Aetna and the Aetna Foundation Partner with Atlanta-Area Nonprofits to Fight Obesity

-- Grants Totaling $485,000 Awarded in 2010 --

HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- With obesity rates in Georgia reaching 30 percent of the adult population, Aetna (NYSE: AET) and the Aetna Foundation are working closely with Atlanta-area nonprofits to help Georgians eat better and live healthier. In 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation together awarded $485,000 in community grants and sponsorships to organizations addressing obesity among adults and children as well as other health and human services needs.

“Aetna is proud to support nonprofit organizations in Georgia that are working to make a difference on key health and wellness challenges we face in our communities,” said John Price, president of Aetna’s Georgia market.

To support the fight against childhood and adult obesity, grants were awarded to:

  • $80,000 to the 100 Black Men of Atlanta;
  • $75,000 to the Glenda A. Hatchett Foundation Inc.;
  • $40,000 to the American Diabetes Association;
  • $40,000 to CHOICES Inc. (Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully) .
  • $25,000 to the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission;
  • $25,000 to the Ryan Cameron Foundation;
  • $25,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Inc.;
  • $25,000 to the Wellness Assessment Foundation Inc.;
  • $15,000 to the Stewart Foundation;
  • $15,000 to Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta;
  • $15,000 to the Inspiring Kids Academy Inc.; and
  • $5,000 to Special Olympics Georgia Inc. (Atlanta).

Additionally, grants and sponsorships were awarded to:

  • $45,000 to the 100 Black Men of America Inc. (Atlanta);
  • $30,000 to the American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate;
  • $5,000 to ATLUL Atlanta Urban League Inc.;
  • $5,000 to The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change Inc.; and
  • $5,000 to Leadership DeKalb Inc.

Nationwide during 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation gave nearly $15.6 million in grants and sponsorships. In addition, Aetna employees, retirees and directors donated an additional $6.9 million through the company's matching gift program, bringing combined giving in communities where Aetna employees and customers live and work to nearly $22.5 million. And, Aetna’s employees donated more than dollars, generously giving nearly 335,000 hours of their personal time and talents in communities nationwide. Since 2003, Aetna employees have logged more than 2.3 million volunteer hours.

“During 2010, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation were pleased to provide grants to 661 nonprofit organizations nationwide, and to match the generosity of our employees to another 9,492 organizations within our communities,” said Anne Beal, M.D., M.P.H., Aetna Foundation president. “We also made significant progress toward our goals of concentrating our grants on specific health issues of national concern, giving nearly $2.35 million to the fight against obesity, $1.24 million to improve racial and ethnic equity in health and health care, and more than $1 million to support better integrated health care in America.”

More information about Aetna’s and the Aetna Foundation’s 2010 efforts to help improve the health of children and adults and to make our health care system more equitable and effective can be found online in the multi-media annual giving report Investing in Our Future.

About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed $394 million in grants and sponsorships, including $15.6 million in 2010. 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 more than 2.3 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.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.5 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary 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.



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