AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $154,320 Grant to Poudre Valley Health System Foundation

  AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $154,320 Grant to Poudre Valley
  Health System Foundation

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- February 11, 2014

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular
Health^SM program today announced a grant of $154,320 to the Poudre Valley
Health System Foundation to support its Healthy Hearts Family Intervention.

Healthy Hearts works to interrupt patterns of cardiovascular disease in
low-income families in northern Colorado through increased comprehension of
cardiovascular disease risk factors; heart-healthy lifestyle behaviors;
physical activity; and improved clinical measures such as body mass index,
blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Children and their parents are trained
together in this intergenerational initiative to reduce risks and improve
heart health.

“Educating our children about healthy lifestyles and heart health is essential
but ineffective unless we are able to effectively achieve family support and
involvement in the process,” said Gary Luckasen, M.D., medical director of
research, Poudre Valley Health System. “This grant from the AstraZeneca
HealthCare Foundation will help us promote heart health across generations.”

The rate of obese adults in Larimer County has been on the rise for the past
five years in contrast to the rest of Colorado. A higher percentage of
residents in Larimer County die from heart disease and stroke than the state
average, according to 2012 data from the Colorado Department of Public Health
& Environment.^1 ^2 The grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will
help the Healthy Hearts program to improve these health statistics.

“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like the Poudre Valley Health System Foundation 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
Poudre Valley Health System Foundation for its commitment to improving heart
health in their community.”

The Connections for Cardiovascular Health^SM 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 Health^SM grant at www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation.
Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 27,
2014.

About Poudre Valley Health System Foundation

The mission of the Poudre Valley Health System Foundation is to support its
affiliated hospitals and clinics in the delivery and advancement of
world-class health care in northern Colorado. The foundation realizes its
mission through the development and stewardship of philanthropic resources in
support of the hospitals’ mission and strategic goals. Learn more at
www.pvhs.org/foundation.

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 Health^SM was launched in 2010 through
a charitable contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.

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^1 Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Larimer County Births
and Deaths 2012. Retrieved from:
http://www.chd.dphe.state.co.us/Resources/vs/2012/Larimer.pdf.

^2 Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Colorado Births and
Deaths 2012. Retrieved:
http://www.chd.dphe.state.co.us/Resources/vs/2012/Colorado.pdf.

Contact:

Public Communications Inc.:
Colleen O’Donnell or Sky Opila, 312-558-1770
or
Poudre Valley Health System Foundation:
Nicole Caputo, 970-237-7112
 
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