cross NC is using technology and human interaction to help provide a simplified health care experience.
Drug Maker’s Guilty Pleas Won’t End the Opioid Crisis
The settlement with Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, is an important step forward in managing the nation’s opioid crisis. Learn more.
TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT
A few steps to take to make sure your enrollment process goes smoothly this year.
When pandemic blues and seasonal depression collide
Along with an extended quarantine, this winter’s shorter days and low light could be especially challenging for some. Here are some tips on how to cope.
Pulling Back the Curtain on Health Care Costs
Managing medical costs starts with knowing what they are in the first place. We support the concept of cost transparency, and we’re leading the way in making it a reality for all North Carolinians.
New to hiking? Looking for new trails? Meet your virtual adventure guide.
If you’re new to hiking and need some expert tips, or if you’re just looking for lesser-known trails to try, get to know Joe Miller. He’s our expert on all things outdoors in North Carolina.
It’s not selfish to take care of yourself
Ladies – here’s an important message for us: It’s not selfish to take care of yourself. In fact, it is an act of love. A healthier, stronger, happier you is better able to care for those depending on you. As author Parker Palmer notes, “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of […]
What I wish I’d known starting out on my fitness journey
Certified personal trainer Michelle Rogers reflects on her personal fitness journey and how she changed her mindset to make sure her healthier lifestyle would stick.
Making health care simpler and more affordable starts with value
In order to make health care better, simpler and more affordable, the health care system needs to fundamentally change. This transformation starts with a move to value-based care.
HBCU investments open doors for limitless opportunities
Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is not only in our words, but also our actions. We have long recognized the impact that HBCUs have on diversifying our workforce and industries.
Our Team Member’s Journey Back to Health After COVID-19
Blue Cross NC employee Renae Cates was diagnosed with COVID-19. Soon she was in a hospital room completely alone, just like on the news. Hear about her journey to recovery.
Data To Go: Health Records Should Be Accessed Like Bank Statements
As part of our efforts to transform health care, we’re working toward interoperability — allowing physicians to access patient data across practices, hospitals and platforms to paint a full picture of a patient’s health.
Three Things COVID-19 Has Confirmed About Health Care
The COVID-19 crisis is teaching us a lot about our health care system, and we will emerge from this crisis wiser for the experience. Blue Cross NC’s COO explains where we go from here.
Investing In Our Communities: Bettering Health, Lowering Costs
As a not-for-profit company, our goal is to change the course of health in this state. That means we must identify and address the challenges that prevent our neighbors from achieving the best health possible.
Fighting for Food Security with RAFI-USA
When COVID hit, many North Carolinians found themselves out of work. Grocery stores were emptied of fresh foods. Farmers struggled to stay afloat. Then one program stepped in to help.
Increase your energy and get fit with this 4-week walking plan
New to walking? No problem! This four-week walking plan will help you get fit, increase your energy, boost your mood, and prevent or improve other health issues.
College students were hit hard by COVID-19. Here’s how we’re supporting them.
Blue Cross NC recognizes the lifetime impact that education can have on North Carolinians’ health. That’s why we’re supporting college students amid COVID-19.
Fall hikes: how to avoid crowds and find the trails less traveled
The gorgeous fall weather is luring more North Carolinians outdoors to hike and camp. Here are some tips for finding and exploring less-crowded trails.
5 North Carolina Hikes to See Gorgeous Fall Foliage
These five hikes don’t get a lot of foot traffic, which is surprising considering the explosion of fall color they offer, and still get you a front seat view of fall foliage.
How to Manage OCD and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused an increase in anxiety in just about everyone. If you already struggle with anxiety or OCD, here are a few tips from Dr. Patrick McGrath.
Expanding Access to Treatment for Substance Use Disorders in North Carolina
Blue Cross NC is committed to combating the substance use disorder crisis in our state through community partners, new solutions and industry-leading approaches.
The Costs of Surprise Medical Billing
Providers deserve to be paid fairly to treat patients. But we can all agree that sending huge surprise bills or engaging in medical price-gouging isn’t right.
Tips to Care for Someone With COVID-19
Taking care of someone with COVID-19? These tips will help you reduce your exposure and know the signs and symptoms to track.
Supporting our Seniors Amid COVID-19
In the midst of COVID-19, many North Carolina seniors are facing social isolation and food insecurity. We partner with Meals on Wheels to deliver meals and smiles.
Addressing Disparities in Behavioral Health
At Blue Cross NC, we resolve to help close the gaps in behavioral health care. That means working hard to remove the barriers people face in getting mental health support.
No Flu For You: 5 Flu Shot Myths Debunked
It’s that time of year; flu season is upon us. That means flu shots. Maybe you’re ready to go and are rushing to Target because they’re offering discounts to shoppers who get the flu shot as an incentive. Great! You know the importance of getting the flu shot, not just for yourself but for your […]
What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19
Experiencing flu-like symptoms like fever, body aches, chills, cough, nausea, chest pain, or trouble breathing? Here are some steps to take.
Virtual heart health training serves Latino communities
With support from Blue Cross NC, the American Heart Association is training Spanish-speaking ambassadors to bring heart health education to their communities across North Carolina.
Health Care in 2020: The Only Thing That’s Certain is Uncertainty
Blue Cross NC’s chief financial officer Mitch Perry talks lowering rates for members and looking toward the future of health care during the pandemic and beyond.
