The Ottumwa Courier

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July 14, 2014

Wellmark celebrating 75th anniversary

DES MOINES — Wellmark will be awarding $75,000 to celebrate 75 years in business and to thank Iowans and South Dakotans for supporting a locally based health insurer.

For the next 75 days, Wellmark will also be giving back to communities in Iowa and South Dakota by inspiring and encouraging healthy behaviors.

Wellmark is awarding $7,500 to 10 projects that are able to demonstrate a long-lasting impact on making the healthy choice the easy choice and improving overall community health and wellness. Examples of projects include improving parks or trails in the community, establishing or improving recreational activities or improving access to healthy foods.

In order to be eligible to receive the funds, applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or governmental entity in Iowa or South Dakota. Qualified organizations can submit applications at Wellmark.com/75 until Aug. 5. On Aug. 20, all qualified entries will be available for the public to vote for their favorite project. Public votes are one of four final factors Wellmark will use to determine winners.

“The environmental factors of the community in which a person lives, works and plays can greatly impact his or her healthy behaviors,” said John Forsyth, CEO of Wellmark. “And we know from research that up to 70 percent of an individual’s health is influenced by behavior. By providing these awards as part of our 75th anniversary, we are helping communities move toward a future of better health.”

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