Commonwealth of Kentucky teams up with HumanaVitality to lower the cost of healthier foods

  Commonwealth of Kentucky teams up with HumanaVitality to lower the cost of
  healthier foods

 275,000 KEHP members now save on healthier food purchases at Walmart stores

Business Wire

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- January 29, 2013

Healthy eating just got a little easier for nearly 275,000 Kentucky Employees’
Health Plan (KEHP) members. KEHP’s LivingWell program announced today its
participation in Vitality HealthyFood^TM, making health plan members* who shop
at Walmart*** eligible for 5 percent savings** on products that qualify for
Walmart’s Great For You icon, including fresh fruits, vegetables and low-fat
dairy.

Vitality HealthyFood, a first-of-its-kind effort to help consumers save money
on more-nutritious foods and ultimately, live longer, healthier lives, was
launched four months ago by HumanaVitality and Walmart. The program offers
savings on items that qualify for Walmart’s Great For You icon, which was
developed in consultation with food and nutrition experts in the public and
private sector, as well as leading health organizations.

“Through our partnership with HumanaVitality we are able to offer KEHP members
forward thinking, innovative programs like Vitality HealthyFood,” said
Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer. “Now our members can see how making
nutritional choices at the grocery is great for them and their pocketbook.”

Recent research^1 shows the struggle consumers face with purchasing healthier
foods. In fact, one in four families report skipping healthy purchases often
or always due to price.

“Price is an important factor in incentivizing wellness in America,” said John
Agwunobi, M.D., president of health and wellness, Walmart U.S. “By offering
affordable, healthier foods, we will help make our customers healthier and
reduce costs to our healthcare system as a whole. This represents preventative
care in its purest form.”

HumanaVitality CEO Joe Woods sees KEHP as a great example for other employers
seeking innovative paths to better employee health.

“The Commonwealth has become a national leader in inspiring healthy behavior
through its LivingWell program and now through Vitality HealthyFood,” said
Woods. “Helping people make healthier choices in their daily lives is how
we’re going to solve the healthcare cost crisis in this country. Unique
collaborations such as this, among employers, health companies and retailers,
are the key to making that happen.”

Participation in Vitality HealthyFood

The Vitality HealthyFood program is available at Walmart stores***. After
logging in to HumanaVitality at LivingWell.ky.gov and taking a brief
HumanaVitality Health Assessment, KEHP members 18 years old or older will
receive their Vitality HealthyFood card in the mail. When members go to
Walmart for their grocery shopping, their 5 percent savings on select Great
For You products will be loaded as credits to the Vitality HealthyFood card
within seven business days for use on their next trip to Walmart.

About HumanaVitality

HumanaVitality^®, headquartered in Chicago, Ill., is a joint venture between
Humana Inc. and Discovery Holdings, Ltd. Humana partnered with Discovery
because of its 14 years of worldwide experience using behavioral, clinical and
actuarial science to motivate individuals to make healthier choices. By
integrating rewards with healthy behaviors, HumanaVitality provides the tools
and support necessary to help Humana members live healthier lives and furthers
Humana’s Dream to Help People Achieve Lifelong Well-Being^SM. HumanaVitality
has more than 1.7 million members who are enhancing their health and wellness
through a comprehensive integrated approach to lifestyle improvement.

About KEHP

The Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP) is a self-insured health insurance
plan providing wellness, health and pharmacy benefits to nearly 275,000
Kentucky teachers, state employees, retirees and quasi-governmental employees.
KEHP’s LivingWell program focuses on providing wellness initiatives aimed at
improving members’ overall quality of life. In January 2012 KEHP launched the
fully-incentivized HumanaVitality program to health plan members and
dependents. For more information on KEHP’s LivingWell programs, visit
LivingWell.ky.gov.

^1 “It’s Dinnertime: A Report on Low-Income Families’ Efforts to Plan, Shop
for and Cook Healthy Meals,” Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters: No Kid
Hungry, December 2011.
* Bronze Vitality Status™ is required.
** For a listing of all qualifying Great For You healthier foods, visit the
Vitality HealthyFood page on HumanaVitality.com or check Walmart.com, or call
the number on the back of your ID card.
*** Vitality HealthyFood savings are available at Walmart retail stores and
Walmart Neighborhood Markets. Sam’s Club stores and Walmart.com are excluded
from the Vitality HealthyFood program. HumanaVitality is not an insurance
product.

Contact:

KEHP
Crystal Staley, 502-517-6046
or
HumanaVitality
Jeff Blunt, 513-826-7094
 
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