Healthfirst and The Arthritis Foundation Launch the ABCs Educational Workshop Series In the Bronx
Teaching seniors important tips for arthritis management
NEW YORK, NY, April 8, 2013 – Healthfirst and the Arthritis Foundation have partnered to launch an arthritis awareness workshop series along with a six-week walking group in the Bronx for seniors. Co-sponsored by Healthfirst provider hospitals, the first workshop will launch at Claremont Village Housing with provider hospital, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center on Tuesday, April 9 at the William Hodson Senior Center, 1320 Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY.
The one-hour workshop, entitled Arthritis Basics for Change (ABC), educates participants on the various forms of arthritis, ways to prevent and decrease arthritis-related pain and how to improve their functional levels by learning and practicing self-help techniques. The four main topics covered include: 1) Basics of arthritis; 2) Exercising for a healthier life; 3) Eating for health and wellness; and, 4) Treating arthritis.
Following the workshop, attendees will participate in the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease® (WWE) walking group. Scheduled to meet once-a-week for six weeks, the group will walk for 30 minutes around a neighborhood park adjacent to the William Hodson Senior Center. The walking group will promote education about successful physical activity for people with arthritis. Following each walking group, attendees will receive a giveaway (i.e. T-shirt, fanny pack, pedometer) and at the end of the entire six-week program, they will each receive a $20 Target gift card.
The ABC educational workshop series is a part of Healthfirst’s Healthy Village pilot project, a 36-month program that launched in October 2012 with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Claremont Village Housing. The program provides residents with an on-site integrated healthcare system for improved access to primary care and wellness resources.
“Our partnership with the Arthritis Foundation is an integral part of the Healthy Village pilot project, teaching seniors how to promote their health goals in a pragmatic way, whileforming bonds through the support of group participation,” said Susan Beane, MD, Healthfirst Vice President and Medical Director. “With the addition of this series, we are closer to reaching our ultimate goal of improved health outcomes for residents in this area.”
Additional Healthfirst provider hospitals participating in the workshops include Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA), SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center, Somerset Medical Center (NJ) and Trinitas Regional Medical Center (NJ). To learn more about the arthritis workshops, please visit Healthfirst website at www.healthfirst.org.
Established in 1993, Healthfirst is a not-for-profit managed care organization that offers low or no-cost health insurance to eligible individuals and families living in the New York metropolitan area and New Jersey. It provides a variety of government-sponsored health insurance programs, including New York State's Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid, as well as Medicare Advantage. The Healthfirst family of companies includes Healthfirst in New York, Healthfirst NJ in New Jersey, and Senior Health Partners (SHP), a managed long term care plan serving Medicaid-eligible clients in New York City. For more information, visit the company's websites at www.healthfirst.organd 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.