Blues Community Challenge

These wellness competitions encourage teams to compete against each other to see who can log the most "miles" of physical activity. No matter which team comes out ahead, getting healthier makes everyone a winner.

Members of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist congregation accept the grand prize award from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the American Cancer Society.

Body & Soul and the Blues Community Challenge

The partnership: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the American Cancer Society

The place: Metro Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids

The participants: Members of African-American churches

The plan: To decrease the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. The faith-based, 10-week competition combined pastoral leadership, educational activities and the church environment. More than 30 churches and 1,000 individuals participated.

Participants of the St. Ignace team celebrate their second place victory in the Let's Get Moving Blues Community Challenge.

Let’s Get Moving Blues Community Challenge

The partnerships: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health

The place: Eastern Upper Peninsula

The participants: Members of four tribal communities

The plan: Teams received grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to enhance physical fitness programs in their community. At the end of the eight weeks, more than 500 participants collectively logged more than 116,000 "miles" of physical activity, nutrition and other healthy behaviors.

 

Winter Warm-Up and the Blues Community Challenge

The partnership: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Community Partners in Health

The participants: Residents of Charlotte, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Lansing, Williamston, Delhi Township, Delta Township, Lansing Township, City of St. Johns

The place: Greater Lansing

The plan: Teams competed for grants to support public health and wellness projects in their community. Winter Warm-Up, a free, eight-week walking program through Community Partners in Health, was the perfect match. It encourages people to exercise more and eat healthier. It also provides blood pressure checks and wellness information.

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