Wellpoint Announces The Journey For Health Tour; Where The Rubber Hits The Road


In a continuing effort and focus on transforming health care and helping people get healthy and stay healthy, WellPoint announced today it is pleased to partner with Gary Earl Health in the 2013 Journey for Health Tour. This inspirational, educational health focused bicycle tour across the country is designed to motivate and inspire individual, business and community health improvement. The goal of the 45 day, 3,200 mile journey, which will begin in Long Beach California on August 22 and end in New York City on Monday, October 7, Child Health Day, is to help change the dialog on health and create a movement that expands peoples comprehension of health care and approach toward this critically important topic.

Our health care system continues to face growing challenges including rising rates of chronic disease, access and affordability; and individuals, businesses and communities alike are beginning to sense healths broader impact on productivity, security, sustainability and society, said Ken Goulet, executive vice president of WellPoints commercial and specialty business. We know that health and wellness is central to individual and community health as well as our nations success, and is at the heart of what we do through all of WellPoints affiliated brands and resources. By working with Gary Earl and through the Journey for Health Tour, we hope to reach more of our affiliated health plan members and people in our communities to provide information and tools to help them live healthy lives.

The Journey for Health Tour represents the personal and professional passions and experience of its creator, Gary Earl, a nationally recognized health and well-being professional who for more than three decades of health and wellness leadership has helped companies, communities and individuals to experience the value of positive health. This national tour represents a collaborative effort between two organizations dedicated to improving the health of individuals and our communities, and in this case, educate, inspire and motivate Americans to commit to better health.

Throughout the tour, Gary and the riders will share the message of good health in their blog posts, daily health tips and most importantly, meeting with people in the communities across the country including cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, St Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Philadelphia and New York City. Through WellPoints corporate foundation and its support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Americas (BGCA) Triple Play program, the riders, including BGCA senior director of Healthy Lifestyles Wayne B. Moss during the first leg, will meet with and discuss the importance of good health with kids at local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country. In an effort to encourage healthy habits and get kids involved with the Tour and ride along with Gary, the WellPoint Foundation will be donating state of the art indoor-use fitness cycles to Clubs in select cities.

“Our goal is to bring this important message of the power and potential in health improvement to all people, one person, one mile at a time in order to inspire and engage those that can and will in living out healthier lifestyles and activities, adds Gary Earl, founder of the tour. “We recognize that change is not as easy as shifting gears on a bicycle and that health, like life, is a journey for each individual, but we also know that change can occur when small incremental steps (or pedals on a bike) are made and in so, we will be encouraging people to commit to take that important step forward in lifestyle changes that fit their individual situation, environments and conditions. And for those individuals, businesses and communities that are well down their path of health improvement, we have an entire toolbox of helpful and challenging visions and innovations that can only enhance their opportunities to evolve health from an expense into an asset for all.

Additional Information about the Journey for Health Tour is available at www.journeyforhealthtour.com[1]. You can also follower the riders on Twitter at www.twitter.com/j4htour[2].

About WellPoint, Inc.

At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members health and well-beingand the value we bring our customers and shareholders. So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have nearly 36 million people in our affiliated health plans, and nearly 68 million people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; and as the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service areas, WellPoints plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). We also serve customers in several additional states through our Amerigroup subsidiary and in certain markets through our CareMore subsidiary. Our 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online sales of contact lenses, eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com[3].


  1. ^ www.journeyforhealthtour.com (cts.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ www.twitter.com/j4htour (cts.businesswire.com)
  3. ^ www.wellpoint.com (cts.businesswire.com)

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    • Hg
    • August 22, 2013

    Do These Health Tips Actually Work? 1 apple / day – no doctor
    1 lemon / day – no fat
    1 cup of milk / day – no bone problems
    3 ltrs water / day – no diseases…

    Also what are some losing weight health tips?

      • HealthNut
      • August 22, 2013

      No, these health ‘tips’ are actually myths. It’s all very healthy to do that, but no.

      To lose weight, all you can really do is exercise more and eat healthy and try to keep your calories at around 1600 a day. It’s good to drink homemade lemonade that tastes pretty sour and not sweetened very much- it’s good for your metabolism. Tea is good, fruits and vegetables are good. It’s a great time to get active because it’s summer and you’ll sweat more, which is awesome for your body to flush out toxins and such. I like making fruit smoothies and adding spinach or kale (you can’t taste it and it’s so good for your body- not to mention filling). When you snack during the day, only snack on ‘raw’ foods like fruits and vegetables, or maybe a few almonds.

      Good luck!

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    What Is The Best Health Advice You’ve Given Or Received? We could probably all use a few health tips to live a better life, what do you want to share?

      • HealthNut
      • August 22, 2013

      Limit processed foods

      try to eat as much natural food as you can such as vegetbales, fruit, brown rice, wholemeal-grain bread, fish, chicken, nuts, and healthy fats.

      Not only do you look better but you feel better both body and mind

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    What Are Some Basic Tips To Give To Kids About Staying Healthy? I’m trying to teach my 6 year old nephew how to stay healthy. I need tips from eating right, to being active and maintaining hygiene. Any health tips you expect a 6 yr old kid to understand.

      • HealthNut
      • August 22, 2013

      You should tell them to eat lots of smaller meals and to eat slowly so that their bodies are more able to recognize when they are full. Also its important to drink lots of water and fruit juice rather than soda. Try and encourage him to stay away from junk food and eat fruit or something healthy when he wants a snack. Also teach him to be active, that playing sports and running around is good for you as well as fun. Also teach him the basics of hygiene like showering daily and brushing his teeth 3 times a day. Try and make it all fun for him though, as kids respond more to things that they find enjoyable.

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    Anyone Have Some Good Tips For A College Student Who Wants To Lose About 35 Pounds? Basically Im pretty lethargic due to the studying….I do a fair bit of walking and I dont eat fast food more than a coupla times a month, but I seem to keep gaining weight. Basically I need some health tips or some way of beginning to get rid of the buddha belly.

      • HealthNut
      • August 22, 2013

      As a fellow student, I understand your struggle. My butt feels constantly glued to a seat and I don’t have the time or attention for planning healthy meals. It’s tough but I manage to control my weight and even lose weight every now and then with some pretty easy tactics. Since you want to lose it, you’ll have to get serious. I would highly recommend cardio workouts. Depending on your fitness level and personal tastes you could try at home workouts like Tae Bo or you can hit the gym (in which case walking or jogging on the tredmill mixed with weights would be effective). Basically, make yourself workout even when you feel tired from studying or a long day. Next thing you know, you’ll look forward to the stress relief. Remember to watch what you eat and consider counting calories…you may be surprised how much you eat daily! Get sleep. Lack of sleep stresses the bod out and you may compensate with food. And you definitely will have less energy for workouts. GOOD LUCK!

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