Our Continued Commitment to Breast Cancer Awareness
Blue Cross NC recognizes the importance of early breast cancer detection. That’s why we work with organizations that offer hope and support to patients.
A parent’s survival guide for at-home learning
A working mom of two shares her tips for managing your own mental health while supporting kids learning virtually in the home.
No time to work out? Try these easy ways to fit movement into your day
It’s okay if you don’t have an hour each day to exercise. Here are 11 some simple, doable ways you can fit in small bits of exercise throughout your day.
Supporting Latino Communities Through COVID-19
Latino communities are facing health disparities during COVID-19. So two Blue Cross NC partners stepped up to make sure their communities were not left behind.
This Blue Cross NC employee challenges the status quo of health care
Alicia Stokes has many passions – helping advance young leaders, staying involved in her community, and raising her two young children. But one of her very first passions was health. “Commitment to health has been ingrained in me my entire life,” she said. Alicia’s parents have suffered from sickness throughout her life. Her father passed [...]
Need a COVID-safe getaway? Two summer adventures you can take in North Carolina
If you choose to take a summer vacation, here are a few low-risk options in North Carolina that will keep you active and healthy.
Three summer sides you can make with farmer’s market produce
From savory to sweet, here are three healthy side dishes you can make with farmer’s market produce.
Six mask myths debunked
Do cloth face coverings even work? And can they make you sick? We break down your questions and common myths that have arisen about face coverings during COVID-19.
Preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias
It’s hurricane season. Find out how to get early prescription refills so you’re prepared if a storm hits.
Life changes? When and how to let your health insurer know
If you’ve recently gotten married, adopted a child, or changed your personal information, let your health insurer know. We can make sure you have the right coverage for the next phase of your life.
5 Ingredients for Better, Simpler, More Affordable Health Care
Tunde Sotunde, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, shares five ingredients critical to successfully transforming the health care system.
5 cool hikes for one hot North Carolina summer
It’s another hot North Carolina summer. Here are a few hikes that offer shade, swimming holes, or other protection from the 100 degree heat.
Get to know our CEO: Q&A with Dr. Tunde Sotunde
Get to know our CEO, Dr. Tunde Sotunde, and what drives him to make health care better and more equitable.
Planning for a Medical Procedure? Find Out What You Could be Paying (and Saving)
Health care costs shouldn’t be mysterious. We’re making our data public to help you search for common procedures and see how costs compare between nearby hospitals.
How to keep kids safe in the water this summer
Many childhood drownings happen when adults are present but distracted. In a pandemic summer, when we’re all more distracted than usual, how do we keep kids safe in the water?
Preeti Bhanap spends summer in virtual Innovation Garage
Preeti Bhanap shares about her summer internship, the challenges and rewards of working virtually, and her plans to pursue a career in health care.
How to make delicious Carolina Pulled Pork in a slow cooker
It’s July in North Carolina, and that means barbecue season. Try this easy pulled pork recipe for family meals or socially distant get-togethers outdoors.
Behavioral health care is in crisis – but payers have the opportunity to shape a better future.
Payment reform can drive the development of a behavioral health system that is flexible and responsive, especially during times of higher demand.
A Timeline of COVID-19 Symptoms
From initial symptoms to recovery, this timeline can help you know what to expect if you test positive for COVID-19.
Local chef feeds 3,000 people every week amid COVID-19
When the coronavirus hit, one North Carolina chef started cooking thousands of healthy meals for people in need.
Mobile clinic provides health care to kids in need
Durham Technical Community College’s mobile health unit serves children who might not otherwise have access to visual and dental health screenings.
New Report Shows Maternal Health Continues to Trend in the Wrong Direction
There is work to be done to maximize the chances of healthy pregnancies and births in North Carolina and beyond.
100 screen-free ways to keep kids active this summer
With summer camps and sports on hold this summer due to COVID-19, your kids might be looking for some fun new activities. Here are some ideas to keep the kids active this summer.
“I Can’t Breathe:” Racial Injustice and Black Mental Health
Racial injustice takes a significant mental health toll on people of color. One Blue Cross NC employee shares his own story.
Feeding our health heroes: it takes a village
This summer Blue Cross NC is teaming up with the Durham Bulls to deliver meals to health care workers in the Triangle.
Paddling: social distancing and serenity in one
If you’re in search of an outdoor activity that’s safe during the coronavirus, paddling might be for you. You can remain socially distant while enjoying the outdoors.
Is Social Distancing Weakening Our Immune Systems?
Social distancing and wearing masks reduces exposure to germs and bacteria. Does less exposure weaken our immune systems?
Managing Chronic Pain During the Pandemic
The pandemic is making it more challenging for people dealing with chronic pain to receive the care they need. Here’s why.
Juneteenth: The History and the Awkward Silence that Still Surrounds the Why
One Blue Cross employee shares the history of Juneteenth–a holiday recognizing African American freedom–and what it means to her today.
Summer Intern Joshua Wilson shares experience on virtual program
Summer Intern Joshua Wilson shares his experience interning at Blue Cross NC virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Understanding The Appeals Process
Learn how to avoid a denied claim, and how to make an appeal if you do get a denial.
Need some mountain time? Try these easy North Carolina hikes
Coronavirus has altered our daily lives, but we can still enjoy the outdoors. These five NC hikes are likely to be less crowded.
Instantly feel better with these work-from-home stretches
With the coronavirus crisis, working from home is suddenly the new normal for millions of people. Here are nine simple stretches that can help reduce stiffness and discomfort.
