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

Wellness by Design AwardMINNEAPOLIS - June 30, 2010 - CenterPoint Energy recently received the Wellness by Design Award from Hennepin County in acknowledgement of the work done by the company’s Safety and Wellness Action Team (SWAT). The Wellness by Design Award was given at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center to more than 100 companies and schools for demonstrating an above average commitment to their employees’ health and wellbeing.

“We are dedicated to providing our employees with the education and resources necessary to help them make healthy lifestyle choices,” said Daryl Pearson, safety specialist for CenterPoint Energy who also chairs SWAT. “We believe that maintaining the health and well being of our employees creates an environment for happy and hardworking employees.”

CenterPoint Energy supports and encourages employees’ safety and health through employee benefit packages and enhanced wellness programs like SWAT that is comprised of employees from various work areas to better serve employee’s health and wellbeing. Employees of the company’s wellness team began an educational initiative last year that includes featuring safety and wellness tips in a mailing to employees. In addition to initiatives developed by SWAT, the company also provides health tips, diet and exercise programs and other resources to help employees maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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.