Buckeye Health Plan has been investing in our community since 2004. We are dedicated to working side-by-side with our community partners to improve the health of of our community, one person at a time.
Buckeye launched its signature program, Buckeye Fresh! across the state with the goal of increasing access to healthy food options. During each of the Buckeye Fresh! events, Buckeye members received $10 in vouchers for FREE fruits and vegetables at the market. Buckeye member children got to shop, too, with their own $1 Buckeye Buck. In addition, Buckeye members (and non-members) who were SNAP/EBT eligible earned up to $20 additional dollars at the market from Produce Perks. The events encouraged members to continue to shop at the markets after the event to redeem the Produce Perks $1 for $1 match. Members and non-members alike also enjoyed FREE family fun activities like balloon animals, caricature drawings, gift basket raffles, healthy food sampling, health screenings and pictures with Buckley.
But for many, getting enough healthy food can be hard. Only 10.6 percent of Ohio adults eat the recommended amount of fruit and 6.9 percent eat the recommended amount of vegetables. Buckeye Health Plan is committed to changing that through its Buckeye Fresh! Initiative.
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Pediatric patients at 13 health clinics across Ohio will get a free book through Buckeye's partnership with "Reach Out and Read". The program supports an early foundation in literacy and will distribute nearly 4,000 books this year. More than 1 in 3 American children, and half of all children living in poverty, start kindergarten without the skills they need to succeed in school.
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Allwell from Buckeye Health Plan sponsored National Senior Health & Fitness Day events across the state to promote the importance of regular physical activity for seniors, and showcased what local organizations are doing in their communities to help improve the health of older adults. The CDC says less than half of adults, ages 75 years and older, are physically active. Buckeye’s sponsorship provided a wide range of FREE events including health fairs, fitness walks, exercise demonstrations, health screenings and presentations to educate, motivate and get seniors moving.
In 2019, Buckeye sponsored Buckeye Day at the Ohio State Fair. Buckeye held its first Kids Fitness Challenge where children ages 6 to 14 years old competed in fun fitness activities for the chance to win a bike or other fun prizes. Only one in five children ages 6 to19 years old get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
All Fair-goers enjoyed Buckeye Day as part of their summer fun at the Ohio State Fair. Buckeye provided health information, fun giveaways and photos at the Cardinal Gate that reached more than 100,000 Ohioans with important health messages.
In 2018, Buckeye hosted its signature holiday event, called "Operation Feed the Hungry," in 12 Ohio cities. Buckeye served more than 4,500 families with 47,509 pounds of ham and turkey delivered by 134 community-based agencies. distributed 3,000 hams and 1,500 turkeys to 4,500 underserved families to 126 community-based agencies. Since 2010, Buckeye has donated 31,921 hams and turkeys delivered to Ohio families.