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American Diabetes Association to Offer Free Health Screenings and Resources for New Yorkers Living with Diabetes

One of the country’s largest diabetes EXPOs returns to Jacob K. Javits Center on March 11.

New York, NY, January 26, 2017 --( The American Diabetes Association of Greater New York and Healthfirst proudly announce the 2017 EXPO being held on March 11, 2017, in the North Wing of the Jacob Javits Convention Center from 10am to 4pm.

For the fourth year in a row, Healthfirst—a provider-sponsored health insurance company that serves more than 1.2 million New Yorkers—will be the presenting sponsor. This free community event will feature complimentary health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, exercise tips from nutrition and fitness experts, access to healthcare providers, multilingual presentations regarding diabetes prevention, multicultural community areas, a living-with-type 1 diabetes area, and a diabetes-goes-digital area.

“Healthfirst is committed to raising awareness, reducing the impact of diabetes, and ensuring that New Yorkers have access to essential resources to manage diabetes and live healthier, more satisfying lives,” said George Hulse, Healthfirst Vice President of Community Engagement. “We are proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of the American Diabetes Association EXPO and to help reduce the prevalence of this preventable disease.”

More than 10,000 attendees are expected from the Greater New York region. The EXPO aims to attract families affected by diabetes as well as those interested in learning how to live healthier, active lifestyles and changing the future of diabetes.

“Every 11 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes,” said James Sheridan, Regional Vice President at the American Diabetes Association. “The fact is, nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes—nearly 10 percent of the population. That percentage is even higher in New York City, reaching 14% in the African American and Latino population. And shockingly, many do not even know that they have the disease. That is why screening is so important.”

Free, early registration is available at

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, the Association’s 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 Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.

About Healthfirst

Healthfirst is a provider-sponsored health insurance company that serves more than 1.2 million members in downstate New York. Healthfirst offers top-quality Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, Child Health Plus, and Managed Long Term Care plans. Healthfirst Leaf Qualified Health Plans and the Healthfirst Essential Plan are offered on NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace. Beginning in 2017, Healthfirst is offering Healthfirst Pro and Pro Plus, Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plans for small-business owners and their employees, and Healthfirst Total, an EPO for individuals.

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