Take Control of Your Health for Free

EXPO logoYou know the phrase “there’s something for everyone”? That is exactly how I would describe the American Diabetes Association’s EXPO.

With 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes, and an additional 79 million with prediabetes, it is more important than ever to learn how to live healthy, be active and change the future of the disease. The American Diabetes Association EXPO is one big way to help Stop Diabetes® on a community level.

EXPOs are free educational events bursting with information, support and activities to benefit just about anyone interested in diabetes management and prevention. There, people with diabetes can take steps to better control their disease and lower the risk of complications. Those diagnosed with prediabetes can continue their efforts to prevent or delay the onset. And family members and friends can learn how to best support the person they love with diabetes—for example, by serving healthier meals or making fitness goals together.

EXPO began in 1995 in Phoenix and has since grown to 11 cities around the country. I first got involved a few years ago when I served as co-chair for EXPO Minneapolis. I’m a diabetes researcher and clinician by profession, and I enjoy all opportunities to put useful information about diabetes into the hands of the people who need it most. Last year, EXPO reached more than 60,000 such individuals.

At EXPO, you can browse dozens of exhibits and presentations brimming with the latest products and information to help you take care of yourself. (Sample Zumba classes, anyone?) Attendees can also watch live cooking demonstrations showcasing diabetes-friendly recipes.

One of the greatest draws is the free health screenings for health factors such as blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. EXPO has expert dieticians and endocrinologists onsite ready to assess your results and answer your diabetes-related questions.

You’ll even hear inspiring testimonials from people with diabetes in your community, people you can connect with to form that oh-so-important support system. EXPOs also include a Family Fun Zone geared toward youth with diabetes.

You can then swing by the bookstore to stock up on our award-winning guides and cookbooks. And don’t forget to visit the American Diabetes Association Experience area to find out about other Association events happening in your area, such as Tour de Cure® and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes®.

Best part? It’s all completely free! I encourage you to register in advance, but if you’re a last-minute planner, you may also just come to the EXPO nearest you and sign up onsite.

See below for the full 2012 EXPO schedule. All events conveniently take place on a Saturday, so I hope you’ll mark your calendar and make it a family affair. I guarantee that you’ll learn so much about diabetes while having fun—and that there will be something for everyone.

For more information and to register, visit our website. The 2012 schedule kicks off this Saturday in Portland, and I hope everyone there has a blast learning how to Stop Diabetes!

Ever been to an EXPO? Please comment below to share your experience.

Elizabeth R. Seaquist, MD
Vice President, Medicine & Science
American Diabetes Association

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15 Responses to Take Control of Your Health for Free

  1. Richard Kanarian says:

    Where’s Boston????

  2. Alison Bennett Boyle says:

    Hi I noticed there wasnt an Expo coming to Florida. Are you adding additional places or how can we get one to come to Orlando?

  3. Lynn says:

    Are you planning on coming to Florida in 2013?

  4. marina says:

    When are you coming to the Orlando Florida Area ????

  5. susan says:

    Why not Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area?

  6. Chris Rogers says:

    Where is Phoenix the founding city.

  7. William D says:

    Where’s Philadelphia PA

  8. ADA says:

    Hi everyone — EXPO continues to grow every year. If there isn’t a 2012 event convenient to where you live, we encourage you to find other diabetes- and health-related events happening in your area. Our ADA local offices are a great place to start! http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/local-offices/

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