Take Control of Your Health for Free

Alexandria ,
April 5, 2011

With diabetes statistics reaching nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States and an additional 79 million Americans have prediabetes, the American Diabetes Association announced today its 2011 schedule for their free community health events throughout the country – the American Diabetes Association EXPO. By attending EXPO, people will become part of the movement to Stop Diabetes® and learn how to live healthy, be active, and change the future of the disease.

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 Zone with information and activities geared toward youth with diabetes and those who want to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes. 

"Diabetes affects all of our communities,” said Elizabeth R. Seaquist, MD, Member, Board of Directors, American Diabetes Association.  “EXPO is one way the American Diabetes Association helps combat this disease on a community level, by providing free access to diabetes information, educational presentations and screenings for things like 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 2011 schedule for the American Diabetes Association EXPO is:
• EXPO Atlanta (GA) - Georgia World Congress Center, April 9
• EXPO Chicago (IL) - Navy Pier, April 16
• EXPO Hartford (CT) - Connecticut Expo Center, April 16
• EXPO Seattle (WA) – Seattle Convention Center, April 30
• EXPO Los Angeles (CA) - Los Angeles Convention Center, May 21
• EXPO San Antonio (TX) – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, May 21
• EXPO Arkansas (AR) – Northwest Arkansas Convention Center, June 18
• EXPO Minneapolis (MN) – Minneapolis Convention Center, October 15
• EXPO Pittsburgh (PA) – David L. Lawrence Convention Center, November 5

The American Diabetes Association’s EXPO began in 1995 in Phoenix, Arizona and has grown to 11 cities around the country. In 2010, EXPO provided free diabetes information and support to more than 65,000 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.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)