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WELLNESS REMINDERS TO BE DISTRIBUTED BY METLIFE

 NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of an intensified effort to prompt individuals to follow medically recognized guidelines for preventive health care, MetLife will send age-related wellness reminders to members of its affiliated health maintenance organizations (HMOs) throughout the country.
 The new program, which is slated to be fully in place by June, targets 18 year-old women for gynecological checkups; 35 year-old women for mammograms; 40 year-old men and women for cholesterol checkups, and 50 year-old men and women for colon cancer screening.
 In a statement, Dr. Paul Bluestein, MetLife's national medical director, explained: "What we're attempting to do is get members of our affiliated HMOs to recognize the importance of following preventive guidelines. Unfortunately, while many people apparently are aware of recommended checkups, far too many fail to give the necessary action any priority.
 "Our hope is that through distribution of age-related reminders sent directly to MetLife HMO members' homes, we will be able to prompt the action which will get the good results we know preventive medicine can achieve."
 Dr. Bluestein said the reminder program, which is part of the company's health initiative efforts for women and men, would be closely monitored "to see if our prompting results in the improved health of MetLife HMO members."
 Copies of the MetLife HMO age-related reminders may be obtained by writing: Ms. Stella Croker, MetLife Managed Care Services Group, 57 Greens Farms Road, Westport, CT 06880.
 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and its affiliates insure or administer individual and group life, health, pension, and property and casualty coverage for more than 45 million people around the world.
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 /CONTACT: Ann D. Gross of MetLife public relations, 212-578-5345/


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