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The Health & Wellness Institute Selected by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield to Provide Wellness Services to Employer Groups.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Health & Wellness Institute (HWI) announced today that they have signed a three-year contract to provide health management solutions on behalf of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and its subsidiaries, which include Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. As part of the contract that spans through 2010, HWI will design and deliver onsite and community-based worksite wellness programs and services and provide account management exclusively to Wellmark employer groups and members as part of Whole Health Dimensions(SM), Wellmark's new and innovative comprehensive suite of member health and wellness programs and services that are designed to help people lead healthier lives.

"The Health & Wellness Institute looks forward to expanding its strategic relationship with Wellmark, and assisting in the integration of the health management solutions needed to successfully deploy Whole Health Dimensions to Wellmark's book of business," said Michael Samuelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Health & Wellness Institute. "HWI is committed to working with forward-looking Blues Plans seeking to address the rising cost of health care through prevention-oriented services, and we are extremely pleased that Wellmark has joined the growing ranks of health plans employing this strategy."

"Creating and launching the Whole Health Dimensions wellness initiative to complement Wellmark's valued health plan offerings in the Iowa and South Dakota market is a strategic priority," said Peter Roberts, Group Vice President, Provider Relations and Health Management with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "The Health & Wellness Institute, in collaboration with Wellmark, has designed a customized and innovative wellness solution that is unique for Wellmark customers. Through our collaboration with HWI, Iowa and South Dakota employers can choose a variety of wellness services to meet the needs of their organizations. HWI has proven that they can provide the level of service and excellence required to be included in the Whole Health Dimensions suite of services."

About HWI

The Health & Wellness Institute (HWI) www.hwinstitute.com is a prevention-oriented health management solutions company currently serving four Blues plans and more than 300 individual accounts. Lead by nationally recognized wellness expert Michael Samuelson, HWI's primary mission is to reduce risk, improve health and enhance productivity by delivering innovative and comprehensive onsite and web-based worksite wellness programs and services. HWI's growing staff of wellness professionals specialize in understanding and meeting the wellness needs and business objectives of health plans and their clients.

About Wellmark

Wellmark, Inc. (www.wellmark.com) does business as Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. Wellmark and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, including Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc., insure or pay health benefit claims for more than two million members in Iowa and South Dakota. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota, and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Whole Health Dimensions(SM) is a service mark of Wellmark, Inc.
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