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At Lowe's, we are proud of the employee family we have built and the partnership we share in creating a healthier future together. With more than 234,000 team members, we are focused on meeting a variety of needs, while providing the protection, peace of mind and flexibility to help all of our employees build a better life at home and at work.

We offer a comprehensive benefits program, including health and life insurance plans, a critical illness plan, health and wellness programs, a 401(k) and a discount stock purchase plan. While we have earned recognition for improving the health of our employees and their families, Lowe's is committed to continuously exploring innovative strategies to meet their needs.

In 2010, Lowe's launched several precedent-setting benefits. First, we introduced a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio to offer approved heart surgery procedures at no cost to full-time employees and dependents enrolled in our self-insured medical plan. Lowe's covers all medical deductibles and coinsurance amounts, as well as travel and lodging expenses for the patient and a companion, plus concierge services to make the arrangements. The program, the first of its kind in the nation, helps Lowe's control health-care costs and improves our employees' access to quality treatment. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Cleveland Clinic first in the nation for cardiac care every year since 1995.

Lowe's also introduced a program that expanded access to Cleveland Clinic specialists beyond heart care. Eligible Lowe's employees and their dependents who have been diagnosed with a life-altering or a life-threatening condition can go online to receive a free second opinion from top physicians at the Cleveland Clinic. Diagnostic expertise is available for more than 1,000 medical conditions.

Last year, we also launched the first national, mobile health-screening tour conducted by an employer exclusively for its employees. Our two mobile-health units began a 2½-year, 100,000-mile tour crisscrossing the United States to provide more than 70,000 Lowe's employees with free basic health screenings and guidance about how to improve their health. Each custom-built unit is equipped with a staff of trained medical professionals who screen for blood pressure, total cholesterol, body mass index (BMI) and other key health indicators.

The health-screening units are part of Lowe's Life Track program. Our innovative health and wellness program addresses all aspects of a healthier lifestyle, from diet and nutrition to exercise and stress management. Lowe's pays the entire cost of the program, and participating employees receive points that can be redeemed for prizes. Participation is growing, as is the employee success rate. The Quit For Life® program, which provides free and unlimited access to trained tobacco treatment specialists, drew more than 14,000 participants last year, approximately 800 more than in 2009. With a 56% smoking cessation rate since 2007, the program is delivering results: More than 10,000 employees and dependents stopped smoking. Our weight- loss awareness program had a similar impact in 2010 as our employees collectively lost more than 46,000 pounds.

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