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AstraZeneca Gives $1.5 million to Support North Carolina Worksite Wellness Project
Date:2/6/2008

Donation Supports Three-Year Program to Increase Healthy Lifestyles at N.C.

Department of Transportation

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- AstraZeneca L.P. today expanded its commitment to building healthy lifestyles in North Carolina by making a $1.5 million charitable donation to N.C. Prevention Partners. The donation, secured by the North Carolina State Health Plan, will fund for three years a comprehensive worksite wellness program available to employees at the N.C. Department of Transportation (N.C. DOT).

"We are delighted to make this contribution to N.C. Prevention Partners to fund a program that will empower N.C. DOT employees to embrace healthier living," said Michael Draine, National Sales Director for Managed Markets at AstraZeneca. "This program is exemplary of AstraZeneca's commitment to helping communities across the nation -- and worldwide -- promote health and healthy behaviors."

The new program, called the N.C. Department of Transportation Wellness Initiative, will allow the State Health Plan and its partners to measure the effect of a comprehensive worksite wellness program on lifestyle and health behaviors of its members and on employment-related outcomes. N.C. Prevention Partners, a statewide non-profit organization, will administer the funds and provide program oversight.

Seventy percent of the State Health Plan's medical and pharmacy claims costs are attributed to mostly preventable diseases related to poor nutrition, obesity, lack of exercise, tobacco use and unmanaged stress. The new Wellness Initiative is intended to counter these behaviors through education and interventions with participating DOT employees.

"We are pleased to be a part of this project that I believe will make a positive and meaningful impact on employees' health outcomes," said George C. Stokes, executive administrator of the State Health Plan. "We look forward to helping the N.C. DOT build a culture of we
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