Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blue 365 Program for a Healthy Lifestyle and a $500 Gift Card Sweepstakes!




I love autumn!  It is my favorite season of the year. The trees in New York City begin to put on their autumn dress in October, and the city parks become breathtakingly beautiful!
 

I love autumn's bounty of bright orange pumpkins, wonderful harvest fresh fruits and vegetables, and I even enjoy the chore of raking the leaves! The crisp cool weather rejuvenates me both mentally and physically, and encourages me to let go the lazy days of summer and get back to pursuing healthy habits.

That is why I was intrigued to recently learn about the Blue365®, a national program offered by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to members of participating Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Companies.  Blue365 makes it easier to incorporate fun, healthy activities into your budget by offering access to savings on a wide variety of fitness, nutrition, and even travel options!
After registering online, you will be able to qualify for "Featured Deals," and long term "Ongoing Deals," that are offered in weekly e-mails sent to your inbox, which will help you maintain healthy lifestyle choices. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has a Facebook page you can join to see the deals as they are offered.

The website is easy to navigate, and I was interested in many of the deals that I saw on it, such as a 20% discount on Reebok online store purchases under the Fitness category, and 50% off three bottles of Argentous alcohol free hand sanitizer in the Personal Care category.
Unfortunately, even though I presently have a health insurance plan through a Blue Company, mine doesn't yet participate in the Blue365 Program. I signed up anyway, as they will notify me if my Blue Company does join at a future date. To see the deals that bloggers chose to take advantage of, whose Blue Company already participates, see this link.

Check to see if your Blue Company participates in Blue365 on this link, and then register to take advantage of all the deals. If your plan does not participate, why not register anyway, like I did, in case they join at a later date? The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is committed to helping Blue Companies' members live healthy, happy lives.  They help make being healthy more affordable, which is definitely something we can all appreciate!
How are you planning to stay healthy through the Fall and holiday season?

Answer this question in my blog's comments section and you will be entered in the sweepstakes to possibly win one of two $500 Visa gift cards, courtesy of BlogHer.  Good luck!
Rules:

No duplicate comments.
You may receive two (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the
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c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the Official Rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
Entries from all participating blogs will be pooled for winner selection; only two (2) entries per household. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This Blue365® Program Sweepstakes runs from 10/16/12-11/12/12.  

Be sure to visit the Blue365® page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

As full disclosure I am being compensated by BlogHer and Blue365® for this post, but all opinions expressed are my own.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is an association of independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Companies.  BlogHer is an independent and/or separate company providing marketing/promotional services and does not provide Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield products or services.

67 comments:

Vee said...

Beautiful mosaic! All those colors are so complementary from one picture to the next.

Willow said...

Hmmm, CA Blue Shield isn't a member yet. Thanks for the information.
I love seeing the autumn colors via your blog since it's still 'summer' where I am.

Snap said...

Gorgeous Autumn color!

Carol said...

Beautiful mosaic! Stunning colors. My favorite season as well.

Riet said...

All those beautiful colored trees in your top mosaic are stunning. We have our own healthcare here in HOlland and it is really good. It does cost a lot of money but we can't do without it. Any news on the house front?

Melissa said...

I will be getting a flu shot and washing my hands a lot to try and stay healthy. I also take vitamins.

Old Kitty said...

The colours here are dazzling!!

Happy Autumn!! Take care
x

myletterstoemily said...

i LOVE new york in the fall and hardly ever
miss it. your photos are gorgeous.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I am eating a low GI diet. It was hard starting the GI diet but once you are on it it feels good to be eating healthy. Thanks for the give away opportunity.

Jann Olson said...

Gorgeous! I must visit New York in the Fall sometime. It is beautiful here in Utah too, but Your colors are so vibrant!
Hugs,
Jann

Ola said...

baeatiful colors!
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gotowanie

podso said...

Your mosaic is just stunning! I look forward to seeing what it's like next year! Will be a different look for sure but just as beautiful!

Robin M. said...

I plan to get outside and walk. Plus, getting enough sleep and trying to eat right.

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Just before I click on your blog, I get excited thinking about what new thing I will learn about. Your posts never disappoint.

New York in the Fall is spectacular. When I get homesick, I know that I'll be able to walk through familiar places here.

Your photographs are gorgeous. I also just read your Portsmouth post. I go there often. I love all the history that you wrote about Strawbery Banke.

Have a beautiful day Pat.

Karen

The Gathering Place said...

Your pictures are stunning and really capture this beautiful time of year. It is my very favorite time and I think it is partly due to all the warm colors. Thanks for sharing your beautiful city.

Lisa Brown said...

I am planning to stay healthy this fall and holiday season by eating right, getting enough sleep, and not letting the stress of it all, get to me.
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

Lisa Brown said...

https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/259032304670867456
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

Karen Harris said...

Beautiful post. Once I finally come to terms with the loss of summer, I embrace my second favorite season.

annie said...

Gorgeous colors!
Have a lovely weekend Pat.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Gorgeous photos, Pat! We have already lost more than half of the leaves on our trees :(

I plan to ramp up my exercise program during the holidays and try to eat at least twice the amount of greens and veggies to meat or fish. I also try to not keep sweets in the house as temptation ;)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I Tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/savoringtime/status/259381679188213760

traciet said...

I am planning to increase my water intake and start zumba classes, tracietrump@yahoo.com

Susan C said...