Pregnant? Here’s What You Need to Know About COVID-19
What risk does COVID-19 pose to pregnant mothers and their babies? Is breastfeeding safe? Your pregnancy-related COVID-19 questions, answered.
When is it safe to return to the doctor during covid-19?
During the covid-19 pandemic, many of us have been told to “stay home.” Now, as the state begins to reopen, is it safe to return to the doctor?
3 ingredients to help you lose the ‘Quarantine 15’
Taking care of yourself during COVID-19 is about more than the number on your scale. It’s about moving more, getting good nutrition, and getting enough rest.
Going the extra mile: companies shift to support their communities
From making protective equipment to creating new technologies, our employer groups are quickly shifting operations to meet community needs during COVID-19.
Sensing Hardship? 3 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Experiencing Loneliness from Social Isolation
I notice neighbors showing signs of loneliness and depression. How do I support and talk to friends and family who are struggling with mental health?
What is telehealth? Doctors answer your questions about virtual care.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, many people are getting medical care online or over the phone. But how exactly does telehealth work? Two doctors answer your questions.
An Employer’s Playbook For Supporting Employees Post-COVID
Employees are experiencing difficulties because of COVID-19. Here’s how to play an active role in supporting your employees’ mental health needs.
A fun circuit workout you can do in your backyard or outdoor space
Stuck at home because of the coronavirus? This simple circuit workout you can do in your backyard will support your mental and physical health.
Facts Make Us Safer. Here’s How to Find Them.
Right now, one of the best defenses we have against COVID-19 is accurate information. Learn how to become a coronavirus fact checker.
Local theatres use their sewing skills to make face masks
Our partners at the Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Theatre are re-purposing their sewing talents to fulfill a different need in the Triangle.
My child needs a vaccination. Can I take her to the clinic during COVID-19?
It may feel nerve-wracking to visit the doctor’s office right now. But the American Academy of Pediatrics is strongly encouraging parents to continue bringing their children in for routine care.
Getting started with a walking or running plan
There’s never been a better time to start walking. Here’s our advice for taking your first steps.
8 ways to stick with exercise and a healthy diet at home
Do you find yourself ditching healthy habits when you’re at home, even if you didn’t intend to? Here’s how to stay on track.
Helping our Neighbors and Community During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us in some way, changing our world view and what a “normal” world looks like.
Tips for managing chronic illnesses during COVID-19
Have a chronic disease? Here’s how you can continue to manage your illness and take care of yourself.
Explore your neighborhood to escape COVID-19 boredom
Bored during the coronavirus pandemic? Get outdoors and try this neighborhood scavenger hunt for a change of scenery.
What does it all mean? A useful list to explain the toughest insurance terms
Health insurance can be confusing. We’re breaking down some of the most complicated terms to make it simpler.
Resilience in the Face of COVID-19
There are concrete steps we can take to help cope during this overwhelming crisis of COVID-19.
How to support your community safely during COVID-19
From virtual food banks to blood donation, here are a few ways to safely support your community during this crisis.
Talking to your kids about the coronavirus
There is no instruction manual on talking to children about a global pandemic. A child psychiatrist and mom of two offers her thoughts on continuing to discuss the crisis with your children.
COVID-19: Answering your coronavirus questions
Fact or Fiction? 6 COVID-19 Statements Explained.
The inside look at coronavirus I never wanted
Three of my family members are sick with coronavirus. They are quarantined in their home in the UK, where local hospitals have run out of space to care for them.
10 exercises you can do from your couch
Do you find it hard to get motivated to get off the couch and exercise? What would you say if I told you that you don’t have to? In fact, it’s possible to get a full-body workout without missing an episode of your favorite show. You can do these exercises while you watch TV, right […]
Don’t let these 3 common worries keep you from seeking help for mental health
Don’t let worries hold you back from accessing behavioral health care. Discover how to overcome concerns about medication, finding time for therapy, and navigating the process. Find the right treatment plan and improve your overall well-being.
Benefits of Telehealth
On March 6, 2020, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina expanded virtual access to health care providers in response to COVID-19.
Experiencing pandemic panic? Here’s how to stop it
We are living in uncertain times. With the coronavirus altering our daily lives, many of us are experiencing anxiety and panic.
5 Things Businesses Are Already Learning from the COVID-19 Crisis
Life during the COVID-19 outbreak is changing our lives in ways we hadn’t contemplated before now.
Six easy tips for a healthy home workspace
Some employees may find that they are suddenly working from home more than ever because of social distancing. Here are a few tips for healthy ergonomics, using materials that are easy to find at home. 1. Stack books to raise your screen to eye level. You can hook up an old TV or computer monitor […]
How to exercise at home with limited space and budget
As I write this, people across the country are staying home to quell the coronavirus. For many, budgets have suddenly tightened. Gyms, community recreation centers, and group fitness classes have suspended operations.
How to enjoy the outdoors despite COVID-19
As the world around us closes down, one place hasn’t: the outdoors. True, some facilities have closed. North Carolina State Parks closed its visitor centers and campgrounds. Most local parks departments have closed their rec centers and canceled programs. But for the most part, trails and greenways remain open. That’s not to say that taking […]
Our Response to COVID-19
We’re only four months into 2020 and already, it’s a year none of us will soon forget. Concerns about the novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, have – for the time being – changed how we think of the most basic parts of our lives: where we do our work, how we engage with family […]
Working from home with kids during the pandemic
Maggie, a mom of two, is working remotely to limit the spread of covid-19. Here she shares a few tips for managing her workload while taking care of school-aged kids at home.
