ADDING MULTIMEDIA AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant to Sankofa Community Development Corporation

  ADDING MULTIMEDIA AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant to
  Sankofa Community Development Corporation

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NEW ORLEANS -- February 11, 2014

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular
Health^SM program today announced a grant of $150,000 to Sankofa Community
Development Corporation to support its Sankofa Health, Education, Agriculture
and Leadership (HEAL) Project. This is the third consecutive year in which the
Sankofa Community Development Corporation has received a grant from the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, totaling $450,000.

From left to right: James W. Blasetto, M.D., MPH, FACC, Chairman of the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Found ...

From left to right: James W. Blasetto, M.D., MPH, FACC, Chairman of the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation; Rashida Ferdinand, Founder and Executive
Director of Sankofa Community Development Corporation; Zydikiyah Morrison, a
participant in the Sankofa HEAL Project; and Daniela Rivera, Treasurer of the
Board at Sankofa Community Development Corporation, at a ceremony today for
the presentation of a grant for $150,000 to Sankofa Community Development
Corporation from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. The event took place
at ARISE Academy in New Orleans, La. The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation has
announced grants totaling nearly $3.7 million to 19 U.S.-based nonprofit
organizations across the country dedicated to improving cardiovascular health
in local communities. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Sankofa HEAL Project teaches youth and their families about the health
benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the associated risk
reduction for obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and
related illnesses. Participants also receive heart health and nutrition
education through the development of a community garden, participation in a
farmers’ market and a garden-specific curriculum.

“We are very appreciative to be awarded this third year of funding from the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation,” said Rashida Ferdinand, executive
director, Sankofa Community Development Corporation. “The grant will help us
strengthen and expand the HEAL Project to directly reach more children and
their families in order to continue to promote heart-healthy lifestyles and
better impact our community.”

As a result of previous funding from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, in
2013, two-thirds of the 74 HEAL students that have participated in the program
increased their knowledge of cardiovascular health, such as dietary habits and
physical activity. In addition, the program has provided increased access to
fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmers’ Market for people of lower
socioeconomic status who would otherwise not be able to afford them.

“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United
States, and organizations like the Sankofa Community Development Corporation
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 Sankofa
Community Development Corporation 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 Sankofa Community Development Corporation

Sankofa Community Development Corporation, founded in 2008, serves as a
catalyst to revitalize New Orleans’ Lower and Upper Ninth Ward communities.
The nonprofit organization was established to facilitate advances in urban
revitalization, healthy living, youth empowerment through education and
intergenerational learning. Currently, Sankofa Community Development
Corporation leads the Sankofa Mobile Market, Sankofa HEAL Project and Sankofa
Learning Gardens and Farms Project. Learn more at www.sankofanola.org.

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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Sankofa Community Development Corporation
Rosamar Torres, 504-872-9214
 
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