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Independence Blue Cross Associate Wellness Team hosts a day of fun for Shriners Children’s patients

The Independence Blue Cross (IBX) Associate Wellness team recently collaborated with IBX EXOS trainers to host an event for the Shriners Children’s Hospital Good Life and Healthy Minds (GLAHM) program.

GLAHM was created for women ages 18 to 21 with spinal cord injuries. GLAHM motivates young women to embrace their abilities and individuality through four days of immersive community integration. Activities focused on health, exercise, and self-confidence shape GLAHM and create meaningful experiences for participants.

Four young women who have experienced spinal cord injuries were invited to 1901 Market Street for a day of education and fun. The group joined in on a fitness session to get moving before a basketball shoot-off. This friendly competition had each participant shoot fitness balls into a laundry basket for points. This exciting morning was followed by a session with Ramp Health dieticians.

Janine Brandolo, manager of Benefits Administration and Wellness at IBX, helped facilitate this event. Brandolo believes in ensuring that people with differing abilities are able to integrate into every aspect of society. Breaking down the barriers of accessibility allows adults with disabilities to engage with their communities and events such as this are the first step in achieving that. Brandolo emphasizes the importance of physical, mental, and emotional health within her department and beyond. Shriners Children’s has been collaborating with IBX since 2019 and Brandolo strives to continue to foster this partnership.

“Health and wellness are for everyone, including adults with disabilities,” Brandolo said.

EXOS trainers oversee the Associate Wellness & Fitness Center at the IBX headquarters.