National Diabetes Month

November marks National Diabetes Month in the United States, a time to spread awareness of the 30.3 million Americans diagnosed and the 84.1 million people living with higher blood sugar levels than normal—known as prediabetes. These numbers illustrate a significant health crisis, with implications extending to other economic, health and social factors. Residents of Kansas…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Patrick Benson

For the Chiefs November 11, 2018, game against the Arizona Cardinals, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Patrick Benson, U.S. Army veteran and co-founder/director of War Horses for Veterans, as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Benson received on-field recognition and conducted the ceremonial…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Marilyn Alstrom

For the Chiefs October 28, 2018, game against the Denver Broncos, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Marilyn Alstrom, Founder and Executive Director of 20/20 Leadership, as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Alstrom received on-field recognition and conducted the ceremonial first pass to…

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It’s Flu Season: Here’s What You Need to Know

Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory illness that can cause serious complications and lead to hospitalization or even death. Although well-known throughout the country, this infection is often underestimated, with only 47 percent of Americans getting a flu vaccine during the 2016-2017 flu season. Meanwhile, an estimated 80,000 Americans died of the…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Cameron Black

For the Chiefs October 21, 2018, game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Cameron Black, a project lead at Alphapointe and author of “The Blind Quarterback” blog, as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Black received on-field recognition and conducted…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For more than 30 years, October has been observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a month dedicated to increasing awareness of the disease and raising funds to research its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. We spoke with Stefani Lim, MSN, FNP-BC, a Kansas City native and Family Nurse Practitioner at Spira Care Shawnee, on the…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Dorothy Austin

Dorothy Austin, a nurse navigator in the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Department of Otolaryngology, was recognized on October 7, 2018, by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Kansas City Chiefs for her service to head and neck surgery patients. Austin served as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion for…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Don Sumple

For the Chiefs September 23, 2018, game against the San Francisco 49ers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Don Sumple, CEO and Executive Director of Angel Flight Central, as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Sumple received on-field recognition and conducted the ceremonial first…

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Let’s Take the Bite Out of Hunger in Kansas City

Hunger isn’t just a problem for underdeveloped nations. It’s an issue, right here, in Kansas City and the surrounding region. And it extends well beyond the homeless community or poverty-stricken families. An estimated 350,000 people in the metropolitan region are hungry or faced with the threat of hunger1. That’s about one in every seven residents;…

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September 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Edward Franco

On September 8, 2018, F.L. Schlagle social sciences teacher Edward Franco was honored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and Sporting KC as a Blue KC Sporting Samaritan. “Through inspired and effective teaching, Edward is making a difference in the lives of his students,” said Christina Lively, Department Vice President,…

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