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    March of Dimes Awards 2014 Grants to Community Programs

    Danielle Prenevost, March of Dimes, (612) 326-9444, dprenevost@marchofdimes.com

    Edina, MN, January 15, 2014 —

    The March of Dimes is awarding $87,500 in grant funding to six organizations across Minnesota to improve the health of babies with a focus on nutrition, breastfeeding and prenatal education.

     

    “We are excited to fund innovative programs that address weight management and healthy lifestyles among pregnant and parenting women,” said March of Dimes Program Services Chair Kim Pearson. “These grants further the March of Dimes investment in community programs that make a real difference in improving the health of babies.”

     

    Grant recipients in 2014 include:

    ·         Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition: Minnesota MotherBaby 10 STEPS Program to increase statewide breastfeeding rates.

    ·         Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency: Lactation Education and Home Visiting Initiative to educate family health nurses regarding breastfeeding and require all nurses within its group to be breastfeeding certified.

    ·         Pillager Family Center: Family Center Home Visiting Program for weekly home visits to provide education and services for first time parents to promote premature birth risk reduction and child abuse/neglect prevention.

    ·         Lakewood Health System: Better Beginnings to provide nutrition education to enhance lactation support to combat obesity and provide information to postpartum women about fitness and nutrition in a group setting.

    ·         Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Public Health: Abinoojiiyensag Epiitendaagozijig Initiative to advocate for healthy lifestyles among pregnant and parenting American Indian women.

    ·         West Side Community Health Services: Centering Pregnancy Program to increase access to prenatal education and supportive care to a largely low-income, minority patient population.

     

    For more information about these grants or other grant opportunities contact Minnesota Director of Program and Government Affairs Martha Overby, 612-326-9443.

     

    The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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