Healthy Fitness Guru Worries about Effect of Illegal Steroids on Teenage Boys

Healthy Fitness Guru Worries about Effect of Illegal Steroids on Teenage Boys










New York, NY (PRWEB) November 16, 2005

According to the website of the Canadian Mounted Police, although Mexico is a notable supplier for diverted anabolic steroids, the majority of shipments that make their way to Canada do so through the United States. The under-reported result is that “Teenage boys on both sides of the border are falling victim to the lure of steroids,” says Anthony Ellis. “More victims in the war on drugs.”

Like many others, Ellis is concerned about America’s southern border crisis. Unlike others, however, his primary concern is neither immigration nor the trafficking of “hard core” substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Ellis is focused on getting the word out that “steroids must be stopped, too.”

Ellis is the creator of Gaining Mass, a program designed to help people who have trouble gaining weight add lean muscle. The regimen puts the emphasis “on health, not magic pills,” says Ellis who has used the combination of diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation to transform his own body.

An Overwhelming Task

Ellis is sympathetic to the challenge of customs agents who enforce hundreds of laws for dozens of Federal agencies. “Steroids are just one of a growing list of contraband that overwhelmed inspectors are asked to flag,” he acknowledges. And although intercepting narcotics is a top priority, “Steroids get less attention than drugs like marijuana and cocaine.”

Once across the border, steroids are reaching younger consumers, and are especially attractive to teenage boys. “Young men who use steroids are at the greatest risk for serious side effects and problems,” Ellis says. “Because of their hormonal makeup, young boys who use steroids are cause irreversible damage to their health.”

Ellis points to data from the National Drug Intelligence Center’s National Drug Threat Assessment 2005. The report finds that in 2004 steroid use “fluctuated, but continued to rise overall among adolescents, ” says Ellis who notes, “On top of that, kids perception that using steroids is risky is dropping.” He calls it a crisis.

An Answer in Education

“I know what happens with steroids,” he says referring to a laundry list of mental and physical health problems associated with abuse of the drug. “And I know what’s possible without steroids. I also know that a key component to combating illegal steroid use is a program that provides the same results, without the risk.” Gaining Mass, he points out, was created “to work, not sell. But then I realized that what worked for me would work for other people, and I suddenly was able to turn my personal passion into my career.”

Based in nature not chemistry, Gaining Mass is written for beginners, but contains cutting-edge information that will benefit even the most experienced fitness follower. It’s appropriate for athletes trying to get their game on, for armchair quarterbacks who want to look and feel better and, says Ellis, “It’s for anyone who has ever felt the pain of being skinny and thought that illegal drugs were the only answer.”

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HealthLine Systems’ Clients Are Well Represented Among the Nation’s Most Prosperous Healthcare Organizations

HealthLine Systems’ Clients Are Well Represented Among the Nation’s Most Prosperous Healthcare Organizations












(PRWEB) August 17, 2011

Becker’s Hospital Review has identified the 50 top grossing for-profit hospitals in the United States, according to CMS cost report data analyzed by American Hospital Directory. Twenty-eight percent or 14 of these 50 financially successful healthcare organizations use one or more software solutions from HealthLine Systems.

HealthLine Systems’ CEO Dan Littrell commented: “We’re proud of our clients included among the nation’s most financially prosperous healthcare organizations. HealthLine Systems’ industry-leading software solutions help our clients improve access to care, strengthen relationships with consumers and physicians, move toward paperless provider credentialing, track and trend patient safety incidents, and document improvements in quality.”

HealthLine’s specialized software packages and consulting services assist clients to meet their unique challenges with physician credentialing, quality assurance, contact centers, and managed care. HealthLine Systems is recognized as a leading supplier of provider data management software designed to promote healthcare standards, reduce costs, and enhance patient satisfaction.

About HealthLine Systems

HealthLine Systems offers EchoCredentialing, web-based credentialing and provider management software; EchoQuality, an integrated and comprehensive quality management software solution that supports patient safety and regulatory compliance initiatives and EchoAccess, healthcare’s first fully web-enabled contact center solution with a web-browser user interface. All product lines are offered as either hosted/cloud or as installed solutions.

HealthLine Systems’ client base represents over a thousand distinguished healthcare organizations in 50 states, Canada and Mexico. Incorporated in 1985, HealthLine is committed to provide peerless information management solutions to maximize the quality and delivery of healthcare services through technological innovation. For more information, visit HealthLine Systems’ website at http://www.healthlinesystems.com

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?Take Back Your Health? as Health Clubs Open Their Doors to the Public in May

“Take Back Your Health” as Health Clubs Open Their Doors to the Public in May











Get Active America!


Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 29, 2010

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and member health clubs across the nation announced today the upcoming start of the 7th annual Get Active America!, IHRSA’s national health promotion program. From May 3-9, participating IHRSA-member health clubs will open their doors to the public to encourage and inspire Americans to take control of their health by becoming more physically active. Find a participating health club near you, at http://www.healthclubs.com/active.

Get Active America! is part of an ongoing effort by the health club industry to change the direction of the nation’s health by making exercise more accessible to millions of Americans and by helping them take the first step toward healthier lifestyles.

“As obesity levels associated with chronic diseases increasingly burden our health care system and interfere with our quality of life, one thing is clear: Americans urgently need to take control of their health,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. “This year’s program theme, ‘Take Back Your Health,’ is a reminder to all Americans that they have more control over their health than they realize. Better health management begins with a commitment to daily exercise, and Get Active America! is the jumpstart people need to get on track.”

Now its seventh year, Get Active America! takes place every May, during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, which is coordinated by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The purpose is to challenge Americans to get moving for better health and to get more active and fit during the Month of May.

“May is an ideal time and Get Active America! is a great program for helping people maintain the momentum of their New Year’s fitness goals,” said Moore. “As warm weather approaches, people become more aware of their physical appearance. We want to remind people that exercise is more than just a way to look better. It is also an effective way to feel better and live better. Get Active America! provides the kind of support people need to both achieve their fitness goals and maintain them year-round.”

As part of Get Active America!, many clubs will be educating their local communities about disease prevention and healthy living through exercise. And clubs will be offering programs to benefit the wide array of people in their communities, all with diverse health and fitness goals. Clubs will also be encouraging their members to sign up for the Woman Challenge, organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This eight-week physical fitness challenge encourages women to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. It’s part of National Women’s Health Week, which runs from May 9-15, 2010. Participants will be able to track their steps online at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/woman.

Important Information

May 3-6, 2010: Bring a Friend

Participating health clubs nationwide invite current members of their clubs to bring in their friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers so they, too, can experience the health and quality-of-life benefits of exercise!

May 7-9, 2010: Open House

Health clubs nationwide open their doors to their communities free of charge to help Americans learn how they can live more physically active and healthier lives.

Find a Club

To join Get Active America!, find a participating health club near you, at http://www.healthclubs.com/active.

About IHRSA

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. The association’s membership includes over 9,000 clubs in 75 countries, along with over 650 industry suppliers. IHRSA is committed to taking a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports effective national initiatives to promote more active lifestyles for all Americans and is working to pass laws that will help affect societal changes toward a more fit America.

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2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening

2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 23, 2010

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will address concerns for child and adolescent mental health at the 2010 NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C, July 1-3.

The 2010 NAMI Convention also will honor journalist Judith Warner with an award for the book, We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, which explores difficult decisions parents face in finding help for children who “suffer enormously” from mental illness.

Only one in five children who has a diagnosable mental illness receives treatment, yet children who receive earlier treatment interventions have better outcomes.

On June 1, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) mental health task force called for pediatricians to perform mental health screenings for children at each doctor visit. The AAP also underscored a need for more child psychiatrists and mental health professionals in communities—to overcome critical shortages.

NAMI maintains a Child & Adolescent Action Center that focuses on child and adolescent mental health..

The 2010 NAMI Convention full schedule offers many symposia and presentations, including:

Friday, July 2


Financing and Expanding Children’s Mental Health Services (10:45 a.m.)

Despite state budget crises, state governments and local communities can invest in a full array of mental health services, including home and community-based services for children.

Crisis Intervention in Schools (3:45 pm.)

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) can help schools, mental health providers, police and the juvenile justice system provide safer, more effective help to youth experiencing psychiatric crises.

Understanding and Treating Kids’ Behavior Challenges (7:30 p.m.)

Ross Greene, Ph.D., author of The Explosive Child, will discuss “why challenging kids are challenging,” child behavior as development delays and how caregivers improve relations and communications through collaborative problem-solving.

Saturday, July 3

StrengthofUs: A Social Networking Community for Young Adults (8:45 a.m.)

Learn about StrengthofUs.org, NAMI’s new online resource center and social networking website for young adults working to overcome mental health issues.

“Ask the Doctor Session” on Children and Adolescents (3:15 pm.) with Michael Houston, M.D.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

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Ottawa General Contractors — Renovations Made Affordable

Ottawa General Contractors — Renovations Made Affordable











(PRWEB) February 25, 2011

While economic times may be tough, an Ottawa contracting company is making it easy for home owners to renovate their homes. For a limited time, Ottawa General Contractors is offering free financing with no payments, no interest, and no penalties for six months.

