Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

TOWN OF ULSTER – The first annual Health, Fitness and Nutrition Expo for People With Diabetes, sponsored by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), will be held at the Hudson Valley Mall, 1300 Ulster Ave. in the Town of Ulster, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The free event, open to the public, will be located near Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods in the hallway leading to and from Target.

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The fair will feature free A1C tests performed by LabCorp, free flu shots given by ShopRite and free foot exams done by a Hudson Valley Foot Associates podiatrist. An A1C test provides information about a person’s average blood-sugar levels over the previous three months.

JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be also at the expo. So will representatives from biopharmaceutical and medical technology companies, there to demonstrate new glucose meters, medications, insulin pens, insulin pumps and other technological advances for people with diabetes. The companies include Dexcom, MannKind, Medtronic, Novo Nordisk, Omnipod and Tandem Diabetes Care.

HealthAlliance Hospital clinicians will be there to answer questions and discuss new ways of managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, the importance of proper wound care, improving kidney health, checking for signs of diabetic eye disease, reducing risks of heart attacks and stroke, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity.

HealthAlliance will also introduce a new social group for teens and young adults with Type 1 diabetes called “Betes Buds.” The group, led by Rachel Jacob, helps teens and young adults living with Type 1 diabetes meet others with the disease and share common experiencesJacob, a local resident, has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 2003.

Other expo vendors will include the Institute for Family Health, Llobet Medical Group, MAC Fitness, Mother Earth’s Storehouse, the New York State of Health, the Ulster County Office for the Aging and the Village Apothecary.

For more information, call the HealthAlliance Diabetes Education Center at 845-334-4249, ext. 1.

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