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Healthfirst and The Arthritis Foundation Conclude The ABCs Educational Workshop And Walk With Ease® (WWE) Series

Teaching Bronx seniors important tips for arthritis management at St. Barnabas Hospital

NEW YORK, NY, October 22, 2013 – Healthfirst and the Arthritis Foundation conclude their co-sponsored four-week arthritis awareness workshop series, Arthritis Basics for Change (ABC) and Walk with Ease® (WWE) walking group in the Bronx for seniors. Hosted by Healthfirst provider hospitals, the last walking group in the series ends on Thursday, October 24 from 10:00am – 11:00am at St. Barnabas Hospital, 4422 Third Avenue, Bronx, NY. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and a $15 Target gift card in a special presentation ceremony. 

The one-hour ABC workshop kicked off the first week of the series where 25 seniors learned tips for managing arthritis and the importance of keeping active. During the following three weeks, the seniors met once a week for the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease® (WWE) walking group in a nearby park for 30 minutes. 

“The ABCs educational workshop series has made a huge impact in raising awareness about arthritis and educating seniors on how staying active can lead to a healthier life,” said Susan Beane, MD, Healthfirst Vice President and Medical Director. “Our partnership enables the series to serve as a model for seniors taking charge of their health, not only in the Bronx, but throughout New York City.” 

Additional Healthfirst provider hospitals participating in the workshops include Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA), SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center. To learn more about 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.            

About the Arthritis Foundation

Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability.  The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of this serious and painful disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest.  The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information. 

 

Contact:

Laura Vialva
212-801-1451

(718) 764-3517 (cell)
Lvialva@healthfirst.org

 

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