Healthfirst and the American Diabetes Association to Offer Free Health Screenings and Resources for New Yorkers

One of the country’s largest diabetes EXPOs returns to Jacob K. Javits Center on March 11
American Diabetes Association
NEW YORK, NY, (January 19, 2017) The American Diabetes Association of Greater New York and Healthfirst proudly announce the 2017 EXPO being held on March 11, 2017, in the North Wing of the Jacob Javits Convention Center from 10am to 4pm.
For the fourth year in a row, Healthfirst—a provider-sponsored health insurance company that serves more than 1.2 million New Yorkers—will be the presenting sponsor. This free community event will feature complimentary health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, exercise tips from nutrition and fitness experts, access to healthcare providers, multilingual presentations regarding diabetes prevention, multicultural community areas, a living-with-type 1 diabetes area, and a diabetes-goes-digital area.
“Healthfirst is committed to raising awareness, reducing the impact of diabetes, and ensuring that New Yorkers have access to essential resources to manage diabetes and live healthier, more satisfying lives,” said George Hulse, Healthfirst Vice President of Community Engagement. “We are proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of the American Diabetes Association EXPO and to help reduce the prevalence of this preventable disease.”
More than 10,000 attendees are expected from the Greater New York region. The EXPO aims to attract families affected by diabetes as well as those interested in learning how to live healthier, active lifestyles and changing the future of diabetes.
“Every 11 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes,” said James Sheridan, Regional Vice President at the American Diabetes Association. “The fact is, nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes—nearly 10 percent of the population. That percentage is even higher in New York City, reaching 14% in the African American and Latino population. And shockingly, many do not even know that they have the disease. That is why screening is so important.”
About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.
About Healthfirst
Healthfirst is a not-for-profit health insurance company sponsored by some of the most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems in New York. It serves almost 1.2 million members in New York City and in Long Island through government-sponsored programs including Child Health Plus, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care (Senior Health Partners), as well as through private health plans including Healthfirst Leaf and Qualified Health Plans, offered on NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace. It now offers The Essential Plan, lower-cost health plan options for qualifying individuals. For the second year in a row, Healthfirst is a 4-Star Medicare Advantage plan and has 5 Stars for quality on the NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace.
For more information on Healthfirst, visit www.healthfirst.org.
Contact:
Doreen Pustizzi
American Diabetes Association
(732) 469-7979, ext. 3517
dpustizzi@diabetes.org
Contact:
Channell Mellish
Healthfirst
(212) 803-1856
CMellish@Healthfirst.org

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