Laying off the soda and not drinking alcoholic beverages at parties.

Georgia Caudle said...

I am eating much healthier, drinking more water and staying away from the sweets!

gmissycat @ yahoo dot com

Georgia Caudle said...

Tweeted


https://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/260025168150265856


gmissycat at yahoo dot com

Howell said...

I plan to take walks and play lots of tennis to stay healthy this season.

hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

Howell said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/leedhowell/status/260228048165679105

hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

jenspurg said...

I plan to keep exercising, eat right and get a flu shot.
huntandride@hotmail.com

jenspurg said...

https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/260419482936283136
huntandride@hotmail.com

Jenny said...

Beautiful mosaics! I am enjoying fall vicariously through you!

Think of all those glorious aspens in Colorado, too! For next year!

It's neat that Blue Cross is offering this service.

It's hard to enjoy any season when you don't feel well, I suspect!

Amy @ A Little Nosh said...

I plan to stay healthy by getting my flu shot and washing my hands often. Also, I need to stop kissing my 5 year old all over his face. I have a feeling that's how I get sick! LOL

Karina said...

i'm looking forward to using my new jogging stroller this fall

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

Karina said...

https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/260840841956970497

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

bdiane34 said...

I am trying to get healthy by having regular Dr. visits, eating better and exercising as much as I can.

bdiane34 said...

I tweeted
https://twitter.com/bdiane35/status/261121655336755200

Donnie said...

We are planning to stay healthy through the Fall and holiday season by getting our flu shots and eating more of natures seasonal bounty.

Thanks,
Donnie W
ki4ggs(at)gmail(dot)com

Donnie said...

I tweeted this at-https://twitter.com/Martha55078457/status/261271827236659201

Thanks,
Donnie W
ki4ggs(at)gmail(dot)com

samdaleo said...

I plan to stay healthy by drinking lots of water or tea, only eating when I am hungry and walking the dog every day.

Nicole said...

When weather starts getting cold around here, I like to do exercise DVDs in my home. Some of my favorites are Jillian Michaels’ 30-day Shred, the 10-Minute Trainer, and Turbo Jam. We also make a lot of healthy crockpot meals and try to avoid eating fast food. I also use a small plate at holiday parties and load it up with veggies, so I am less likely to overeat!

nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

Nicole said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/maybaby522/status/262288852012646401

nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

Melissa O. said...

I tend to eat more when it gets darker early, so I am being very mindful of portion control. Also, I plan to commit to the gym 5 or 6 days a week rather than my usual 3 or 4.

wolverina401 at gmail dot com

suburban prep said...

Eating healthy. Watching the sweets. Walking. Taking vitamins. I already got a flu shot as I am near my young nieces and nephews a lot and I tend to older parents. I am trying to get enough sleep. I am trying to stay hydrated with water. I use a stepper when watching tv. I also make sure that I have time with my husband and friends

Deb Anderson said...

I don't seem to get enough sleep when the holidays hit, so sleep and rest are high on my priority list this year.

Shelly Leatham said...

I'll stay healthy by eating right and getting plenty of exercise!

Shelly Leatham said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/sleatham1/status/263549703868776449

jakiesmom said...

i am gonna start taking vitamins again and watch what i eat
nannypanpan@gmail.com

One Frugal Girl said...

I plan to walk my son to the park or playground as often as possible. onefrugalgirl at gmail dot com

One Frugal Girl said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/264197115209723904

wizardewu said...

I'm going to work out at the gym or hike to stay healthy through the Fall and holiday season.

eugeniewu at gmail dot com

wizardewu said...

I tweeted this at https://twitter.com/wizardewu/status/265299685592416256

eugeniewu at gmail dot com

LAMusing said...

Walking and eating healthy (not too much pumpkin pie!)
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

sy said...

I use a exercise ball and weights, I want to try some new workout with them too. And I plan to eat healthy during the holiday season. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
songyueyu at gmail

sy said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/265343954004869120
songyueyu at gmail

coriwestphal said...

I'm planning on keeping up a 15-20 mile a week running schedule to prepare for a half marathon in April! That'll keep the cookies from sticking!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/266354336215474176

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Kerry said...

I love to walk, so I will be doing that outside until the snow falls. Once that happens, I will have to resort to my treadmill.
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/266365021792137217
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Anash said...

I plan on taking it easy on the hydrogenated fats and taking walks..thanks for the great giveaway
email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Anash said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/266950798347472896

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Ashley T. said...

I plan to run and eat good to stay healthy
ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

Ashley T. said...

https://twitter.com/ajoy1332/status/267385687756664833
ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

marybug2 said...

I am going to try to do more walking and limit my holiday foods.

marybug2@yahoo.com

marybug2 said...

I also tweeted

https://twitter.com/marybug2/status/267719163550781440

marybug2 @ yahoo . com

Karine Traverse said...

I am trying to stay healthy by watching my eating and not over eating all the amazing fall and holiday treats
sahmofdq@gmail.com

Karine Traverse said...

Tweeted https://twitter.com/SAHMofDQ/status/267860026608189440
sahmofdq@gmail.com

DeniseL said...

I too am planning on taking advantage of this beautiful fall weather. We are going to walk to as many of our errands as possible and get out and do some heavy duty gardening before everything freezes. Get that heart a-pumping!

DeniseL said...

Tweeted!
https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/268018621006094337

dmarie824 at aol dot com