Ottawa General Contractors services are focused on home renovations that will improve the estate value – kitchen renovation, basement renovation, bathroom renovation, and Home Additions.

The new financing option will make it easier to do renovations in Ottawa as it allows home owners to renovate their home without a dollar of their own money for six months, and then either pay the minimum monthly payments or pay it off completely with no penalties. A kitchen renovation or basement renovation is great for a short and long term investment in a home. The house value goes up substantially without any risk or payments from the owner for six months. So for example, Home owners considering putting their house on the market in the near future, Can finance major renovations to their house which would add value beyond the costs incurred, and pay off the costs upon the sale of the property, increasing their net profit substantially.

With free consultation and estimates, very quick response time, competitive pricing and great service, and now a financing option with over 90% approval rate, Ottawa General Contractors make it easy and effortless for Ottawa residents to improve and protect their most important asset – their home.

Ottawa General Contractors is a member of many professional organizations including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, The Better Business Bureau, and the Ottawa Renovators Council.

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DomainTools Revitalizes DailyChanges.com, Improving End-user Consumability

DomainTools Revitalizes DailyChanges.com, Improving End-user Consumability











Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 28, 2011

DomainTools, the recognized leader in domain name research and monitoring, today launched a revamped DailyChanges.com website that features graphical user interface changes that improve overall navigation and usability. Still offering the same powerful daily DNS changes and web hosting activity, the freshly polished DailyChanges.com now provides data and statistics in a way that is easier for consumers to understand and digest.

DailyChanges.com has been serving DNS information since 2002. The site reports daily activity in 6 TLD’s, including .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO, .BIZ & .US, and the associated name servers based on changes reported in Registry Zone Files. DailyChanges.com offers an inside look at the most popular name servers, reporting details of TLD composition, the number of domains that use a specific name server as its primary name server, and the hosts each name server uses. Additional insight specific to each of the most popular name servers is available with details of new, deleted and transferred domains. DailyChanges.com stores this data and makes it available with a permanent link for future use.

DailyChanges.com provides multiple data sets for use in discovering Internet activity trends so users can:

-Discover which name servers change the most

-Find out which name server had the most new domains registered

-Look for trends in transfers between name servers

-Retrieve the name servers of the top 50 popular websites

-Search by domain or IP for associated name server information

The information on DailyChanges.com is made freely available to any visitor. The site statistics, such as report hosting, name server and domain trend data, are often referenced in various publications and media. In addition, domain portfolio owners and advisers find it useful for researching market opportunities.

Says Jamie Zoch, Owner, DotWeekly.com, “The premium and unique domain name server data provided by DailyChanges.com easily provides competitive advantages to any company or business, and I like that it is easy to use and navigate. In fact, I use it daily.”

For nearly 10 years, DomainTools has provided users with the most comprehensive data about domain names. Individuals, small business owners, and many large enterprises use the breadth of tools to do everything from finding a good domain for a new business to verifying DNS and WHOIS information on corporate portfolios of thousands of domains.

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New Soccer Training Method Revitalizes Maitland Soccer Club

New Soccer Training Method Revitalizes Maitland Soccer Club










(PRWEB) June 27, 2005

Maitland Soccer Club has adopted a new soccer training program, Virtual Soccer Trainer, a new method for teaching soccer over the Internet through short video developed by former professional soccer player Kamal de Gregory. Since adopting the program, Maitland Soccer Club has seen dramatic improvements in their team’s abilities.

“We are using Virtual Soccer Trainer as an integral tool for reaching our five year goal of being the best soccer club in Orlando, Florida,” said Joe Biber, Director of Coaching for the Maitland Soccer Club. “It allows us to teach exactly what we want every player in the club to learn, while keeping parents and coaches informed and on the same page. It does the work of providing unlimited time and effort in supporting every member of our organization, enabling them in reaching our club’s vision.”

Virtual Soccer Trainer is an online soccer training program using the theory of modeling, in which players are shown the correct way to perform a skill then work to mimic it. It consists of hundreds of 1-3 minute soccer training tutorials designed to:

Accelerate beginning and advanced players’ skills

Educate parents

Help coaches save time by continuing to train their players off the field

The soccer training tutorials range from the basic themes of proper passing technique to advanced topics of defending in the midfield. Soccer drills and online tests have also been created to help teach and reinforce these topics, and all are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at http://www.4Skills.com.

