Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan kicks off for Faith in Wellness Blues Community Challenge in Detroit

Thirty-eight metropolitan Detroit congregations compete in fitness challenge to encourage healthier lifestyles

June 12, 2014

DETROIT— Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and 38 congregations from metro Detroit have teamed up to make this summer a healthy one, starting this weekend at the kickoff for the 2014 incentive-based Faith in Wellness Blues Community Challenge. In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association, the 12-week long challenge starts Saturday, June 14 at the Relay for Life  event in Detroit at 10 a.m. at Marygrove College and runs through August 24. New community partner, Beaumont Health System, Cancer Clinical Trials Office is providing fresh fruit trays for congregation attendees participating in the kickoff event.

The Faith in Wellness Blues Community Challenge focuses on African American faith-based communities, as African Americans are at high risk for chronic illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and cancer that can often be prevented with healthy behaviors. According to the American Cancer Society, African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers. Compared to the general population, African Americans are also disproportionately affected by diabetes; 18.7 percent of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes. African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.  

Congregations enrolled in the Faith in Wellness Blues Community Challenge will gain points by logging their physical activity online via WalkingWorks tool and attending various wellness activities offered through community partners.

“The Faith in Wellness Blues Community Challenge seeks to raise awareness of serious health issues that can be prevented through maintaining a healthier and more active lifestyle,” said Angela Wynn, senior community liaison, BCBSM.  “All of our participating congregations are excited to begin this friendly competition to get fit and healthy this summer, and we are looking forward to seeing their progress over the next 12-weeks.”

The Faith in Wellness Blues Community Challenge, formerly Body & Soul and the Blues Community Challenge, is an incentive-based wellness program reinforcing BCBSM’s commitment to reducing health disparities in diverse communities.  

The following congregations have registered to participate in the Faith in Wellness Blues Community Challenge: 

  • Agape Love Christian Center
  • Body of Christ International
  • Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist
  • Christ to the Nations
  • Christian Gospel Center C.O.G.I.C. 
  • City Temple Seven Day Adventist
  • Corinthian Baptist
  • El Bethel
  • Fellowship Chapel
  • God Land Unity
  • Greater Apostolic Faith Temple
  • Great Ebenezer Ministries
  • Greater Emmanuel
  • Greater Faith Missionary Baptist
  • Greater Pentecostal Temple
  • Greater Phillips Temple AOH Church of God
  • Hartford Memorial Baptist
  • Historic Little Rock Baptist
  • Historic Motor City Baptist
  • King of Kings Missionary Baptist
  • Labourers For Christ
  • Lord of Lords
  • Love Life Family Christian Center
  • Mt. Sinai AOH Church of God
  • Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist
  • New Calvary Baptist
  • New St. Paul Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C.
  • New St. Peter
  • Rosedale Park Baptist
  • Scott Memorial United Methodist
  • Second Baptist of Detroit
  • Second Ebenezer
  • Shekinah Tabernacle Gospel
  • Soul Harvest Ministries
  • Strictly Biblical Bible Teaching Ministries
  • True Love Missionary Baptist
  • Third New Hope Baptist
  • Union Grace


Winners of the Faith in Wellness Blues Community Challenge winners will be announced on August 31.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.4 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit and