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First Step Wellness Approved for Health Insurance Reimbursement

First Step Wellness of Bristol, RI Approved by Medicare and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island for Health Insurance Reimbursement.

Bristol, RI, September 12, 2007 --( First Step Wellness announced today they have been approved by Medicare and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s credentialing committees as a Participating Dietitian/Nutritionist Provider.

First Step is the only independently owned business providing health and wellness programs in the East Bay that has been approved as a BCBSRI provider for outpatient nutrition therapy.

Clients who are referred to First Step for the treatment of a specific medical condition, such as kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or high
cholesterol are able to use their medical insurance to cover treatment.

Along with Medicare, BCBSRI products First Step has been approved for include:
• BlueCHiP Coordinated Health Plan
• BlueCHiP for Medicare
• BlueCHiP for Rite Care
• Classic/Major Medical
• HealthMate
• HealthMate Coast to Coast
• HMO Blue New England

“We are so excited to be able to offer this insurance benefit to our clients,” said Kirsten DiChiappari, Center Director of First Step Wellness. “It’s now
easier and more affordable than ever for people to incorporate health, nutrition and wellness into their lives.”

About First Step Wellness
Located in Bristol, RI in the Bristol Total Fitness Complex, First Step provides nutrition, health and wellness programs, such as weight loss, stress management and cooking classes for individuals and businesses. First Step programs are designed to result in reduced insurance costs for businesses and to support sustainable healthy lifestyles for individuals. In addition to a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, First Step is overseen by health professionals with a combined 45 years experience in community health, nutrition, fitness and diabetes education. To learn more go to or call 401-396-9331.

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