|[February 11, 2014]
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $213,000 Grant to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department
ASHLAND, Ky. --(Business Wire)--
The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation's Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM program today announced a
grant of $213,000 to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department to
support its Appalachian Partnership for Positive Living and Eating
(APPLE). This is the second consecutive year in which the Ashland-Boyd
County Health Department has received a grant from the AstraZeneca
HealthCare Foundation, totaling $423,000.
APPLE aims to promote healthy childhood and youth development among 600
children and their caregivers through a voluntary, community-based
obesity case management program in Boyd County.
"The APPLE program has generated promising results and is helping to
improve the quality of life of residents in eastern Kentucky," said
Maria Hardy, MSN, Ashland-Boyd County Health Department's Public Health
Director. "We are excited to continue our partnership with the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation to improve family health and wellness
and look forward to working with more families to make the same positive
As a result of previous funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare
Foundation, by the end of 2013, 316 participants decreased their BMI by
an average of four points and 100 percent reported improved
cardiovascular knowledge. In addition, more than half of these
participants reported engaging in physcal activity for 60 minutes per
day by the end of the year, up from 25 percent at the beginning of the
"Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department
are creating innovative programs to help prevent and decrease the
associated risks with this devastating disease," said James W. Blasetto,
M.D., MPH, FACC, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. "We
are grateful to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department for its
commitment to improving heart health in their community."
The Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM
program annually awards grants of $150,000 or more to U.S.-based
nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving cardiovascular health in
local communities. This year, the program awarded nearly $3.7 million in
grants to 19 organizations. More than $14 million in grants have been
awarded through the program since its inception in 2010.
Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM grant at www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation.
Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb.
About Ashland-Boyd County Health Department
Ashland-Boyd County Health Department is located in the Appalachian
highlands of eastern Kentucky where the state lines of Kentucky, Ohio
and West Virginia meet. Our mission, "To improve the quality of life for
all who live, work and play in Boyd County through disease prevention,
health promotion, environmental safety and public health preparedness,"
is rooted in our long and proud history of serving the residents of our
small, yet vibrant community.
About AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation
Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware
not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for
charitable purposes, including to promote public awareness of healthcare
issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge, and to support
or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations
consistent with its charitable purpose. Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM was launched in 2010
through a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.
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