Blue in the Community - BlueCHIP® Awards

Six Kansas communities were awarded the 2014 BlueCHIP® awards for taking steps to improve the health of their citizens. They were Baldwin City, Colby (Thomas county), Eudora, Garden City, Manhattan and Ottawa.

The collaborative efforts of individuals and organizations in the six cities resulted in healthier communities for their residents. These efforts have earned each community a BlueCHIP® award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association (KRPA).

The winners were announced at the annual KRPA conference in Wichita on Jan. 28. Each winning community received $2,500 from Blue Cross intended to assist the communities in continuing their efforts to improve the health of their citizens.

In its fourth year, BlueCHIP® is a community health improvement program created to recognize and reward Kansas communities who encourage and support healthy lifestyles through programs, policies, initiatives and community events.

The 2013 BlueCHIP communities were Great Bend, Greensburg, Lawrence and Wichita.

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