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Tufts awards $186K to 4 R.I. groups

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WATERTOWN, Mass. – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has awarded more than $186,000 in new funding to four Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its first cycle of funding for 2013.

Cornerstone Adult Services Inc. has won a $54,924 grant that will fund the Healthy Aging through Exercise and Nutrition program. This program will offer physical exercise and healthy eating to 85 participants with early memory loss. Support for caregivers will be made available while exercise and nutrition classes are being held.

The Greater Providence Young Men’s Christian Association is receiving a $49,583 grant to fund the Healthy, Safe and Over 60 program. This program will recruit 108 active older adults to participate in A Matter of Balance, an eight-session workshop for older adults designed to promote fitness and overcome a fear of falling.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank has been awarded a $7,000 grant to fund the program, Addressing the Meal Gap for Seniors in Rhode Island. With this grant, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank will develop a comprehensive nutrition education program that includes mobile pantries, senior box programs and nutrition education.

The Rhode Island Free Clinic has won a $75,000 grant to fund the Healthy Lifestyles for Today and Tomorrow program. Rhode Island Free Clinic serves uninsured older adults who earn less than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. This program includes fitness, nutrition, heart health monitoring, senior social support groups, diabetes education and wellness classes.

In total, the foundation awarded $1.6 in grants this cycle to 34 organizations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The largest number of grants this cycle was awarded in the foundation’s Health & Wellness program area, primarily for initiatives that promote chronic disease self-management and prevention, exercise and nutrition, and fall prevention.

“Health and wellness programs are critical to healthy aging, but so are programs that change people’s lives through social and purposeful engagement,” said David Abelman, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with a diverse group of nonprofit organizations that recognize how important health education, social connections, physical activity and community service are to improving the overall health and well-being of a growing population of older adults.”

For a full list of Cycle 1 2013 grant recipients, please visit: www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org.

Cornerstone Adult Services Inc, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Greater Providence Young Men’s Christian Association,

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