updated 10/28/2010 6:15:50 AM ET 2010-10-28T10:15:50

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Specialty Health (ASH), a leading provider of health and wellness programs, announced that medical testing equipment manufacturer Beckman Coulter has selected its Healthyroads subsidiary to provide health coaching and other programs to its 7,200 employees throughout the United States. The program is designed to help U.S. Beckman Coulter employees find the easiest path to better health.

Healthyroads wellness programs include Healthyroads Coaching®, which is a telephone- and web-based lifestyle coaching program that helps members manage their weight, quit tobacco, or simply live healthier lives. In addition to being paired with a coach, Beckman Coulter employees will be able to take an online personal health assessment and track their progress on Healthyroads.com using interactive tools and trackers.

In addition to Healthyroads wellness programs, Beckman Coulter employees will have the opportunity to participate in additional wellness services, such as the Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Wellness ( www.blueprintforwellness.com ), a health-risk assessment service that uses laboratory data to help individuals monitor their health and identify potential health risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other conditions as they relate to the individuals' long-term health goals.

About Beckman Coulter

Beckman Coulter, Inc., based in Orange County, California, develops, manufactures, and markets products that simplify, automate, and innovate complex biomedical tests. This year marks the company's 75th anniversary of advancing health care. More than 200,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in laboratories around the world, supplying critical information for improving patient health and reducing the cost of care. Recurring revenue, consisting of consumable supplies (including reagent test kits), service, and operating-type lease payments, represents about 80 percent of the company's 2009 revenue of $3.3 billion. For more information, visit www.beckmancoulter.com or www.beckmancoulter.com/75years.

About American Specialty Health and Healthyroads

American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) is a national health and wellness company that provides prevention and wellness services, specialty network management programs, and fitness and exercise services to health plans, insurance carriers, employer groups, and trust funds. Based in San Diego, ASH has more than 700 employees and covers over 17.9 million members.

Healthyroads, Inc. is the health improvement subsidiary of ASH and offers a wide range of personal health solutions--including award-winning telephone-based personal health coaching programs, member engagement promotion programs, incentive management programs, competitive challenges, worksite wellness programs and an integrated online health improvement portal, Healthyroads.com.

For more information about ASH health and wellness programs, visit www.ASHCompanies.com or call (800) 848-3555. Follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ASHCompanies and www.Twitter.com/Healthyroads !

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