Not a medical professional? Here are 12 actions YOU can take to drive health in the time of covid-19
Co-authored by Bryony Winn and Beckie Brooks Wow. What a moment for the world. This is a discombobulating time for all of us, and it’s totally okay to feel it. We do. While there a multitude of excellent sources for medical information on covid-19 (On Twitter, we highly recommend following @aslavitt, @Ashishkjha, @farzad_MD, @RahulRajkumar11), many non-medical people – like us – […]
The Health and Safety of our Members and Employees is our Top Priority
While COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the nation and much of the world, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is keeping the health and safety of our members and employees as our top priority. The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic and President Trump has declared a national […]
How I walked off 60 lbs. — and you can, too
Walking is one of the simplest exercises there is, yet incredibly beneficial. There are so many advantages to walking.
Vaping and Your Health: What We Know Now
Vaping and e-cigarettes were originally supposed to be a lifeline for adult smokers: a safer alternative that might even help them quit tobacco smoking. As it turns out, this promise has fallen far short. Vaping has now been tied to many serious health effects, including an outbreak of lung diseases that began in the fall […]
Ten Years of the Affordable Care Act
It’s been ten years since the landmark passage of the Affordable Care Act, and six years since the Marketplace opened and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) began selling individual plans on the federal marketplace.
Moving Beyond Diversity: 3 Ways to Change Behaviors to Foster Inclusion
Having been in the workforce for many years, I’ve seen an evolution that’s powerful. Things are changing. I remember being a young woman starting out in financial services, where it was intimidating to speak my voice in a way I could be heard. But I was fortunate to have wonderful mentors – male and female […]
Maintaining Strength & Stability for Our Customers in 2019
With spring approaching, we’re entering the season when many Americans file their taxes. At Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), this time of year marks the preparation and filing of our yearly financial results. Each year, this filing provides us with the opportunity to reflect on our performance and how we’re […]
Hands-only CPR: Are you prepared to save a life?
Have you heard of hands-only CPR? Did you know you can learn how to do it in one hour or less? Hands-only CPR classes, often offered at work, church or by community organizations, could prepare YOU to save a life. Employee Anthony Hicks was in the right place at the right time to save a […]
More Than a Haircut
As an African-American boy growing up, there are certain events and unique cultural rites of passage that many of us are expected to experience at some point as we grow into young men. For my generation, making sure your “kicks” (that means shoes for my ebonics challenged friends out there) were always fresh and clean. […]
Your health can’t take days off
Taking your medications as your doctor recommends is one key part of managing your whole health. With just a few simple tips, we can help take some of the stress out of juggling your daily medications.
My Life-Changing Perspective: What I Learned in the Tobacco Fields with “Mean Ma-Ma”
When Cedric Palmore, Chairman of AABEN, recently asked me to share my journey to “success” at a town hall style meeting, I looked at him and let out a small laugh. Success? I wasn’t sure I had gotten there yet. But that moment did get me thinking about where I came from and where I […]
Spring wildflowers are blooming: 5 places to find them
For the last decade or so, I’ve started keeping an eye out for the first signs of spring beginning the second or third week of February. Usually, the spring peepers are the first to signal the pending change; I heard my first of the year on January 12 in a vernal pool near Jordan Lake. […]
10 must-know things for your first exercise class
As a certified group fitness instructor, one of my biggest joys is welcoming a new person to the class. Typically, they arrive a little nervous and say something like, “I’m not sure if I can do this or not, but I heard it was good so I thought I’d try.” And then at the end, […]
Take advantage of these 3 unexpected health insurance benefits
Blue Cross NC health insurance policies include benefits such as free 24/7 telehealth services and resources to help you learn about your prescription medicines.
I wanted a pill. My therapist said I needed a hobby.
Tom wanted medication to treat his anxiety and depression. His psychologist recommended he start a hobby, which led him to connect with nature via birding.
Giving Rural Areas the Tools to Thrive
I grew up in Mebane, NC, way before the Tanger Outlets became a landmark and even before much of today’s public transportation existed. Football pep rallies were the talk of the town. My graduating high school only had 110 seniors. Like so many of them, I was focused on college as my way out of […]
What’s the Difference Between an HSA and FSA?
When it comes to enrolling in a health care plan, we know there are a lot of choices to make. We can help you break down the similarities and differences between FSA and HSA accounts so you can make the best choice for you.
Hearing Aid Benefit Added to Your Coverage This Year
At Blue Cross NC, we feel hearing loss is too important to the health and lives of our members to let it go untreated.
2020’s hottest fitness trends: Which is right for you?
Need some motivation to achieve your 2020 fitness goals? Looking for something new to spice up your current routine? Perhaps you might like to try one or more of today’s top fitness trends. Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) compiles a list of the top worldwide fitness trends, based on a survey […]
I’m a Doctor Who Got the Flu. Here’s What I Learned.
