Healthfirst and St. John’s University Athletics Program Join Forces To Sponsor The St. John’s Health and Wellness Expo

Spreading the Message of Healthy Living to Queens Residents

NEW YORK, NY, February 11, 2014 – Healthfirst and the St. John’s University Athletics Program are partnering to host the St. John’s Health and Wellness Expo, presented by Healthfirst, a free event open to the public on Saturday, April 26 from 11:00am – 4:00pm on the St. John’s University Queens campus. All community residents and college students are invited to attend the event featuring interactive educational activities that encourage leading a healthier lifestyle. Free health screenings will be available and current players from the St. John’s Red Storm Men’s Basketball Team will make a special appearance.
Leading up to the EXPO, Healthfirst will host “Healthfirst Night” at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001) on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 9:00pm – 11:00pm for the St. John’s University’s Red Storm Men’s Basketball Team vs. the Butler University Bulldogs. Healthfirst will be recognized on-court with a commemorative game ball and will also provide giveaways to fans. The game will be nationally televised on the FoxSports 1 network.
“The Queens community is very important to us. Our partnership with St. John’s University enables us to provide essential resources to residents that empower them to achieve their goals for leading a healthier lifestyle,” said George Hulse, Healthfirst Vice President of External Affairs. “Healthfirst is committed to keeping New Yorkers healthy. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Health and Wellness Expo this spring as they take a proactive step to take charge of their health and well-being.”
“St. John’s is proud to have a partner like Healthfirst join the Red Storm family,” said Erik Lowery, General Manager, St. John’s IMG Sports Marketing. “Our partnership with Healthfirst will be a major boost for our community service programs. We’re confident that the presence Healthfirst has in the community and their dedication to educating and providing accessible and affordable healthcare to New York City will result in a great partnership. We are excited to start working together to make a great impact in our surrounding neighborhoods.”
For more information about the St. John’s Health and Wellness Expo, presented by Healthfirst, please visit www.healthfirst.org.
About Healthfirst
Established in 1993, Healthfirst is a not-for-profit managed care organization offering health insurance to individuals and families living in the New York metropolitan area. It provides a variety of low-cost or free government-sponsored health insurance, including New York State Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and managed long term care, as well as Medicare Advantage.  It is also a Qualified Health Plan on the New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. For more information, visit the company’s websites at www.healthfirst.org and www.healthfirstnj.org.
 
Contact:
Laura Vialva
Healthfirst
212-801-1451
718-764-3517 (mobile)
Lvialva@healthfirst.org 

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