Gold Medal Gymnast Shannon Miller Teams Up with Washington National to Advocate for Physical and Financial Wellness

    Gold Medal Gymnast Shannon Miller Teams Up with Washington National to
                 Advocate for Physical and Financial Wellness

PR Newswire

CARMEL, Ind., Jan. 10, 2013

CARMEL, Ind., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Washington National Insurance
Company, a national provider of supplemental health and life insurance
products for middle-income Americans, is pleased to announce a new partnership
with Shannon Miller, seven-time Olympic medalist and champion for health and

Together, Washington National and Miller are planning joint projects to
effectively share information about the importance of healthy living while
increasing awareness of the widespread need for physical and financial

Miller was a member of the "Magnificent Seven" women's gymnastics team, which
memorably claimed the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta,
and remains the most decorated U.S. gymnast of all time.

Now retired from the sport, she is a radio and television host, travels the
world as a professional speaker and oversees, a
content-based website devoted to fitness, pregnancy, motherhood, health,
wellness and nutrition. 

In 2011, Miller was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. After nine
weeks of aggressive chemotherapy, Miller is now cancer free.

Miller said she's eager to reach people who think diseases like cancer can't
or won't happen to them.

"At age 33, my world changed, personally and financially," Miller said. "A
diagnosis like cancer is devastating on its own. In addition to the physical
and emotional toll came the financial burden. While my medical insurance
covered certain expenses, it didn't cover everything. Anyone who's had a
major illness or injury knows how quickly medical and other bills can add up
during treatment and recovery, thus I want to help others focus on making
their health a priority and encourage them to prepare and plan for the

Barbara Stewart, vice president of strategy and business development for
Washington National, said, "We at Washington National are thrilled to partner
with Shannon Miller to raiseawareness of the real-life challenges that
accompany cancer and other critical illnesses, and to focus attention on
theimportance of both physical and financial wellness. We can draw hope and
inspiration from Shannon's experiences, especially the millions who must
battle an illness while raising children or while serving as a caregiver for a
family member. All of us can take action to reduce the likelihood of serious
illness, and lessen the financial impact on our families if an illness does

Steve Stecher, president of Washington National, said the company is proud to
team up with an American icon and role model who is committed to encouraging
and educating others.

Since 1911, Washington National has helped working Americans maintain
wellness, access preventive care and afford the medical and nonmedical costs
associated with critical illnesses, accidents and loss of life.

About Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller is the most decorated gymnast in American history, having
earned two gold, two silver and three bronze medals in two Olympic Games.
Since retiring from competitive gymnastics, she has hosted TV, radio and web
programs and created a series of wellness-related books and DVDs. A wife and
mother, Miller survived a 2011 bout with a rare form of ovarian cancer and
continues to advocate for physical and financial wellness. To learn more,

About Washington National Insurance Company
Washington National Insurance Company, a subsidiary of CNO Financial Group,
Inc., has helped Americans since 1911 to protect themselves and their families
from the financial hardship that often comes with critical illness, accidents
or loss of life. The company's supplemental health and life insurance
products are designed to help give policyholders and their loved ones peace of
mind. Policyholders can depend on Washington National to be a strong, caring
partner in helping to provide financial security for them and their families.
To learn more, visit

SOURCE Washington National Insurance Company

Contact: Jennifer Born, Washington National Insurance Company,
+1-312-396-7089, or Lauren Domene,
Shannon Miller Lifestyle, +1-877-344-8502,
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