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Governor Branstad, Wellmark and Healthways to Announce Blue Zones Project™ Tuesday in Des Moines
September 9, 2011

Iowa Communities can learn how to apply to become Blue Zones communities


Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will join Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® CEO John Forsyth,  Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) president and CEO Ben R. Leedle, Jr. and Blue Zones® founder Dan Buettner to introduce the Blue Zones Project™, a centerpiece of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative to improve the well-being of all Iowans through tools and programs for employers, leaders and residents statewide.


WHAT: Press conference to announce the Blue Zones Project™, part of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative
WHO:  Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
John Forsyth, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Chairman and CEO
Ben Leedle, Healthways President and CEO
Dan Buettner, Blue Zones founder and author
Laura Jackson, Wellmark Executive Vice President, Health Care Strategy and Policy
WHERE:  Wellmark Inc.Corporate Headquarters (Assembly Hall, 2nd floor)

1331 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
10:00 a.m.


(Members of the media can park on Grand or High Street and check in at the security desk. Please arrive by 9:50 a.m. to allow time for check in)

Contact Wellmark Media Relations

Traci McBee
Phone: 515-376-4338


Teresa Roof
Phone: 515-376-5869


1331 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-2901

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