Making Tampa Bay a Healthier Place to Be

Posted on Jul 2nd 2012 by Florida Blue

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There’s no denying it, Tampa Bay is an amazing place to live, work and play! That’s why it’s so important to Florida Blue to help make the thriving Tampa community an even healthier place to be. You may have seen our own Mark Lee, VP of the Brand Development and Marketing Communications team, speak about some of our ongoing initiatives and partnerships that we’re proud to be a part of at last week’s Rays game. We wanted to share more about these exciting initiatives with our blog readers. Fit Families for Life Florida Blue has supported the Fit Families for Life program for the past four years in

Students learning that cooking together is a blast!

partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fit Families for Life is health and wellness initiative that supports Academy Prep Center’s commitment to educate and care for the whole child.  This program is currently offered to 5th and 6th grade students and includes lessons on integrating physical activity into the school day, meal planning and cooking healthy meals, exercise as well as building, planting and harvesting a school garden.  Fit Families for Life also offers weekly on-campus Zumba classes for family and staff.   One Bay Healthy Communities Initiative The goal of the One Bay Healthy Communities Initiative is to achieve more positive health outcomes throughout the eight counties in the Tampa Bay region which will allow the community to grow and thrive. Our own David Pizzo, market president, is the Vice Chair of the program.
ONE BAY: Healthy Communities Walk to the Moon Challenge. The goal of this initiative was to challenge the Tampa Bay Community to walk 238,837 miles, the distance to the moon. The challenge took place in April and May with over 6,000 participants and as a community we exceeded the goal by walking 376,036 miles!

Florida Blue and county employees celebrate the Walk to the Moon success!

One of the most exciting events of this program was the seven-week walk challenge called the ONE BAY: Healthy Communities Walk to the Moon Challenge. The goal of this event was to challenge the Tampa Bay Community to walk 238,837 miles, the distance to the moon.  The challenge took place in April and May with over 6,000 participants, and as a community we exceeded the goal by walking 376,036 miles! Museum of Science and Industry
The Amazing You interactive exhibit at MOSI

Amazing You interactive exhibit at MOSI

Don’t forget that health involves both the body and mind! For parents looking for fun activities for kids this summer, we have an ongoing partnership with The Museum of Science and Industry here in Tampa. We support the “Amazing You” Exhibit which is all about health and takes people through the entire human life cycle.  It’s a great, interactive exhibit and fits with Florida Blue’s mission of helping people and communities achieve better health. We are #FloridaProud to be a part of the Tampa Bay community! If you live in the Tampa Bay area, let us know how you like to stay fit and healthy, and what makes you #FloridaProud of your neighborhood.

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