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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Announces Wellness Tools and Resources
Date:3/20/2008

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois helps employer groups and members experience wellness everywhere

CHICAGO, March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) today announced new integrated tools and resources designed to promote members' health, wellness, and productivity, including:

-- health assessment and health planning tools;

-- health educational resources;

-- lifestyle management programs;

-- worksite wellness initiatives; and

-- motivational and incentive programs.

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' goal is to help our members experience wellness everywhere," Paul Boulis, BCBSIL president, said. "Blue Cross recognizes that health and wellness varies by individual, so we have developed a variety of resources and outreach programs. For those members whose health conditions require more assistance, we provide direct support to help them reach their optimum level of health."

Self-assessment helps members understand and address health issues

BCBSIL's wellness tools and resources consist of several components, starting with health risk assessments (HRA), which help participants evaluate and better understand their health status. Based on their input, HRAs produce personalized reports, which highlight areas of health risk. Using the reports, members can develop health goals and plans for improvement that address fitness, nutrition, and a host of related issues. In addition, they can enroll in lifestyle management programs, covering topics ranging from tobacco cessation to weight management.

Worksite wellness resources for employers

BCBSIL's wellness tools also incorporate a number of worksite wellness modules, including Webinars on health and wellness topics; onsite health fairs, health screenings, and topic-specific health and wellness seminars; and health information.

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