SOURCE: Healia / Meredith Corp.

November 20, 2008 16:25 ET

Healia Health Communities Wins 2008 eHealthcare Leadership Award

Online Health Community Web Site Wins Silver Award for Best Interactive Site

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2008) - The 2008 eHealthcare Leadership Awards has recognized Healia Health Communities (http://communities.healia.com) as a leader in interactive health content by honoring the site with the Silver Award in the "Best Interactive Site" category. Web sites in this category are evaluated for their focus on interactive features and technologies for providing health information and health evaluations, establishing ongoing relationships via personal Web pages and facilitating community groups. Winners were announced at the Twelfth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference held November 10-12, 2008 in Orlando.

Through Healia Communities, members can make connections and create their own personal support network with others who share similar health interests and concerns. There are more than 200 active communities including allergy, Alzheimer's disease, asthma, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, exercise and fitness, heart diseases and weight management.

"Healia Health Communities is designed to interactively help people find others who share a common health interest and to get answers to their health questions from peers and health professionals for free," said Tom Eng, Founder and President of Healia. "We are elated that Healia Health Communities has already helped many thousands of consumers get personal support and personalized health information to make better health decisions."

The eHeathcare Leadership Awards are presented annually by eHeathcare Strategies and Trends magazine, a publication of Strategic Healthcare Communications. More than 1,100 health-related websites from a wide range of healthcare organizations entered this year's competition and awards were presented in 12 categories. An independent panel of experts familiar with healthcare and the Internet evaluate each entry. Web sites were rated based on a standard of Internet excellence and how they compared with others in their group. A total of 114 individuals were judges for the 2008 program.

About Healia

Established in 2005, Bellevue, Wash.-based Healia is a patent-pending health-optimized search engine and online health community that guides people to trusted health information and personal support so that they can make the best health decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Healia is a division of Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) (www.meredith.com), one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies with businesses centering on magazine and book publishing, television broadcasting, integrated marketing and interactive media. For more information please visit www.healia.com.

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