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UPMC Health Plan Introduces New "Healthy for LifeStyles" Program

PITTSBURGH (June 7, 2004) UPMC Health Plan is pleased to announce that one of the country's leading providers of a nationwide network of complementary health and wellness practitioners American WholeHealth Networks Inc. has been selected as the exclusive provider for UPMC for Life's new "Healthy for LifeStyles" program. UPMC for Life's family of products are offered to those eligible for Medicare.

As part of the program, UPMC for Life members will enjoy free membership in any fitness center that is part of American WholeHealth's extensive network. If a club's membership fees include admission to specific programs such as Yoga, Tai Chi, or Pilates members can participate at no additional charge. Members are NOT required to participate in senior exercise classes to join a fitness center.

In addition, magazines that promote a healthy lifestyle and diet, such as "Fitness," "Health," and "Cooking Light," are available to members at 45-75 percent off the newsstand price. Members also receive special members-only access to American WholeHealth's award-winning website, "WholeHealthMD," which contains a variety of items including information about preventive health, nutrition, and overall wellness, including healthy recipes and fitness resources.

"We are delighted to enter into this long-term relationship with American WholeHealth," said Diane P. Holder, president of UPMC Health Plan. "This program is important for our UPMC for Life members. The program provides our Medicare HMO and PPO members with excellent access to fitness facilities in a cost-effective manner.

"UPMC Health Plan believes it is important to offer health and wellness services in addition to our traditional health insurance and managed care products. American WholeHealth offers our members a high-quality fitness network that is unmatched in the industry."

UPMC Health Plan, a health care benefits company headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, serves some 430,000 members including some 20,000 in UPMC for Life. Health Plan members are served by more than 6,700 physicians at more than 80 hospitals throughout 27 counties of western Pennsylvania.

American WholeHealth is the nation's largest complementary health and wellness network company, dedicated to serving over 43 million lives through relationships with health plans.

"We are delighted to work with UPMC for Life, a leader in the development of products and services that enhance the health and well being of its members," said Bill Lubin, president and CEO of American WholeHealth Networks, Inc. "This program is important for members, fitness centers, practitioners, and the industry. American WholeHealth is proud to have been selected by UPMC to administer this innovative program."

Information about the Healthy for LifeStyles program is available by calling the UPMC for Life Medicare Sales Department at 1-877-381-3765, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hearing impaired may call the TDD number1-800-361-2629 during those same hours.

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