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WellPoint and Health Management Corporation (HMC) Partner with USA Swimming Foundation to Promote Water Safety and Health, Fitness Benefits of Swimming

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, Nov. 17 Health Management Corporation(HMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP), and the USASwimming Foundation recently presented a weekend in New York to promote watersafety and the health and fitness benefits of physical activity through sportsprograms such as swimming.

The USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash program is a national, child-focused water safety initiative created to reach diverse and under-representedcommunities by funding free or low cost learn-to-swim programs for childrenwho otherwise could not afford them.

On Saturday, Make a Splash New York brought together hundreds of areayouth with 2008 U.S. Olympic swimming medalists, including Jason Lezak, CullenJones and Margret Hoelzer. "We came out this weekend hoping to inspire kids toget active and involved in sports programs like swimming," said Jason Lezak.

"As a leader in health solutions, HMC is pleased to sponsor an initiativethat speaks to the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices at an earlyage while also helping to keep children safe in the water," said Joan Kennedy,president of HMC and senior vice president of WellPoint. "Promoting health andfitness among our youth is extremely important in the fight against childhoodobesity and related health concerns. We are excited to team with the USASwimming Foundation and will continue to support important initiatives thatmake a difference in the communities that we serve."

"We're happy to be part of Make a Splash," said Margaret Hoelzer. "It's alot of fun to interact with kids that are new to the sport of swimming,especially knowing that a few of them may be future Olympians themselves."

About WellPoint:

WellPoint, Inc. is the largest publicly traded commercial health benefitscompany in terms of membership in the United States. WellPoint, Inc. is anindependent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and serves itsmembers as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and BlueShield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine,Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, NewHampshire, New York (as Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York Citymetropolitan counties and as Blue Cross, Blue Shield or Blue Cross Blue Shieldin selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the NorthernVirginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare.Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.

About HMC:

Founded in 1983, HMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc.(NYSE: WLP) and one of the nation's largest and most experienced leaders inproviding health solutions for employers, health plans and governmententities. HMC's innovative programs and services help people become bettereducated and more engaged in their health care, whether they're fit andhealthy, at risk for developing a chronic condition or living with illness.With a fully integrated and population-based approach to health care thatincludes prevention, health and wellness, disease management and complex care,HMC is working to build healthier lives and communities. Visit HMC athttp://www.choosehmc.com.

About The USA Swimming Foundation:

The USA Swimming Foundation was established in 2004 for the purpose ofusing the sport of swimming to make communities better. The Foundation focusesits resources on three main areas: making communities safer in and around thewater so as to reduce drownings; encouraging diversity in the sport ofswimming; and using swimming to promote a healthy lifestyle and to combatissues such as childhood obesity. Based in Colorado Springs, the Foundation ismanaged by an independent board of directors. For more information, visitwww.swimfoundation.org.

SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.
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