Co-Chairs Dr. Elad Levy of Kaleida Health and David Anderson of BlueCross BlueShield along with 15 other c-level area Executives ride to raise lifesaving funds for heart disease and stroke in our community

WHO: The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA)

in conjunction with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Delaware North and Kaleida Health.

WHAT: Co-Chairs Dr. Elad Levy, Co-Director of the Kaleida Health Stroke Center and David Anderson, CEO and President of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York kick-off CycleNation 2019. This is the first-time that c-suite executives from across the Buffalo region will join forces and ride to benefit the American Heart Association for the September 14th event. CycleNation is a high-energy, indoor stationary cycling event at the BlueCross BlueShield headquarters. The Executive Leadership team members will join Dr. Elad Levy and David Anderson, for a one-hour ride, to raise lifesaving funds for heart disease and stroke research in our community through the CycleNation campaign.

WHEN: Friday, July 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

WHERE: BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, 257 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

WHY: “Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of hospitalization and death across the eight counties in Western New York that BlueCross BlueShield serves,” said David W. Anderson, President and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “I’m honored to serve as co-chair for the 2019 CycleNation to help raise awareness and contribute to research that will enable our members and community to live longer, healthier lives.”

The goal of this event is to use cycling to improve heart and brain health, while raising funds to continue the AHA/ASA’s vital community programs, lifesaving research and advocacy efforts to end heart disease and stroke.

Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, with stroke being the No. 3 killer in Western New York. To improve overall cardiovascular health, the AHA/ASA suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.

About CycleNation 2019:

Company and community teams are welcome at the second annual CycleNation event, Saturday, September 14, 2019. The day begins with registration at 3:30 p.m. where participants, their friends, co-workers and family can enjoy heart-healthy snacks, nutrition advice, a chance to win prizes, an interactive selfie stop and receive valuable information about stroke and heart disease prevention. There will be a VIP Super-Star lounge, BlueCross BlueShield Kids Zone, Fun Run for kids ages 3-12 sponsored by Kaleida Health, Hype Photo Booth and more. Each rider enjoys a 25-minute, high-energy stationary cycling session led by local instructors from Revolution Buffalo, Rebel Ride Indoor Cycling and Strength and Rise Fitness before handing off to another team member. Each team can have up to eight riders. Cycling will take place between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. All riders must register online at CycleNation.org/Buffalo to start a team or join a team. You may also contact Michelle Mason to sign up your team and for more event information at Michelle.Mason@heart.org.

CycleNation is nationally sponsored by Amgen. The local signature sponsor is BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Delaware North and Kaleida Health. The media sponsors are WGRZ-TV and Buffalo Healthy Living. Other local sponsors include Integer, Pegula Sports, and Lawley Insurance, to name a few.

About the American Stroke Association

Starting 20 years ago with the American Stroke Association’s inception as a division of the American Heart Association, advancements have revolutionized the field of stroke prevention and treatment. As many as 80 percent of strokes are preventable. And, while one in 4 stroke survivors have a second stroke, the good news is that second strokes are also largely preventable with a healthy lifestyle. Most people who have a stroke have high blood pressure, so it’s incredibly important for everyone to know their numbers and keep them under control to help prevent a stroke.

The ASA’s Together to End Stroke™ initiative teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people to recognize the most common stroke warning signs and what to do if one occurs:

· F – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

· A – Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

· S – Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

· T – Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately. Calling 911 is the fastest proven way to access treatment because hospitals are set up to treat stroke patients arriving by ambulance.

About BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is a division of HealthNow New York Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Since 1936, BlueCross BlueShield has helped millions of people lead healthier lives. BlueCross BlueShield offers a full range of insured, self-insured, and government programs and services covering businesses, families, and individuals, as well as dental and vision plans and stop-loss coverage. As a community-based, not-for-profit health plan, BlueCross BlueShield contributes significantly to organizations that strengthen and enrich the health of our community.

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About Delaware North:

Delaware North is one of the largest privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 55,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than a half-billion guests annually. Delaware North operates in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurant and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries and has annual revenue of about $3 billion. Learn more about Delaware North at www.DelawareNorth.com.

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