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ARTICLE UnitedHealthcare Named The Healthiest Large Employer in Colorado, According to the "Denver Business Journal"

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Sept. 29, 2011) - UnitedHealthcare has been named the healthiest large employer in Colorado by the Denver Business Journal.


The health and well-being company topped the list of more than 65 employers considered for the award.


"Our wellness programs motivate employees to take a more active role in their health, and this recognition by the Denver Business Journal reflects the innovative strategies we use to help our employees, as well as plan participants in Colorado live healthier lives," said Beth Soberg, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Colorado.


UnitedHealthcare offers its employees in Colorado and nationwide a wellness program called "Personal Rewards," which uses health scorecards to encourage healthy behaviors and target specific health actions using customized information, financial incentives and ongoing support. Through the program, employees can access various wellness resources, including onsite biometric screenings, online health assessments, weight-loss coaching and smoking-cessation programs.


After piloting the Personal Rewards Program with its own employees in 2010, the program is now available nationwide to self-insured companies and public sector employers with more than 3,000 medical plan participants. Large companies including Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) and The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) were among the first to implement the program. Personal Rewards is approaching nearly 1 million participants for January 2012.


Employers are increasingly adopting wellness and prevention programs as a way to improve employee health and productivity, and to better manage their health care costs. Wellness Council of America estimates that a $1 investment in a wellness program saves $3 in health care costs.


"Studies have shown that about half of a person's health status is the result of behavior, which means that the choices people make every day greatly influences their physical and emotional well-being," said Carol Calvin, UnitedHealthcare's national director of health and wellness strategies. "Employer wellness programs can help people make more informed decisions, and thus improve their health, by providing the appropriate resources, tools and support."


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.