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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is proud to support and contribute to The Green Schoolhouse Series. We are actively involved in the community and proudly support hundreds of worthwhile charities and organizations through volunteer service and financial contributions.

And as a key element to making these schools healthy and green “inside and out,” we are working on the development of an integrated health and wellness curriculum and green gardens to promote nutrition and wellness in these disadvantaged schools.

As Arizona’s largest local, independent and not-for-profit health insurance company, we are proud to be associated with the green gardens as they will teach children about healthy eating and physical activity by allowing them to use and maintain the garden. They also will be used for parent and child education classes on nutrition and physical activity. In addition, BCBSAZ will help these schools develop and implement a wellness curriculum that blends seamlessly with the green gardens to teach children about the importance of eating right and staying fit from their earliest years. These are important lessons they will carry with them throughout their lives.

Read some facts about the Green Schoolhouse Series and BCBSAZ’s Green Gardens.

Breaking Ground

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Students of Roadrunner Elementary School, employees of BCBSAZ along with the company’s Executive Vice President, Sue Navran, (second from left)celebrate the groundbreaking Dec. 1, 2011, of the first school in the Green Schoolhouse series. This 6,000-sf project in Phoenix will be the launching pad of state-of-the-art green schoolhouses across the country on Title 1, low income, public school campuses.

On Saturday, Sep. 22, BCBSAZ employees volunteered their time to help plant the BCBSAZ Green Edible Garden at Roadrunner Elementary School. Watch KSAZ TV-10’s coverage of the event.

In partnership with the Green Schoolhouse Series, BCBSAZ’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, Karen Abraham, contributed an article to the projects “green” magazine EVO, on BCBSA’s many “green” projects. Read Karen's article.

Read a June 12, 2012, update from the Arizona Republic on the progress the Roadrunner Elementary School is making.

The journal Durability + Design highlights the groundbreaking of the second Green Schoolhouse site at Orangewood School, June 11, 2012.

Arizona Business Magazine writes about sustainable Valley schools, Jan. 24, 2012.

A Message on the Green Schoolhouse Series from Rich Boals, BCBSAZ President and CEO

BCBSAZ has been committed to solving the problem of childhood obesity for over six years with our programs in schools. Most recently, this commitment has been brought to life in our support of the Green Schoolhouse Series. Specifically, the Green Gardens initiative within the Green Schoolhouse Series will allow BCBSAZ to lend in developing wellness curriculum that speaks to children and the surrounding community. Read all of Rich's comments.

Reading, Writing and Vegtables?

In the Feb. 2012 edition of EVO, a Green Schoolhouse Series Publication, BCBSAZ’s Deanna Salazar, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, writes about how gardens and a healthy living curriculum will complement Arizona’s green schoolhouses. Read Deanna’s article.

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