To confirm what you already knew, yes, doctors also get sick. We’re flesh and blood, subject to the same bumps, bruises, and maladies as anybody else. And we contract influenza just like you. “Flu” is a word that gets tossed around pretty casually these days. When you hear that someone is “out with the flu,” […]
5 North Carolina Hikes with the biggest payoffs
You know that walking is good for you, possibly the easiest and most accessible thing you can do to improve your health. Walking regularly can lower your blood pressure, increase your bone density, lessen your risk of heart disease — the list goes on. But, again, you know that. Still, sometimes you need added incentive, a little […]
Laying the Foundation for a Stronger, Healthier Community
Living in Carrboro for more than 25 years now, Sarah Scott has seen a lot of things change. But no change in her community has been as impactful for her family as her experience with Community Home Trust. “Before they took over, our needs weren’t really getting met,” Sarah said of her apartment’s new management […]
Five Tips For Choosing A New Primary Care Doctor
The prospect of choosing a new primary care doctor can be difficult. Your primary care doctor isn’t just another doctor, they’re someone you work with on your health goals and challenges. Thankfully the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has put together some great tips.
CINCO CONSEJOS PARA ELEGIR UN NUEVO MÉDICO DE ATENCIÓN PRIMARIA
La perspectiva de elegir un nuevo médico de atención primaria puede ser difícil. Afortunadamente, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association ha reunido algunos consejos útiles.
3 Ways to Take Care of Your Heart During American Heart Month
With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, it’s time we put an increased focus on truly loving and taking care of your heart. Since February is American Heart Month, now is a great time to get started. Discussing your heart health and ways to prevent heart disease should be […]
The cure for your nature-deficit disorder
You’ve probably seen the latest research showing that simply being outside is good for you. According to WebMD.com, just standing outside for 5 to 15 minutes two or three times a week can give you a healthy boost of Vitamin D, which is “important for your bones, blood cells and immune system,” among other things. […]
3 Ways Your Health Care Experience is Changing
While the concept of value-based care is not new, it is certainly gaining traction in the health care industry. The reason is simple.
A kids journey to CEO
Years ago, a boy was hanging with his friends and throwing rocks, attempting to break windows on a train that was passing by. A man saw what the boys were doing and stopped one of them and told him about a place where he could do something better… be better. So, he took the boy to a local Boys Club (which […]
Allergy Testing: What You Really Need to Know
With winter in full effect and spring right around the corner, we know we’ll soon enter a season not technically on the calendar but important nonetheless – allergy season. Allergy season can start as early as January here in the South and last well into November. But for the more than 24 million people who have […]
3 air fryer recipes your whole family will love
An air fryer is a countertop convection oven that cooks food by circulating hot air. It’s a way to cook food crispy and fast, without deep frying or pan-frying in oil.
What you need to know about Coronavirus
Learn more about coronavirus, a respiratory illness that can be severe for people with a weakened immune system.
How Toddler Screen Time Can Impact Brain Development
The amount of media and screen time we consume has always been up for debate, especially when it comes to young children. A decade ago, we worried about the effects of too much TV. Before that, radio consumption was in question (can you imagine?). But now we have mobile devices, tablets, and seemingly a thousand […]
What to Expect During Your Annual Wellness Visit
It is a known fact that as we age, we are more likely to get sick due to the weakening of our immune system. Illnesses hit us harder, recovery takes longer, and prevention becomes even more important.
How to choose the right fitness club for you
Finding the right health club can be confusing. With endless TV commercials, billboards, and social media ads, and new clubs popping up everywhere, how do you choose the one that’s right for you?
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Understanding seasonal depression and how to manage it
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, affects millions of Americans during the fall and winter months. Learn about the signs and symptoms of SAD, effective treatment options such as light therapy and medication, and how to manage this condition to improve your mental health and well-being.
4 Ways to Choose the Right Health Insurance for Your Small Business
There are many beneficial reasons to purchase health insurance for your small business. However, health insurance products and services are certainly not “one-size fits all.” Choosing the right insurer and the right plan are essential for making the most of your small business’s investment. Here are the four main factors our small business clients usually […]
Why virtual therapy isn’t as scary as you think
Until a month or so ago, I had never turned on the video feature in Skype. I had never Zoomed. I’d only used FaceTime or other video chat apps very rarely, like if I were out of town on my birthday and my sister insisted on singing for me.
Generation Y: Answering Three Critical Questions About Millennials and Behavioral Health
With today’s technological advances, medical innovations, and unprecedented access to information, you might expect millennials, who were born between 1981 and 1996, to be ahead of the curve when it comes to their own health. However, according to a report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), the opposite is true. Focusing on the […]
Get Fit for free with Silver and Fit
Did you know that as a Silver&Fit member you can go to a fitness center and not pay a thing? It’s true!
How to Get Your Subscriber ID and Member Card Online
If you have not received your member ID card in the mail yet, you can still access your subscriber ID and your benefits. In order to do so, you must register for Blue Connect online. Once you log into Blue Connect, you can find your subscriber ID. Here’s how to register for Blue Connect without […]
Make the Most of Your Health Care in 2020
Though the start of a new year always represents news beginnings, this year we’ve hit an even bigger milestone: the start of a new decade. 2020 is a great time to take stock of your health and plan for the year ahead. Here are some simple steps to make sure you’re getting the most out of your […]
New year, new you: 12 ways to set yourself up for success
It’s always among the top resolutions: Lose weight. Eat healthy. Exercise more. Practice better self-care. As a weight loss success story turned fitness professional, I’ve been there. And I’ve assisted many others on their journeys to better health and fitness. If you’re looking to make this the year you accomplish your fitness and weight loss […]
This post is in honor of my sister-in-law, whose life was far too short, and lost to us by the thief called cancer. My sister-in-law just passed. She was 53 years old. Her name was Cheryl. She had been going to her doctor for the last six years complaining about being in pain and feeling […]
Holiday Hustle 10-minute Circuit Workout
Think you’re too busy to fit in a good workout? Try this one on for size. Here is a full-body cardio and strength program you can do at home in just 10 minutes! It’s done circuit style, alternating one minute of cardio and one minute of strength work. Because you are doing cardio every other […]
Important Update on Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance and Lee County
In Lee County, additional primary care, urgent care, and convenience care practices will be added to the Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance provider network, effective January 1, 2020.
