Program takes aim at childhood obesity
Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation in 2009 awarded community grants and sponsorships in Florida totaling $721,000, with a particular focus on disease prevention, obesity and health screening.
The contributions support Aetna’s commitment to enhancing the quality of health care, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. In total, the Aetna Foundation, Aetna and its employees awarded more than $24 million nationally in 2009.
The 41 Florida grant recipients were:
“Aetna is proud to support organizations in Florida that are making great strides in targeting health care issues that affect our communities,” said Mark LaBorde, president of Aetna’s Tampa and Jacksonville markets. “As a responsible corporate citizen, we recognize our obligation to help address these critical needs.”
The largest of those grants was for $52,000 to Orlando-based MicheLee Puppets Inc. in support of its “EXTREME Health Challenge.” The program targets childhood obesity by engaging students from kindergarten through fifth grade in fun and educational programs. The activities help children achieve Sunshine State Standards in math, science and language arts while they’re learning about nutrition and exercise. The comprehensive package equips schools with posters, DVDs, live performances and activity guides, giving them effective tools to influence students and faculty members.
“Aetna and the Aetna Foundation are proud to partner with organizations across the country in support of their good work, and we look forward to continued relationships as we focus our giving in key areas going forward,” said Anne Beal, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation. “For 2010 and beyond, we are transitioning to a new approach that encompasses a more concentrated grant-making focus on specific health issues of national concern, enhanced communication and measurement of the impact of our grants, a more proportionate distribution of our charitable giving across the country, and a more holistic relationship with our community partners that capitalizes on our employee presence and the generosity and talents of our employee volunteers.”
The Aetna Foundation has opened the call for proposals for the 2010 grant cycle. Grant applicants should visit www.AetnaFoundation.org for more information on how to apply for a grant and to learn more about the following Aetna Foundation focus areas for grant making in 2010 and beyond:
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed over $379 million in grants and sponsorships. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered nearly 2 million hours since 2003. Our current giving is focused on addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.; promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and advancing integrated health care. For more information, visit www.AetnaFoundation.org.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.1 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com and Aetna's Annual Report at www.aetna.com/2009annualreport.