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CenterPoint Energy receives Wellness by Design Award from Hennepin County
Company encourages and promotes healthy employees

Wellness by DesignMINNEAPOLIS - July 21, 2011 - CenterPoint Energy recently received the Wellness by Design Award from Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department acknowledging the company’s employee Safety and Wellness Action Team (SWAT). This is the third consecutive year CenterPoint Energy has won the award.

Rosie Lusian, disability case manager, and Pete Thelen, safety and technical training manager, accepted the silver award on behalf of CenterPoint Energy. “The Safety Wellness Action Team in Minnesota believes in creating an environment in which employees can find creative ways to encourage safe and healthy lifestyles at work, home and at play. I am proud to be part of an organization that supports these important matters,” said Lusian, who is also a member of SWAT.

CenterPoint Energy supports and encourages employees’ safety and health through its employee benefit packages, a commitment to safety and enhanced wellness programs like SWAT. The SWAT team sponsors healthy diet and exercise programs that compliment other company sponsored programs and resources to help employees and their families maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Wellness by Design Awards were held on June 23, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center and recognized 120 companies and schools for demonstrating an above average commitment to their employees’ health and wellbeing.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $19 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.