UNite for a Healthy Future

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

GLOBAL HEALTH ORGANISATIONS
“UNITE FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE” ON THE EVE OF UN SUMMIT
ON NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (NCDS)


UNite on September 18 to increase awareness of the world’s leading killers: cancer, diabetes, heart & chronic respiratory disease.


WHAT:              On the eve of the first-ever United Nations Health Summit on NCDs, the NCD Alliance will host “UNite for a Healthy Future” an afternoon rally to engage the public in the fight against, cancer, diabetes, heart and chronic respiratory disease.  Over 35 million people die of these Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) every year, accounting for 60% of all global deaths.

The afternoon rally and activities, starting at 1.00pm, will bring together different NCD organisations and include patient advocates, families, local communities and the general public.

A wide range of activities include a Caribbean carnival parade, bike ride around Central Park with professional cyclist and Team Type 1 Founder and CEO Phil Southerland.

Participate in Tai Chi, Zumba, Socamotion and other physical activities.

Health check-ups and live giant mural painting by leading NCD artists as well as a special children’s mural with on-site art therapists will be taking place at the New York Academy of Medicine.
“UNite for a Healthy Future” is free and open to the public.  People of all ages and abilities are invited to participate.

 
WHO:               This event is hosted by the NCD Alliance, a federation of over 900 health organisations and vanguard of the Non-communicable Disease movement.

The opening ceremony starts at 2:00 pm with some of the leaders of the NCD movement: 
• Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
• Jean Claude Mbanya, President, International Diabetes Federation
• Ralph Sacco, former CEO, American Heart Association
• Judith Mackay, Senior Advisor, World Lung Foundation
• Others from the NCD community including patient advocates,
well-known artists, activists and sports stars will also be present


WHERE:          The New York Academy of Medicine
                         1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029       
           
WHEN:            Sunday, September 18 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Bike ride and health walk participants will meet at the New York Academy of Medicine at 12:30 p.m.

HOW:              Participants can register online at:  unite@ncdalliance.org

INFO:               For more info about “UNite for a Healthy Future”, please visit our webpage:
or the event Facebook page at: http://on.fb.me/qwTRMo

MEDIA CONTACT:
Isabella Platon, Head of Communications, International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Isabella.platon@idf.org

 


Date: 
Monday, September 12, 2011