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People and their pets enjoy activities at Healthy Pet, Healthy You, presented by Capital BlueCross and the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Oct. 17, 2011) – Capital BlueCross is teaming up with the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area on Saturday, Oct. 22 to present Healthy Pet, Healthy You, a free and fun community education event focused on healthy living – for both people and pets. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside at Capital BlueCross on Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg. An action-packed day is planned with information and activities to help keep all family members (both two-legged and four-legged ones) healthy and living well.

Participants are asked to register upon arrival and then enjoy more than 30 vendors, demonstrations and healthy activities geared for adults, pets and children. Registrants will receive a free goodie-bag.

The day will also feature a dog walk for dogs and their family members, around the Capital BlueCross grounds. The $5 donation to participate in this walk supports the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.

In addition to free doga, zumba and healthy cooking demonstrations, various local and state organizations will be on hand to share health and wellness information and to raise awareness on topics such as rabies and Lyme’s disease. People can also receive free body composition, derma scan and blood pressure screenings as well as low-cost cholesterol and glucose screenings. A low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic will be available in addition to adoptable pets, and information on pet insurance. Children will enjoy a rock wall, bounce house, temporary tattoos, and free games.

Healthy food and beverages will be available for purchase. There will also be a bake sale, with proceeds going to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.

“Capital BlueCross believes there are significant mental and physical health benefits associated with pet ownership,” said event co-coordinator Stacy Balaban of Capital BlueCross. “Attendees will learn great tips for taking care of themselves and their pets, including the value of purchasing pet insurance.”

“It is events like this that help us to demonstrate our social mission of building a better community for pets and their owners,” said Humane Society of Harrisburg Area executive director and event co-coordinator, Amy Kaunas. “Capital BlueCross and its caring nature is the perfect partner to collaborate with to bring a fun, educational and healthy event like this to the Harrisburg area.”

Healthy Pet, Healthy You will be held rain or shine.

About Capital BlueCross
Capital BlueCross is the leading health insurer in its region, providing health insurance coverage to residents in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Capital BlueCross is committed to making health insurance simple for its customers and members through all the stages of life by offering nationally acclaimed customer service and a full range of innovative benefit programs for groups and individuals at competitive prices. By establishing a culture of caring, Capital BlueCross constantly strives to do more in order to deliver more for the men, women and children who depend on the company for their health insurance needs. Capital BlueCross has been providing medical value to the people and communities of central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for more than 70 years and employs over 1,800 people in the region. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area
The mission of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) is to build a better community for pets and people through compassion, protection, education, and collaboration. Celebrating its centennial year in 2011, HSHA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has been serving the community and providing care for homeless animals since 1911. The organization accepts homeless animals regardless of their breed, age, medical condition, or behavioral condition and takes in thousands of homeless animals each year. However, HSHA does not euthanize adoptable animals due to lack of space or length of stay. The organization receives no funding from the government or other animal welfare groups and must rely on private donations and fundraising activities to support its mission.