Twenty Florida Blue employee volunteers took time out of the office on Wednesday, July 11th, to have a field day with the TEAM UP summer camp students at Fort Caroline Middle School. Florida Blue, formally Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, has a community engagement program where they help people and communities achieve better health. Chuck White, community coordinator at Florida Blue, put together the field day, in collaboration with United Way of Northeast Florida and Communities in Schools of Jacksonville, to encourage campers to participate in at least one hour of exercise each day to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Having the adult volunteers work with these campers as part of their community engagement provides for these at-risk students a few hours with positive role models who hope to influence the students into keeping up with healthy activity.
The volunteers didn’t just sit on the sidelines. Some joined in as cheerleaders, shouting positive reinforcements as the campers raced down the field. One volunteer assisting with Tennis Ball and Cone Race, included himself in the competition, inspiring the campers to run a little harder to make sure they didn’t lose to an adult.
“Our Florida Blue team enjoyed partnering with United Way and Communities in Schools. Being that it’s Florida Blue’s mission to help the community and individuals achieve better health, each of us felt that we made a difference; additionally, we felt that the kids really enjoyed the program,” reflected White after the day came to a close.