; Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Louisiana Supports Walking The Walk For Autism With Louisiana State Representative Patrick Williams
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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Louisiana Supports Walking The Walk For Autism With Louisiana State Representative Patrick Williams

April 5, 2013

BATON ROUGE – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is proud to support Louisiana State Representative Patrick Williams and the Walking the Walk 5K again this year. The Walking the Walk 5K walk/run will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Stoner Boat Launch on Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport.

Friday, April 5, employees from Blue Cross’ Shreveport Regional Office will present a $5,000 sponsorship check for the Walking the Walk to Rep. Williams at 10 a.m. at the Autism Resource Library, 5150 Interstate Drive, Suite 212. Funded by the walk, the Autism Resource Library provides free resources to families affected by autism spectrum disorders, which affect as many as 1 in 150 American children. Types of autism include autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder and Asperger's syndrome.

For years, Rep. Williams’ passion for fighting both autism and childhood obesity fueled his walking the 226-miles from Shreveport to Baton Rouge to raise awareness. This year, he will be “walking the walk” at home. “I am pleased that Blue Cross is supporting this walk,” says Rep. Williams. “It’s important that those in the healthcare community support the awareness and treatment of autism and the prevention of childhood obesity.”

“We commend Rep. Williams’ continued dedication to keeping autism and childhood obesity on the minds of residents in Northwest Louisiana and in front of legislators at the Capitol here in Baton Rouge,” says Mike Reitz, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. “We are proud to support him and others who help our young citizens struggling with autism and the effects of childhood obesity.”

Walking the Walk 5K is presented by the Odyssey Foundation for the Arts. Odyssey’s role is to provide education, advocacy, public awareness activities and referrals to clinical and medical providers in Northwest Louisiana for families of children with autism spectrum disorders, childhood obesity and other childhood illnesses.

Registration for the Walk costs $25 for each adult and $10 for children under the age 18 and college students. To register or learn more about the Walk, go to www.odysseyfoundationla.org/walkthewalk.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to more than one out of every four Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana employs nearly 2,000 Louisianians who are committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care. Learn more on the company’s website at www.bcbsla.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluecrossla. Follow Blue Cross on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BCBSLA and CEO Mike Reitz at www.twitter.com/MikeReitzCEO

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