Ky., Va., W.Va. nonprofits receive health grants

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 2:01 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three nonprofit health organizations in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia are receiving grants to improve cardiovascular health in Appalachia.

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation announced the grants Thursday.

The Delaware-based foundation's Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program awarded $210,000 to the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department in Ashland, Ky for a program aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

St. Mary's Health Wagon in Clintwood, Va., received $239,500 for an initiative to prevent, detect and treat heart disease. The program also works to reduce cardiovascular health disparities in southwest Virginia for the uninsured and under-insured.

West Virginia Health Right in Charleston, W.Va., received $185,025 for a program designed to improve at-risk patients' health through sustainable lifestyle changes and continuity of health care.

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