Detroit Lions QB Stafford pays surprise visit to Kennedy
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Students at Kennedy Elementary received a surprise visit from Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford in recognition of the school’s work to help students adopt healthy habits through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Building Healthy Communities program.

Stafford’s visit was a part of an assembly focused on healthy habits, leadership and educating students on how to grow up to be strong, healthy adults.

One in three Michigan children are overweight or obese, which means they’re more likely to develop chronic health conditions that negatively impact their quality of life. Since 2015, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit Lions have worked together to tackle childhood obesity through the NFL Play 60 program. In partnership with Blue Cross’ #MIKidsCan campaign, Play 60 promotes the importance of being active for 60 minutes every day and helping kids build healthier habits that can be carried into adulthood.

Blue Cross’ Building Healthy Communities is an evidence-based, private-public initiative designed to teach kids healthy habits that can be carried into adulthood. The program provides students, teachers and administrators with tools and resources to get kids active and help them make healthier food choices. Since 2009, the Building Healthy Communities program has reached over 270,000 students in more than 600 Michigan schools.

Students participating in the Building Healthy Communities elementary school program demonstrate a 28 percent increase in daily calories burned and eat 40 percent more fruits and vegetables than the national average for six- to 11-year-olds. Students report 130 percent more energy, 83 percent less trouble sleeping and an improved quality of life.

For more information on Blue Cross’ ongoing efforts to help improve childhood health in Michigan, visit or follow #MIKidsCan on Twitter.