The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation's Connections for
Cardiovascular HealthSM program today announced a
grant of $189,500 to the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of
Schenectady County to support its "Health Shares: Doctors Prescribing
Healthy Local Produce to At-Risk, Low Income Families" initiative.
From left to right: Ephraim Back, M.D./Ellis Medicine, Kirk Lewis, CEO/Schenectady ARC, Timothy Gardner, M.D., Trustee/AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, Chris Logue, Executive Director/Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County and Brian Gordon, M.D., Chair/Schenectady County Health Department at a ceremony today for the presentation of a grant for $189,500 to Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. The event took place at Maple Ridge Day Center, Schenectady ARC in Rotterdam, NY. (Photo: AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation)
The Health Shares program works to reduce complications from
cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases through an innovative
community partnership that improves nutrition by prescribing fresh
vegetables for high-risk, low-income patients at an urban family health
"We are excited to be the recipient of the Connections for
Cardiovascular Health Grant which will be used to implement the Health
Shares Project," said Christopher Logue, Executive Director, Cornell
Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County. "Its purpose is to improve
the lives of county residents who are at risk for chronic disease
through improving nutritional awareness and increasing access to fresh
vegetables. In the future, this project could be a model for local
farmers to partner ith the health care community to increase access and
availability of local fresh produce. On behalf of the Cornell
Cooperative Extension and our partners, Ellis Medicine, Schenectady
County Public Health Services and Schenectady ARC, we thank the
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation for their generous support."
The focus of the Health Shares program is to mitigate the complications
of cardiovascular disease and chronic disease among impoverished adults
through increased vegetable consumption and nutrition education. Through
this project, physicians at Ellis Health Center will issue vouchers to
chronic disease patients, which they may use to acquire five meals worth
of vegetables bi-weekly.
The goal is to impact 400 individuals and provide enough produce for
4,000 meals per month. Youth from the "Roots and Wisdom" agriculture and
community service program and individuals with developmental
disabilities from Schenectady ARC will grow, harvest and package
vegetables at a city greenhouse and one-acre garden. Ellis Health Center
patients can redeem the vouchers for produce at an urban farm stand
where nutritionists from Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of
Schenectady County will teach people to use recipes that incorporate
vegetables into daily meal plans.
"Cardiovascular disease continues to be the nation's No. 1 killer, which
is why we must work to decrease the risks of this devastating disease,"
said James W. Blasetto, M.D., MPH, FACC, chairman of the AstraZeneca
HealthCare Foundation. "The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is proud
to provide funding to innovative, grassroots programs like the Cornell
Cooperative's Health Shares program, which work to help prevent and
control the effects of cardiovascular disease in their community."
The Connections for Cardiovascular Health program awards grants
of $150,000 and up to US-based non-profit organizations that are doing
innovative work in the field of cardiovascular health. This year, the
Foundation has awarded more than $4.4 million in grants to 22
organizations. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded nearly
$11 million across the United States to help improve cardiovascular
Organizations can learn more and apply online for a Foundation grant at www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation.
Applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb.
About Cornell Cooperative Extension Association
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County (CCE,SC) provides
research-based education and training opportunities for adults and
youth. CCE,SC helps people gain knowledge and skills to improve their
quality of life. CCE,SC responds to the changing needs of the community.
Programs are offered in the areas of Wellness and Health, Agriculture
and Horticulture, and Youth Development. CCE,SC has been educating the
residents of Schenectady County since 1918.
About the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation
Established in 1993, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a Delaware
not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for
charitable purposes including to promote public awareness of healthcare
issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge and to support
or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations
consistent with its charitable purpose. Connections for
Cardiovascular Health was launched in 2010 through a charitable
contribution of $25 million from AstraZeneca.
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