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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Promoting Wellness From the Inside Out: My Role as a Dietitian at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

I love what I do because I get to teach others about topics from healthy eating to exercise as a dietitian for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Wellness and Care Management Consulting team, but I also get to learn from the very smart people around me as well.

I thought it might be interesting to share some of the ways I get to help promote wellness with my fellow BCBSM employees, individuals and communities across the state.

Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II

I feel so blessed to have participated as a health coach for the Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II in 2010.  I had the honor of coaching the eventual winner of the competition, Steve Anderson on his way to victory. He lost 56 pounds during the 12 week competition. This was an experience that changed his life for the better.

In the end, not only did I help Steve, but I also learned so much. BCBSM promotes wellness for its employees and provides the tools needed for everyone to adopt healthier lifestyles.

BCBSM Wellness Week

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan celebrated Wellness Week at the Southfield and Detroit locations from January 24-28.  This was a perfect opportunity for employees to learn more about how to adopt  healthy lifestyles.  Each day during the week focused on different health-related topics, including:

  • Disease Prevention
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Rejuvenation
  • Stress Management

These topics are key in building a culture of wellness at the workplace. Does your employer advocate a culture of wellness at work? I’d love for you to share how your workplace supports healthy living.

As a health coach, dietitian and a certified diabetes educator, I was excited to participate in BCBSM’s Wellness Week as a presenter, but also as an employee. One of the most important steps of changing behaviors is taking time to learn, and then taking it a step further by acting on what is learned.

Wellness Celebrated by BCBSM Employees at University of Detroit

On January 16 2011, BCBSM employees were “Celebrating Wellness” at the University of Detroit Mercy versus Valparaiso game. This game was the kick-off to Healthy Weight Week.

At this game, I was an honorary guest coach with Tricia Keith, the vice president of Corporate Secretary and Services.  Sitting courtside was a blast. I love sports and the passion shown by the players. I received an award for the work I did with Steve Anderson, Detroit’s Biggest Loser and for helping Blue Cross lead Michigan to a healthier future.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan continues to advocate for a healthier you in the workplace, in the community and at home in your personal life. Let’s continue to work together to truly build a healthier Michigan.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you!

Grace Derocha is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes and weight-loss management educator at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She is also a featured blogger on A Healthier Michigan where she shares her tips for living a healthier life. Continue reading about Grace on A Healthier Michigan.