SOURCE: Longitude Health

December 15, 2008 09:00 ET

Longitude Health Offers Diabetes Q&A Sessions Hosted by Resident Diabetes Expert

Online Chat Focuses on Managing Holiday Stress, Weight Gain and New Year's Resolutions for Diabetics

SOMERSET, NJ--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - Longitude Health, Inc. (www.longitudehealth.com), provider of web-based, guided health and wellness solutions for mid-size, self-insured companies, today announced its three December online Q&A sessions on managing diabetes through the holidays. Each hour-long session will be hosted by Cynthia Sears (RN, CDE), resident expert on diabetes self management and conducted vis-à-vis MyHealthVillage.com -- an online health and wellness portal owned and operated by Longitude Health.

The December Q&A series on diabetes will focus on:

--  Coping with Holiday Stress (Dec. 15, 12PM & 7PM EST)
--  Dealing with Holiday Weight Gain (Dec. 18, 12PM & 7PM EST)
--  Making Your New Year's Resolutions (Dec. 22, 12PM & 7PM EST)
    

Topics of discussion will include the effect of stress on blood sugar levels, stress management tools, prevention, diets, setting real goals and keeping records. To participate in the Q&A sessions visit MyHealthVillage.com and click on "Q&A Session" on the main menu bar to take part in the conversation. To post questions prior to the scheduled Q&A sessions, contact Sears @ myhealthvillage@longitudehealth.com.

According to the American Diabetes Association 23.6 million children and adults in the United States (7.8% of the population) have diabetes. An estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes with another 5.7 million unaware that they have the disease.

In its continuing effort to offer a wide variety of free, online health and wellness resources, Longitude Health will host additional Q&A sessions in 2009 as well as free videos on a variety of topics related to health and wellness. Dr. Jan Swaney, co-founder of MyHealthVillage.com, explains, "More and more people use the Internet to obtain health and wellness information. Our Q&A sessions offer free, reliable resources for the online community to gather at MyHealthVillage, ask pertinent questions and benefit from getting guidance from a diabetes health professional. The sessions are interactive, informative and will help clarify myths from facts."

For more information on the upcoming Q&A Sessions, visit MyHealthVillage.com.

About Longitude Health, Inc.

Based in New Jersey and with operations in Missouri, Longitude Health (www.longitudehealth.com) is a privately held, investor-backed company offering comprehensive web-based, guided health and productivity improvement solutions for mid-size, self-insured businesses. Its flexible tools and holistic approaches provide incentives, integrate with primary care physician oversight and enable social networking support for a completely collaborative solution leading to sustainable, long-term, healthy lifestyle habits. Longitude Health's MyHealthVillage.com portal and HealthGuides provide businesses with a highly valued employee benefit while at the same time improving productivity and reducing health related costs. For further information on Longitude Health visit www.longitudehealth.com.

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