August 2019 Blue KC Sporting Samaritans: Cara Martin and Tiffany Peeler

We’re spotlighting two Kansas Citians who were recently honored as Blue KC Sporting Samaritans. Cara Martin Cara Martin, a gifted education teacher at Wolf Springs Elementary in the Blue Valley School District, was honored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and Sporting KC as the first Blue KC Sporting Samaritan for…

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Six To-Dos Before Sending Your Child Back to School

Summer vacation is winding down and it’s almost time for kids to head back to school. The anticipation surrounding the start of a new school year may have you running from store to store, stocking up on an array of school supplies, the latest textbooks and new clothes for your child’s first day – but…

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How Blue KC is Investing in Our Community As A Part of A Larger BCBS Mission

In 2018, Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies invested $382 million in community health initiatives to support the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Here at Blue KC, we’re proud to take part in these efforts to make an impact on the Kansas City community.    As Blue KC’s Manager of Community…

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What’s the Buzz on the Blue KC Bees?

If you see any honey bees hovering around Kansas City, Blue KC will happily take the blame. Not only do we encourage wellness for the people of Kansas City, but help take care of the bee population, too. My first experience with urban beekeeping was when I worked in New York City, and it inspired…

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Blue KC Celebrates National Youth Sports Week

As Blue KC’s Community Relations and Investment Manager, I have the privilege of working closely with Girls On The Run, WIN For KC, and Sports LAB™ with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City to help work toward their respective missions. What’s so great about these missions and why are they important to…

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Why You Should Keep Vaccinations Top-of-Mind During Summer Travel

You’ve probably seen several mentions of the recent measles outbreak and been involved in some type of conversation around vaccinations. That’s not surprising, given that as of early June , there have been more than 1,000 confirmed cases of measles across the country. This outbreak marks the greatest amount of cases reported in the U.S. since…

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Six Key Takeaways from Blue KC’s 2018 Annual Report

We recently released our 2018 annual report and are excited to share how our initiatives worked to transform healthcare and support the Kansas City community. Here are six takeaways from the report: 1. The Launch of Spira Care Last year, we created a new approach to primary care with Spira Care. The new model combines…

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July 2019 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Kelsey Stimatze

On July 6, 2019, Earl Lawson Elementary School (Leavenworth) kindergarten teacher Kelsey Stimatze was honored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and Sporting KC as the July Blue KC Sporting Samaritan. “Kelsey Stimatze is making education both effective and fun for her students,” said Christina Lively, Department Vice President, Marketing…

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Summer Nutrition Tips from Chef Kyle

Summer foods can go far beyond burgers on the grill and waffle cones topped with scoops of ice cream. These sweltering months are actually the perfect time for people to fall in love with vegetables again – something­ that’s very important to me as a chef. It’s scientifically proven that plant-based diets are healthier for…

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Blue KC Unveils Spira Care Mural

At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), our pride for Kansas City runs deep. And, our commitment to the health of our community is why we’ve brought Spira Care to the Crossroads, to offer a new, personalized healthcare experience. Blue KC’s passion for Kansas City was the inspiration for the mural…

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