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Live Healthy Appalachia Recognized as Grantee in Cultivating Healthy Communities Program

Athens, Ohio, [December 14, 2016]—Live Healthy Appalachia has been selected as a grantee in the Aetna Foundation’s Cultivating Healthy Communities program and was awarded a $50,000 community grant to expand its Cooking Coaches program.

The Cultivating Healthy Communities program awarded $2 million in grants to 23 nonprofit organizations in 12 states that plan to address health indicators such as access to healthy foods, increased physical activity, reduced incidences of bullying, more spaces for walking and biking safely and more. The grantees were chosen based on strategies to improve the health of their communities in one of at least five domains: healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors, and environmental exposures.

Live Healthy Appalachia’s Cooking Coaches program offers local healthy cooking classes in communities throughout Athens County. The program features six hands-on sessions that focus on preparing recipes using healthy ingredients, how to find those ingredients at the grocery store, and healthy goal setting. For more information, please contact Live Healthy Appalachia at (740) 856-6100 or visit

“We’re thrilled to expand on the community cooking classes that we have been offering over the past year through the Cooking Coaches program,” says Amy Lipka, Director of Adult Education at Live Healthy Appalachia. “Cooking Coaches builds a sense of community where people are cooking together and learning from one another. These classes are perfect for those interested in quick and easy tips for cooking nutritious food at home. They are not only informative, they’re also fun!”

“At the Aetna Foundation, we know that where you live has a profound impact on how you live,” said Garth Graham, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation. “Our partners have a track record of positively impacting what happens in schools, child care centers, parks, corner stores, and kitchen tables by giving youth and adults the skills and information needed to make good choices. Live Healthy Appalachia is a great example. Their focus on making healthier eating easier is helping to create sustainable change that can improve health outcomes.

This funding addresses the need to improve opportunities for all Americans—regardless of income, education, or ethnic background—to take an active role in living healthier lives. For more information on the Cultivating Healthy Community program, visit For more information on Cooking Coaches and Live Healthy Appalachia, visit


The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna (NYSE: AET). Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed more than $465 million in grants and sponsorships. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality healthcare for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered 3.8 million hours since 2003. For more information, visit and follows @AetnaNews.

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