This soccer training program is available to youth teams for as little as $ 2 per player. To receive this soccer training program, visit http://www.4Skills.com or call toll-free 1-866-460-3569. The website also has valuable information on health-related soccer training issues, tips from other soccer professionals, and lots of soccer products.

About Maitland Soccer Club

Maitland Soccer Club’s vision is to develop players who play soccer well and grow as individuals and teammates inside a supportive community. Through proper instruction, training, and encouragement, Maitland Soccer Club is coaching players to be champions with character, both on and off the field.

About 4Skills.com

4Skills.com was created after Kamal de Gregory, a professional soccer player, saw the difference in soccer training techniques around the globe. Some methods worked better than others, but de Gregory became dedicated to providing professional soccer training, which was previously only accessible to elite and professional players, to youth teams around the world.

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?PS ? The New Clean? Wins Retailer Award for Best New Product of the Year

‘PS – The New Clean’ Wins Retailer Award for Best New Product of the Year










Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 14, 2006

Retail grocers have recognized an innovative, germ-fighting hand spray (made by St. Petersburg, Florida-based American HomeHealth) with the ‘Retailer Choice’ Award in the Health and Beauty category at the annual Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Trade Show.

PS was launched earlier this year with a humorous ad during the Super Bowl and is currently being advertised on Oprah, Dr. Phil, Martha, and The Price is Right. The PS brand consists of a complete line of hospital-grade infection prevention products including hand soaps and sanitizers, and surface disinfectants. These products were adapted from the formulae used in hospitals and by doctors and dentists multiple times each day between patients as protection from copious strains of harmful bacteria. The surface disinfectants and wipes are effective against MRSA, Staph, and TB. AHH adapted the hospital product for home-use with a convenient Twizz-Top (spray cap and twist lock), the only hand sanitizer available to consumers by spray application. The hand spray contains the active ingredient Benzalkonium Chloride, an antimicrobial.

“PS appeals to the ‘Security Mom,’ the modern-day version of the traditional soccer mom, a busy woman who wants to keep her home as germ-free as possible for her active family,” said Ruly Lora, Chairman and CEO. “PS is reformulated with fragrance and repackaged for the consumer market with the industrial strength used by healthcare professionals.” Lora noted that new scents will be available in 2007.

Food Marketing Institute conducts programs in research, education, industry relations and public affairs on behalf of its 1,500 member companies – food retailers and wholesalers – in the United States and around the world. FMI’s U.S. members operate approximately 26,000 retail food stores with a combined annual sales volume of $ 340 billion – three-quarters of all retail food store sales in the United States. FMI’s retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent supermarkets. Its international membership includes 200 companies from 50 countries. More information is available at http://www.FMI.org.

PS is widely available to consumers in all 50 states at retail chains such as Target and Publix. General information is available at http://www.PStheNewClean.com.

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Ottawa Marriott Closes Merlot Rooftop Grill, Opens Summit Event Facility

Ottawa Marriott Closes Merlot Rooftop Grill, Opens Summit Event Facility











Summit

Ottawa, Ontario (Vocus) September 29, 2010

When one door closes, another one opens. Merlot Rooftop Grill, Ottawa Marriott Hotel’s renowned special-occasions restaurant will be closing its doors on Sunday, October 31st, after 38 successful years in business. The popular revolving restaurant opened in 1972 as La Ronde, when the hotel was previously a Holiday Inn. Offering stunning views of Ottawa and the Gatineau Hills, Merlot sells out annually on New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day and Canada Day.

The Ottawa Marriott is now pleased to announce the opening of Summit, a new Ottawa event facility. Summit, opening Monday, November 1st, will be the Ottawa event venue of choice for upscale, prestigious events hosting between 10 – 300 guests. As Ottawa’s only revolving banquet facility, Summit will offer spectacular views of downtown Ottawa (including Parliament Hill and Ottawa River) and the Outaouais. Due to the unique circular shape and layout of the room, several improvements will be made to enhance the room’s adaptability for various event types. First, modern and multi-functional dividers and blinds will play a dominant role in the overall décor. Second, multi-use LCD TV screens and cameras can be utilized to provide guests with a sightline to all areas of the room.

Summit will be suitable for non-traditional Ottawa weddings, private dinners, holiday parties, corporate launch events, high-profile government receptions, media lunches and press conferences. Guests can expect unforgettable events with unique culinary creations, superior service and spectacular views. For more information about booking your next Ottawa meeting or special event, call Marco Borsato, Director of Catering Sales, at (613) 783-4243 or visit http://www.ottawamarriott.com.