Make Self-Care a Priority During the Holidays
I know I need to focus more on self-care, but just getting through the day with two kids and a job can often be overwhelming. Adding in self-care? Who has the time and energy for that? I think most of us think of self-care as occasionally hiding away in the bedroom, reading a novel with […]
A Time for Change: Addressing the Drivers of Health
Around 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates detailed the relationship between our living environment and our health in his book On Airs, Waters, and Places. In the book, the great physician and philosopher offered guidance to doctors who traveled the countryside, advising them to consider a range of factors that have a significant impact on health and […]
An Important Update on Blue Local with Wake Forest Baptist Health and Randolph County
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has an important update about our Blue Local with Wake Forest Baptist Health product: Randolph Health will be in-network, effective January 2020.
Important Update on Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance in Person County
In Person County, eleven primary care and specialty practices will be added to the Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance provider network, effective January 1, 2020.
Running to Lose Weight
Running is the most efficient exercise for weight loss. Now, I know some people will argue the point, but let’s remember that at its core weight loss is a math equation: Calories In – Calories Out = Calories Gained or Lost It takes roughly 3,500 calories to lose one pound. This is where running becomes […]
Our Army of Volunteers at Blue Cross NC
I can’t save the world, but I can make an impact. It was often the small and seemingly “insignificant” acts of kindness done for my family that had the biggest impact on my life. Growing Up Military My dad was in the Army, so I grew up as an “Army Brat,” as some might say. […]
3 Helpful Tips to Hear Better This Holiday Season
Holidays are a big time for gatherings and parties, and it could be difficult to hear others in these settings.
Have Diabetes? Here’s One of the Most Important Things You Can Do
Diabetes is a condition in which the body doesn’t properly make (type 1) or use (type 2) enough insulin, a hormone that turns food into energy. And it’s widespread: one in 10 people in the United States have diabetes, and an estimated 23.8% of that 30.3 million are undiagnosed. But people diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes […]
Your Eyes Expose Secrets to Your Health
Did you know an eye exam can do more than measure your eyesight? It can also tell you a lot about your overall health. A couple of years ago, my eye doctor noticed my eyesight had dramatically changed. She stopped the exam and told me to get tested for diabetes before she would continue. Luckily, I didn’t have […]
Rising to Meet the Challenges of Addiction Treatment
Finding and receiving treatment for addiction is one of the most difficult health care encounters a person can face. Patients and their families often don’t know where to turn with their questions about substance use disorders. Questions like: How do I know what type of treatment will work? What kind of care do I need? […]
5 Ways to Save on Health Care Costs Today
The health care system is complex and health care costs are on the rise.
Is a High-Deductible Insurance Plan Right for You?
If you’ve gotten the feeling that choosing a health insurance plan requires more research – and more decisions – than it used to, you’re not wrong.
5 Ways to Easily Save on Prescriptions
A recent CDC study showed 69 percent of U.S. adults aged 40 to 79 years old, used at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days, and 22.4 percent, used at least five prescription drugs. Those expenses add up quickly.
Health Savings Accounts: How do they work?
As consumers continue to take a more active role in their health care, Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are becoming more common. An HSA is a tax-exempt savings account for eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses. A few things you need to know about HSAs. By law, only people with a High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) can open an […]
Why is strength training important for women?
Resistance training isn’t just about getting more muscle tone. It’s also about becoming healthier, more fit, and feeling stronger — all of which is empowering for women. Exercising with weights provides many important health benefits for women, and should be included in your fitness routine along with cardio workouts. Benefits of weight training There are […]
Lose weight and get fit for less with Blue365
No matter the season, it’s the perfect time to take charge of your health. Did you know that as a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) member, you may be eigible for an exclusive, valuable discount program called Blue365? As a member and a fitness professional, I was so excited […]
5 Ways Health Insurance Will Drive Your Small Business’s Bottom Line
Successfully running a small business is no easy feat. As your company’s leader, it’s likely that your role involves juggling multiple functions of the organization. One hour you’re the HR manager and the next you’re the head of Sales, Marketing, Customer Service – the list goes on. If it’s not already, hiring new employees is […]
Healthy Blue Knows Home is Where Your Health Is
“It’s hard to get back on your feet once you’ve hit bottom, once you’ve lost everything. It’s hard to find a job when you can’t take a shower or you’re living on the street. You’re irritable, you’re grumpy, you’re tired, the heat has gotten to you.” Hollianne Harris knows from personal experience how safe and […]
Habitat’s Crescent Magnolia Community Provides More than Just Homes
John is one of the first new homeowners who’ll soon be moving into the Crescent Magnolia senior living community located in Hillsborough NC, which is being spearheaded by Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. A Booming Population John is part of a growing number of seniors who have been overlooked when it comes to affordable […]
Is It Possible to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel?
