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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Teams with the State of Indiana to Combat Obesity
Date:2/28/2008

detection will allow physicians to provide preventive guidance and management services to children and families who need it most."

Although only six states in the nation mandate BMI screening, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of BMI screening as an important first step in identifying individuals who are overweight or obese.

Today's training will provide physicians and their clinical staff with practice-based, feasible, and updated information and resources to manage obesity and help prevent the onset of related co-morbid conditions. "This also illustrates Anthem's investment in a public-private collaboration that has far more significant impact on addressing the public health problem of childhood obesity," said, Rob Hillman, president and general manager of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana.

"This collaboration of public health and medicine is exactly what is needed to address the epidemic of obesity in Indiana," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D. "I applaud Anthem for taking this innovative step to bring training to Indiana physicians and provide them with tools that will help improve the health of young people and reduce the economic burden of obesity in our state."

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana is a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP), whose mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities. It is the largest health benefits company in terms of commercial membership in the United States, and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield lice
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