About Aida Byrne

Aida Byrne

Aida Byrne

Aida Byrne is originally from the Utica area and now lives in Central New York with her blended family of seven - six sons and one daughter. She and her husband, Tim, enjoy traveling to new states with their kids each season in their 12-passenger van; volunteering throughout the year for the Chittenango Central School District; and spending time making memories with friends and family each and every weekend. Aida is the director of communications for the eastern markets at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Posts by Aida Byrne

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Winter Offers Little Relief for People With Allergies, But Here Are Some In-Home Tips

Pollen and ragweed may not bother us at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean people who live with allergies can breathe easy. Allergies are often worse in the cold weather months, because windows are shut, the furnace is cranked, and people and their pets spend a lot more quality time together indoors. Our…Read More »

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What Does Your 2020 Holiday Decorating Look Like?

Holiday decorating may look a little different for you this year. It has taken an interesting turn – not for the better or the worse. It’s just, well, different. Read some of these stories our Excellus BlueCross BlueShield team members have shared, and you’ll see what we mean.   A Tale of a $99 Branch…Read More »

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Get Moving With Your Family

Engaging your kids in a health-promoting lifestyle can be a fun way to enjoy time with your family! The more you move, the better off you are! It doesn’t matter how wacky your antics, if you are moving and having fun, you’re getting in shape. It’s that simple. Go on a treasure hunt Here’s a great…Read More »

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Maintain Your Summer Weight into The Fall And Beyond

With lawns to cut, golf to play, decks to stain, and sweat to… be sweated, summertime is when many people are at their most fit and trim. “Now that we’re into the fall season, commit to building on that momentum,” encourages Nicholas Massa, M.D., senior medical director for clinical services at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “Come…Read More »

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Veterans: Stories of Bravery, Freedom, and Service

This Veterans Day – and every day – it’s important to reflect upon and celebrate the true meaning of this national holiday by honoring those who have served our country. Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield is one of many companies in our community that are honored to have veterans in their workforce who have played important…Read More »

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Keeping Their Memories Alive: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Education and Advocacy

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are personal. They impact not just those afflicted, but all the family members and friends around them. Shaquana P. Divers of Monroe County knows this first hand. Her great grandmother, Catherine Taylor, developed dementia during the latter part of her life. Remembering A Family Tradition “Our family tradition of making fresh…Read More »

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Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week: August 25-31

Making the decision to breastfeed can be a complicated and daunting process for many women. Health experts recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for about the first six months. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breastfeeding disparities exist, with fewer Black infants being breastfed compared with White and Hispanic infants.…Read More »

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Pedaling Towards Better Physical and Mental Health

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” – John F. Kennedy A few months back, the snow started to melt and we headed out to the Erie Canal for our family walk/bike ride. My son, Matthew, asked if I wanted to ride his bike for a few miles so he could rest. I…Read More »

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Time To Catch Up On Your Kids’ Annual Physicals

Whether your kids are back in the classroom this fall or online learning from home, now is the time to reconnect with your child’s pediatrician to catch up on annual physicals and immunizations you may have postponed because of the COVID-19 lockdown. Children ages two to 21 years old should have an annual physical to…Read More »

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Schedule Health Care Screenings You May Have Postponed

As medical practices open for patient visits, it’s time to reconnect with your doctor to discuss care or screenings you may have postponed. That includes screenings for breast, cervical, and prostate cancers. But those aren’t the only screenings to check on. Colon Cancer Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in New…Read More »