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Humana Foundation Awards Grants To Combat Childhood Obesity

Five nonprofits across the country awarded a total of $212,000 in grants


Monday, December 13, 2010 10:15 am EST



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"At The Humana Foundation, our goal is to support strategies that result in healthier children and families"

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and The Humana Foundation announced today that five U.S. nonprofit organizations will receive a total of $212,000 to combat childhood obesity, a serious public health crisis in the U.S. These grants are a part of The Humana Foundation’s 2010 Future Without Childhood Obesity initiative. Humana recognizes that childhood obesity carries with it significant consequences – related medical costs have reached $14 billion per year and children are now being diagnosed with adult weight-related diseases, like type 2 diabetes, that significantly threaten quality of life.

In response to these alarming findings, The Humana Foundation offered this grant opportunity to nonprofit organizations making significant strides in the fight against this growing epidemic. The grant recipients received between $10,000 and $50,000 to enhance or expand proven school-based and community programs that have demonstrated evidence of positive health improvements in children.

“At The Humana Foundation, our goal is to support strategies that result in healthier children and families,” said Virginia Kelly Judd, executive director of The Humana Foundation. “By supporting curriculum-based health programming as well as after-school programs focused on physical activity, nutrition and well-being, we are taking a step to curb this epidemic.”

The five 2010 Humana Foundation Future Without Childhood Obesity grant recipients include:

Boys and Girls Club, based in Kansas City, Mo., serves nearly 7,000 area youth and offers everything from sports and fitness to education about healthy lifestyles and improving self-esteem. As a recipient, the Boys and Girls Club will expand and enhance the Triple Play Program that challenges children to become healthy and active by managing stress, maintaining healthy fitness levels, and forming positive relationships. For more information, visit http://www.bgc-gkc.org/.

Bon Secours Healthcare Foundation based in Richmond, Va., works to elevate health care through compassion and healing by supporting four Bon Secours Richmond hospitals that serve more than 20 communities. The Foundation will use the grant to expand the GirlForce Workshop with a nutritional component providing valuable, hands-on experience through cooking lessons, planting herbs and vegetables, and learning about the importance of nutrition to combating obesity. For more information, visit https://www.bsvaf.org/.

Orleans Recovery Foundation based in New Orleans, La., is part of the New Orleans Health Department and works to fund, develop and deploy community-based health initiatives. Grant funding will be used to convert Louisiana State University’s well respected Trim Kids program into a nonprofit model for low income at-risk children. The primary goal is to implement physical activity, nutrition and weight-management classes to overweight and obese children in Orleans Parish.

YMCA of Metro Ft. Worth based in Fort Worth, Texas, consists of 13 branches with programs designed to help young people establish healthy, productive behaviors that will enable them to succeed and serve. The grant funding will expand the YMCA’s after-school programming to further improve children’s nutritional awareness and engage family members in physical activities such as running clubs. After-school programming is based on the empowerME4Life curriculum. For more information, visit http://www.ymcafw.org/.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is committed to nurturing the potential in kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The YMCA will use the grant to expand Fitness is Fun and Youth Sports, after-school and day-camp programs. Families have more opportunities to engage in healthy activities with their children, and a greater emphasis is placed on improving and sustaining individualized fitness and nutrition goals. For more information, visit http://www.cincinnatiymca.org.

About The Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies. The Foundation is located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humana’s corporate headquarters. The Foundation’s mission is to support charitable activities that promote healthy lives and healthy communities. For more information, visit www.humanafoundation.org.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.1 million medical members and approximately 7 million specialty-benefit members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 49-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

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