8 Nebraska Nonprofits Awarded Wellness Grants

OMAHA (June 12, 2013) – Eight nonprofit organizations across Nebraska have been awarded a total of $99,200 in wellness grants from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).

BCBSNE selected the grant recipients, from Peru to Scottsbluff, for their commitment to produce positive health outcomes in their communities.

Since 2008, the BCBSNE wellness grants program has contributed over $500,000 to health-based organizations across greater Nebraska. The grant money has supported programs designed to help Nebraskans form healthy habits. Health problems targeted include obesity, diabetes, smoking and mental health.

“We applaud the organizations that make the commitment to help their communities get healthier,” said Rob Trebilcock, BCBSNE director of community engagement. “As a statewide organization, we believe it’s vital to support these programs through our wellness grants.”

The 2013 grant recipients and their programs are:

·         Box Butte Health Foundation, Building Healthy Families (Alliance)

·         The Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE), The CHANCE Initiative (Peru)

·         The Gage County M.A.P.S. Coalition, No Child Left On Their Behind and iwalk ibike (Beatrice)

·         Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Wonderful Life Project

·         Hastings Public Library Foundation, Hastings Story Walk

·         The Lexington Community Foundation, Community Fitness Initiative

·         Southeastern Nebraska Area Health Education Center, Suicide Prevention Accreditation and Education Symposium (Crete)

·         The Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) Foundation – WNCC Wellness Culture Coaching Training (Scottsbluff)

BCBSNE representatives will travel the state this summer to visit these communities and make check presentations.

For more information, contact Nathan Odgaard, (402) 982-6528.