Diabetes Forecast Goes 'LIVE'

American Diabetes Association and HealthTalk Interactive, Inc.(R)

Create Interactive Edition of Award Winning Consumer Journal



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Diabetes Association

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- America's leading diabetes
 consumer magazine is getting a new look in cyberspace.  The American Diabetes
 Association's Diabetes Forecast Magazine has recently joined forces with
 HealthTalk Interactive, Inc., (HTI) a multi-channel communications company
 providing in-depth interactive information and support to people with long-
 term, chronic conditions such as diabetes, to create Diabetes Forecast -
 Live!, a live, interactive program over the Internet that features the cover
 stories from the magazine Diabetes Forecast.  The site can be accessed at
 http://www.diabetesforecastlive.com .
     The first episode of Diabetes Forecast - Live! "From Fat to Fit -- Secrets
 of Living Successfully with Diabetes" will premiere on Tuesday, April 24,
 2001, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT.  It will feature actor Stephen Furst, best
 known for his role as Flounder in the movie "Animal House," who recently
 produced a new video with the American Diabetes Association entitled "Diabetes
 For Guys."  Stephen will discuss with HealthTalk Interactive how he overcame
 denial about his diabetes and lost 150 pounds to dramatically improve the
 quality of his life.
     "This new partnership is going to help the American Diabetes Association
 reach new constituents and better serve the millions of Americans that have
 diabetes and are now using the Internet to fulfill their desire to obtain
 personal diabetes information in the convenience of their home," stated Rick
 Johnston, National Vice President for Constituent Relations which oversees the
 management of www.diabetes.org.
     Dan Burns, CEO of HealthTalk Interactive, added, "We are very pleased to
 collaborate with the highly respected American Diabetes Association to create
 and produce this dynamic new direction for Diabetes Forecast magazine."
     HealthTalk Interactive's patient information web site HealthTalk.com
 (http://www.healthtalk.com ) features unique disease-focused networks for many
 health conditions including certain cancers, asthma, diabetes, arthritis and
 women's health.  Thousands of visitors each day visit the site for interactive
 multi-media programs featuring leading physicians, researchers, and
 experienced patients who provide perspective on each network's health
 condition and address existing and emerging treatments.
     Approximately 16 million Americans have diabetes, and experts say at least
 a third of them don't know it.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness,
 kidney failure and lower-limb amputations.  Further, people with diabetes are
 at an increased risk for developing a heart attack or stroke.
 
     The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health
 organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  The
 Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives
 of all people affected by the disease.  Founded in 1940, the Association
 supports local offices in every region of the country, providing services to
 more than 800 communities.
     The work of the American Diabetes Association can be summed in three words
 - cure - care - commitment.  Focused on finding a cure for diabetes and
 improving diabetes care.  With a commitment to being there for people with
 diabetes, their families and friends, and the health care professionals who
 care for them -- providing information and support, and connecting them with
 others like themselves.  Because we believe that no one should have to fight
 diabetes alone.
     For more information on diabetes, call the American Diabetes Association
 at 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit the Association's website at
 http://www.diabetes.org .
 
 

SOURCE American Diabetes Association
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- America's leading diabetes
 consumer magazine is getting a new look in cyberspace.  The American Diabetes
 Association's Diabetes Forecast Magazine has recently joined forces with
 HealthTalk Interactive, Inc., (HTI) a multi-channel communications company
 providing in-depth interactive information and support to people with long-
 term, chronic conditions such as diabetes, to create Diabetes Forecast -
 Live!, a live, interactive program over the Internet that features the cover
 stories from the magazine Diabetes Forecast.  The site can be accessed at
 http://www.diabetesforecastlive.com .
     The first episode of Diabetes Forecast - Live! "From Fat to Fit -- Secrets
 of Living Successfully with Diabetes" will premiere on Tuesday, April 24,
 2001, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT.  It will feature actor Stephen Furst, best
 known for his role as Flounder in the movie "Animal House," who recently
 produced a new video with the American Diabetes Association entitled "Diabetes
 For Guys."  Stephen will discuss with HealthTalk Interactive how he overcame
 denial about his diabetes and lost 150 pounds to dramatically improve the
 quality of his life.
     "This new partnership is going to help the American Diabetes Association
 reach new constituents and better serve the millions of Americans that have
 diabetes and are now using the Internet to fulfill their desire to obtain
 personal diabetes information in the convenience of their home," stated Rick
 Johnston, National Vice President for Constituent Relations which oversees the
 management of www.diabetes.org.
     Dan Burns, CEO of HealthTalk Interactive, added, "We are very pleased to
 collaborate with the highly respected American Diabetes Association to create
 and produce this dynamic new direction for Diabetes Forecast magazine."
     HealthTalk Interactive's patient information web site HealthTalk.com
 (http://www.healthtalk.com ) features unique disease-focused networks for many
 health conditions including certain cancers, asthma, diabetes, arthritis and
 women's health.  Thousands of visitors each day visit the site for interactive
 multi-media programs featuring leading physicians, researchers, and
 experienced patients who provide perspective on each network's health
 condition and address existing and emerging treatments.
     Approximately 16 million Americans have diabetes, and experts say at least
 a third of them don't know it.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness,
 kidney failure and lower-limb amputations.  Further, people with diabetes are
 at an increased risk for developing a heart attack or stroke.
 
     The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health
 organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  The
 Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives
 of all people affected by the disease.  Founded in 1940, the Association
 supports local offices in every region of the country, providing services to
 more than 800 communities.
     The work of the American Diabetes Association can be summed in three words
 - cure - care - commitment.  Focused on finding a cure for diabetes and
 improving diabetes care.  With a commitment to being there for people with
 diabetes, their families and friends, and the health care professionals who
 care for them -- providing information and support, and connecting them with
 others like themselves.  Because we believe that no one should have to fight
 diabetes alone.
     For more information on diabetes, call the American Diabetes Association
 at 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit the Association's website at
 http://www.diabetes.org .
 
 SOURCE  American Diabetes Association