March 2019 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Cynthia Gerdes

Throughout her time as a school counselor at Raytown Middle School, Cynthia Gerdes has been an advocate for her students. She contacts parents on a regular basis, keeping the communication lines open between home and school. She informs parents of issues involving their children. She celebrates their successes. She motivates kids to see the value…

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What You Need to Know About ADHD

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) recently released its latest Health of America report, “The Impact of ADHD on the Health of America’s Children.” The report reviewed medical claims of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses and treatment among children 2-18 years old from 2010-2017. Children with ADHD struggle with paying attention, controlling impulses…

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Six Tips for Better Brain Health

In recognition of Brain Awareness Week, here are six tips to help you manage and improve your brain health. Train Your Brain Keeping your brain healthy can be as simple as picking up a new hobby. Research shows that mentally stimulating activities like reading, puzzles, taking courses and doing crafts such as drawing help to…

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Blue KC Celebrates International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

Recognized annually on March 8, International Women’s Day is a global initiative that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To recognize the importance of this day, we spoke with Jenny Housley, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Qiana Thomason, Vice President of Community Health, to discuss their career journeys,…

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Health Outcomes in Kansas City: A Focus on the Social Determinants of Health

As individuals, when we think of someone’s ZIP code, education level or income, we think of census data or maybe demographics, not factors of their life expectancy. We correlate our health to medical care and genetics. The truth is, both of these only account for 20 percent of our health outcomes. Eighty percent are socioeconomic…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion 2018-19 Recap

This season, Blue KC recognized 12 members of the Kansas City community as Chiefs Kingdom Champions, an honor that spotlights individuals that make our community a better place to live, work and play. Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champions are selected from nominations submitted by Kansas City Chiefs fans and are recognized at Arrowhead Stadium during…

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Celebrate American Heart Month with These Six Tips

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, even among younger people between the ages of 35 to 64. Join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) this month as we recognize American Heart Month with some helpful tips for maintaining your heart health. By the end…

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Working Together to Fight Rural Hunger

Last summer marked the beginning of Well Stocked, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City’s (Blue KC) signature community impact program dedicated to increasing access to nutritious food in underserved areas of Kansas City. The launch of Well Stocked represented a new chapter in Blue KC’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of our…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Deborah Wiebrecht

For the Chiefs January 20, 2019, playoff game against the New England Patriots, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Deborah Wiebrecht, Executive Director of Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Wiebrecht received on-field recognition and conducted…

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Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion: Sly James

For the Chiefs January 12, 2019, playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Mayor James received on-field recognition and conducted the ceremonial first pass to Chiefs…

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