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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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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Wesley Hamilton

For the Chiefs August 30th preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Wesley Hamilton, founder of the Kansas City nonprofit organization Disabled But Not Really (DBNR), as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Hamilton received on-field recognition and…

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August 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Mark Messner

On August 18, 2018, Westview Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Mark Messner was honored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and Sporting KC as the August Blue KC Sporting Samaritan. “Mark is making an incredible impact at Westview,” said Christina Lively, Department Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Blue KC. “His desire…

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Well Stocked: Deepening Our Roots to Build a Healthier Kansas City

Throughout our 80-year presence in Kansas City, we’ve been committed to supporting local charities and community organizations that advance health services and community wellness, education and community enrichment and arts, culture and civic engagement. Last year alone we supported 312 organizations, and Blue KC employees volunteered more than 10,000 hours in the community. We are…

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July 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Brian Beach

On July 7, 2018, Olathe North senior Brian Beach was honored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and Sporting KC as the July Blue KC Sporting Samaritan. “Brian is an incredible student-athlete,” said Christina Lively, Department Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Blue KC. “He represents everything we look for when…

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The Blue KC Bees Are Back in Action

Warmer weather is finally here! For some, that means fun outdoor activities and planning vacations. For Chef Kyle Williams of the Live Blue Kitchen + Café, it means the Blue KC bees are finally back in action. But a long winter resulted in a difficult time for the hive. “It’s really been an experiment this…

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June 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Kara Schoff

In just four years as a special education teacher at Truman High School in Independence, Mo., Kara Schoff has been referred to as “a positive force in her school and community,” “the total package” and simply an “amazing teacher and person.” She’s also been recognized as both the building and the district teacher of the…

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May 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Isabella Line

Isabella Line will always remember the words of her great-grandmother. “Can’t never did anything,” she’d tell Isabella, a junior at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas. And now, Isabella is taking that advice and putting it to good use for the betterment of her school and the lives of her peers. “That phrase reminds…

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Turn a Working Lunch into a Walking Lunch

Yes, it can be hard to find time in your schedule to squeeze in some physical activity. However, walking is one of the simplest, safest and most effective forms of exercise. And here’s your perfect opportunity to get started. Wednesday, April 25 is the 10th annual National Walk @ Lunch Day sponsored by Blue Cross…

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