Somerset Patriots and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Dish Out Another Season for the Healthy Plate Concession Stand

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Patriots again offer Horizon Healthy Plate Concession stand to baseball fans hungry for a healthy spin on food favorites

Healthy choices at Somerset Patriots' TD Bank Ballpark

We look forward to continuing in our mission to bring healthier options to Patriots’ fans and our communities

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the Somerset Patriots, and the ball team’s concessionaire Centerplate, have once again teamed up to offer fans a nutritious twist to traditional ballpark food with the Horizon Healthy Plate Concession Stand.

Now in its third season with the Patriots, the Horizon Healthy Plate Concession Stand returns to TD Bank Ballpark with a healthy spin on food favorites that allow health-conscious fans to feast guilt-free on ballpark fare.

The Horizon Healthy Plate Concession Stand menu was designed by certified nutritionists. The menu includes popular heart-healthy dining choices, such as a low-fat turkey burger, a low-fat, low-sodium grilled chicken sandwich and a garden salad. The menu also regularly features JERSEY FRESH menu items made from produce grown in the Garden State. Each affordably-priced item includes calorie count and other nutritional information.

“Through our collaboration with the Somerset Patriots and the Horizon Healthy Plate Concession Stand, we hope fans recognize the value of incorporating great tasting, nutritious foods into their ballpark experience,” said Christopher M. Lepre, senior vice president of Market Business Units for Horizon BCBSNJ. “We look forward to continuing in our mission to bring healthier options to Patriots’ fans and our communities.”

The ribbon cutting to officially open the Healthy Plate Concession Stand for the 2016 season took place on the morning of Opening Day: Thursday, April 21st. Representatives from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey included Lepre, executive director of the Horizon Foundation Jon Pearson and Corporate Sponsorship Manager Karina Jimenez Belen. They were joined by Somerset Patriots Chairman Steve Kalafer and President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders were represented by Director Patricia Walsh, Deputy Director Peter Palmer, Brian Levine and Patrick Scaglione. General Manager Mike McDermott represented Centerplate at the event.

“This is a great collaboration that gives our fans healthy options at the ballpark. We have a lot of variety for fans to enjoy when coming out to a game. Sometimes you realize that you want something a little healthier. The Horizon Healthy Plate Concession Stand helps provide our fans and their families with that option,” said McVerry.

Baseball fans of the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Trenton Thunder can also once again find the Horizon Health Plate Concession stand and their ballpark this season. Soccer fans can find healthy fare options by visiting the Horizon Healthy Goal Concession Stand, now open at New York Red Bulls Stadium in Harrison.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at http://www.HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.

The Somerset Patriots won their Atlantic League leading sixth championship during the 2015 season. Tickets are now on-sale for the upcoming 2016 season and the schedule can be viewed at http://www.somersetpatriots.com. For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2016 season, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

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