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Commitment to Wellness

Commitment to Wellness

For more than 70 years, BCBSAZ has remained deeply committed to enhancing the quality of life for the people we serve and the communities we live in. Focusing on body, mind and spirit, BCBSAZ seeks to empower Arizonans to make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their families. Through our own initiatives and by partnering with both public and private organizations, we are proud to make available a wide array of resources to promote physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual well-being.

Workplace Wellness

BCBSAZ is proud to be a sponsor of the Phoenix Business Journal’s Workplace Wellness page. As part of this program, every two weeks BCBSAZ publishes an advertorial that provides insight into health issues and lifestyle choices, offers tips on starting a workplace wellness program and answers health and wellness questions. BCBSAZ is committed to assisting employers by providing useful information, tools and resources to help their employees get healthy.

The Nov. 16, 2012, Workplace Wellness advertorial provides advice on surviving the holidays.

Want to see all of our workplace wellness tips? View our workplace wellness archive.

The Green Schoolhouse

Green Schoolhouse Series
BCBSAZ is proud to support and contribute to The Green Schoolhouse Series. The Green Schoolhouse Series brings together corporations, foundations, school districts, municipalities, communities, media outlets, and volunteers to build 21st-century, environmentally-sustainable schoolhouses on existing Title I, low-income, K-12 public school campuses. 

Green Gardens
As a key element to making these schools healthy and green “inside and out,” we are working on the development of an integrated health and wellness curriculum and green gardens to promote nutrition and wellness in these disadvantaged schools. The green gardens will teach children about healthy eating and physical activity by allowing them to use and maintain the garden. They also will be used for parent and child education classes on nutrition and physical activity. In addition, BCBSAZ volunteers will help these schools develop and implement a wellness curriculum that blends seamlessly with the green gardens to teach children about the importance of eating right and staying fit from their earliest years.

Learn more about the Green Schoolhouse Series.

WalkOn Challenge

Walk On Challenge

In an ongoing effort to provide Arizona’s youth with a healthier future, BCBSAZ is dedicated to outcomes based initiatives aimed at decreasing childhood obesity rates. Since its inception in 2003, the Walk On! Challenge has reached hundreds of thousands of students with the message of 5-2-1-0. The program utilizes four easy to remember guidelines that inspire overall wellness -- five fruits and vegetables every day, two hours or less of screen time, one hour or more hours of physical activity and zero sweetened drinks.

Childhood Obesity & The Walk On! Challenge Facts

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children aged 2-19 years are obese. These figures rise even higher for minority youth, and even approach 30 percent among some ethnic groups.
  • According to the Department of Health Services, Arizona ranks 15th in the nation for childhood obesity.
  • Clearly, childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term serious health impacts. Aside from health risks, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, obesity has negative social consequences, including frequent absenteeism and impaired school function.
  • It is important to get children to engage in physical activities and healthy nutrition habits as a means to help reduce the trend toward childhood obesity.
  • Started in 2006, the Walk On! Challenge is an interactive, educational program designed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona to help combat childhood obesity and motivate Arizona youth to incorporate exercise and healthy nutrition habits into their daily routines.
  • The annual Walk On! Challenge is targeted to fifth-grade students across the state who are asked to track their efforts in meeting the 5-2-1-0 goal. This means aiming for FIVE fruits or vegetables per day, less than TWO hours of screen time, ONE hour of physical activity and ZERO sweetened drinks.
  • Since its inception, the program has reached approximately 210,000 children across the state of Arizona.
  • Students who complete the challenge are eligible to win great prizes. And, every student who participates receives a Walk On! mementos from bracelets to backpacks.
  • In an ongoing effort to keep schools engaged in the program, BCBSAZ has distributed more than $75,000 in grants to schools across the state for health and wellness activities.

Learn more about the Walk On! Challenge

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Good Health Panel

BCBSAZ and ABC 15’s Sonoran Living are working together to provide viewers with health and wellness information aimed at improving the lives of Arizonans. Each Wednesday during Sonoran Living’s 9 a.m. programming, a trusted advisor from BCBSAZ’s Good Health Panel will share information on important health topics. Watch all of our BCBSAZ Good Health Panel videos.