WellPoint Named One of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles by National Business Group on Health

WellPoint Among 66 Employers Across the Nation Recognized for Promoting Healthy Workplaces

INDIANAPOLIS, June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as one of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles by The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large employers. WellPoint was honored for its overall commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging workers and families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles.

WellPoint was among 66 employers that received the 2010 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. WellPoint received a Gold Award, specifically for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes.  

"We try to make it easy for our associates to choose better health by offering programs and tools that meet their needs," said Randy Brown, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, WellPoint, Inc. "This recognition reflects our long-standing commitment to promoting health and wellness, and we are honored to receive this award."

"We are delighted to recognize WellPoint for its innovation and commitment to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyles for their employees," said Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on Health. "WellPoint and its management team recognize just how important a healthy workforce is to increasing productivity and controlling health care costs, and we congratulate them on receiving this award."

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint works to simplify the connection between Health, Care and Value. We help to improve the health of our communities, deliver better care to members, and provide greater value to our customers and shareholders. WellPoint is the nation's largest health benefits company, with approximately 34 million members in its affiliated health plans. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin.  In a majority of these service areas, WellPoint does business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (in the New York service areas).  WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare.  Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. The Business Group helps drive today's health agenda while promoting ideas for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care and sharing best practices in health benefits management with senior benefits, HR professionals, and medical directors from leading corporations.  Business Group members, which include 63 Fortune 100 companies, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.

SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.