Local schools help decrease childhood obesity with help from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of AL

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Be Healthy School Grant Program helps fight childhood obesity
The Be Healthy School Grant Program is awarding money to local schools in an effort to increase health and wellness programs and prevent childhood obesity. Photo via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Health and wellness in daily activities have always played an important role in preventing childhood obesity, but how are these factors implemented in schools where children spend most of their time? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) is providing a solution.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama provides $80 million in premium relief to customers

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BCBSAL announced that health and dental premiums will be discounted during November. Photo via Unsplash

Many of our community members have stepped up to the plate and met the needs of Alabamians during COVID-19. Since recognizing health is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) is providing a one-time discount on premiums for the month of November. The hope is for this initiative to bring a little relief during these strenuous times.

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3 BIG ways our city benefits from this company’s $230 million commitment

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Our city is getting stronger every day. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s hard to scroll through your feed without seeing an abundance of bad news, especially regarding the pandemic. However, we found some info that takes a 180 turn on the doom and gloom. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) has paid, contributed and made available over $230 million to its members, doctors and hospitals, and the community in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.  Discover how it’s positively affecting our city’s residents.

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How Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is helping Birmingham nonprofits shield residents from loss

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The Alabama Food Bank Association adapted during the pandemic so they could continue fighting food insecurity. Photo via Alabama Food Bank Association’s Facebook.

Birmingham is a powerful city in more ways than one. Our local nonprofits, along with the support of companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, are a big part of what makes us so sturdy. Take a look at just a couple, out of the hundreds in the Magic City, who are fearsome in the face of COVID-19.

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Did you know Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama now covers telehealth visits?

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Telehealth call with Dr. Carol Smith of Birmingham Allergy & Asthma. Photo via Bham Now

In the midst of COVID-19, a time when everything is unknown, telehealth is providing some much-needed certainty. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama expanded telehealth coverage to keep us safe and give us a little more ease during our next doctor’s visit.

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CANCELLED: Get healthy with free exercise classes returning to Railroad Park!

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Looking ahead to warm, sunny days in Railroad Park. Photo courtesy of Railroad Park

CANCELLED FOR NOW. Spring is almost here, which means it’s time for one of our favorite activities downtown—free exercise classes at Railroad Park! Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Get Healthy on the Railroad classes from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

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The Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend, February 14-16: why it’s more than a race

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The Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend is coming up February 14-16! Photo courtesy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Every February for the last eight years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s Nichole Edwards has made the journey up to Birmingham from Mobile on I-65 to volunteer at the Mercedes-Benz Marathon. Here’s why the race, which is coming up this weekend, is important to her—and to all of us in Birmingham. 

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Want $10,000 for your school’s health & wellness programs? Apply now.

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Cahaba Elementary celebrates their Be Healthy School Grant award.
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Have you heard about the Be Healthy School Grant Program? It’s an opportunity for Alabama schools to win a $10K health and wellness grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. It’s super easy to apply, but you’ll need to send in that application by March 27.

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Grace and Tamika share 5 tips to stay active in Birmingham during the holidays

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Grace Smitherman and Tamika Harris aren’t afraid to lift some weights. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now

When I think about the holidays, the words “healthy” and “fit” don’t exactly come to mind. Birmingham is a social city and a foodie town. Staying on track with your health might require a little extra nudge this time of year. For inspiration, I reached out to two associates at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama—below are some insider tips they recommend.

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5 Birmingham foodies including Chef Clayton Sherrod & Kathy G on how to cook healthy (and delicious) for the holidays

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Kathy G’s cranberry brie appetizer. Stay tuned to Bham Now for the recipe! You can also find Kathy G’s recipes in her cookbook “Food, Fun & Fabulous.” Photo via Kathy G and Co.

Cooking and eating healthy around the holidays can be tough—the pie! the cookies! the casseroles!—but it doesn’t have to be impossible. We spoke with a few Birmingham foodies about staying healthy during the most wonderful time of the year. 

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