Columbia, S.C. – Batting average, earned-run average, slugging percentage, RBI. Baseball fans know how important the numbers are to the game. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the Greenville Drive want to help fans become familiar with some other important numbers that affect their health.
During several Sunday home baseball games this season, BlueCross and the Drive will offer free health screenings at Fluor Field. Fans can learn important numbers like their blood pressure, weight, body mass index, waist size and body fat percentage, just by visiting the screening station on the first-base side of the concourse. The station will be open from 3:30 to 6 p.m. during the Drive’s games on April 22, May 20, July 22 and Aug. 26. All of those games are scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m.
“The first step toward achieving or maintaining a healthy weight is simply being aware of these numbers,” said Dr. Laura Long, BlueCross’ vice president of clinical innovation and population health. “The next steps are simple but effective ones such as cooking healthy meals at home, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting the time spent in front of a television or computer, and getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise several times per week.”
Long said more than two-thirds of adults and one third of children in South Carolina are overweight or obese. Overweight individuals are at increased risk for serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Drive President and co-owner Craig Brown said of the screenings, “BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the Drive share a deep commitment to creating and sustaining a quality of life advantage for the Upstate. Healthy living is absolutely key to realizing this goal, and we are delighted to be partnered with BlueCross BlueShield in making this a reality.”
The free health screenings are among several joint efforts by BlueCross and the Drive to encourage healthy lifestyles. Another is the annual “Drive Out Colon Cancer” game, which is set for June 24 this season. The screenings also are among many BlueCross initiatives that rely on collaboration with physicians, hospitals and its customers to achieve the Triple Aim of improved outcomes, reduced cost and enhanced patient experience.