SOURCE: Healia

October 17, 2008 16:30 ET

Healia Health Communities Wins Three W3 Awards in the Health, Community and Social Networking Categories

W3 Awards Honor Creative Excellence of Healia

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - October 17, 2008) - The International Academy of the Visual Arts announced the winners of the W3 Awards for 2008 and Healia Health Communities ( has won three Silver W3 Awards in the categories of health, community and social networking. The W3 Awards competition received more than 3,000 entries in 2008 and honors outstanding Websites created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers and creators worldwide.

"This recognition from the International Academy of the Visual Arts is validation that Healia's online health community is a creative destination for people looking for personal support for health decisions," said Tom Eng, Healia's Founder and President. "We hope that Healia Health Communities will continue to serve as a trusted place for people to ask health questions, share their health experiences and find others who can help with a health issue."

"We were amazed at the caliber and quality of work received this year. Our winners continue to push the envelope of internet creativity and web design, and it is gratifying to see such great work from the smallest agencies to the biggest firms," said Linda Day, director of the IAVA. "On behalf of the International Academy of the Visual Arts, we are honored to recognize our winners as they continue to set a high standard of excellence for Web development."

About the W3 Awards

The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the Web and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning Websites, Web Video and Online Marketing programs. The W3 Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising and marketing firms. Please visit

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) (, 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

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