What’s it Like to Climb 70 Flights of Stairs? Blues Employees Do it to Support the American Lung Association

Four teams of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan employees raised nearly $11,000 for the American Lung Association as they joined other teams from the Detroit area for the annual Fight for Air Climb in Detroit.

Successful teams at the event climbed 1,035 steps to the top floor of the Renaissance Center, Michigan’s tallest building. In addition to devoting months to training, the four BCBSM-affiliated teams raised a grand total of $10,994 for the American Lung Association. The funds will support research into the causes, prevention and cure of lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

So how did the teams do it? Below are testimonials from employees who participated in the event. 

Kristie Stocker (Team Captain for Climbatize)

“I trained with my team co-captain, Autumn Molnar. We would climb the 22 flights to the top of the (BCBSM) Detroit Tower two times in a row, five days a week.

“When the going got tough on climb day, I remembered my Aunt Pat who died of lung-related complications, my uncle Jim who’s currently fighting lung cancer, and my best friend Brandy who suffers from asthma. I also remembered everyone who donated to support me and it pushed me to the top.

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Meet The Final 6 Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition III Contestants

The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition III contestants, from left: Ryan Turner, Greg Trzaskoma, James Preacher, Amanda Barker, Helen Atwell and Jeanine Wilson.

You voted and we listened. With over 30,000 votes, the final six contestants have been selected for the next round of Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition III. The 11-week competition is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, WDIV-TV and The Parade Company.

This year’s contestants are:

The competition kicked off Aug. 29 with a celebration at The Parade Company. Guests enjoyed fitness demonstrations, an array of healthy Hawaiian-themed food and the opportunity to meet the final six contestants.

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Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition Ready to Change More Lives

With Michigan ranked as the 10th most obese state in the nation, many metro Detroiters are looking for a life-changing experience. Something that will boost their self-esteem and improve their health. But for many, making changes to diet and exercise is a constant challenge.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is committed to improving the lives of Michigan residents. That’s why we’re excited to announce the return of the Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition.

For the third straight year, Blue Cross is partnering with WDIV-TV and The Parade Company to help metro Detroiters take the first step toward adopting a healthier lifestyle.  Applications are being accepted now through July 27.

Based on the national version, Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition will include six metro Detroiters that will participate in activities such as weekly weigh-ins and physical challenges. WDIV-TV will be there to capture the excitement and broadcast stories about the contestants and post videos on their website.

Each contestant will have their own Blue Cross health coach that will offer them proper diet and exercise tips and of course, give them an extra boost of motivation when they need it most.

In the past two years, 12 contestants from metro Detroit have changed their lives by losing nearly 500 pounds while participating in Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition.

Just ask the previous winners.

Steve Anderson Before and After

Steve Anderson Before and After

“Being a contestant on the Biggest Loser was an amazing experience. The coaches from Blue Cross were great to work with and I also developed a special bond with the other contestants. I learned so much about incorporating healthy lifestyle habits and plan on staying on the right track.”

 – Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II 2010 winner Steve Anderson

 

Marilyn Kluka Before

Marilyn Kluka Before

Marilyn Kluka After
Marilyn Kluka After

“I cannot thank WDIV and Blue Cross enough for helping me to get my health on track. Before the Biggest Loser I was pre-diabetic and taking blood pressure and diabetes medicine. Now I am completely off all medications and my blood work is perfect. I have learned the importance of portion control and daily exercise. This was definitely a life-saving experience for me.”

– Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition 2009 winner Marilyn Kluka.

Stay tuned to the official Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition III website and Blues Perspectives for upcoming blogs and updates.

Michigan Blue Cross Members: Find a Doctor, View Your Claims and Access Member Discounts on Your Mobile Phone

If you’re part of the 40 percent of adults in the U.S. who use your mobile device to access everything from funny videos to business email and bank statements, you’ll be glad to know you can now access BCBSM.com and MIBCN.com anytime, anywhere.

With Blue MobileSM, you can get the full experience of our website while you’re on the go.

Looking For a Doctor?

Provider search is now available on mobile devices so you can easily locate your doctor’s contact information, or find a new doctor at your convenience.

  1. Click on Find a Doctor on the home screen.
  2. Fill in the search categories so we can find what you’re looking for.
  3. Click Search.
  4. We’ll provide you with a list of detailed information for doctors that match your criteria. You can also click on a map to find the exact location of each physician.

 Take Control of Your Health Care

To access your personal account information, remember to sign up for our Member Secured Services online first.

Signing up is easy, simply visit bcbsm.com or mibcn.com on your desktop or laptop computer and register before attempting to access your personal information via the mobile web.

After registering, you’ll be able to manage your account from your mobile device. This includes viewing benefits and claims, as well as Explanation of Benefits statements.

Access Member Discounts with Healthy Blue XtrasSM

Once you’re registered to log in to Member Secured Services from your phone, you’ll also gain access to a variety of members-only discounts and special offers from Michigan businesses including:

  • Gym memberships

  • Healthy groceries

  • Fitness gear

  • Golf and ski resorts

We’re Listening to You

Our teams are always working to improve the experience of our members and we would love your feedback on how to make the things we do on the web even better.

Have you tried using our mobile website yet? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

For Young Adults: There Really Are Affordable Alternatives to High-Cost Health Insurance Plans

Commencement photoIf you’re just getting ready for college graduation, there are a lot of things to be excited about, but chances are, health insurance isn’t one of them.

Young adults between the ages of 19 and 25 make up nearly one-fifth of the nation’s uninsured. As most young adults make their way into their mid-to-late 20s, the numbers get worse. For 26-to-34-year-olds the number jumps to 21 percent, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The likelihood of being uninsured varies by state, but one of the most common reasons cited is cost.

Managing Risk

The combination of good health and high debt keeps most young adults from considering health insurance. With mounting bills from student loans, credit cards, cell phone, cable and Internet usage, the last thing on the minds of many young adults is their health.

But having health insurance is important at every age. The Kaiser study cited above found that uninsured adults are “more than twice as likely to delay or forgo needed care as the insured.” Delaying any type of care, including preventive, can be detrimental to your overall health.

And what about accidents? They can happen to anyone at any time. For someone without health insurance the costs of treatment can be catastrophic. For example, if an uninsured patient seeks treatment for a concussion, an X-ray of the brain alone can cost around $1,450.   

We Listened to You: Young Adult Plans For Under $100 a Month

This year we introduced a new product for young adults aged 19 to 30 called Young Adult Blue MaxSM. The product offers medical plus preventive dental and vision coverage for under $100 a month.

Young Adult Blue Max also includes an accidental injury deductible waiver, offering health care coverage that will protect you in the event of an accidental injury.

And for under $100 a month, you can finally have quality health care coverage at a cost that won’t break your budget.

For more information about Young Adult Blue Max, visit bcbsm.com/youngadult.

Photo Credit: NidaIM

Ford Motor Company Wins Michigan Blue Cross Workplace Weight-Loss Challenge

 

Ford employees lose a total of 1,519 pounds in BCBSM’s Win by Losing competition, proving you can lose weight at work.

A busy day at work is no longer an excuse to delay adopting a healthier lifestyle for many Michigan Blue Cross customers.

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