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Healthways and Dr. Dean Ornish Join Forces to Bring Proven Treatment for Reversing Chronic Disease to Millions

  Healthways and Dr. Dean Ornish Join Forces to Bring Proven Treatment for
  Reversing Chronic Disease to Millions

   Healthways is Now the Exclusive Provider of Dr. Ornish’s Physician-Led,
              Medicare-Reimbursed Lifestyle Management Programs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- July 23, 2013

Global well-being improvement leader Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) today announced
it has entered into an exclusive partnership with Dean Ornish, M.D., to
operate and license his Lifestyle Management Programs. Dr. Ornish’s programs,
combined with Healthways’ well-being improvement platform, will enable the
Company to comprehensively leverage proven lifestyle behavior change programs
that serve the purpose of preventing, treating and reversing certain chronic
diseases.

The Ornish programs have been proven effective against coronary artery
disease, Type 2 diabetes and early-stage prostate cancer. They will both
complement and extend Healthways’ existing portfolio of well-being improvement
solutions. Healthways will now train and certify health systems, health plans,
hospitals and physician groups, allowing them to deliver programs that can
manage and help reverse the progression of chronic diseases. These chronic
diseases drive disproportionate medical costs and health-related lost
productivity in businesses and communities throughout the country.

These unique lifestyle change programs qualify for reimbursement from many
payers, including Medicare, under current fee-for-service payment. The Ornish
programs also make sense in the rapidly emerging value-based reimbursement
systems that reward health systems and physicians for positively changing the
underlying health and well-being of populations and their associated
health-related costs in a sustainable manner.

Dr. Ornish is widely known as one of America’s leading biomedical scientists
and is a renowned physician and the preeminent leader in evidence-based
lifestyle treatments for chronic diseases. For more than three decades, he has
directed a series of scientific research studies published in leading
peer-reviewed journals showing, for the first time, that the progression
ofeven severe coronary heart disease can often be treated and reversed
without drugs or surgery by making comprehensive lifestyle changes.

In addition, these studies documented that the progression of other chronic
diseases may also be reversible by making significant lifestyle changes. For
example, he was the first researcher to direct a randomized controlled trial
demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may slow, stop or even
reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. He has also directed
research showing that changing lifestyle changes gene expression—turning off
genes that promote chronic diseases and turning on genes that help prevent
them.

In January 2011, Medicare began covering “Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for
Reversing Heart Disease” under a new benefit category, “intensive cardiac
rehabilitation.” This is the first time that Medicare has covered an
integrative medicine program.

In describing Dr. Ornish’s pioneering work, Dr. Mehmet Oz said, “Time and
again, Dr. Dean Ornish has scientifically proven that what was once thought to
be medically impossible is, in fact, possible. Hiswork is truly
revolutionary.”

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., one of the leading scientists of the 21st century, the
first to sequence the human genome and the creator of the first cell with a
synthetic genome, said, “Dr. Dean Ornish has done more than anyone to bring
modern science to the nutrition field.”

In Dr. Ornish’s book, The Spectrum, President Clinton wrote, “In 1993,
Hillaryasked Dr.Dean Ornish to consult with us on improving our health and
well-being and to train the chefs who cooked for us at The White House,
CampDavid and Air Force One. I felt better and lost weight when I followed
his recommendations. My genes may have been improving as well! If you want to
see where medicine is likely to be five or ten years from now, read this book
today.”

“Having seen and documented what a powerful difference comprehensive lifestyle
changes can make, it’s inspiring to partner with Healthways to reach so many
more people with information and programs for empowering and transforming
lives,” said Dr. Ornish. “This is about scalability and sustainability. With
our shared core values and a common commitment, together we can reach a much
wider group of people who can benefit from an improved quality of life. I
admire and respect Healthways’ integrity around its science and evidence-based
approaches that prove to be focused on outcomes. There is real synergy that
will allow us to do much more together than we can do separately. In working
with more than 45 million people worldwide, Healthways has been able to show
outcomes that not only improve health and well-being, but also achieve
significant medical cost savings and improved productivity.”

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index^®, there is a correlation
between high well-being and lower incidence of heart disease and diabetes.
Nationwide, the top 10 well-being cities have an average heart attack rate of
2.8%, compared to the nation’s bottom 10 well-being cities, which have an
average rate of 5.5%. Also, the top 10 well-being cities have an average
diabetes rate of 7.1% versus 14.0% among the bottom 10 well-being cities.

“We have continued to evolve our comprehensive well-being improvement solution
through a history of building, buying and partnering to integrate and deploy
the very best evidence-based, scientifically proven methods available,” said
Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer. “We have
long been able to improve personal lifestyle behaviors as a measurable method
to prevent the onset of, and reduce the risks associated with, chronic
disease. Now, through our exclusive partnership with Dr. Dean Ornish, we will
be able to deliver lifestyle behavior change as a powerful treatment method
for more effectively managing and even reversing these chronic diseases. We
are absolutely thrilled to work with Dr. Ornish, whose purpose to transform
America’s understanding of how lifestyle choice impacts health and disease
aligns so closely with our purpose to create a healthier world, one person at
a time.”

The Ornish diet was rated #1 for heart health by U.S. News & World Report in
2011, 2012 and 2013.

For additional information about Dr. Ornish’s program at Healthways call:
1-877-888-3091, email ornish@healthways.com or visit www.healthways.com.

About Dean Ornish, M.D.

Dean Ornish, M.D.,  is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive
Medicine Research Institute andClinicalProfessor of Medicine at the
University of California, SanFrancisco. Dr.Ornish received his M.D. fromthe
BaylorCollege of Medicine, was a clinical fellow in medicine at
HarvardMedical School, and completed an internship and residency in internal
medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a B.A.inHumanities
summacum laude from the University of Texas inAustin, where hegave
thebaccalaureate address.

Dr. Ornish was appointed by President Obama to the White House Advisory Group
on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health in 2010 and
by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and
Alternative Medicine Policy in 2000. He chaired the Google Health Advisory
Council 2007-9.

He has received numerous awards, including the University of California,
Berkeley, “National Public Health Hero” award; the Outstanding Young Alumnus
Award from the University of Texas, Austin (1994); the Jan J. Kellermann
Memorial Award for distinguished contribution in the field ofcardiovascular
disease prevention from the International Academy of Cardiology; a
Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association; the
Beckmann Medal from the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of
Cardiovascular Diseases; and the Bravewell Collaborative Pioneer of
Integrative Medicine award. He gave a keynote speech reviewingthescience of
integrative medicine at theInstitute of Medicine’s first Summit on
Integrative Medicine at the NationalAcademy of Sciences.

Dr. Ornish was honored as “oneof the 125 most extraordinary University of
Texas alumni in the past 125 years;” chosen by LIFE magazine as “one of the
fifty mostinfluential members of hisgeneration;” recognized as “one of the
most interesting people of 1996” by People magazine; and described in Forbes
magazine as “oneof the seven most powerful teachers in the world.”

About Healthways

Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) is the largest independent global provider of
well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one
person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce
and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include
employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans,
communities and government entities. We provide highly specific and
personalized support for each individual and their team of experts to optimize
each participant’s health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs.
Results are achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of
everyone in a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary
technology infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years
and now serves approximately 45 million people on four continents. Learn more
at www.healthways.com.

Contact:

Healthways
Investor Relations
Chip Wochomurka, 615-614-4493
chip.wochomurka@healthways.com
or
Media
Kelly Motley, 615-614-4984
kelly.motley@healthways.com
 
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