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WellPoint Foundation Awards Grants to OASIS to Expand Unique Active Generations Program
Date:2/25/2009

during the first year. During the second year, OASIS will introduce the program in additional cities including Syracuse, New York; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Denver, Colorado.

During the last three decades, obesity rates in the United States have more than tripled among children ages 6 to 11. Many obese children will carry those extra pounds into adulthood, increasing the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.

By the end of the two-year grant period, an estimated 3,600 children and volunteers will have participated in the Active Generations program.

About the WellPoint Foundation

The WellPoint Foundation, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization wholly funded by WellPoint, Inc. Through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes WellPoint's inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint's affiliate health plans serve. With combined assets of $200 million, the Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to reduce the number of uninsured as well as organizations that promote the Health Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adults pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinators the company's annual associate giving campaign and provides a 50 percent match of associates' campaign pledges. To learn more about the WellPoint Foundation please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org.


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