health and wellness

All Michigan public, charter and nonprofit schools encouraged to apply to Building Healthy Communities program

Are you looking for a way to help your child’s school improve student health and improve academic success? Helping could be as easy as encouraging them to apply for Building Healthy Communities. The partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of … Continue reading

Finding another reason to quit: How employers can drive smoking cessation

We all know the impact smoking can have on health, but did you know smoking can cause serious stress to your company’s budget? A recent study found that smokers cost employers $6,000 a year more than non-smoking employees. There are … Continue reading

Promoting employee wellness by preventing stress at work

Stress in the workplace is dangerous for everyone. Studies have shown that excessive stress can diminish employees’ health – from weakening the immune system to increasing susceptibility to life-threatening illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease. And for employers, workplace … Continue reading

Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program with BCBSM & Kroger

Back on Friday, October 25, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Kroger, and the Detroit Red Wings Foundation teamed up as part of the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program to promote the sport of hockey, healthy living and eating, … Continue reading

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Why collection and prevention go hand in hand

This Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is not just about gathering a bunch of old, unwanted pills in an attempt to top last season’s collection totals (although we hope our efforts help to achieve that end). It’s about making … Continue reading

National Nutrition Month encourages people to Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to encourage healthy eating and sound physical activity habits, National Nutrition Month occurs every March. This year’s theme is Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day. This encourages personalized healthy eating habits for everyone … Continue reading

WalkingWorks: Promoting a healthier nation one step at a time

A daily routine of 30 minutes or more of walking can help control your weight, lower cholesterol, strengthen your heart and reduce the likelihood of serious health problems down the road. And since America is spending more than ever on … Continue reading

[PODCAST] Episode #2: Patient Safety Week

Patient Safety Week ended March 9th, but the focus on keeping patients safe is a consistent priority. One aspect of patient safety that is often overlooked is the the use of prescription medication. Laurie Wesolowicz, Director – Pharmacy Services Clinical … Continue reading

Blues on the Radio: Supporting men’s health and the moustaches of Movember in November

You may have been hearing comments over the past few weeks about men growing moustaches to raise awareness about men’s health. It’s a big, important topic this month, especially throughout the Blues radio network, which reaches across the state. Weighing … Continue reading

How to use social gaming to make your workplace wellness program competitive

One of the biggest challenges organizations face when implementing a workplace wellness program is getting employees to actually participate. Recently, companies have turned to gaming to make the programs more of a social event. This approach encourages participation, incentivizes employees … Continue reading