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Nov 10 2011

MetLife Alico extends free health checks to the community in Dubai and medical cardholders in the GCC, to mark World Diabetes Day 2011

18 hospitals/clinics across the Gulf host 'Wellness Day' by MetLife Alico - campaign includes free health check for the community at 11 hospitals/clinics and shopping centres in Dubai

10 November 2011 (Dubai, UAE): MetLife Alico , in conjunction with renowned medical providers in the Gulf - EHL (Emirates Healthcare Limited) and LifeScan part of Johnson & Johnson family of companies - is extending its Wellness Day campaign by offering free health checks to members of the public in Dubai, along with its own medical cardholders in the Gulf region, in support of World Diabetes Day (November 14th).

The 5-minute health checks are an opportunity to focus on the region's most pressing health problem - diabetes - and to screen for any signs of the disease. The Wellness Day health checks are provided free of charge to members of the public at the 11 selected hospitals, clinics and shopping areas across Dubai.

MetLife Alico cardholders and family members covered through their employers can also visit any of the 18 participating hospitals and clinics in the GCC. The health checks are provided on a walk-in basis with no appointment required, on Monday November 14th (between 10am and 2pm; the public access timings in Dubai vary - see below).

The free public access health checks are as follows:

Time

Venue

Hospital/clinic

14:00 - 20:00hrs

Spinneys Motor City

EHL Arabian Ranches Clinic

14:00 - 20:00hrs

Arabian Ranches Community Centre

EHL Arabian Ranches Clinic

11:00 - 17:00hrs

Spinneys Town Centre Meadows

EHL Meadows Clinic

14:00 - 20:00hrs

Aswaq Shopping Centre Media City

Welcare Ambulatory Care Centre

14:00 - 20:00hrs

Ibn Battuta Mall (cinemas area)

Welcare Clinic Ibn Battuta

14:00 - 20:00hrs

Etihad Mall Mirdif

Welcare Clinic Mirdif

11:00 - 17:00hrs

Lulu Hypermarket Al Qusais

Welcare Clinic Qusais

11:00 - 17:00hrs

Lamcy Plaza

Emirates Diagnostic Clinic

14:00 - 20:00hrs

EHL Dubai Mall Medical Centre

EHL Dubai Mall Medical Centre

11:00 - 17:00hrs

The City Hospital (main reception)

The City Hospital

09:00 - 15:00hrs

Welcare Hospital (main reception)

Welcare Hospital

Details also available at: www.ehl.ae

This is the fifth Wellness Day organised in 2011 by MetLife Alico as part of its campaign to highlight the vital importance of health screening, following successful events held earlier this year. The original pilot event in Dubai found that 40% of the participating visitors had an irregular health indicator that needed to be addressed. The 5-minute checks include blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI), with a report issued immediately after the checks.

The health issues commonly revealed through the Wellness Days include hypertension, pre-diabetes and obesity, which are the main health challenges in the region. The Wellness Day in November coincides with World Diabetes Day and therefore focuses especially on these issues with the aim of helping the community understand the health and financial implications of some of the lifestyle choices and to encourage them to start taking better care of their health.

"Thanks to the generous support of EHL and LifeScan, we are very pleased to be able to extend this very successful Wellness Day campaign to members of the public in Dubai on this occasion, in support of World Diabetes Day," says Dr Shafiq, Medical Network Director at MetLife Alico . "Regular health screening is so important for the community and especially with the high incidence of potentially serious conditions, such as diabetes. Poor health generally has a serious impact on the family and wider community, and so regular health checks are essential to help protect both the health and financial wellbeing of families. This campaign is part of an evolving process of diabetes management plan that we are designing for our cardholders, in conjunction with LifeScan. This plan will cover different aspects for the control and treatment of diabetes and will emphasize lifestyle changes and patient compliance."

www.metlifealico.ae

The participating Wellness Day hospitals are:

Dubai

The City Hospital
Welcare Hospital
Welcare Ambulatory Care Center
Emirates Diagnostic Clinic
Welcare Clinic Mirdif
Welcare clinic Qusais
Welcare Clinic Ibn Battuta
EHL Dubai Mall Medical Centre
EHL Meadows clinic
EHL Arabian Ranches Clinic

Abu Dhabi

Life Line Hospital
Life Line Hospital - Day Care Surgery Musaffah
Al Dar Medical Centre - Al Raha
Al Dar Centre - Yas

Bahrain

Al Kindi Hospital

Oman

Al Rafa Hospital

Kuwait

Al Seef Hospital

Qatar

Doctors Polyclinic

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About MetLife Alico :
MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 50 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

In the Gulf, MetLife Alico is a pioneer of life insurance with a presence of more than 50 years. Through its affiliates in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain, MetLife Alico offers life, accident and health insurance along with retirement and savings products to individuals and corporations.

For more information, visit www.metlife.com

Media Contacts:
Hatem Ellouze
MetLife Alico
hatem.ellouze@metlifealico.com

Jonathan Walsh
WPR
Dubai
Mob: +971 50 4588610
Email: jon@wprme.com

© Press Release 2011


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