Real Health

September 17, 2012

Announcing my special new gig……

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A year-long blogging partnership writing for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s new Real Health site! I am thrilled to have accepted this amazing opportunity to write for Anthem as a dietitian and mother. Once a week on Mondays you’ll find my posts and videos sharing stories about food, nutrition and motherhood on the Real Health website.

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The program is an initiative of Anthem’s to share health stories and spark conversations around health within its larger community. The program is called Real Health because the implicit promises include making health information and inspiration more real by helping people connect with people who are like them when it comes to daily health habits.

I’m joined by a diverse team of bloggers and topics from different walks of life: Harold, Rosemary & Phyllis, RJ and Toni.

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I had to miss a trip to NYC near my due date to kick off the program, but that’s why they sent a video crew to me : )

My first series of posts focus on pregnancy and becoming a mom, and later I’ll be writing more about nutrition and food.

Hope you’ll consider following me over to Real Health and hearing more!

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

What an amazing opportunity! A great place to spread your “real food” message. Congrats! :)

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2 Sarah September 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

How exciting! Congratulations!

They couldn’t have chosen any better!

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3 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

What an incredible opportunity! They picked the perfect person for this :) Congratulations!

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4 Kel September 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Watching the video of you on the Real Health site talking about meeting Mazen for the first time was so cool!

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5 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Congrats, Kath! And I love the video, this sounds like an interesting program!

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6 snw September 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Congratulations! So inspiring. And I always love to hear your slightly southern accent, maybe because my boyfriend is from NC and the twang comes out sometimes. :)

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7 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Congrats! What an awesome gig for you. I liked hear you talk; I don’t think I’ve ever heard your voice before. :) Love your REAL approach to food and lifestyle!

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8 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Looks like a great opportunity for you — congrats!

I’ve been without internet for a few days now, so I’m catching up on Mazen’s birth story and first days at home. As the mother of a 14-month-old, it’s great that you’ll have this blog to look back on, because the first months are really such a blur.

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9 Sheri September 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

wow, congrats!! Will follow for sure. Love your blog!

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10 Theresa September 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Congratulations! It’s wonderful to “meet” you!

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11 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way September 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT Kath!!! Great Work! I’m sure you will have THOUSANDS of followers on this new venture! COUNT ME IN!

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12 j3nn September 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Congrats! I hope you have a lot of fun with this new chapter. You’ll be great at it, I’m sure! :)

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13 Leslie September 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

How cool! Sounds like a challenge that fits perfectly with your skills and talents. I look forward to reading.

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14 Marge September 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Kudos!
I will certainly check it out.

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15 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Congrats on this new opportunity!

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16 Shana September 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

That is so incredibly cool! Now I’m extra mad that my work switched from blue cross!!

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17 Stef September 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

That is an incredible opportunity! Congratulations. I will be reading!

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18 Leatitia September 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Awesome, congratulations! I’ll sure be reading! :)

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19 Simply Life September 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

congrats! the video is great!

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20 natasha September 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Congrats and how exciting! This is HUGE!!

And your Mazen just may eat veggies right away! My one year old loves carrot juice straight from the juicer and calls spinach smoothies her “favorite smoothie juice!” My preteens eat their veggies too, so you never know. . .

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21 Jennifer September 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

So cool!!! Congrats! I’ll definitely follow you over there. :)

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22 Kristi September 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Glad to know my insurance company is doing something worthwhile with my premiums! So funny that the cover shot is already outdated as you’re no longer smuggling a basketball in your shirt!

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23 Rachel September 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Congrats Kath! This is such a great opportunity for you :D

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24 Jenica September 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm

You look great in the video! What an exciting new step in your career, congratulations!

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25 kim@hungryhealthygirl September 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm

That is so exciting! Congrats!!

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26 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Congrats on the awesome oppertuntity! ….. I’m not a fan of “oh you just wait till your kid _______” (like your not eating vegetables example) I always want to scream “well, that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t try or make excuses” I’m going to give it my all!

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27 Alexandra September 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

How exciting! Congratulations!!!

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28 Lisa September 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

How wonderful! Good for you!

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29 donna September 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Congratulations, Kath! We are BC/BS Anthem members!
(By the way, I don’t think you have a twang at all, but I’m also a Southerner.)

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30 Amelia September 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Great video and great perspective on feeding your baby as he grows :)

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31 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Oh wow! How exciting!!!

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32 EatLiveRun {Jenna} September 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Congrats, Kath! Loved the video!!

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33 Reb - Life Doesn't Have to Suck Blog September 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Great job, Kath! It’s fun seeing you in video format, makes me wonder how you could ever have any negative comments on this blog. You come across as so nice and balanced. Down with haters! ;)

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34 Bridgette September 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

AWESOME!!!! You go girl! Can’t wait to follow you along this journey! :)

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35 Eating 4 Balance September 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Wow. That’s so cool! I can’t wait to see more :)

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36 Jenn September 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Yay! Sounds like fun.

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37 Emilia September 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Congratulations! Sounds like an absolutely amazing opportunity, looking forward to hearing what you have to say :)

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38 Katie J September 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Congratulations!! This sounds so wonderful. Can’t wait to read more on your healthy and balanced lifestyle :)

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39 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker September 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Yay! That’s so cool, Kath!

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40 Katie September 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Congrats! I work for Anthem too:)

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41 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner September 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

How cool! Congrats on the new gig, Kath. Good luck!

