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[January 01, 2013]

Kaiser Permanente's "Oh, the Healthy Things You Can Do" Wins Theme Trophy

PASADENA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Officials have announced the winning floats of the 124th Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Parade and Kaiser Permanente's eighth Rose Parade® entry has been awarded the Theme Trophy for excellence in presenting parade theme.

"Kaiser Permanente is honored to have received this year's Theme trophy," said Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, group president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. "And we are especially grateful to our float decorators, the more than 500 Kaiser Permanente employees who volunteered their time and dedication, coming from as far as Maryland and Ohio, to be a part of this time-honored event."


"Oh, the Healthy Things You Can Do!" was brought to life by builders Tim Estes and Jim Hynd of Fiesta Parade Floats, and float designer Raul R. Rodriguez. All past Kaiser Permanente float entries produced by the same dynamic trio have won awards, including the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy in 2012; the Director's Trophy in 2011, 2008, 2006; the Extraordinaire Trophy for the "most spectacular" float in 2010; the Tournament Special Trophy in 2009 and the President's Trophy in 2007.

A three-member judging panel, comprised of civic and floral industry leaders, is appointed by the Tournament of Roses Judging Committee to evaluate the floats within a range of classifications. Scores are based on criteria such as creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation, and dramatic impact.

Featuring the Cat in the Hat, Sally and Conrad, Thing One and Thing Two, and Karlos K. Krinklebein the fish, from the best-selling Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. books, movies, and educational programs, the goal of the float is get people energized, moving and ready to start the New Year thriving!

™ & © Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2012. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 3.5 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.


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