Many people find the holidays stressful. With all the added holiday things you need to do, it can be overwhelming to keep up the healthy habits you’ve worked so hard to establish during the year. The key to your success is planning ahead and staying flexible if things don’t go exactly as planned. Getting on […]
New Primary Care Options for Medicare Advantage Customers
If you’re looking for a Medicare Advantage plan, you have new options for choosing your primary care provider. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has helped bring two new Advanced Primary Care providers – Cityblock, and Iora Primary Care – to North Carolina to serve Medicare Advantage customers. Advanced primary […]
Could your child have ADHD, like mine?
The first few months of a new school year have come and gone. Those “First Day of School” pictures you took on your porch back in August were well-liked on Facebook and will be sure to give you a boost of nostalgia when they pop up on your feed in a few years. Hopefully, all […]
9 fun ways to walk with your family this fall
Fall is the perfect time to venture outdoors and explore our beautiful state with your family, on foot. Walking is excellent exercise and a fun activity for the whole family.
Guilt-Free Zone: Walk it off at The NC State Fair
Fall is here and that means it’s time for the North Carolina State Fair! If you’re tempted by The Chickenator (a cinnamon bun stuffed with fried chicken, pepper jack cheese, bacon and honey sauce) or the Crack-n-Cheese® Stuffed Turkey Leg (a drumstick stuffed with mac and cheese, among other things) at this year’s North Carolina […]
Are you looking for opportunities to expand your business? Look globally.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina offers international health coverage through GeoBlue
Can exercise make you happier?
We all know exercise can make you stronger, leaner and physically healthier. But what about your mental health? Can exercise make you feel happier? I can tell you from my own personal experience that exercise made a big difference for me. Eleven years ago I went from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one. At […]
Could CBD oil be the cure for what ails us?
I walked into the store, momentarily wishing I were a little hipper, and a little less middle-aged mom-ish. It was surprisingly bright, clean and tastefully decorated. Not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn’t what I’d had in mind for a store that sold cannabis-derived products. As a person who grew up in […]
Detect Breast Cancer Early. It Can Save Your Life.
Every day of the year, breast cancer affects the lives of thousands of women. As the Susan G. Komen® organization reminds us: Breast cancer accounts for one out of every three cancer diagnoses in women. In 2019 in the U.S. alone, approximately 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in […]
Flu Shots: We Debunk Some of the Biggest Myths
Flu season is already here and according to health experts, getting your flu shot this year will be critical. ABC News reports that only half of American adults plan to get the shot. The importance of getting the vaccine right to protect against influenza can be seen in our own backyard as Duke announced a […]
Strength Training for Optimal Race Performance
I am guilty of falling into the trap of only running. As a busy mom, it is easier for me to get out and run and ignore important training items like strength training and stretching. But when I DO strength train I perform better. I love to try new fitness trends, but the strength program […]
What to Know After Receiving A Breast Cancer Diagnosis
For years we’ve taken part in Paint the Wall Pink, an annual event where Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) employees, volunteers and breast cancer survivors travel to Charlotte to make their mark on Charlotte Motor Speedway. During the event, we transform the pit wall into a pink masterpiece to […]
Every adventure for this developer brings opportunities for growth
Cedric Palmore is working to implement new brick and mortar provider practices focused on delivering advanced primary care.
Lynne survives sepsis on Hawaiian vacation
When Lynne Hamlet and her family set off on their dream vacation to Hawaii in June 2018, they had no idea of the nightmare that was soon to come. No, this isn’t the plot of a Netflix movie – it’s real life. Vacation interrupted They were there to celebrate a milestone birthday as well as […]
Keeping Teens Safe: E-Cigarette and Vaping Risks
Hitting the U.S. market in 2006, e-cigarettes are one of the most popular smoking trends today. Sometimes referred to as “vaping” or “juuling,” these devices work by using an electronic device to heat a liquid typically made up of nicotine, flavoring, and other chemicals which the user inhales as a vapor. As of 2016, there […]
5 Biking Benefits and Where to Hit the Trails in North Carolina
Are you looking for a fun way to get outside this fall? Whether you are in the mountains, along the coast or somewhere in between, North Carolina has a bike trail for you to explore. Riders of any skill level can find a scenic bike route in every region of the state. So, strap on […]
It’s Hurricane Season! Here’s how to access your health care and early refills
HEALTH QUESTIONS? Our Health Line Blue (1-877-477-2424) nurses can help 24/7 (Check with your employer to see if your plan includes Health Lined Blue). Let our nurses help you decide where to get care when you need it. • Answer questions until you can see your doctor • Answer questions about your medications • Give […]
Get ready to run your best race with these 5k, 10k, and Half-Marathon plans
Over the years I have helped hundreds get across the finish line at their first road race – and I want you to be the next one! I have created training plans for beginner and advanced 5K training, 10K training and half marathon training to help YOU finish strong at your next road race. The […]
New Mobile Dental Unit means more smiles in Gaston County
Visiting the dentist may not be everyone’s favorite appointment, but research shows1 that poor oral health can impact overall health and well-being. Establishing good dental hygiene is important for all ages, and teaching healthy habits to kids is even more crucial. Providing this education, and creating positive dental experiences, is something Gaston Family Health Services […]
There is still time for a summer adventure!
