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Independence Blue Cross Foundation partners with Back on My Feet to expand health metrics study

14993423_1148019708581171_4348118448636998242_n-1The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation), a long-time partner of Back on My Feet, is funding the organization’s second health metrics study at Surge Recovery in Philadelphia. The study assesses the benefits of consistent running and community building for men and women experiencing homelessness. Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit organization operating in 12 major cities coast-to-coast, combats homelessness through running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.

health metrics study monitors height, weight, body mass index, cigarette use, heart rate, and blood pressure among program participants each month. The first study began in January 2015 at Back on My Feet’s South Philly location in conjunction with facility partner Ready, Willing and Able.

Data showed that after 60 days of participation in the Back on My Feet program, 40 percent of members had quit smoking and there was a 30 percent increase in members with normal blood pressure.

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The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBX Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBX Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBX Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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