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Aetna Foundation Gives $24,000 to JRMC to Help Local Latino Kids Get Healthy



  Aetna Foundation Gives $24,000 to JRMC to Help Local Latino Kids Get Healthy

Business Wire

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. -- February 28, 2013

At a ceremony today at the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center (JRMC),
representatives of the Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna Foundation presented a
$24,000 check to support a new JRMC program aimed at helping local young
people from the Latino community improve their health.

The funding supports “Proyecto Muevete Junto” (“Let’s Move Together”), a
program designed to address rising rates of obesity in the Latino community in
Perth Amboy and surrounding towns. The program is working with 120 Latino boys
and girls who are at risk of diabetes or other health problems arising from
being overweight or obese. “Proyecto Muevete Junto” combines fun physical
activities with lessons on nutrition and healthy eating.

Speaking on behalf of the Aetna Foundation was Tanya Hall, community relations
director of Aetna’s Northeast Region. “Teaching kids healthy habits in a fun
way is a great way to make the lessons stick,” said Hall. “That’s why the
Aetna Foundation found ‘Proyecto Muevete Junto’ to be a good fit. This program
can help kids get healthier now and stay healthier in the future. The Aetna
Foundation’s mission is to promote health and wellness, especially to
underserved communities.”

“As community leaders in health education, it was natural for us to build on
our existing nutrition and wellness programs to develop one that would be
culturally appropriate for Latino kids and their families in our area,” said
Alan Goldsmith, Ph.D., JRMC’s founder and president, who accepted the donation
at today’s event. “We believe that ‘Proyecto Muevete Junto’ will act as a
support system to nurture healthier lives for the young people in the program.
We are grateful for the Aetna Foundation’s support.”

When participants start “Proyecto Muevete Junto,” they will be given an
individualized fitness plan for diet and exercise, based on their body mass
index, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, blood pressure and other clinical
screenings. Then participants will take part in two eight-week sessions run by
the Boys & Girls Club of Perth Amboy, where they will enjoy fun physical
activities, cooking lessons, healthy eating tips and an array of games
designed to boost their social skills. Parents will be encouraged to attend
special workshops on health and wellness to help them become better advocates
for healthier living for their children and themselves. In addition,
Spanish-speaking staff members, aged 18 to 24, will serve as mentors and
advocates for the participants.

Besides the Boys & Girls Club of Perth Amboy, St. Peter’s University Hospital
in New Brunswick, N.J., also is collaborating with JRMC to implement “Proyecto
Muevete Junto.”

About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm
of Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET). Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have
contributed $413 million in grants and sponsorships, including $19.2 million
in 2011. As a national health foundation, the Aetna Foundation promotes
wellness, health and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This
work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have
volunteered more than 2.6 million hours since 2003. Aetna’s current giving is
focused on addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the
U.S.; promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and
advancing integrated health care. For more information, visit
www.AetnaFoundation.org.

About Jewish Renaissance Medical Center

Established as the nation’s first-ever faith-based, federally qualified health
center (FQHC), the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center  offers the full range of
internal and family medicine, dental care, mental healthcare, and various
areas of specialized treatment for over 30,000 impoverished children and
families. In community and school-based health centers in Perth Amboy and
Newark, JRMC offers the full lifespan of healthcare – from pediatric care for
vulnerable newborns to geriatric care for frail elderly adults. JRMC
administers nine (9) different sites with operating income exceeding $19
million, with a growing team of over 140 professional and clinical staff. In
addition to providing services within the Robert Menendez Medical Arts
Building, JRMC also utilizes its mobile medical command center to connect with
the highest risk children and youth. In a 38-foot Winnebago, our
state-of-the-art ‘moving medical center’ is fully equipped and fabricated with
two exam rooms.

Contact:

Aetna Foundation Media Contact:
Marnie Goodman, 860-273-2314
GoodmanM2@aetna.com
or
JRMC Media Contact:
Jorge Cruz, 732-376-6646
jcruz@jrmc.us
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