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Blue & You Foundation Awards Mini Grants To Health Programs

June 18, 2012

Little Rock – The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas has awarded $1,000 grants to 23 health improvement programs in Arkansas.

Mini-grant recipients in 2012 include:

• Arkansas Hospice, North Little Rock, for the Virtual Dementia Tour project, addressing Alzheimer’s, hospice and end of life planning.

• Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, Little Rock, for the Health Literacy for Grandparent & Relative Caregivers project, addressing healthy lifestyles and mental health.

• Arthritis Foundation Southeast Region, Little Rock, for the Arthritis Foundation Certified Instructor Training project, addressing arthritis and chronic disease selfmanagement.

• Camp Aldersgate, Little Rock, for the Seniors Day Out project, addressing senior wellness.

• CARTI Foundation, Little Rock, for the CARTI Transportation Assistance project, addressing cancer.

• Christian Health Ministry of White County, Searcy, for the IT Upgrade project, addressing charity clinic operation and electronic medical records.

• City of Cammack Village, Cammack Village, for the City of Cammack Village Swimming Pool Wheelchair Access project, addressing disabilities, exercise and physical activity.

• Delta Community Based Services, Little Rock, for the Daring 2 Strive Together, The 2nd Annual “At-Promise” Girls Empowerment Conference project, addressing substance abuse.

• Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, Fort Smith, for the SunSMART project, addressing cancer.

• Forrester-Davis Development Center, Clarksville, for the Health and Wellness project, addressing disabilities and heart health.

• Friends of the Timberwolves, Newark, for the Healthy Habits project, addressing obesity (nutrition and exercise) and healthy lifestyles.

• Hearth, Jonesboro, for the Making My Family Food Dollar Count project, addressing nutrition and parenting.

• Hip Hop Tumblers, Harrison, for the Dance, Tumbling and Cheerleading classes for underprivileged children project, addressing exercise/physical activity and obesity (nutrition and exercise).

• Historic Harrison Business Association, Harrison, for the Spring HEALTH Fest project, addressing exercise/physical activity and substance abuse.

• Hope Cancer Resources, Springdale, for the Education for Life project, addressing healthy lifestyles and cancer.

• LifeHouse Ministries, Paragould, for the Concepts of Sexual Health project, addressing sexual health/STDs and HIV/AIDS.

• Mid-Delta Health Systems, Clarendon, for the Tobacco is Trouble project, addressing tobacco related health conditions.

• Newton County Resource Council, Jasper, for the Summer Youth project, addressing obesity (nutrition and exercise) and parenting.

• Old High Middle School, Bentonville, for the Chair-Free Classrooms: Enhancing student learning and focus through active sitting project, addressing healthy lifestyles and exercise and physical activity.

• Ozark Guidance, Springdale, for the Join the Journey for Mental Wellness project, addressing mental health and wellness education and prevention.

• Ozarka College, Melbourne, for the Australian Walkabout Fitness Challenge: A Journey to a Healthier Life project, addressing exercise/physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

• The Elizabeth Richardson Center, Springdale, for the Multi-sensory environment project, addressing disabilities and Autism.

• Washington Regional Medical Foundation, Fayetteville, for the Washington Regional Cancer Support Home project, addressing cancer.

Nonprofit and charitable organizations, schools, and government institutions in Arkansas are eligible to apply for two different programs: a $1,000 mini-grant program with an application deadline of June 30, and a regular grants program of $5,000 to $150,000 with an application deadline of July 16.

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 231 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 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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