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Blue & You Foundation Awards Mini Grants To Health Programs

July 30, 2012

Little Rock, AR — The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas has awarded $1,000 grants to 12 health improvement programs in Arkansas. Mini-grant recipients include:

• Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, North Little Rock, for the AHELP at ADEM project, addressing worksite wellness and obesity (nutrition and exercise).

• Delta Presents Outreach Foundation, Little Rock, for the Take Control of Your Health: For Aspiring College Students project, addressing substance abuse.

• Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary, Batesville, for the Tasty Treats from the Garden project, addressing nutrition and obesity (nutrition and exercise).

• East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, Jonesboro, for the Jam Festival 2012 project, addressing exercise/physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

• Hometown Health Coalition Network, Warren, for the Sheridan Middle School Activity Awareness Campaign project, addressing healthy lifestyles and exercise/ physical activity.

• Marion County Hometown Health Inc., Yellville, for the Marion County Community Baby Shower project, addressing prenatal/pediatrics and safety.

• Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville, for the One Size Doesn’t Fit All project, addressing CPR/first aid/AED and medical professional education.

• Paragould School District, Paragould, for the Paragould High School Wellness Center project, addressing obesity (nutrition and exercise) and mental health.

• Pediatrics Plus Connections, Conway, for the TOP Soccer project, addressing obesity (nutrition & exercise) and disabilities.

• S.W. Chance, Maumelle, for the Exposing People with Disabilities to Low Fat, Low Sugar, Heart Healthy Snacks and Low Impact Exercise project, addressing obesity

(nutrition and exercise) and disabilities.

• University of Central Arkansas, Conway, for the Nutrition Magic: Preschoolers and the USDA MyPlate project, addressing nutrition and obesity (nutrition and exercise.

• Wildwood Park for the Arts, Little Rock, for the Lily and the Apple Seed project, addressing healthy lifestyles and nutrition.

Nonprofit and charitable organizations, schools, and government institutions in Arkansas are eligible to apply for two different programs: a $1,000 mini-grant program and a regular grants program of $5,000 to $150,000. New applications will be accepted beginning in March, 2013. Grant guidelines and the online applications can be found at www.BlueAndYouFoundationArkansas.org.

The Blue & You Foundation was established in 2001 by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to help support community organizations that are implementing programs to improve the health of Arkansans. “In its first 10 years of grantmaking, the Blue & You Foundation has awarded a total of $14 million to 243 health improvement projects in Arkansas,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director. “These include programs to address obesity, diabetes, healthy lifestyles, medical and dental care for the uninsured, and dozens of other health issues that are affecting our state’s population.”

About The Blue & You Foundation
The Blue & You Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves the state of Arkansas.

 

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