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									                                                          For Immediate Release April 27, 2005
                                           For more information: Samantha Meese, 503.225.5332



       Regence Bluecross Blue Shield Of Oregon Announces
         Winners Of Fitness Contest Among Legislators

             Lawmakers walk more than nine million steps to earn funds for
                        local health-related school programs

SALEM, Oregon – Senator Ginny Burdick (D-District 18) was named the winner of the Regence
BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon’s “Legislators on the Move” contest held during the 2005
Oregon State Legislative Session. Senator Burdick walked 1,136,224 steps during the session
and earned a check for $5,000 from Regence to be donated to Metzger Elementary School for a
health-related program.


Notably, Sen. Burdick outpaced the second place winner, Representative Mark Hass (D-District
27), who logged 1,061,239 steps while walking and running as part of his marathon training
program. He will donate his funds to Raleigh Hills Elementary School. Larry Galizio took third
place, with a total of 826,376 steps. He will donate his funds to Durham Elementary School. The
winning prize money can be used by the schools for any health-related project.


“I’m very proud to be a winning Legislator on the Move and to demonstrate how easy it is to
begin an exercise routine with something as simple as walking,” said Senator Burdick. “I’m
especially excited to donate the winnings to my local community, where it will help our
community’s children get started on their own successful path to good health.”


Legislators on the Move was designed to mix awareness, action and a little friendly competition
into the overall conversation about health. To participate, legislators were asked to wear a
pedometer and record the number of steps they take for eight weeks during the 2005 legislative
session, concluding on April 12th.


Three legislators put on their walking shoes and rose to the challenge, earning $5000, $2500 or
$1000 depending on their finishing place, for a school of their choice from their legislative
district.


Regence, which provides health insurance to nearly one million Oregonians, decided to issue the
challenge as a way to draw attention to the alarming trend of obesity, particularly among young
children and adolescents. Nearly 30 percent of the Oregon Legislature answered the call, logging
a total of nine million steps during the eight-week long program.


“Our aim was to encourage physical fitness among members of the legislature and spread the
message of fitness to their constituents,” said J. Bart McMullan, Jr., M.D., president of Regence
BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. “Their invovlement was nothing short of incredible.”


About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon provides medical, dental and related coverage for
about one million members in Oregon and in Clark County, Washington. It’s part of the Regence
Group, the largest affiliation of health plans in the northwest and intermountain states,
collectively covering nearly three million people. The Regence Group and its affiliates are not-
for-profit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Nearly one in
three Americans has health care coverage through Blue Plans. For more information, visit
www.or.regence.com.

								
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