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The Humana Foundation and Libraries for the Future Launch Health Literacy Pilot in Atlanta
Date:9/12/2007

Wellness Information Zone Project Helps with Access to Reliable Health Care

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ATLANTA, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To address the growing problem of low health literacy levels and to help consumers access usable health information, The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), and Libraries for the Future, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing innovation and investment in our nation's libraries, today launched the Wellness Information Zone, a new consumer health information project in Atlanta.

The program aims to bring together expertise and resources from the two partner organizations to help the 90 million Americans who have difficulty obtaining, understanding and acting on basic health information and services.

The Wellness Information Zone centers will be piloted in Atlanta through a partnership with the Fulton and DeKalb County public library systems. The new high-tech, high-touch Zones will enable Atlantans to access trustworthy information through an innovative, easy-to-use Web site and the option of seeking help from specially trained librarians or volunteer guides.

The information can be obtained through the program's Web site -- http://www.wellzone.org -- or through the Wellness Information Zones located at eight libraries throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area and the nonprofit organization, Genesis A New Life.

"Research shows that low health literacy is the strongest predictor of health problems, more than age, income, employment status or race," said Virginia K. Judd, executive director of The Humana Foundation. "By addressing thi
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