Hartford Marathon 2010

October 9, 2010 by staff 

Hartford Marathon 2010, The people have spoken. Students Run LA (R), Girl Scouts of Connecticut and puppet MicheLee share $ 100,000 in funding from the Aetna Foundation to continue their programs to reduce obesity rates among children at risk.

Three nonprofit organizations have received the greatest number of votes in the Aetna Foundation Online Fight Childhood Obesity Grant competition, held from 13 September to October 5 on its website.

“The organizations that participated in our contest online grant are unsung heroes in the fight to reduce childhood obesity rates. Much of their work is not widely known, but they provide a healthy and necessary part of fitness programs for children in low income and minority families who are most at risk. “Said Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation.” We are pleased that our grant competition online has highlighted much needed on programs that address the problem of the most serious health which today’s children. ”

Students Run LA (R), the top vote getter with 213,810 votes, and 50,000 will receive a grant, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, the second place vote-getter with 185,564 votes, and 35,000 will receive a grant, and MicheLee Puppets, the third place with 175,523 votes, will receive a grant and 15,000.

The Aetna Foundation has invited the public to choose among the 10 shortlisted organizations with strong track records fight against childhood obesity. Organizations were chosen based on the positive impact of their programs, their ability to reach children at risk in underserved communities, and their geographical diversity. Each of them had already received a grant from the Aetna Foundation.

To encourage supporters to vote, many of the participating organizations made extensive use of social media, and emphasized the contest on their Web sites and mass emails to supporters.


Students Run LA (R) challenges at-risk high school students to enjoy the benefits of goal setting, character development, mentoring and improving the health of adults by providing a truly life-changing training and completion of the LA Marathon Honda. The program began in the 1980s with a teacher and a handful of students. Today, the program has grown to 500 teachers and 3000 students in 170 schools and community programs throughout Los Angeles.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut, the largest organization of women and girls in the state, is dedicated to succeed in life through the development of leadership based on values and personal growth. Its new program of healthy living, healthy living, teaches thousands of Girl Scouts how to eat healthy, be fit, and take better care of themselves at 12 for organizing summer camps, thanks to activities local Girl Scout troop, and larger events throughout the state.

MicheLee puppets, puppet theater company from Florida’s leading arts, brings exciting, educational and entertaining thematic productions to more than 100,000 young people each year. His show, EXTREME Health Challenge is a theatrical production that promotes healthy eating and physical activity among elementary school children and their families.

About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable arm of the philanthropic and Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and Aetna Foundation have contributed over 379 million in grants and sponsorships, including more than 20 million in 2009. As a national foundation of health, we are promoting well being, health and access to health care quality for everyone. This work is strengthened by time and commitment of Aetna employees who have volunteered nearly 2 million hours since 2003. Our course is to give examined the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the United States, promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care, and advance integrated health care. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Aetna Foundation

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