Our History

The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is committed to making our state a healthier place to live, learn, work and play for all Minnesotans. During the past 10 years, we've invested more than $128 million, aimed at increasing healthy eating, physical activity and health equity, and reducing commercial tobacco use.

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Our Start

In 1994, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota file the first lawsuit of its kind against the tobacco industry. Blue Cross receives its settlement funds in 2006, establishes the Center for Prevention and announces a commitment to reinvest $241 million to improve the health of all Minnesotans. The work of the Center continues to evolve, but what hasn't changed is our commitment to improving health at a community level.

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Communities for Healthy Air

The Center's first funding initiative, Communities for Healthy Air, supports local communities in passing smoke-free ordinances. Eleven communities from Nobles County to St. Louis County receive funding to help build momentum toward a statewide clean indoor air policy.

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  • Making Healthy Choices Possible for All Minnesotans

    The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota tackles the leading causes of preventable disease -- tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating -- to increase health equity, transform communities and create a healthier state.