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Pedaling Fun – Freewheelin Rolls into Humana Guidance Center in Mesa

Bike-Sharing Program Free of Charge to Anyone 18 and Older

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Monday, October 26, 2009 10:00 am EDT

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MESA, Ariz.

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HUM
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MESA, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Do you remember the pure joy of hopping on a bicycle and going for a ride? Starting today, residents of Mesa, Ariz., will be able to experience the health benefits and fun of bike riding thanks to Freewheelin, a bike-sharing program created by Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM).

The Humana Guidance Center in Mesa, a community resource that enables Humana to meet people in the community where they live, will house a Freewheelin bike station with 18 bicycles. Anyone 18 or older can check out a Freewheelin bicycle between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, free of charge by presenting a valid photo ID and credit card. Humana also will allow all riders to borrow helmets and bike locks for free.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring a permanent Freewheelin bike-sharing station to the Humana Guidance Center in Mesa,” said Debbie Smith, president of Senior Products for Humana’s West Coast and Intermountain Regions. “Bicycles are a fun way to get some exercise and a great way to get around town while doing something good for the environment and your health. We’ve seen a lot of success and enthusiasm with Humana’s Freewheelin program, and we expect to see many more delighted Freewheelers in Mesa.”

As part of the Freewheelin program, Freewheelers will be able to participate in scheduled bike rides. Each of the planned bike rides will leave from the Humana Guidance Centers, but will vary from an easy, slow, scenic cruise to a longer, more athletic workout.

How Freewheelin Works

Bicycles will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Humana Guidance Center in Mesa. Riders must present a credit card and a photo ID to check out a bike; no charges will be placed on the card, provided bikes are returned by 5 p.m. to the Humana Guidance Center. Freewheelers do not need to be Humana members to check out bikes. Humana also will allow all riders to borrow bike locks and will give out helmets free of charge. All riders will participate in a bicycle safety information session and be fitted to their bicycles and helmets before heading out to the streets to pedal away. The Humana Guidance Center in Mesa is located at 5943 E. McKellips, Suite 106, Mesa, AZ 85215.

A celebratory “community ride” is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, at the Humana Guidance Center in Mesa. Anyone in the community is welcome to participate in this ride, on their own bikes, or on a Freewheelin bike.

Freewheelin’s Road to Success

In 2008, Humana and the bicycle-advocacy group Bikes Belong took 1,000 bicycles to each of the national political conventions. Over eight days, riders in Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul took more than 7,500 rides, pedaled nearly 42,000 miles, burned 1.3 million calories and reduced their carbon footprint by 14.6 metric tons. It was such a success that Humana decided to keep the Freewheelin program rolling, taking it to other events, including recently logging more than 2,400 rides during the 2009 Senior Games. And now Humana is bringing Freewheelin into local communities via Humana’s Guidance Centers. The Freewheelin bike-sharing program will now be available in Humana Guidance Centers in Mesa, Ariz., Henderson, Nev., and Tamarac, Fla.

Bike-sharing is the international social movement where bikes are situated at designated stations throughout cities for individuals to use for a specified amount of time. It is a viable transportation alternative for those who prefer an environmentally friendly, cost-effective and healthy means of traveling, especially for short trips. Freewheelin is one of a number of initiatives Humana is developing to encourage people to have fun and get active, including everything from rewards for walking to video games that promote exercise.

Humana pioneered the bike-sharing program in 2007 in Louisville for its nearly 10,000 Louisville associates. The initiative focuses on fun as well as health by encouraging people to get on a bike and ride with friends. Twenty-one percent of those riding at Humana were not previously involved in exercise activity.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members and 6.8 million specialty members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplementary benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 48-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s Web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

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Humana Inc.
Anna Hobbs, 214-336-1821
ahobbs@humana.com