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ARTICLE UnitedHealthcare Named Healthiest Large Employer in Phoenix According to The Phoenix Business Journal

PHOENIX (April 3, 2011) – UnitedHealthcare has been named the healthiest large employer in Phoenix by the Phoenix Business Journal.

The health and well-being company topped the list of more than 50 employers considered for the award. The recognition was based on six key areas of worksite wellness, including culture and leadership commitment, programming and interventions, and reporting and analysis.

"Our wellness programs motivate employees to take a more active role in their health, and we encourage our customers to put in place these same initiatives for their employees, illustrating UnitedHealthcare's deep commitment to helping people live healthier lives," said Jeri Jones, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Arizona.

UnitedHealthcare offers its employees in Arizona and nationwide a wellness program called "Personal Rewards" that 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, UnitedHealthcare began offering the program nationwide to self-insured companies and public sector employers with more than 3,000 medical plan participants. Many large companies have implemented the program, and Personal Rewards is approaching nearly 1 million participants.

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 Cheyenne Autumn, UnitedHealthcare's director of health and wellness strategies in Arizona. "Employer wellness programs can help people make more informed decisions, and thus improve their health."

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.