Alberta Blue Cross to award $50,000 grants to promote active living across Alberta

EDMONTON, June 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Alberta Blue Cross will award four more $50,000 grants in 2015 to communities and organizations across Alberta for projects that promote health and wellness.

The grants are part of the Alberta Blue Cross Healthy Communities Grant Program, through which the organization is committing $1 million over five years to support and promote active living in communities across Alberta. This is the third year of the program.

"Alberta Blue Cross has a mandate to support the health and wellness of Albertans," says Brian Geislinger, vice-president of Corporate Relations with Alberta Blue Cross. "While many Albertans know us as their health and dental benefit plan provider, this program is one more way we're looking to make a positive difference in the health of all Albertans. We know that creating healthier communities is a key component of encouraging healthy lifestyles."

2014 grants were awarded to the Crestwood Community League Building Society in Edmonton for a new community playground, Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary for a new mountain bike park, Camrose Primary Care Network for a new outdoor community gym and Fort Vermilion Recreation Board for a new skate park.

In 2013, Alberta Blue Cross provided grants to support construction of a new playground for Florence Hallock School in north Edmonton, outdoor sports courts for Westmount Middle/High School in Calgary, a toddler playground adjacent to the new Family and Community Support Services facility in Cold Lake and outdoor fitness equipment for the Abbey Centre municipal recreation facility in Blackfalds.

Funding for the program comes from the ABC Benefits Corporation Foundation, which was established by Alberta Blue Cross in 1998 in conjunction with its 50th anniversary.

Information and application forms are available at www.ab.bluecross.ca. The application deadline for this year's grants is Aug. 31, 2015.

As an Alberta-based, not-for-profit organization, Alberta Blue Cross covers more than 1.6 million Albertans and has a unique focus on supporting the health and wellness of Albertans. Alberta Blue Cross is ranked as one of Alberta's Top 10 Most Loved Brands, as well as one of Alberta's Top 25 Most Respected Organizations.

In 2014, Alberta Blue Cross processed over 49.1 million claim lines with a value exceeding 2.15 billion.

SOURCE Alberta Blue Cross

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For further information: Jaclyn Spurrell, communications officer, Alberta Blue Cross, at 780-498-8255 or jspurrel@ab.bluecross.ca.

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