Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Grant Offered for Women's Heart Health

Millions of women in America have one or more risk factors for heart disease, which can dramatically increase their risk of developing the condition. To address the lack of awareness about women’s heart disease, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) have joined together to offer a grant program to encourage community-based organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate activities and programming that educate women about making lifestyle changes to lower their risk for heart disease and promote The Heart Truth®, the NHLBI’s national awareness campaign for women about heart disease.

The grant program seeks to fund innovative ways of delivering programs that go beyond simply increasing the number of persons educated to demonstrating and supporting sustainable behavioral change. A key goal of the grant program is to provide women of color, low income, and in rural areas key health information and community education programming designed to increase personal awareness of heart disease risk factors and lifestyle behavior change that supports heart health.

The FNIH and the NHLBI are specifically looking for programs and activities that focus on personal heart health risk assessment and behavioral change such as skill-building, goal-setting, and social support. Applicants should propose active, rather than passive, education and outreach strategies that are designed to reach, engage, and motivate women.

To learn more about this grant, visit the FNIH website.

Heart attacks and strokes are largely preventable. Colorado participates in the Million Hearts Initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. Read more about the initiative at Million Hearts.

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