Blues on the Radio: the Live Downtown Games, UV safety and more in July

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is pleased to collaborate with its four Live Downtown partners (Compuware, Quicken Loans, Strategic Staffing Solutions and DTE Energy) to bring the first Live Downtown Games to life in downtown Detroit. The daily events, which celebrate the July 25, 2012 one-year anniversary of the Live Downtown program, will be a central point of discussion when Blues personalities take to the local airwaves in July.

The Healthier Michigan Radio Show

This month the spotlight is on some of the Blues’ partnerships and efforts downtown with Detroit’s Live Downtown Games and the Live Downtown initiative. Host Ann Thomas, of WJR-AM, convenes a full house of guests who all share a passion for Detroit:

  • Grace Derocha, registered dietitian and health coach, BCBSM
  • Tom Anderson, director of Wellness and Work Life, Compuware
  • Stephanie Stevenson, vice president of benefits, Quicken Loans
  • Carl Bentley, senior vice president, Strategic Staffing Solutions
  • Susan Bailey, manager of Wellness & Health Promotion, DTE Energy

The hour-long show will be available online or as a podcast after July 16, or be sure to tune in to it on the air on the following stations:

  • WJR in Detroit — 7-8 p.m. Monday, July 16
  • WJIM-AM in Lansing — 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10
  • WTCM-FM in Traverse City — 9-10 p.m. Monday, July 9
  • WOOD-AM in Grand Rapids — 9-10 p.m. Sunday, July 8
  • WATZ-AM in Alpena — 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 25

Tricia Keith

Live Downtown Games featured on ‘Destination 313’

Tricia Keith, the Blues’ vice president, Corporate Secretary and Services, will be a guest on Quicken Loans’ “Desination 313” radio show on WJR with hosts Paul W. Smith and Stephen Luigi Piazza, Quicken’s vice president. Daily events will take place July 23-27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the central business district of downtown Detroit, with medals awarded daily and a Live Downtown Games champion crowned at the end of the week. (We’ll be talking more about the Games here in future blog posts.)

Listen for Keith’s appearance when the show airs at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20, or visit the Destination 313 website for a podcast version after the show airs.

On the Lansing, Saginaw airwaves

Kevin Klobucar

Joining the Blues on the Radio this month is guest Kevin Klobucar, president and CEO of Blue Care Network. Kevin chats with Johnny Burke of WHNN-FM in Saginaw and Stephanie McCoy of WITL-FM in Lansing about Healthy Blue Xtras, BCN’s new HMO Health Savings Account plan, and how the Blues work with the best hospitals and doctors in Michigan to enhance the quality of health care, reduce costs and improve health outcomes.

Tigers Radio

Andrew Hetzel, BCBSM’s vice president of Corporate Communications, joins play-by-play caller Dan Dickerson each Sunday throughout the month on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. This month Hetzel discusses UV safety, the BCN HMO HSA plan, Keep Fit, a new individual plan from BCBSM, and more.

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Blues on the Radio: Focusing on Men’s Health Month in June

The June installment of The Healthier Michigan Radio Show focuses on BCBSM’s commitment to men’s health and the initiatives surrounding Men’s Health Month. WJR-AM program host Ann Thomas speaks with:

  • Ken Dallafior, Senior Vice President of Group Business and Corporate Marketing at Blue Cross, talks about how he and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford have been hard at work on the Men of Michigan Health Challenge.
  • Dr. Ray Littleton, of Henry Ford Hospital, speaks about his involvement with the “Man Up! For Better Health” initiative. 
  • Marshall Booker, deacon of Messiah Baptist Church, and Cle Jackson, Blue Cross’s senior community liaison in West Michigan, discuss the annual “Real Men Can Cook” competition and how it’s proving that real men can cook healthy.

The hour-long show is available online or as a podcast, or listen to it on the air on the following stations:

  • WTCM-FM in Traverse City — 9-10 p.m. June 11
  • WATZ-AM in Alpena — 11 a.m.-noon June 20

Tigers Radio

Andrew Hetzel, BCBSM’s vice president of Corporate Communications, joins play-by-play caller Dan Dickerson each Sunday throughout the month on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network. This month Hetzel discusses childhood obesity, Healthy Blue Xtras and more. You can listen to Hetzel’s 3-minute segment with Dickerson on what the Blues are doing to combat childhood obesity here.

WTCM Radio

Jeff Connolly, president for West Michigan Operations and Managed Care for BCBSM, appears each Monday around 6:30 a.m. on WTCM. On June 18, he discusses Blue Care Network’s recent expansion in the Upper Peninsula, while summer savings members can realize through the Healthy Blue Xtras program are the focus June 25.

