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People and Their Pets Enjoy Day of Healthy Living at Capital BlueCross

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Oct. 10, 2012) -- Anyone looking for information and fun activities to improve their health as well as the health of their pet should plan on attending Healthy Pet, Healthy You on the grounds of Capital BlueCross, 2500 Elmerton Ave. in Harrisburg, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Brought to the community by Capital BlueCross and the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Healthy Pet, Healthy You is a free community education event focused on healthy living for people and their pets, featuring approximately 80 exhibitors.

The day will consist of activities, demonstrations and information to help keep family members (both two-legged and four-legged) healthy and living well. Low-cost health screenings and flu shots will be available along with nutritional and stress management information. There will also be a number of fitness and canine demonstrations, and local merchants will be showcasing mums, pumpkins and delicious food. Children can enjoy a number of free activities including a bounce house, face painting, crafts and balloon animals.

A low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic will also be held for pets. Anyone looking to adopt a four-legged family member will have plenty of options thanks to the Humane Society and 10 other rescue organizations that will be on hand.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the health walk and pet parade at 1 p.m. ($5 participant fee benefits the Humane Society). Serving as this year’s parade grand marshal will be WHTM TV-27 anchor, Alicia Richards and her dog, Lily. In the spirit of the season, attendees are invited to outfit their pets for the pet costume contest at 1:30 pm.

"Offering a free health fair is an enjoyable and interactive way Capital BlueCross can demonstrate its commitment to improving the health and wellness of our communities,” said Stacy Balaban of Capital BlueCross, who is coordinating the event. “At the same time, we recognize the tremendous health benefits pets provide to us, by reducing stress and making us laugh. That’s why we encourage all family members and their pets to participate in this fun-filled event.”

Healthy Pet, Healthy You will be held rain or shine. Attendees are asked to register upon arrival. Goody bags will be provided to each family at registration.

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. The company continues to evolve in order to meet the individual needs of its customers, most recently by entering the retail market and building its first store in the Lehigh Valley called Capital Blue.

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.