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42 Elisabeth September 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Congratulations, Kath! What a cool opportunity to reach even more people about healthy living :)

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43 Morgan September 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Wow how awesome is that??!! Good for you Kath!!!!!

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44 Mom September 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Congrats! Go Uncle Mel, too!

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45 Melissa September 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Congratulations! How awesome! Looking forward to reading more!

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46 Lauren September 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

So awesome! Congrats Kath!!

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47 Adrianna September 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I think you’ll be great doing this…congrats and good luck!!

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48 Pam September 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Congrats Kath, very cool!! Can’t wait to see you on Real Health!

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49 RunEatRepeat September 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I love it! Congratulations! You are awesome on camera, super cute :)

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50 colleen September 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

That is awesome. Bookmarked the site and ready to learn some more.

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51 Becky September 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Very exciting! Congratulations, Kath!

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52 Andrea September 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Congratulations Kath!! What an exciting opportunity. I will of course follow you with your journey on Real Health!

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53 Jonathan Blank September 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Kath,

Let me say, on behalf of the entire Real Health Team at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, how excited we are for the year ahead. We are going to learn so much from you, Matt and Mazen.

This is a shared experience for all involved, including our members and your readers. If anyone wants to hear more from the program contributors on certain topics, feel free to email [email protected].

We recognize that not every story on how to approach a situation will work for everyone. But that’s exactly what hopefully will make Real Health special for KERF readers and everyone else – an aggregation of stories that help people make their own choices and get numerous perspectives on similar topics.

Welcome to Real Health.

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54 Anna September 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Congrats, Kath–what an exciting opportunity!! I clicked over to look at your profile and it looks like they’ve changed your profile picture on their website? It’s different from the one on here? Anyways, congrats and I look forward to following along!!

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55 KathEats September 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

You mean my head shot? That’s OK!

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56 KhushbOo September 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Congrats! What a great opportunity!

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57 Susan H September 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

Congrats!

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58 Jill September 18, 2012 at 1:21 am

Loved the video. Right on! P.S My 2 year old girl eats veggies–if it is what they know it will happen–no chicken nuggets here–LOL

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59 Ella September 18, 2012 at 1:44 am

Ciao Kath,
well done, bravo! you are such an inspirational example for all of us and it is so easy to relate to you :) Keep on the food work (oooops, I meant the “good” work!). Lovely, we’ll get to see a lot of you&lovely family.

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60 Ellie September 18, 2012 at 2:15 am

I’ve been a reader for many years and really enjoy your blog. I just wondered what your thoughts were about getting involved with a company that has campaigned against health care reform. This is not meant to be a criticism – I’m British so find the idea of health insurance and not having universal coverage really hard to get my head round!

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61 Ann September 19, 2012 at 12:35 am

Good point, Ellie! I was wondering the same thing myself…

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62 everhard September 18, 2012 at 3:10 am

congrats Kath :) More writing from you is always a good thing :)

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63 Hayley @ Oat Couture September 18, 2012 at 3:16 am

Thats awesome! What a great opportunity! Loved watching the vid, you come across really well! On a side note (As I’ve not commented for a few posts!) I hope everything is going great with baby Mazen Duke! He’s such a cutie and that little pout of his is to die for! :)

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64 Kori September 18, 2012 at 4:17 am

Congratulations, Kath!! I’m so excited for you!! What a wonderful opportunity.

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65 Kayla September 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

congratulations on this great opportunity! you’re such a confident and clear speaker,im so happy for you!

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66 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 18, 2012 at 6:06 am

Congratulations! What a great opportunity!

You are so right about eating mostly plants with a little meat. That is what I try to do and it works for me.

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67 Molly @ RDexposed September 18, 2012 at 7:12 am

Congrats!! Represent us (RDs) well! :)

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68 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

Wow! That’s great!

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69 Kristen @ The Balanced Bowl September 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

Congratulations! How exciting to get the opportunity to talk about real food on this platform…that is just too neat. Are you all little-girl-screamy inside??? I totally would be. :-) So happy for all your successes.

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70 Cait September 18, 2012 at 7:35 am

SO EXCITING!!! Congrats!! :)

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71 Theresa September 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

Wow what a great video!!!!

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72 Hope September 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

Exciting!!! I’ll have to watch the videos later but I can’t wait. :)

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73 Holly P. @ A Year in Wichita September 18, 2012 at 8:21 am

Congratulations! This is really exciting and I’m looking forward to following along! Btw, you seem totally natural on camera. I would be a bumbling moron.

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74 Jodie September 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

Congratulations Kath, sounds like a great gig for you!

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75 SkinnyRunner September 18, 2012 at 9:24 am

congratulations, what an honor!

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76 Emily September 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

Wow! How exciting – I will definitely follow you on their website. Congrats!

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77 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) September 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

What an incredible opportunity! Congrats :)

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78 Catherine September 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm

YAY! Congratulations! How exciting! :)

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79 mary @ minutespermile September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

that’s awesome! congrats! can’t wait to read your posts!

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80 Ashley September 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Cool! Interesting addition! :)

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81 Vidya September 19, 2012 at 1:19 am

Congrats Kath! Would definitely follow you on the Real Health website.

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82 robin September 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm

looking forward to it:)

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83 Maureen @ Organically Mo September 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

How exciting!!!!! Can’t wait to read your articles!

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84 Angela G. September 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I will absolutely follow you there, Kath! CONGRATS to you, this is so exciting! :)

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85 Jeri September 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

I’m late, but Congrats!

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