WOOD Radio

Connolly continues his regular appearances with WOOD-AM host Steve Kelly each Tuesday throughout June. Connolly and Kelly will discuss Men’s Health Week on June 12 and the Blues’ cardiovascular consortium partnership with Michigan hospitals June 19.

New Ways to Save on Healthy Purchases for Michigan Blue Cross Members

Michigan Blue Cross Members Save at Local/National Retailers with Healthy Blue Xtras

Healthy Blue Xtras Program Adds New Discounts for BCBSM Members

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members can save money on health and fitness purchases through our Healthy Blue XtrasSM program.

Healthy Blue Xtras has more than 50 vendors that offer special savings to Blues members. And we’re adding new vendors all the time. In the past few months, we’ve added:

Blues Members: Are You Registered?

If you’re a member, you can log in to BCBSM’s Member Secured Services at to learn more about participating retailers and available discounts.

Then, all you have to do is show your Blues ID cards at participating stores or type in the members-only offer code during online checkout to receive special savings. That’s it. There are no coupons to print out or separate discount cards to carry around.

New retailers and discounts are frequently added to our program. Don’t forget to sign up on our website to receive updates on new savings opportunities as they become available.

BCBSM Members: Six New Ways To Save On Purchases That Help You Get In Shape And Enjoy Summer

The Thunderhawk rollercoaster at Michigan's Adventure amusement and water park

It’s springtime, and that means summer is right around the corner. Right now our members can save on purchases to help them shape up for the warm-weather season with our Healthy Blue Xtras program. Members must sign up online to access updates on member-discounts as they become available.

All year long, Healthy Blue Xtras has discounts and special offers for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members geared toward helping them live a happy and healthy lifestyle. As we head into summer, the theme right now is fun, sun and fitness!

Ways Michigan Blue Cross Members Can Save On Purchases To Help The Entire Family Make The Most of Summer:

  1. Clear your mind and restore your body by challenging yourself to a 26-posture, 105-degree session of vigorous Bikram Yoga
  2. Gear up for the beach and camping season with sleek urban wear and outdoor fittings from Bivouac
  3. Exceed your fitness goals with workout sessions that work for you at Cross Fit Bloomfield
  4. String up your rackets and lace up your tennis shoes for innovative programs from Luv All Tennis
  5. Have fun at Michigan’s largest amusement and water park and save on your general admission to Michigan’s Adventure
  6. Enjoy savory pitas, salads, soups and smoothies, made up fresh and fast at Pita Pit

To unlock details for each of the available member discounts at local and national retailers, sign up or log in at

After You Register For Healthy Blue Xtras, Make The Most of Other Online Services Available For Members at

While you’re online, take an interactive health assessment and participate in online health coaching programs like Balance™ for weight management and Relax™ for stress management. After logging in at, click on the Health and Wellness tab and explore our exclusive members-only interactive programs and services.

Photo Credit: Wayne Silver

A day in the life of a BCBSM ID card

Your Blues ID card can help you stay healthy and fit in 2011 by maintaining total body health. Carrying a Blues ID card has its benefits. In addition to access to quality medical, dental and vision coverage, a Blues ID card offers big savings and special offers on a variety of healthy products and services.

In part three of the A day in the life of a BCBSM ID card series, the ID card takes advantage of Blues savings by shopping for exercise equipment and fitness gear at Exercise Warehouse and Moosejaw. The Blues ID card gives members access to savings on everything from groceries and fitness gear to financial advice and natural products and services. Healthy Blue Xtras offers savings and specials in Michigan. Blue365® offers national savings and specials.

The Blues ID card is always on the move. Stay tuned for more Blues ID card adventures. For more information about Healthy Blue Xtras, visit

Special thanks to the staff of the Exercise Warehouse and Moosejaw for participating in the filming of this video.

Blues help you save some green: We’re committed to healthier people and a healthier Michigan economy

Have you ever heard of a health insurance company that saves you money on your gym membership or when you buy food?  Well, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have introduced a new program that can do just that.
The new Healthy Blue Xtras SM savings program offers discounts on all kinds of healthy products and services from Michigan-based companies.
To unlock the savings, visit and register for Member Secured Services. You’ll be able to view the latest offers, added monthly, and you can access tools and information designed to help you take control of your health.
Live outside of Michigan?

Even if you don’t live in Michigan, you can still score some big savings through our national savings program, Blue365®. Just visit and log in to Member Secured Services and click on Blue365. You can also access special information that can help you live a healthier life.