Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Wins Award for Workplace Health Program
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South Portland, ME - May 21, 2003 – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been recognized by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, Health, and Wellness for its program to improve the health of its associates. The company’s Health Improvement Power Team was named a winner in the “Healthy Workplace” category of the Council’s first “Contest for Communities” awards program.
“Workplace wellness programs are a great way to improve the health of employees and help hold down the cost of healthcare,” said Jim Parker, general manager of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. “As Maine’s leading health insurer, we try to set a good example, and I am pleased that our in-house team has been recognized with this award.”
Olympic gold medallist Joan Benoit Samuelson and Dr. Erik Steele, co-chairs of Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, Health, and Wellness welcomed award winners at a ceremony held last week in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. The ceremony recognized communities, worksites, schools, and individuals for the role they play in supporting a healthy Maine through physical fitness and activity programs.
The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Maine Health Improvement Power Team sponsors a series of programs each month that help employees better understand health issues such as weight, heart disease, skin and breast cancer, alcohol awareness, asthma, allergies and stress management. In addition, the program promotes physical fitness and safety and sponsors a variety of corporate sports teams including, track, softball, volleyball and skiing. Anthem Bleu Cross and Blue Shield associates Suzanne Famolare and Shannon Moore accepted the award on behalf of the team.
Janice Hutchings of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield corporate communications department also received an honorable mention award from the Council for the company’s "Anthem Healthy Communities Program." The program provides opportunities for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s 1,200 associates in Maine to support community health organizations and activities, such as March of Dimes Walkamerica, the Portland Heart Walk, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes, United Way, youth soccer and the senior games. In 2002 more than 300 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates participated in "Anthem Healthy Community" events and donated an average of 1,000 hours a month to other local organizations.
The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine, provide health care benefits to more than 11.5 million people. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is a subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ATH); both are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Anthem is the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Colorado, Nevada, Maine and Virginia, excluding the immediate suburbs of Washington, D.C. More information about Anthem is available at www.anthem.com