Chrysler Group and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Bring Passion for Health and Wellness


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AUBURN HILLS, MI--July 29, 2013 Companies to create an interactive health pavilion experience at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention Pavilion will feature health, nutrition, and exercise education programs in an engaging demonstration of best practices in health and wellness Partnership enables both companies to bring their passion for health and wellness beyond their corporate walls to raise awareness about health disparities in multicultural communities

Chrysler Group LLC, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), will host an interactive health and wellness pavilion at the association's national convention in Kissimmee, Fla., August 1-3, 2013. More than 1,500 journalists are expected to attend the convention.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a recognized health and wellness leader and advocate, will bring their tremendous expertise to this engaging and interactive experience, which will touch many key areas of health and wellness, including exercise, food and nutrition, health awareness and education, and health screenings.

The purpose of the partnership is to raise awareness to the need for better health and wellness education in multicultural communities in order to address health disparities faced by these communities. The goal is to raise awareness of achievable best practices among journalists who are often key influencers in these communities.

"Chrysler Group is thrilled to be furthering health and wellness education and awareness in the African American community," said Kathleen Neal, Director – Integrated Health & Disability, Chrysler Group LLC. "Many communities face serious challenges to their health and sustainability. This creative collaboration with our health plan partners will create an engaging demonstration of health and wellness best practices we hope will make a meaningful impression on journalists attending the conference and, by extension, the larger African American community."

"The Michigan Blues have a long standing history of addressing health disparities in diverse communities, and recognize the importance of making community influencers aware of preventable health issues," said Rick V. Morrone, Vice President, URMBT and Auto Accounts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. "The collaboration with a key partner, like the Chrysler Group, gives us an opportunity to impact professionals who have the ability to educate thousands, leading to healthier lifestyles."

Chrysler Group has a solid history of recognition in the health communities as a leader in healthy and sustainable lifestyles of its employees and their families. The National Business Group on Health has recognized Chrysler Group as one of the nation's leading corporations providing comprehensive programs that support a healthy workplace and promote healthy lifestyles for employees and their families.

Chrysler Group's culture of health is a key part of the Company's high-performance work culture and is tied to its leadership principles, particularly promoting each team member's commitment to achieving best in class performance. Chrysler Group's goal is to support workplace policies and a work environment that inspire totally engaged employees who are healthy at work and at home, actively manage their health status and are sustainable, healthy contributors to the Company's success.

The health pavilion concept is part of a larger program launched by Chrysler Group in 2013 to share its experiences and values on health and wellness with the larger community. The first phase of the initiative included a 30-day Wellness Challenge where the members of the NABJ Detroit and Chicago chapters battled against one another in a wellness competition in order to earn scholarship dollar to support aspiring journalists. Collectively, the chapters walked more than 30-million steps and earned $7,000 for their scholarship funds.

Chrysler Group in 2013 is pursuing similar initiatives with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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