Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota extends grants to 13 nonprofits
June 25, 2013
In the past few years, many Americans have become much more health conscious. Not only are they going for regular checkups, but they're also eating better and exercising more frequently.
To keep this trend going and get more people involved, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota recently gave grants worth more than $1.8 million to 13 nonprofits. The organization was interested in helping local communities, as low-income families and minorities in Minnesota have substantially poorer health in comparison to the rest of the state. Increased access to more nutritional foods, materials that will help people stop smoking and exercise equipment and plans will be possible with these funds.
Some of the groups given funds include the American Indian Cancer Foundation, Cycles for Change's Community Partners Bike Library Program, Rainbow Health Initiative and the NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota has long been involved in making local communities a healthier place to live. In mid-May, the organization collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and local farmers to convince more than 50 markets across the state to accept Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. This way, more people can buy healthy, fresh and locally-grown foods no matter their economic situation.
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