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Jan 29, 2016

First Choice Community Healthcare Receives Grant from BCBSNM to Help Improve Kids’ Health by Providing Access to Healthier Choices


Albuquerque, NM (January 29, 2016) – First Choice Community Healthcare announced today that it received a $12,275 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative. Because of our commitment to providing affordable access to healthy food and healthy cooking classes, we are now partnering with BCBSNM whose Healthy Kids, Healthy Families vision is to help improve the health of youth in local communities.

“We’re proud to give our support to First Choice Community Healthcare as a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families partner,” said Janice Torrez, Vice President of External Affairs and Chief of Staff for BCBSNM. “Through its work, we expect to see measurable improvement in children’s health by educating youth about diabetes prevention and providing them affordable access to healthy food and healthy cooking classes.”

First Choice will use the grant to continue providing affordable access to healthy food and healthy cooking classes at its South Valley Health Commons. For the third year, patients and community members will be able to purchase small or large bags of local produce at the Health Commons for only $3 or $5 per week, subsidized by this grant, to support a healthy diet. In addition, the grant will be used to continue a monthly healthy cooking class in which First Choice doctors provide diabetes education and prevention tips.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue to provide our patients with fresh, local produce, at a very low cost, because of this grant from BCBSNM,” said Dr. Will Kaufman, Director of Community Health and Wellness at First Choice. “We want to make it easier for patients to follow our advice to stay healthy by eating lots of fresh vegetables.”

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is a signature program of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. The initiative focuses on engaging children and their families in understanding the importance of nutritious food, raising the level of physical activity, improving immunizations rates, better managing chronic conditions and promoting safe environments.

About Healthy Kids, Healthy Families: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF) is a signature grant program of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico and is part of an ongoing commitment to invest in and partner with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in areas of nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments. To learn more about Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, please visit www.healthykidshealthyfamilies.org

About First Choice Community Healthcare: First Choice Community Healthcare (FCCH) is a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) system with eight health centers in three counties, and one school-based health center at Rio Grande High School. FCCH has been providing primary medical, dental, behavioral health care and WIC services for 44 years to New Mexico. FCCH plays an integral role in providing access to all people regardless of income or insurance status and believes in developing communities that promote and engage people in healthy lifestyles. To learn more about First Choice Community Healthcare, visit www.fcch.com.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is the largest commercial health insurer in New Mexico with more than 600,000 New Mexicans carrying a Blue Cross and Blue Shield card. Since 1940, BCBSNM has been committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSNM is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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