Four Kansas communities were awarded the 2012 BlueCHIP awards for taking steps to improve the health of their citizens.
Health-focused collaborations among residents in Derby, Manhattan, Parsons and Salina have not only created healthier environments for all Kansans living in those communities, but also earned each a BlueCHIP® Award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA).
In winning a BlueCHIP award, Derby, Manhattan, Parsons and Salina each received a check for $2,500 intended to assist residents in continuing their efforts to improve the health of their communities.
In its second year, BlueCHIP is a community health improvement program created to recognize and reward Kansas communities who encourage and support healthy lifestyles through programs, initiatives, policies and/or community-wide events. In 2011, the initial BlueCHIP awards were presented to Lawrence, Hutchinson and Grinnell.
The BlueCHIP selection committee was comprised of representatives from the Healthy Kansas Schools, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, KRPA and BCBSKS. The committee picked two winners from each of the following categories: small (population of 30,000 and under) and large (population of 30,001 and more).
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