CNY Diabetes receives grant from Excellus

The Mohawk Valley Health System’s Central New York Diabetes Education Program has received a three-year grant of $71,000 from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield for state-of-the-art retinal screening equipment and additional resources for local diabetes prevention services.

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and the number of people estimated to have pre-diabetes is increasing. CNY Diabetes provides comprehensive diabetes education and prevention programming for children, adolescents and adults throughout the region.

The new funding will allow CNY Diabetes to provide cooking class demonstrations and purchase interactive white boards, Bluetooth weight scales and a Welch Allyn RetinaVue portable eye fundus camera.

Funding for CNY Diabetes comes from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Member and Community Health Improvement program.

This program provides grants to initiatives that involve numerous community partners, span multiple years and include specific objectives and measurable outcomes in improving health.

For more information, contact CNY Diabetes at 315-624-5620 or visit