WellCare Offers Complementary Wellness Program In Brooklyn, NY for Children, Adults and Seniors

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WellCare will offer a 30-day comprehensive wellness program in Brooklyn, N.Y., for children, adults and seniors beginning on Aug. 2, 2013.

Sen. Eric Adams joins Dr. Richard Petrucci, state medical director, WellCare of New York, at the Healthy Ways With WellCare wellness program kick-off in Brooklyn on July 26, 2013.

Sen. Eric Adams joins Dr. Richard Petrucci, state medical director, WellCare of New York, at the Healthy Ways With WellCare wellness program kick-off in Brooklyn on July 26, 2013.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, will offer a free, 30-day comprehensive wellness program in Brooklyn, N.Y., for children, adults and seniors.

The program, Healthy Ways With WellCare, starts on Aug. 2, 2013, and features individual counseling with a registered nurse, weekly interactive workshops and telephone support to encourage healthy eating; weight, stress and lifestyle management; emotional well-being; diabetes control; heart disease and cancer prevention. Healthy Ways With WellCare was created in 2012 by the company, and licensed psychotherapist and certified health coach Erena DiGionis. It has previously been offered in Long Island, N.Y., and successfully helped seniors in the borough achieve weight loss and wellness goals.

"On behalf of families in Brooklyn, I commend WellCare's Healthy Ways program," said state Sen. Eric Adams, who attended the program’s recent kick-off event. "As our population ages, it is important that we provide the resources and support needed to help the elderly manage their health and educate children about the importance of addressing childhood obesity. This program provides our community with vital information to promote healthy habits to combat chronic illnesses, allowing us to stay healthy and enjoy life to its fullest."

"WellCare’s mission is to partner with health care providers, governments and communities to provide quality, cost-effective health care solutions," said Kevin Conroy, president, WellCare of New York. "We are proud to offer this program to the Brooklyn community."

Healthy Ways With WellCare will be offered each Friday in August at WellCare’s Brooklyn Welcome Room, with morning sessions for seniors and afternoon sessions for families. WellCare’s Brooklyn Welcome Room is located at 544 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., 11216. For more information or to register, contact Johanna Garcia at 347-419-6507. All participants must register by August 2.

As of March 2013, WellCare serves approximately 38,000 Medicare Advantage plan members, 85,000 Medicaid plan members, 41,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 4,000 Managed Long Term Care members in New York.

For more information about WellCare and its products and services, call 1-866-765-4385 or visit http://www.wellcare.com.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company serves approximately 2.7 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2013. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at http://www.wellcare.com.

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