Don’t worry, summer is not over and there’s still time for an awesome summer adventure! Sure, you look at the calendar, slap your forehead and realize that it’s almost Labor Day, and you’ve let the summer slip away. Maybe you don’t have time for that epic, week-long hike you promised yourself at the beginning of […]
What to Know About our 2020 ACA Plans
It’s official: we’re lowering rates by an average of 5.5 percent for 2020 Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans offered to individuals. The North Carolina Department of Insurance has approved our reduction, making this is the second year in a row that we have decreased average rates for individual ACA members. Our average rate reduction for […]
Shag dancing is good for your health
Step back in time to the Carolina coast in the 1950s. Soft drinks are served in glass bottles. Ladies wore their hair sky-high. And Carolina Shag dominated the dance floor. Jennifer Payne, R.N., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) Episodic Care Manager and professional Carolina Shag competitive dancer grew up […]
Sharing Isn’t Always Caring: 5 Common Daycare Diseases
At daycare, our children learn that “sharing is caring,” and sharing germs is no exception. Children from infancy to age five will share toys and food, they hold hands and spend eight-plus hours a day together. The perfect combination for spreading viruses and infection. If you’ve seen a fluorescent-colored sign on the door of your […]
Business analyst intern learns Blue Cross NC is more than claims and writing plans
It was the opportunity to contribute to hands-on projects that initially attracted Patrick Schilling to apply for a summer internship at Blue Cross NC.
How to Help Someone Who is Having a Seizure
Did you know about 1 in 10 people may have a seizure during their lifetime? With such a high probability, chances are someone may have a seizure around you at some point. Do you know how to help someone who is having a seizure? What are the symptoms of a seizure? A seizure occurs when […]
It’s Never Too Late: How To Get Fit Over 40
Exercise and fitness is a great stress relief and helps prevent diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Cardio and eating healthier can help with weight loss. Think it’s too late for you to get fit and get healthy? Think again! I understand. I’ve been there. At age 41, I finally overcame decades of yo-yo dieting […]
Here’s How We Listen To Our Customers
We know the value of listening to our customers. For more than 85 years, we’ve proudly served you! We always welcome feedback and want to hear from you. We hear you as we monitor comments and requests for help on social media. We also welcome members to drop by one of three Blue Cross NC […]
A beginner’s guide to understanding health insurance
Take control of your health insurance and learn about deductibles, coinsurance, claims, copayments, coinsurance, and premiums.
Why Having a Primary Care Doctor is Important
Primary care physicians (PCPs) are your go-to for your health concerns. Having a PCP and getting routine health screenings can help catch heath issues sooner.
5 things every phone owner needs to know about their Blue Cross NC health insurance
View health insurance benefits through the Blue Connect app; use BCBS NC’s Find a Doctor tool, and connect with a nurse 24/7–all from your mobile phone.
Blue Cross NC Employee Fights Childhood Hunger with Data
Gayatri Rathod has a contagious enthusiasm for learning. She empowers others at work by organizing analytic events around our culture of collaboration and innovation. She is part of Tech Network of Women, an employee network that promotes pathways for women in technology.
A Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe Meat Lovers Will Love
When you hear the words buffalo cauliflower, your first thought may be how can buffalo cauliflower even compare to buffalo chicken? Buffalo chicken is a classic American flavor that can be adjusted based on a person’s taste buds. Do you like it mild, hot, or 5-alarm? Some people may bypass buffalo sauce and go for […]
What’s the Best Form of Birth Control for You?
Many refer to it as birth control while others refer to it as “B.C.” Regardless of what you call it, all forms of birth control help prevent unwanted pregnancy. But birth control does a lot more than just preventing pregnancy. Birth control pills prescribed my a doctor can also be used to treat other conditions […]
IT employee blends customer service experience with technology training
No matter what department we work in at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), every customer matters. Phoenix Smith, a developer associate in IT, brings her friendly, solution-driven personality to IT just as much as she did when working as a customer service professional. Phoenix is working on a project […]
GUÍA PARA ENTENDER EL SEGURO MEDICO
¿Qué es un deducible? ¿Cómo puedo saber cuál será mi copago? El seguro médico puede ser complicado, pero estamos aquí para ayudarle.
5 Mountain Adventures for the Casual Hiker
We love the idea of a mountain hike. We’re also intimidated by it. Hiking in the Southern Appalachians is often defined by its difficulty. Want to summit Mount Mitchell? At an elevation of 6,684 feet, it’s the highest point in the eastern United States? You have to start at the base and gain 3,700 vertical […]
Latori Gregory researches ‘drivers of health’ during summer internship
As a Blue Cross NC summer intern, Gregory is working with the Community & Diversity Engagement Team. She’s spending the summer volunteering and working with local nonprofits.
We Must Solve the Opioid Problem Without Making the Pain Problem Worse
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Scholars differ on the origins of that quote, but that debate doesn’t change the core truth being expressed. Humans can’t expect to live a life without pain; to be alive is to hurt. Fortunately, science has delivered some very effective ways of minimizing our physical suffering. And there is […]
Male Breast Cancer is Rare but not Uncommon
How often do you hear of men being diagnosed with breast cancer? Not often – but that doesn’t mean not possible. Like women, men are born with some breast tissue. This small amount of breast tissue can turn into cancer, although at lower risk than women. Unlike women, men are not accustomed to getting mammograms. […]
Resistance band workout for stronger arms, legs and abs
Want to get stronger and firmer without lifting weights, going to a gym, or spending a lot of money? Meet your new best friend, the resistance band. It’s a simple but effective piece of exercise equipment. Tone up with this simple tool that’s perfect for home, hotel or office. One of the best things about […]