ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - Jan 30, 2013) - With diabetes statistics reaching nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States and an additional 79 million Americans having prediabetes, putting them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association announced today its 2013 schedule for its free community health events throughout the country -- the American Diabetes Association EXPO. The Association invites the public to attend EXPO to learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes and show their support of the movement to Stop Diabetes®.
Communities can take advantage of free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product exhibits and presentations on diabetes prevention and management. EXPOs also include a Family Fun/Healthy Kids area with information and activities geared toward youth with diabetes and their families.
"Diabetes affects all of our communities," said Elizabeth R. Seaquist, MD, President-Elect, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. "EXPO is one way the American Diabetes Association helps fight this disease on a community level by providing free access to diabetes information, educational presentations and by bringing together a variety of local community health organizations where attendees get the benefit of a variety of screenings such as blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. The resources found at EXPO can help to Stop Diabetes in its tracks."
People with diabetes can take steps to better manage the disease and lower the risk of its deadly complications. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is critical. Unfortunately, many people living with diabetes do not even know they have it.
The 2013 schedule for the American Diabetes Association EXPO is:
- Denver (February 9)
- Salt Lake City (March 2)
- New York City (March 9)
- Chicago (April 13)
- Seattle (April 13)
- Los Angeles (May 4)
- Portland (May 4)
- San Antonio (May 18)
- Northwest Arkansas (Aug. 3)
- Minneapolis (Oct. 12)
- Pittsburgh (Nov. 9)
The American Diabetes Association's EXPO began in 1995 in Phoenix, Arizona and has grown to 11 cities around the country. In 2012, EXPO provided free diabetes information and support to nearly 55,000 individuals.
For more information about diabetes or to find an EXPO in your area, call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383), or visit diabetes.org/EXPO.
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 English and Spanish.