More than 200 people have confirmed attendance on Facebook, meaning there will be far more than that many people coming this Sunday to the New York Academy of Medicine, to participate of this beautiful grassroots event that will serve as a way to set the stage on behalf of patients living with NCDs (non-communicable diseases) for Monday and Tuesday's UN NCD Summit.
The New York Academy of Medicine
103rd Street and 5th Avenue.
Central Park, New York, USA.
Activity schedule is approximately as follows (activities will be added/updated over the course of the next day or two):
- 12:30: meet at the Academy to prepare for Bike Ride/Big Blue Test Walk
- 12:45 to 1 pm: Bikers (from JDRF and other groups) head into Central Park Bike Ride, following Phil Southerland from Team Type 1 (click on the map below for a downloadable PDF).
- Also, 12:45 to 1 pm: Walkers head out to Big Blue Test Walk, following Manny Hernandez (click on the map below for a downloadable PDF). We will be shooting footage for the upcoming Big Blue Test video in the course of the walk.
- By 1:30: all walkers/bikers should be back to the Academy.
- 1:45: The Caribbean community will lead a carnival entering the Academy in support of NCDs.
(all activities from this point on will take place inside the New York Academy of Medicine)
- 2:00 pm: Jean Claude Mbanya, President of IDF kicks off the event; Presentation of a one million strong petition in support of the NCD Summit
- 2:30 to 4:30: Tai Chi: Introduction to the basic stretch exercises; Hula your way to Health; 'Socamotion' (dance/exercise) exhibition.
- Also, 2:30 to 4:30: Poetry reading. Reading of poems about life with diabetes, cancer and other non-communicable diseases.
- Also, 2:30 to 4:30: Information pods and free health check-ups available throughout the afternoon.
- Also, 2:30 to 4:30: children are welcome to join in creating NCD art alongside the grown-up artists that will be finishing up the Live Art Mural (see next bullet for more details).
- 4:45 pm: Unveiling of Live Art Mural - Leading artists touched by diabetes (Andreina Davila, Lee Ann Thill, Zoey Stevens and Regina Holliday), along with artists representing other NCDs will be working on a giant mural dedicated to the Summit throughout the summit.
It will be a Sunday full of community grassroots activities for the whole NCD family. If you can are in or around NYC Sunday, come join us!