WellPoint Continues Community Commitment in 2012

  WellPoint Continues Community Commitment in 2012

      More than $47 million in grants, programs and projects focused on

Business Wire

INDIANAPOLIS -- January 29, 2013

As one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, WellPoint is
committed to improving the lives of the people it serves and the health of
American communities. In 2012, the company, its foundation and associates
advanced this mission by directing millions of dollars and more than 14,000
hours to nonprofit organizations, events and programs working to address some
of the nation’s most pressing health needs.

“Creating healthier futures for children, adults and seniors is at the core of
everything we do,” said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the WellPoint
Foundation. “Through formal and informal programs, WellPoint and the WellPoint
Foundation support organizations and programs across the United States making
improvements in health. These efforts are strengthened by the generosity of
WellPoint’s more than 36,000 associates who make donations of their time and
their charitable dollars throughout the year.”

WellPoint’s charitable and community-focused activities are conducted through
four primary channels: WellPoint Foundation grants; an annual Community
Service Day; the WellPoint Associate Giving Campaign; and community
sponsorships. Together, these activities total more than $47 million in
current and ongoing community support.

WellPoint Foundation Grants

Through its Healthy Generations grant program, the WellPoint Foundation works
to identify the issues most in need of attention and then focuses its grant
work on improving health in those areas. As a result, $25 million in open and
active grants from the WellPoint Foundation are supporting nonprofit
organizations and programs at the local, regional and national levels.

Major grant activities of the WellPoint Foundation in 2012 include:

  *American Cancer Society – Patient Navigator Program: A $1.5 million grant
    to support the Patient Navigator Program in 14 states. The program creates
    one-on-one relationships between newly diagnosed patients and trained
    Patient Navigators, who provide information, support and personal guidance
    throughout a cancer experience.
  *American Heart Association – Hands-Only CPR Campaign: Kickoff of a
    three-year, $4.5 million grant to support the Hands-Only CPR educational
    campaign and mobile training tour to educate millions of Americans about
    this lifesaving CPR technique that does not require mouth-to-mouth rescue
    breathing. Nearly 400,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests
    every year, and almost 90 percent die because they don’t get immediate
    CPR. The educational campaign and training tour are working to provide
    American’s with the skills they need to feel confident and respond should
    a cardiac situation occur.
  *Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) – Triple Play: Year two of a three
    year, $5 million grant to strengthen and expand BGCA’s proven wellness
    program, Triple Play. A recent study of more than 2,000 children ages 9-14
    who attend Boys & Girls Clubs showed that Triple Play succeeded in getting
    them to exercise more, eat healthier foods and feel better about
    themselves. Triple Play kids increased to 90 percent of the federally
    recommended amount of daily exercise, which is 60 minutes a day for
    children, while their peers outside the program decreased to 78 percent.
  *OASIS Institute – CATCH Healthy Habits: The conclusion of a two year, $2.7
    million grant to greatly expand CATCH Healthy Habits, a unique
    intergenerational program which pairs adults age 50-plus with children to
    encourage healthier eating and physical activity. Results have shown both
    the youth and adult volunteers both benefit from the health-focused
    activities and programming.

Throughout its grant activities, the WellPoint Foundation places an emphasis
on measurable outcomes to ensure that programs receiving funding are truly
making a difference. In 2012, this approach was further validated, as two
organizations supported by the WellPoint Foundation received recognition for
their effectiveness from third-parties and industry experts:

  *Health Literacy Wisconsin: Received a 2012 Leonard G. Doak Health Literacy
    Innovator Award from Health Literacy Innovations for its “Let’s Talk About
    the Flu” program in the ReadsEasy Publication Award category. A $75,000
    grant from the WellPoint Foundation’s local foundation in Wisconsin helped
    Health Literacy Wisconsin reach more than 940 adults during the 2011-2012
    flu season.
  *OASIS Institute: The CATCH Healthy Habits program was named a Program of
    Distinction by Generations United, a national organization focused on
    promoting life-improving intergenerational programs and policies, and the
    OASIS Institute was named to the Social Impact Exchange S&I 100, a list
    that recognizes nonprofits offering innovative solutions and proven

Community Service Day

On April 28, 2012, more than 3,500 WellPoint associates, friends and family
members volunteered at 170 nonprofit organizations across the country to make
a lasting impact and improve health. The company’s associates planted 202
trees, sorted 48,260 pounds of food for distribution, beautified 56 acres of
land, engaged with 750 seniors and children, and made countless other
contributions to the individuals and organizations they volunteered to serve
in their local community.

