The focus of the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation (BCBST) is creating active, healthy places across Tennessee that connect people and foster a sense of community. To accomplish this, they are dedicated to building parks and facilities throughout the state to give their neighbors spaces to come together and connect with one another. By making BlueCross Healthy Spaces free to use, they are able to increase access to equipment and spaces designed to promote fitness and remove barriers to participation.
As of this writing 13 BlueCross Healthy Places have opened across the state of Tennessee where millions of people can visit to improve their overall health and wellness. A recent observational exercise at the BlueCross Healthy Place at David Carnes (Memphis) revealed participants use the space for everything from daily runs to fitness regimens to training for rugby and college football. At any time of day, the walking trails are filled with regular and first-time visitors and families use the playground equipment during the day and well into the evening. Wherever a Healthy Place is built, families are increasing their regular physical activity in new and meaningful ways.