; Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Vermont Announces Partnership With Fletcher Allen Health Care To Provide Healthier Living With Diabetes Workshops
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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Vermont Announces Partnership With Fletcher Allen Health Care To Provide Healthier Living With Diabetes Workshops

Classes provide practical tools to manage health

October 17, 2013

Berlin, VT – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has announced a new health partnership with Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC) to provide the community with much needed health and wellness tools.

FAHC, the State’s leading hospital and academic medical center, will lead a series of workshops on Healthier Living with Diabetes at BCBSVT’s Information and Wellness Center at the Blue Mall in South Burlington. The classes are free to the public and are designed to teach practical tools to individuals to help them manage their own health and improve their quality of life while living with diabetes. The classes begin on October 21 and will run for six weeks, Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Fletcher Allen to offer these free classes to the public at our Information and Wellness Center,” said Megan Peek, Community Relations & Health Education Coordinator for BCBSVT. “This partnership is a natural fit as both of our organizations have made prevention and wellness a top priority. This is part of our continued commitment to see Vermonters through the tremendous changes in health care. Gaining information about how to live a healthier life, and manage illness, is a vital part of our community work.”

“These workshops give people the tools, techniques and confidence to manage their health better on a daily basis,” explains Robyn Skiff, Medical Home Self Management Program Coordinator.  “A powerful component of the workshops is that they are led by trained leaders living with diabetes themselves. This helps create a sense of safety, understanding and belonging among the group. What we hear from group members all the time is ‘Now, I don’t feel so alone.’”

The Healthier Living Workshops are the latest in a series of community events held at BCBSVT’s Information and Wellness Center at the Blue Mall in South Burlington. Over the summer, they lead open houses and lunch and learn programs, which featured nutrition classes, biometric and health screenings and more.

“We are very proud to be Vermont’s health and wellness company and we look forward to continuing this important work.” Peek continued.

For more information about the healthier living series and to register to attend the classes call Robyn at 802.847-2278.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 190,000 Vermonters. It employs about 390 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin, a branch office in South Burlington and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

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