Healthfirst Hosts Health and Wellness Expo Series with NYC Public Advocate Letitia James

Prominent Medical Experts and Elected Officials Unite in the Bronx to Address Diabetes and Mental Health Awareness

NEW YORK, NY, August 5, 2014 –Top New York City health experts and local elected officials will lead a health panel breakfast on diabetes and mental health awareness at the Healthfirst Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, August 9 at Lehman College Bathgate Educational Campus, 1595 Bathgate Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457. The breakfast will be held from 8:00am-11:00am, followed by a free health expo at Gouverneur Playground (East 170th Street and Third Avenue, Bronx, NY 10456) open to the public from 11:00am-5:00pm. The health expo will feature free health screenings, giveaways and children’s activities.
Keynote speaker NYC Public Advocate Letitia James will kick off the breakfast panel focusing on the rise of diabetes and mental illness in minority communities and how to identify, manage and incorporate healthy lifestyle changes to help reduce their prevalence.
The Health and Wellness EXPO continues in the afternoon with a Health and Wellness Pavilion offering health screenings, massage therapists, live performances on the main stage, along with cooking demonstrations and fitness workshops.
“We want to make sure our communities are well-informed on prevention measures for diabetes and mental illness to decrease its prevalence, especially within the African-American and Hispanic populations,” said George Hulse, Healthfirst Vice President of External Affairs. “We are proud to host the Healthfirst Health and Wellness EXPO with our sponsors, community leaders and health providers to offer this important information promoting the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.”
Additional sponsors of the Health and Wellness EXPO include Children’s Defense Fund and Carib News. The Healthfirst Health and Wellness EXPO will continue through September 2014 in Brooklyn and Manhattan (dates listed below):

  • Harlem: Saturday, August 23
  • Brownsville, Brooklyn: Saturday, September 20

For more information on Healthfirst and the Health and Wellness EXPO series, please visit www.healthfirst.org.
About Healthfirst
Healthfirst is a not-for-profit managed care organization with more than one million members of the diverse communities of downstate New York. We are ranked the #1 Quality Medicaid Plan in NYS. We treat our Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care members with the same care and attention we would want for our own families. We are also a proud participant in NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. For more information, visit the company’s websites at www.healthfirst.org and www.healthfirstnj.org.
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Laura Vialva
212-801-1451
718-764-3517 (cell)
Lvialva@healthfirst.org

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