“Many of our associates regularly volunteer, but we are proud to bring the
full strength and spirit of our company together once a year for an extra
special day of projects,” said Chrisman. “Best of all, in many cases, the new
connections our associates make with the local nonprofits continue long after
the conclusion of the event.”

Community Service Day projects benefited a variety of local organizations and
resources, including food banks, parks and community shelters.

Annual Associate Giving Campaign

Each year, WellPoint associates have the opportunity to make pledges and
one-time donations to health-focused charities through the company’s Associate
Giving Campaign. The campaign allows WellPoint associates to not only select
which of the eligible charities they wanted to support, but also to direct
their gifts to thousands of local chapters and affiliated charities within the
campaign’s charities. Associate contributions are backed by a 50 percent match
from the WellPoint Foundation – increasing the impact of each dollar
contributed. As a result, more than $6.7 million was paid out to the
campaign’s six charities in 2012: American Cancer Society, American Red Cross,
Community Health Charities, Feeding America, St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital, and United Way.

Community Sponsorships

WellPoint and its affiliated health plans also support events and community
organizations across the country focused on improving the health and
well-being of local communities. This often takes the form of both formal and
informal sponsorships, including support for run-walks, contributions to food
and clothing drives, and support for school-based programs. Beneficiaries of
this support include organizations such as: American Cancer Society, American
Heart Association, American Lung Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and
local YMCAs.

The ongoing efforts of WellPoint and the WellPoint Foundation have been
recognized by leading organizations. Most recently, in December 2012,
WellPoint Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America received the “Best
Partnership” award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic
Leadership Center (BCLC). In addition to the BCLC award, in 2012 the company
and its foundation received: Gold Stevie Award for Corporate Social
Responsibility; Excellence in Employee Giving and Excellence in Philanthropy
awards from the American Cancer Society; Workplace Giving Partner of the Year
award from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and a PR News Corporate
Social Responsibility award for the annual WellPoint Community Service
Day.The WellPoint Foundation is also a member of the American Red Cross
Annual Disaster Giving Program, in recognition of its continued support of the
nonprofits’ disaster relief efforts.

“It’s a true honor to work with so many outstanding organizations and we thank
them for all they are doing to improve health and transform lives,” Chrisman
said. “We look forward to continuing to find ways to enhance the effectiveness
of our efforts, and look forward to working with health-focused organizations
in year ahead to create brighter futures and positively impact the health of
our country.”

About WellPoint, Inc.

At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members’
health and well-being—and the value we bring our customers and shareholders.
So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their
communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have more than 36
million people in our affiliated health plans, and nearly 67 million people
served through our subsidiaries. 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’s plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue
Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas).
WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare and in
certain markets through our Amerigroup and CareMore subsidiaries. Our 1-800
CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online sales of contact lenses,
eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional information about WellPoint
is available at www.wellpoint.com.

About WellPoint Foundation

The WellPoint Foundation is the philanthropic arm of WellPoint, Inc. and
through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the
inherent commitment of WellPoint, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of
individuals and families in communities that WellPoint, Inc. and its
affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic
initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care
challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a
multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical
conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care
in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long
term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes
prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations
and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s annual
associate giving campaign and provides a 50 percent match of associates’
campaign pledges. To learn more about the WellPoint Foundation, please visit
www.wellpointfoundation.org, as well as its Tumblr blog at


WellPoint, Inc.
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