About Ottawa Marriott:

Welcome to the Ottawa Marriott Hotel in downtown Ottawa, a short stroll from Canada’s Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa Congress Centre and the National Gallery of Canada. Whether you’re visiting Ottawa on business or pleasure, you’ll appreciate our free WiFi in public areas. Stay in one of our 480 comfortable and luxurious guestrooms with 37″ LCD TVs, the REVIVE® bed and WiFi ($ ) or try our newly enhanced Concierge-level guestrooms with contemporary decor and access to our private lounge. Experience Spin Kitchen + Bar, our new day/night bar and restaurant featuring comfort food and your favourite North American fare. Plan a corporate or social function in our 32,000 sq. ft of meeting space including Summit, Ottawa’s only revolving event space. Relax and unwind with our indoor pool, sauna, and exercise facilities featuring treadmills, bikes and ellipticals with personal viewing stations. Please children of all ages in our KIDS’ Zone with activity centre, video games, pool table, and indoor mini-putt. Grab a Starbucks® coffee to go and begin your Capital adventure from the Ottawa Marriott.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to Offer Health Risk Assessments for Employers and Individuals

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to Offer Health Risk Assessments for Employers and Individuals











Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) March 13, 2007

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina today announced an extensive new program aimed at helping employers and individuals understand and act on their health risks.

Your Health Profile, BCBSNC’s confidential health risk assessment (HRA), helps employers quantify the health risks that exist in their employee population. Using an aggregate summary report that comes from the HRA, employers can design and promote programs that target the specific needs of their workers — such as managing diabetes or increasing physical activity.

“Employers tell us they want more information to help them take specific, measurable actions toward containing rising medical costs,” said Bob Greczyn, BCBSNC president and CEO. “Your Health Profile can be one of the first and most important steps to creating a healthy workforce. A healthy workforce not only affects direct health costs such as medical claims, it also cuts down on the indirect costs of absenteeism and disability.”

Your Health Profile helps individuals who fill out the HRA to better understand their own health risks. Upon completion of the confidential questionnaire, BCBSNC members receive personalized assessments of their health status, complete with tips on developing an action plan for maintaining and improving their health.

BCBSNC is offering Your Health Profile through an agreement with Summex Corp., a unit of WebMD Health Corp. that provides comprehensive health and wellness programs to employers. The HRA becomes available to BCBSNC employer groups in early June.

Cook Endoscopy in Winston-Salem offered Your Health Profile to employees in January as part of a pilot program. “The HRA is a big part of our plans to promote workplace wellness,” said Maryann Atkins, Human Resources Benefits Specialist at the maker of medical devices. “It’s giving us some insight into the health issues our workforce is facing that we couldn’t have gained through any other means.”

How It Works

Your Health Profile consists of an online or paper questionnaire designed by Summex and administered by BCBSNC. Questions involve such health behaviors as physical activity, eating habits and tobacco use, as well as self-reporting of height, weight and medical history. The questionnaire takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Upon completion, individuals receive their personalized health report outlining health status and risks. The report may suggest actions to take to improve health. Individuals are encouraged to share their report with their physician.

Individuals whose reports show risks for certain health conditions — and who indicate a willingness to improve their health — will be enrolled in BCBSNC’s Member Health Partnerships. The program offers customized support and education to members with one or more health conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, asthma or unhealthy weight. Also, members taking the HRA may access BCBSNC’s Online Healthy Living program for help with such lifestyle issues as weight loss and stress reduction. These tie-ins with existing BCBSNC programs enhance Your Health Profile, extending its reach beyond information and giving members the support they need to maintain and improve their health.

Employers with 50 or more employees completing the survey receive an aggregate summary report that includes suggested steps for addressing health issues within their employee population. The employer does not receive individual questionnaire results.

Who Is Eligible

Employer groups with coverage from BCBSNC, including self-funded employers who pay a fee to BCBSNC to administer their health plan, may use Your Health Profile. Workers at those employers who have chosen a BCBSNC plan will be given the opportunity to take the HRA. BCBSNC is offering Your Health Profile at no additional charge to employers and individuals when the survey is taken online.

Customers of BCBSNC’s Blue Advantage individual coverage also may take the HRA and receive a confidential health report. Blue Advantage customers should visit http://www.bcbsnc.com and click on “Member” to log into My Member Services, where Your Health Profile is available.

About BCBSNC:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.4 million members, including approximately 749,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 73 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at http://www.bcbsnc.com

Contact: Kyle Marshall or Heidi Deja

BCBSNC Media Line: 919-765-3005    

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