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January 30, 2013

With diabetes statistics reaching nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States and an additional 79 million Americans have prediabetes, putting them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association announced today their 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.

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)