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ARTICLE UnitedHealthcare Generations of Wellness Online Contest Winner Receives Healthy Cooking Lessons from Celebrity Chef Tre Wilcox

UnitedHealthcare Generations of Wellness Online Contest Winner Receives Healthy Cooking Lessons from Celebrity Chef Tre Wilcox

PLANO, Texas. (Jan. 23, 2012) – The winner of UnitedHealthcare Generations of Wellness® online challenge learned some new skills for healthy living this weekend, spending two hours with celebrity Chef Tre Wilcox to learn how to cook healthy meals.

Shenesha McCray of Jacksonville, Fla. qualified for the prize by registering on UnitedHealthcare's Generations of Wellness Challenge website, which provides access to special wellness offerings, including reviews of books discussing African-American health, a downloadable health tracker, and recipes from Chef Wilcox. McCray won a trip for two to Dallas for a private cooking tutorial with the veteran of "Top Chef," "Top Chef All-Stars" and "Iron Chef America."

The cooking lesson was held on Jan. 21 at Wilcox's recently opened restaurant, the Village Marquee Bar and Grill in Dallas.

"As an African-American woman I know certain diseases are common in my community. I'm doing everything that I can to keep me and my family healthy. The Generations of Wellness initiative provides great tips that I can use in my day-to-day life to remain healthy, from exercises to recipes," said McCray. "I was intrigued by the wellness tools I found on the Generations of Wellness website, but never thought I would win anything."

Living healthy is also a personal endeavor for Chef Wilcox, who describes himself as a "formerly plump kind of guy." Now physically fit, Chef Wilcox says he is disciplined about staying in shape and helping others to adopt healthy lifestyles.

"I'm excited to be able to help teach people how to cook beautiful, healthy and delicious meals for their families," said Chef Wilcox.

In addition to his television fame, Chef Wilcox has won a number of local and national cooking awards and was twice nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef award. The former executive chef of Loft 610 in Dallas began his career at the age of 17, and worked his way up from grill cook to sous chef to chef de cuisine before opening the Marquee Bar and Grill in April 2011.

Generations of Wellness is designed to serve the health needs of African-American families by emphasizing awareness and promoting innovative wellness tools. The goal is to help bring a greater level of parity to the quality of health care and health coverage for African Americans, by offering online tools and culturally relevant health information that can help African Americans enhance their quality of life.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.