October 27, 2016

Bloomington, Ind. – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington received a new grant to improve the health and well-being of Bloomington area kids, thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. The Club provides kids and teens with critical programming during out-of-school time that creates a positive environment and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. This grant is one of over 100 distributed across the country by the Anthem Foundation to support Triple Play programming, which focuses on being healthy through the mind, body and soul.

The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation is issuing a Triple Play grant to the Club to provide programming encouraging healthy eating and physical activities for Club members. As Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s proven health and wellness program, Triple Play is a game plan for the mind, body and soul. Supported by founding sponsor The Coca-Cola Company and co-sponsor, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, the program’s three components encourage Club members to eat healthier (mind), become more physically active (body) and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships (soul).

“As Triple Play strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships, we could not be more pleased that the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has decided to support this impactful program,” said Jeff Baldwin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington. “With just over 30% of all Hoosiers struggling with obesity, this funding will go a long way in our efforts to provide our club members with the tools they need to beat this trend and live healthy lives.”

The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation is committed to improving health and strengthening Indiana communities. Through its Healthy Generations grant program, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield works to identify the issues most in need of attention and then directs its financial support and volunteer efforts toward improving health in those areas. Promoting youth health and active lifestyles is an ongoing focus of the foundation.

This Triple Play grant is part of a five-year, $10 million commitment from the Anthem Foundation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to promote healthy lifestyles.