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National Business Group on Health Recognizes Blue Cross' Wellness Program
Date:7/7/2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has been honored by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) as one of the nation's leading corporations for innovative programs promoting a healthy workplace. The company was also recognized for helping its employees and their families make better choices about their own health and well-being.

Blue Cross was among 63 employers that received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Joint Summit of the NBGH Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions and Institute on Costs and Health Effects of Obesity. Blue Cross received a Gold Award for its wellness programs.

"We are extremely proud to be recognized for our company's commitment to providing a healthy workplace and to improving our employees' health and well-being," said Phillip Pope, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. "Our wellness team has worked closely with our associates to inform them about ways to live healthier lifestyles, and this award is a validation of our efforts."

"As one of 63 companies recognized this year for their employee health and wellness programs, Blue Cross 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 on June 24. "Blue Cross is to be applauded for making health and wellness an integral part of their workplace."

Blue Cross' BeHealthy Wellness program is designed to reduce employees' health risks by providing education about healthy lifestyle choices and an environment that fosters healthy behaviors. Regularly offered activities include community walks, prenatal lunch and learn sessions, stress management lunch and learns, biometric screenings, Weight Watchers(R) and LifeSteps(R) (formal weight management programs), Na
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