AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $213,000 Grant to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department

  AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $213,000 Grant to the Ashland-Boyd
  County Health Department

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ASHLAND, Ky. -- February 11, 2014

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular
Health^SM 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 lifestyle changes.”

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 physical
activity for 60 minutes per day by the end of the year, up from 25 percent at
the beginning of the program.

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

Contact:

Public Communications Inc.
Colleen O’Donnell or Sky Opila, 312-558-1770
or
Ashland-Boyd County Health Department
Holly West, 606-329-9444 ext. 2223
 
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