KASOTA, MINN - Blue Cross Blue Shield hosted a wellness event today for seniors looking to stay active.

Nearly 300 people registered for Blue Cross Blue Shield's "Grow Bold" event held at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery.

The event is one of many being held in Minnesota by the health provider, and is designed to assist people stay active and well as they age
"Our mission at Blue Cross is to make a healthy difference in people's lives," said Sara Mulder of Blue Cross Blue Shield. "We know wellness programming like this is really popular in the metro area so doing an event like Grow Bold gives us an opportunity to be in Greater Minnesota and really extending that content."
Part of that programming included learning cooking tips from professional chefs, ways to stay fit from a YMCA personal trainer and gardening tips provided by Bachman's.
Attendees also had a chance to visit vendors at the event to learn more about being healthy as they age.
"Our goal is to keep people in their homes for as long as possible, and so by keeping themselves active, being better self–managers of their own health and wellness will accomplish that." said Mary Cassen, who runs similar programs with Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota.
Blue Cross says one motive of the event is to distinguish the difference between health and wellness.
"Health is so much more than the absence of illness," said Mulder.  "True wellness is about being active and so much of that happens outside of a healthcare location like a doctor's office. So we wanted to really promote wellness."
Organizers say they used the event to promote the local economy by using local ingredients and small businesses.

----KEYC News 12