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Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health receives grant to improve heart health for residents

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MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is the recipient of a one-year Community Action Grant from the American Heart Association for 2013-14. The Community Action Grant initiative is designed to help achieve the American Heart Association’s mission: to build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Projects were asked to focus on one or more of “Life’s Simple 7,”the seven key factors to good health outlined on, and/or align with one of the association’s strategic focus areas: advocacy; CPR & first aid; quality and systems improvement; and health equity.

The Health Department is one of 29 grant recipients, out of a total of 172 applicants, across an 11-state region served by the American Heart Association’s Midwest Affiliate. The Health Department received $2500 in funding to support “A Simple Start to a Healthy Heart” which will allow the Health Promotion staff to facilitate two 7-week workshops within the county, focused on heart health education and support. Participants will learn from various community professionals on how to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors to decrease their risk for heart disease & stroke.

According to Kelli Huinker, Health Promotion Manager with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, “We are delighted to receive this funding from the American Heart Association, which will enable us to get into the community and provide direct education and resources to our residents and help them live a healthy life and improve the heart health of our entire community.”

Each workshop can include groups up to 15 participants. Groups will meet for one hour each week for 7 weeks. If you have a group of interested individuals, please contact Kelli Huinker at the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health to schedule a workshop or for more information at (641) 421-9312. To learn more about the American Heart Association and their Community Action Grant program, visit

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