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7 May 2015

Roll Up Your Sleeves! Health Expo to Educate and Empower D.C. Community May 9
Free Event Features Celebrity Guests, Fitness and Cooking Classes, and Blood Pressure Screenings

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 7, 2015) – The American Medical Group Foundation’s (AMGF) Measure Up/Pressure Down® national high blood pressure campaign will host the Roll Up Your Sleeves! Health Expo Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Washington, D.C. The free event will feature health and fitness celebrities, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, blood pressure screenings, door prizes, giveaways and more.

The Health Expo, open to the public, will be held at YMCA Anthony Bowen, 1325 W Street NW in Washington, D.C.

Celebrities on hand to share their own health and fitness tips include Cornell McClellan, personal trainer to the First Family; Chef LaLa, internationally known chef and nutritionist; and Bruce Johnson, local news anchor. Eleven fitness and yoga classes and four healthy-cooking demonstrations will be featured throughout the event, along with blood pressure screenings, health education booths and more.

“This community event will inspire and empower people to get in control of their health through physical activity, healthy cooking, and awareness of high blood pressure and its risks,” said Jerry Penso, M.D., MBA, president of the AMGF. “We encourage all community members to roll up their sleeves for better health by joining us on May 9 at YMCA Anthony Bowen.”

The event is made possible through a grant from United Health Foundation and additional funding through the District of Columbia Department of Health.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the American Medical Group Foundation’s Measure Up/Pressure Down® campaign to help raise awareness about the perils of high blood pressure, and improve people’s health and wellness,” said Christopher J. Mullins, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare of the Mid-Atlantic, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company.

YMCA Anthony Bowen, an event partner, is of particular importance to the D.C. community in its history as the first YMCA to serve African-Americans in the world. Inspired by his friend William Chauncey Langdon, founder of the YMCA of the City of Washington, Anthony Bowen was committed to the advancement of African-Americans in social, educational and religious respects.  Over 160 years later, it helps a diverse community of children, families, young professionals and seniors stay active – mentally and physically.

“High blood pressure disproportionately affects minorities – including African Americans,” said Lisa Horton, Association Director of Healthy Living for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. “Healthy living is one of the Y’s three focuses – along with youth development and social responsibility – and this health expo will certainly help our community find new ways to improve their health.”

Exhibitors will include American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Kidney Fund, American Society of Hypertension, DC Fire & EMS, DC Health Link, District of Columbia Department of Health, HealthyWomen, Inova Medical Group, Measure Up/Pressure Down®, MedStar Family Choice, Men’s Health Network, Million Hearts®, WomenHeart, and YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.

More information, including event schedule and transportation details, can be found at www.MeasureUpPressureDown.com.

About American Medical Group Foundation
The American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) is the nonprofit arm of the American Medical Group Association and it supports and disseminates research on better ways to deliver health care that is scientifically sound and value-based. AMGF also develops and supports educational programs to enable all stakeholders-providers, payers, policymakers and patients to translate the evidence of what works best into everyday practice. We invite you to learn more at: www.amgf.org.

AMGF launched Measure Up/Pressure Down®, a three-year national campaign to improve care and reduce the burden of high blood pressure on November 29, 2012. Measure Up/Pressure Down® includes nearly 150 medical groups, health systems and national partners such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and Geisinger Health System. The goal of the three-year campaign is to have 80 percent of high blood pressure patients in control of their condition by 2016. We invite you to learn more at: www.measureuppressuredown.com.

About United Health Foundation
Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed more than $285 million to programs and communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.

About YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We’ve been connecting and supporting men, women and children in Greater Washington for over 160 years – regardless of age, income or background. Anchored in Washington, DC, southern MD, and northern VA, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington creates a positive difference in the lives of more than 250,000 people each year through its 17 branches and program centers. We have the long-standing relationships and physical presence to not just promise, but deliver lasting personal and social change. For more information, visit www.ymcadc.org or follow us at www.facebook.com/YMetroDC.