DURHAM, N.C. – Earlier this month, the Durham Bulls in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) held an on-site cooking class as the culmination of their year-long Wool E. Wellness school program.

“We have been thrilled to bring this program to the community” said Durham Bulls General Manager Tyler Parsons. “It is a fun and engaging way to get kids thinking about their daily habits with food and we are so grateful to our partners Blue Cross NC for helping to put this together”.

“Nutritious food, physical exercise and quality rest are the essentials of good health,” said Cheryl Parquet, director, Community Engagement and Marketing Activation at Blue Cross NC. “By giving local youth more access to programs that encourage healthy habits, we’re creating a stronger, healthier North Carolina.”

Throughout this initiative, Wool E. Bull, joined by Bulls front office staff members, held assemblies at Durham County schools to promote healthy eating and balanced lifestyles through three fundamental pillars of the program:

  1. Eat Like A Champ: Explaining the importance of a healthy and balanced diet
  2. Play Hard: Emphasizing the benefits of exercise
  3. Rest To Be The Best: Stressing the importance of getting enough sleep

All participants also received a recipe booklet featuring Wool E. Bull’s favorite meals, a scorecard to keep track of their healthy habits, and a baseball-themed placemat to remind students of the importance of a well-balanced diet including protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy in their daily meals.

The on-site cooking class featured preparation of meals. After working together to prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, participants were gifted a cookbook designed for young individuals to further encourage cooking at home with family and friends.

Durham returns home to Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Monday, May 29 to start a seven-game homestand with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. First pitch of the series opener is set for 5:05pm.

Tickets for that game and all 2023 Durham Bulls home games are available, and can be purchased at DurhamBulls.com, or by calling 919.956.BULL.