BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A slate of new health and wellness programs — including a program focusing on healthy pregnancy and infant care — highlight what Wal-Mart Stores officials on Tuesday called a “new level” of employee benefits for 2009. The maternity program, called “Life With Baby,” allows associates to receive immediate assistance from a registered nurse and materials tailored toward their individual needs, Wal-Mart said. The plan also includes expanded benefits, such as four periodontal cleanings to help prevent the risk posed by gum disease to the mother and baby, and a new smoking cessation program. Around 15,000 Wal-Mart employees have babies each year.
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