A week of free health-related community activities culminates with a Be Well Health Fair at Qwest Field August 7, 2010

SEATTLE — To encourage healthy family lifestyles, Regence BlueShield is partnering with the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and King 5 to sponsor a week of free health screenings, family activities and educational opportunities to the residents of Western Washington as part of Be Well Washington: A Family Health Week! The week of health activities culminates with a free Be Well Family Health Fair at Qwest field on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed August 2 – 7, 2010 as Be Well Washington Week in recognition of the importance of promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle. The governor issued a formal proclamation in support of the efforts to encourage residents to take responsibility for their individual health; and to provide screenings and health education for state residents.

Be Well Washington: A Family Health Week will feature complimentary health screenings, presentations by health experts and healthy cooking demonstrations throughout the Puget Sound area at various times throughout the week of August 2 - 7. A schedule of events is available at www.bewellwashington.com.

The highlight of the week is a family oriented Be Well Health Fair at Qwest Field. Admission is free to the event on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include a Kids’ Zone, as well as interactive wellness exhibits and activities, including healthy cooking demonstrations, a cookie contest and soccer drills with Sounders FC trainers.

“Regence BlueShield is absolutely committed to promoting healthy lifestyles among our employees, our members and the community,” said Jonathan Hensley, president of Regence BlueShield in Washington. “We have seen through our own experience the positive impact healthy habits can have on individual and family well-being, as well as overall productivity for individuals and businesses. We are excited to sponsor Be Well Washington and to work with other wellness-focused organizations to improve the health of our community.”
About Regence BlueShield:
Regence BlueShield is a leading health plan in Washington with more than one million members, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence is the largest health insurer in the Northwest / Intermountain Region, serving nearly 2.5 million members as Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington), Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. Each plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Regence is committed to improving the health of our members and our communities, and to transforming our health care system. For more information, please visit www.regence.com or www.twitter.com/RegenceWA.