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100 SCREEN-FREE WAYS TO KEEP KIDS ACTIVE THIS SUMMER

Many of us have wonderful memories of growing up and playing outside, carefree all summer. But today’s kids are more likely to be spending time in front of their mobile devices, computer, or TV. This can lead to being sedentary, feeling isolated, and getting bored. In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents [read more]

The Unequal Burden of Coronavirus Among Communities of Color

Evidence continues to emerge showing a stark contrast in the impact of COVID-19 on community health. The novel coronavirus is striking minority groups, particularly African Americans, at disproportionally higher rates. A number of factors are likely behind this disturbing trend including poorer access to healthcare, higher rates of chronic illness, limited testing, distrust of the [read more]

Turning 65? The ABC and D of Medicare

If you’re turning 65, you’ve been inundated with correspondence from insurance companies offering supplements and prescription drug plans.  Here is why.  Original Medicare only covers about 80% of many healthcare services. Original Medicare includes Part A and Part B. Part A is hospital insurance that helps cover inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, hospice and home health [read more]

PADDLING: SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SERENITY IN ONE

The racks at the Great Outdoor Provision Co. store in Chapel Hill are typically stocked with canoes and kayaks. They were threadbare late last week. Of the few boats remaining, all but three had “sold” tags on them. Since late March, keeping enough boats in stock has been near impossible. More and more people are [read more]

THINKING ABOUT QUITTING SMOKING? NO BETTER TIME THAN THE PRESENT!

Mark Twain once quipped, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.’ Quitting isn’t easy but Blue Cross Blue Shield is here to help! If you smoke or vape, quitting is vital for your health — now more than ever. Blue Cross NC’s QuitlineNC [read more]

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. Nurse case managers at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) are working hard to help members with existing health conditions stay safe. Four of these nurses—Roanne Ray, Ebb Olwell, Cary Holt, and [read more]

BRINGING YOUR TRUE SELF TO WORK

Bringing your whole and best self to work is an aspirational goal for some. But for others, it’s a daunting challenge. According to a study by the Human Rights Campaign in 2014, 53 percent of the LGBTQ community concealed their sexuality at work and 35 percent lie about their personal lives. At BCBSNC, we believe [read more]

BLUE CROSS NC STATEMENT ON RACISM

We stand against racism. We stand with our Black employees and members along with all others who are experiencing trauma as a result of the ongoing violence against Black lives in our country. We stand with our fellow North Carolinians committed to fighting inequities facing the Black community and all minorities. We mourn the loss [read more]

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