Congratulations to the #MIKidsCan All-Stars


Last month, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan challenged kids to get healthy and stay active by taking the pledge to Train Like an All-Star and help celebrate the arrival of baseball season.

From March 9 to March 31, a total of 1,272 Michigan kids took the pledge and joined the #MIKidsCan Train Like an All-Star challenge by doing a series of healthy activities each week. By then end of the challenge, each child completed a total of 175 jumping jacks, ate 21 servings of fruits and veggies, completed 70 push-ups and gulped down 280 oz. of water! We call that a home run!

Last week, six grand prize winners were randomly selected from those who took the pledge. These winners will receive four tickets to join the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan All-Star Team for Kids’ Opening Day at Comerica Park on April 19.

And the winners are…

Callen Fields, Age 11, of St. Claire Shores

Xander Marx, Age 8 of Troy

Genevieve Myers, Age 12, of Sterling Heights

Marek Rogers, Age 5, of Metamora

Wesley Walleman, Age 6, of Oxford

Trent Zemore, Age 7 of Flint

Congratulations to Julian of Wayland, Mich. (photo right) on being our Week 4 #MIKidsCan All-Star prize pack winner! Here is his winning baseball card photo submitted as part of his pledge to train like an all-star!

Although the official challenge is over, you can still practice the healthy habits from the All-Star Training guide all season long!

  • Week 1: To get to first base, jump like a star. Complete 25 jumping jacks per day. Activities like jumping make your bones stronger, and are especially important for children and adolescents.
  • Week 2: Make your way to second base, where you will eat like a star. Eat three servings of fruits or vegetables a day. People who eat more fruits and vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, are likely to have reduced risk of some chronic diseases.
  • Week 3: On to third base, where you will throw like a star. Complete 10 push-ups per day. Muscle-strengthening activities, including push-ups and lifting weights, make your muscles stronger.
  • Week 4: Home plate! You need to stay hydrated. Drink 5 cups (40 oz.) of water per day. Drinking water or other drinks with few or no calories can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Healthier Michigan team would like to thank all those who stepped up to the plate and participated in the #MIKidsCan Train Like an All-Star challenge.

For more tips on ways to keep kids healthy and active, visit

The challenge was for educational purposes only. The All-Star Training Guide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about a medical condition, or before beginning any new diet or exercise regimen for you or your child.

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Photo credit: A Healthier Michigan Flickr (Comerica Park)

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