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July 21, 2013
FDI Director Dr. Gerald Bernstein discusses a new Type 1 diabetes app for children on the WCBS community affairs program “Eye on New York.” Watch the video segment here.


fdi marathon participants Helen Cech and David IsaacsonSeptember 16, 2012
Team members from FDI, Achilles International and the United Nations walked together at ADA's annual Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes.

The beautiful sunshine led us through our 3 mile walk around lower Manhattan; a diabetes health and information fair at the South Street Seaport provided a festive atmosphere to finish our day. We were happy to help support the cause of bringing diabetes education and awareness to New York City!

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On Sunday September 16, for the fifth year Friedman Diabetes Institute (FDI) will participate in the "Step out: walk to stop diabetes" campaign. This event is organized by the American Diabetes association, and its mission is “to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve lives of all people affected by diabetes”. This year FDI will team up with the group from the United Nations Diabetes Awareness Program (UNDAP). Together we will walk a three-mile-route around the lower tip of Manhattan to raise diabetes awareness, make a difference in our community and the lives of millions.

For more information, please visit the ADA site at: www.diabetes.org

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August 29, 2012    PRESS RELEASE
Continuum Health Partners Uses Social Media to Engage Diabetic and Mental Health Communities

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November 18, 2011    FDI Diabetes Fair!
In recognition of the American Diabetes Month, and the World Diabetes Day, Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute (FDI) conducted a diabetes fair. We provided a day of fun, relaxation, and education for people with diabetes, caregivers and all who wanted to learn about diabetes prevention and management. The program was presented by the Certified Diabetes Educators – dietitians, nurses, fitness instructors, and a social worker. It included sessions on healthy holiday eating; cardio dance exercise; yoga for beginners; relaxation techniques, as well as classes on “understanding your BMI and A1C”. Healthy refreshments and free raffle drawings were provided throughout the day.

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November 6, 2011
fdi marathon participants Helen Cech and David IsaacsonHelen Cech and David Isaacson (seen here sporting 2011 NYC Marathon Finisher medals) have taken on the challenge to manage diabetes with healthy lifestyle choices. Both are members of the Friedman Diabetes Institute’s Achilles program which offers athletic coaching in twice weekly workouts and weekend events ranging from 1.7 mile walks in Central Park to marathons. When Helen joined the program in 2009, she could not walk up a flight of stairs and was constantly tired. Her goal was to simply feel better so she could get around. Last month, Helen certainly exceeded her goal by completing the 26.2-mile course of the NYC Marathon. David completed his third NYC marathon and shared his experience and tips for success with Helen. Congratulations to both on this remarkable achievement!

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October 23, 2011
FDI participation in ADA Step Out in NYCThe Friedman Diabetes Institute joined hundreds of other participants for the American Diabetes Association's Step Out and Walk event at the South Street Seaport in New York City. The annual walk brings together those living with diabetes as well as their families, friends and health care teams to raise funds for diabetes research and advocacy. A health fair on the day of the event also helped educate and inform the community about diabetes prevention and treatment. The 5-mile course over the Brooklyn Bridge was made all the more enjoyable by the beautiful, sunny weather. FDI is committed to participating in fundraising events like Step Out and Walk to support and honor our patients living with diabetes.

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September 13, 2011
Friedman Diabetes Institute (FDI), in collaboration with the Beth Israel Medical Center’s Volunteer Department, recently received a grant from the United Hospital Fund (UHF) to help patients manage their diabetes. The Health Coaches, volunteers trained by the Certified Diabetes Educators at FDI, will call patients to ensure their adherence to the medical recommendations: taking medications, monitoring glucose levels, self-examine feet, etc. In addition, Health Coaches will assist patients to navigate the health care system by helping them schedule necessary appointments, as well as providing information about available support groups, exercise and healthy cooking programs.

The grant was one of six, totaling $304,000, that the UHF provided to not-for-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, and health care, academic, and public interest organizations to improve health care services.

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June 8, 2011
fdi participants in tour de cureTwo members of the FDI team – Megan Fendt, RD, CDE (on the right) and Lynn Polmanteer, RD, CDE (on the left) completed the Tour de Cure. Tour de Cure is series of fundraising cycling events held in 43 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The FDI team took to the streets of Manhattan on Sunday, June 5th to participate in the ADA's 20th annual bike ride. Trying to bring the world one step closer to a cure, Team FDI chose to ride for our many patients who courageously live with diabetes each day. The yearly bike tour aims to raise funds for diabetes research, and raise we did: FDI beat its goal and raised $1,105! The 30-mile bike ride took us from the north to south and east to west, covering almost every Manhattan neighborhood. Wonderful weather and energetic atmosphere made raising money for a great cause fun!

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