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Healthfirst Joins Forces with American Diabetes Association of Greater New York to Host Diabetes Awareness Workshop Series

NEW YORK, NY, October 22, 2013 – Healthfirst and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) of Greater New York launch the Diabetes Awareness Workshop Series in the New York City area. The kickoff event will be held on Thursday, October 24 at World Academy for Total Community Health School, 400 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn, NY from 5:00pm-7:00pm. 

Workshops will be hosted by Healthfirst provider network hospitals presenting information to educate adults about risk factors for type 2 diabetes and how to manage the disease through proper nutrition and exercise. The kickoff event is hosted with Brownsville Multi Service Family Center. It will feature a cooking demonstration by Healthfirst celebrity chef and former FOX TV “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant, Chef Elsie Ramos, who will show the audience how to prepare her special recipe for a healthy smoothie. 

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them – 7 million – do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, making them a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease, and occurs when either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population. 

“Our collaboration with the American Diabetes Association of Greater New York enables us to provide important diabetes management and prevention information to communities severely affected by the disease,” said Susan Beane, MD, Healthfirst Vice President and Medical Director. “Through the tools taught in this workshop series, our goal is to reduce the incidence of diabetes in New York City and teach the public how to take charge of their health.” 

Greater New York City Area ADA Executive Director Kevin Shippy said, “We are excited to work with Healthfirst for a second year to bring the message of the growing epidemic of diabetes to their members.  These ADA workshops further our reach to a considerable scope of the at-risk population for diabetes using educational tools and engagement.” 

The Diabetes Awareness Workshop Series will continue through the first half of 2014 at Healthfirst provider network centers. 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 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, our 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 www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in Englishand Spanish.

Contact:

Laura Vialva
212-801-1451

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

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