• Members, Glucose Meters are Available to You

    Members, Glucose Meters are Available to You

    August 27, 2018
    Living with diabetes can be a challenge. But maintaining close-to-normal levels of blood sugar has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes-related problems. That’s why monitoring your blood sugar levels with a blood glucose meter is important...
  • Adult Wellness Guidelines: Making Preventive Care a Priority

    Adult Wellness Guidelines: Making Preventive Care a Priority

    January 11, 2018
    Start the New Year in good health by seeking preventive care. Preventive care is very important for everyone in your family. And the good news is you can receive most preventive care at no additional cost to you. Remember to ask Your Doctor...
  • Holiday Baking with Brian Emmett

    December 1, 2017
    The holiday season features time-honored traditions, family recipes and — all too often — rich party foods that can fill you with excess calories, cholesterol and guilt. This year, enjoy delicious holiday fare that’s healthy, too. Whether you...
  • Downloadable Gift Tag

    Downloadable Gift Tag

    December 1, 2016
    Here's a stocking stuffer idea for you: make a gift! Add the finishing touches with this printable gift tag! You'll get a package of all 4 gift tags: Pecan Cookie Bars Holiday Nut Jars Winter Skincare Baskets Algo Dulce Para Tu Paladar...
  • Recognizing Heat Illness

    July 21, 2016
    Important Phone Numbers If you do not have your member ID card on hand, here is how you can get in touch with us: Customer Service for all group plan policyholders: 800-541-2768 Customer Service for individual/family policyholders: 800-538...
  • How To Control Things That Make Your Asthma Worse

    How To Control Things That Make Your Asthma Worse

    July 8, 2016
    You can use this checklist to help you avoid your asthma triggers.
  • Creating Your Asthma Action Plan

    Creating Your Asthma Action Plan

    July 8, 2016
    An Asthma Action Plan is an important part of managing asthma. The plan shows daily treatments and instructions for medication. The plan also offers instructions for what to do when symptoms get worse or an asthma attack occurs. This written plan...
  • BCBSIL is Taking on Childhood Asthma

    February 25, 2016
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that asthma affects more than 6.1 million American children. Can you believe that? In Illinois alone, 13 percent of children have been diagnosed with asthma, a whopping one percent higher than...
  • An Alternative to Rice

    December 30, 2015
    In need of a healthy grain at dinnertime? Consider quinoa! Pronounced KEEN-wah, this delightful side is packed with about 8 grams of protein per cooked cup and is gluten free. For someone living with diabetes, or anyone looking for a healthy dish...
  • Pick Protein Wisely!

    December 23, 2015
    Instead of using pounds of beef into your lasagna, try using lean turkey meat. The American Diabetes Association has listed turkey meat as one of the best foods to choose when picking a protein. About ¼ of your plate should be a high protein food...
  • Sugar! Oh, Honey Honey!

    December 10, 2015
    Keeping blood-sugar levels managed can be a big challenge, especially around the holidays. It is nearly impossible to avoid sugar completely and it is not necessary – however, one can make a conscious effort to make sweets with less sugar or sugar...
  • Oodles of Noodles?

    December 7, 2015
    Before you fill your plates with loads-a pasta, consider this: according to the American Diabetes Association , starchy foods can be part of a healthy meal plan, but portion size is key. This is a very helpful tip for someone living with diabetes...
  • Soda VS Mineral Water

    December 1, 2015
    Craving a fizzy drink? If you opt for a soda, you could be drinking 10 teaspoons of sugar or more, depending on your serving. For anyone looking to keep their blood-sugar levels under control, it would be wise to stay clear of any sugary carbonated...
  • Sleep and Good Health

    November 23, 2015
    Research shows that inadequate sleep can increase the risk of a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. Get practical tips on how to get more sleep! How many hours do you sleep at night...
  • Don’t Take Short-cuts on Your Health

    November 18, 2015
    Have you ever tried a sweet potato for the holidays? Sweet potatoes or yams don’t need much fixin’ and meets the appropriate serving size of starch on your plate very well. The rush of the holidays can catch us off guard and we can end up cutting...