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Health Comes First on Back to School Checklist

Health Comes First on Back to School Checklist

HEALTH COMES FIRST ON BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

It’s important, it’s required, and this year it may cost less.

It may not be first on your child’s back-to-school checklist, but it should be. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida reminds parents that now is the time to confirm health exam and immunization requirements for first-time and returning students for grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

So before clothes, before supplies, check with your child’s school about what’s required, and give yourself enough time to schedule whatever exams and vaccinations are needed before school starts.  And this year, you may get a budget break, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

USS Halyburton Home after Months in Middle East | SLIDESHOW

USS Halyburton Home after Months in Middle East | SLIDESHOW

NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. -- During their seven months at sea, the sailors aboard the Mayport-based USS Halyburton not only battle-tested a new unmanned drone, but also helped rescue hostages taken by pirates.

The sailors from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42, Det. 2 operated under Combined Task Force 508, spending their time around the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

"The work was hard, the hours were long and the mission was challenging and worthwhile," said CDR John Schmidt, former Halyburton commanding officer.  Schmidt handed over command of the ship Tuesday.

The hostage situation was in the Gulf of Aden, where the Halyburton was part of the rescue team that freed the 13 people aboard SL Irene, which had been taken over by pirates.

The ship also patrolled the international waters off Libya to ensure illegal weapons didn't get to pro-Gaddafi forces.

Sesame Street Live "Elmo's Super Heroes" in Jacksonville Sept. 16 - 18

Calling all super heroes! Super Grover needs your help – and it’s Elmo and the Fabulous Five to the rescue when this fantastic musical production zooms into Jacksonville. Join Elmo, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Telly Monster and Zoe’s pet rock Rocco for Sesame Street Live “Elmo’s Super Heroes” at Times Union Center for Performing Arts (Moran Theater) from Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18. Tickets for all five performances go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.

Save PE in Duval County

Save PE in Duval County

Keep our kids active!

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

 

The American Heart Association-First Coast Market has named local business and community leader Joyce Kramzer as the chair for the 2011- 2012 Go Red For Women (GRFW) Mission.

Joyce Kramzer is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s (BCBSF) Senior Vice President, Health Business Operations.  In this role, Kramzer has primary accountability for the business strategies and operations of delivery system, service, senior markets, and IT. In her dual role as the GRFW chair and AHA-First Coast Market Board of Directors Chair, Kramzer brings excellent businesses acumen and a sense of social responsibility.  
 

The following will strategically support Kramzer in furthering the GRFW mission of educating women of their unique and clearly defined risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Names the PACE Center for Girls June Winner of "The Pursuit"

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Names the PACE Center for Girls June Winner of "The Pursuit"

BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF FLORIDA NAMES THE PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS JUNE WINNER OF “THE PURSUIT” SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST

The American Red Cross, Florida Holocaust Museum and USO Named July Pursuit Nominees

 

Jacksonville, FL – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. (BCBSF) has named the PACE Center for Girls the June winner of its The Pursuit social media campaignThe PACE Center for Girls is a community-based, gender-responsive prevention, diversion and early intervention program serving girls, ages 12-17, in 17 locations across Florida.

 

Rethink Summer From a Skin Health Perspective

Rethink Summer From a Skin Health Perspective

Help Kids Understand That Fun in the Shade is Cooler

School’s out; sun’s out; summer’s here.  But the tradition of summer fun in the sun all day is losing ground, as awareness of skin cancer (the most common form of cancer in the U.S.) rises, and more of us make smarter decisions about sun protection.

Still, parents face the challenge of what to do to keep easily bored children and teenagers engaged out of the house and also out of the sun during the peak summer hours of sun damage risk (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

In keeping with its In Pursuit of Health mission, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida offers these suggestions to help parents help kids understand the risk factors for skin cancer and make healthier choices about outdoor summer activities.

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