Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation in 2008 awarded community grants and sponsorships in Florida totaling $857,500, with a particular focus on mitigating health disparities, improving health-care access and promoting wellness.
Among the community grants awarded were:
The $130,000 grant to Commit 2B Fit will fund a academic planner for elementary school students in participating school districts. The planner includes fitness and nutrition information, and will be combined with students' academic assignments to help create healthy, life-long habits.
Aetna's $75,000 grant to the Museum of Science & Industry will help fund "The Amazing You," a new, permanent exhibition on health, wellness and disease prevention. The exhibition is a multi-sensory journey that explores development milestones and teaches people what measures are needed to remain healthy and vital at each stage of life.
The majority of Aetna's other Florida grants focused on a wide range of programs that target diabetes, obesity and community initiatives.
"Florida is home to thousands of Aetna customers and employees," said Mark LaBorde, president of Aetna's Southeast Region small and middle market business. "In these difficult economic times, we feel it is even more important to support programs that positively affect the communities in which we live and work."
Aetna provides health benefits to more than 1.3 million people in Florida.
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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