BGCA Recognized for Creating Innovative Programs Focused on Motivating Kids to Get Fit and Stay Healthy
INDIANAPOLIS – August 18, 2014 The WellPoint Foundation announced that Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is the recipient of its first-ever Health Champion Award, which recognizes the organization for the demonstrated success of its signature health and wellness program, “Triple Play.”
The Health Champion Award was designed to recognize an individual or organization making a positive impact on the health and wellness of the country. Health Champions create top-tier programs that bring awareness to health issues, help find solutions to those issues or innovate in the field of health care.
During the past three years, the WellPoint Foundation has partnered with BGCA and co-sponsor The Coca-Cola Company on the Triple Play Program and its ongoing efforts to promote healthy, active lifestyles, while combating the growing rate of childhood obesity among our nation’s youth. The award was presented at the finale stop of Triple Play’s ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ mobile tour in Atlanta on Friday, where hundreds of kids and community members gathered to celebrate one million minutes plus of exercise logged across the country this summer.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of America has demonstrated its innovation and commitment to being a Health Champion by encouraging kids to have fun while eating healthier foods, becoming more physically active and feeling better about themselves,” said Lance Chrisman, WellPoint Foundation executive director. “We’ve seen the success of the Triple Play program first-hand and we know it’s critical to the future health of our country. That’s why we’re proud to work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and excited to present them the first-ever Health Champion Award.”
With more than 3 out of 10 young people considered obese or overweight, early education and active programming for youth is even more critical. Since its inception in 2005, Triple Play has made more than 9.2 million connections with kids to share the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the program’s three key components focused on mind, body and soul.
A study of more than 2,000 children ages 9-14 showed that Triple Play succeeded in getting them to exercise more and eat healthier foods. Kids who participated in Triple Play got 90 percent of the federally recommended amount of daily exercise, while their peers outside the program got 78 percent. The program continues to grow, providing more programming for kids and Clubs each year.
“Thank you to WellPoint Foundation for honoring us in this way. Each day we are focused on building an environment that creates healthy lifestyles for our kids and the Triple Play program is a huge part of this mission. We are proud to impact millions of kids each year, and we hope to grow our programs and practices to get more kids more active, more often,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are grateful for WellPoint’s support over the last three years, and look forward to creating great futures for our Club kids through the Triple Play program.”
About WellPoint Foundation
The WellPoint Foundation is the philanthropic arm of WellPoint, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of WellPoint, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s annual associate giving campaign and provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges. To learn more about the WellPoint Foundation, please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org and its blog at http://wellpointfoundation.tumblr.com.
American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Announces Grant Winners
LEAWOOD, Kan. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older. With that in mind, the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014–15 Senior Immunization Grant Awards.
Funding for Senior Immunization Grant Awards is provided by the WellPoint Foundation, and Pfizer, Inc. In addition to receiving a grant to implement a quality improvement and/or community-based project, the winners will receive a travel scholarship to present the findings at the AAFP’s 2015 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, Aug. 7-9.
“We are proud to recognize these 16 programs, which have made it their mission to raise awareness and protect their communities from infectious diseases,” said Craig M. Doane, AAFP Foundation executive director. “These programs share our vision of improving health for everyone, and we hope they will serve as examples of best practices for others who look to increase vaccination rates in their communities.”
The Foundation presented 16 Senior Immunization Grant Awards to Family Medicine residency programs across the country:
The grants provide support to Family Medicine residency programs to implement quality improvement and community-based projects that will improve influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2014–15 flu season.
“We know that members of our senior community are among the most vulnerable population during flu season, accounting for 90 percent of flu-related deaths,” said Richard Frank, medical director of Medicare programs at WellPoint. “So we’re honored to be able to support the AAFP Foundation in this unique program that will help keep seniors healthy.”
The AAFP Foundation Immunization Awards selection committee chose this year’s winners based on their ability to implement best practices and identify high-impact, team-based solutions to increase influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates in seniors.
“Pfizer is pleased to support, along with WellPoint and the AAFP Foundation, this important public health outreach and recognition,” said Jack Watters, vice president, Pfizer External Medical Affairs. “To achieve healthy and active aging, it’s important for the AAFP Foundation to recognize and support creative Family Medicine residency programs which are improving the health and well-being of older people in their communities.”
About the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
The AAFP Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians and advances the values of Family Medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people.
About WellPoint Foundation
The WellPoint Foundation is the philanthropic arm of WellPoint, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of WellPoint, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the WellPoint Foundation, please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org and its blog at http://wellpointfoundation.tumblr.comwww.wellpointfoundation.org and its blog at http://wellpointfoundation.tumblr.com.
Pfizer Inc: Working Together for a Healthier World®
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
In an effort to get kids active this summer, Boys & Girls Clubs around the country will host stops for the Triple Play ‘Million Minutes in Motion’ mobile tour, with a goal of logging one million minutes of exercise. The tour kicked off last week in California, visiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley and the Challengers Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles. In total, the tour will travel to more than 20 cities.
Supported by WellPoint Foundation — as an extension of its $10 million, five-year national grant — and the Coca-Cola Company, the mobile tour is part of Triple Play, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) national signature health and wellness program. With more than three out of 10 young people considered obese or overweight, early education and active programming for youth is a shared priority for WellPoint Foundation and BGCA.
"Triple Play and the mobile tour this summer are changing the way kids think about being active and healthy, and we are proud to be a part of that great work," said Lance Chrisman, executive director, WellPoint Foundation. "The health and wellness of our nation’s kids is vitally important to our country’s future. Through programs like these, we can support more kids staying active during the out-of-school time, equipping them with health education and skills they will use in to adulthood."
With WellPoint associates and leaders attending and volunteering at several stops, the mobile tour will set up a variety of activities at each stop, from obstacle courses to sack races, jump ropes and hula-hoops. At each stop, hundreds of kids will participate with the goal of recording one million minutes in motion by Aug. 15.
To learn more about the #TriplePlayTour and the #KidsinMotion, follow along at www.tripleplaytour.com.
WellPoint, its associates and the WellPoint Foundation were recognized by the American Cancer Society on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, with the nonprofit’s Excellence in Philanthropy Award.
The annual award is given to organizations that have provided $1 million or more to the American Cancer Society during the previous year through a combination of corporate contributions, in-kind support, cause marketing and sponsorship, employee giving, and/or event fundraising.
Discussing the support it receives from corporate partners and foundations, American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin, PhD said:
"We have learned from more than 100 years of saving lives from cancer that silence won’t finish the fight – only action will. The generosity and ongoing support of these companies has a direct impact on the Society’s ability to ensure that lifesaving cancer research continues to get funded, to provide people facing cancer with the help they need, and to amplify our efforts so that we can, hopefully, make this cancer’s last century."
WellPoint Foundation is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society. In February 2014, the foundation announced a new, $1.5 million grant to reduce cancer screening disparities. In addition, the American Cancer Society is a part of WellPoint’s ongoing Associate Giving Program which provides a 50 percent match of WellPoint associates’ donations to the American Cancer Society.
For more information about the WellPoint Foundation’s support for cancer projects and programs, please click here.
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