Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation in 2008 awarded community grants and sponsorships in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia totaling $600,000, with a particular focus on promoting wellness and targeting health disparities.
Among the community grants awarded were:
The $125,000 grant to the American Heart Association helped support the "START!" program in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The program, part of a larger, national effort, calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health, in order to live longer, heart-healthy lives. Aetna promoted physical activity through workplace walking programs, and worked with clients to encourage more of them to become "fit-friendly" companies.
The majority of Aetna's other Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia grants focused on programs that promote wellness and work to end health care disparities.
"Our philanthropic efforts in 2008 were aimed largely at promoting wellness," said Tom Grote, head of sales for Aetna in the region. "We're hopeful that these efforts can help improve health outcomes for people in this area and help them lead healthier, more productive lives."
Aetna provides health benefits to more than 1 million people in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Founded in 1972, the Foundation seeks to help build healthy communities by funding initiatives that improve the quality of life where Aetna employees and customers work and live.
The Foundation's giving is focused on health, diversity and employee community involvement, with broader programs in our home sate of Connecticut. Since 1980, the Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed over $334 million in grants, sponsorships and social investments. In 2007, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation contributed $24.5 million nationally.
Additional information about the Foundation is available about the Aetna Foundation is available at www.aetna.com/foundation.
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