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CVS Caremark Recognized with Gold Award from National Business Group on Health for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Employees
Date:6/26/2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) is proud to announce that it has been named as one of the nation's leading corporations for innovative programs promoting a healthy workplace and for helping its employees and their families to make better choices about their own health and well-being.

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CVS Caremark received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the National Business Group on Health's Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. this week. CVS Caremark was recognized with a Gold Award for its CVS Caremark Wellness Program for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who have made a commitment to long-term behavior changes.

"We are thrilled to receive this award," said V. Michael Ferdinandi, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CVS Caremark. "Because CVS Caremark is the country's leading pharmacy health care provider, it is extremely important to us to provide a healthy workplace for our own 215,000 employees and to help to improve their health and well-being."

Now in its fifth year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards recognize those employers that have truly embraced a culture of wellness and are working collaboratively to improve their workers' health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action.

"As one of 63 companies recognized this year for their employee health and wellness programs, CVS Caremark is at the vanguard of a national movement to promote a system-wide culture of health emphasizing prevention, exercise, and eating right," said Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on Health. "More than ever, a healthy workforce is critical to helping America's large employers compete in the global marketplace. CVS Caremark is to be applauded for making health and wellness an integral part of their workplace."

The purpose of the CVS Caremark Wellness Program is to improve the health behaviors of CVS Caremark colleagues and their dependents. The program encourages CVS Caremark colleagues to be healthy and to take ownership of their health through health improvement programs such as "Healthy & Smokefree" (smoking cessation), "Healthy Weight" (nutrition), "Healthy & Fit" (physical activity), "Healthy Mind" (stress management), and "Healthy Outcomes" (preventive screenings, health assessments, flu shots, and maternity management, etc.).

CVS Caremark's strategy of encouraging colleagues to be good health care consumers by choosing healthier lifestyle options remains the basis for all wellness programming. A variety of resources such as Care Advocate Teams of dedicated nurses, decision support tools, preference sensitive condition support, self-directed DVD programs, a quarterly wellness newsletter and disease management programs are offered to colleagues to assist them in making better health care decisions.

About CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of health care services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve health care outcomes through its more than 6,900 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores; its Caremark Pharmacy Services division (pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy); its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, at www.cvscaremark.com/investors, as well as through the press room section of the Company's Web site, at www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.

About National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers - including 60 of the Fortune 100 - devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues. The NBGH identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. NBGH members provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information about the NBGH, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org

    Media Contact:
    Carolyn Castel
    Corporate Communications
    CVS Caremark
    ccastel@cvs.com
    (401) 770-5717


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