Aetna Foundation Gives $25,000 to SA Youth to Help 3,000 San Antonio Kids Get Healthy

Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:00pm EST

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SAN ANTONIO--(Business Wire)--
Local community group SA Youth has received a $25,000 grant from the Aetna
Foundation to help kids adopt healthy eating habits and get more exercise. The
money will expand a fitness and nutrition education program at SA Youth`s 17
centers in San Antonio. 

SA Fit! offers fun exercise, lessons on healthy eating, and the chance for kids
to grow their own vegetables and take them home. The program also teaches kids
about the risks of smoking, alcohol and drugs. Kids are served healthy meals and
snacks. 

"Thanks to the Aetna Foundation, we can reach 3,000 kids this year and start
turning the tide against childhood obesity and diabetes," said Cynthia Le Monds,
CEO of SA Youth. "The statistics in San Antonio are staggering. More than half
of our kids from low-income homes are overweight or obese, putting them at risk
of developing diabetes and other chronic diseases." 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than
two-thirds of San Antonians are obese or overweight. Obesity can lead to serious
health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. 

For the Aetna Foundation, funding SA Youth is a good match. 

"Teaching kids healthy habits in a fun way is important to make the lessons
stick," said Sharon Dalton, vice president of the Aetna Foundation and director
of regional grant making. "That's why this is such a great fit for us. The
Foundation's mission is to promote health and wellness." 

SA Youth`s community learning centers provide free after-school, evening and
weekend activities for 3,000 kids from the city`s disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Since its founding in 1984, the organization has touched more than 22,000
families. 

About SA Youth

SA Youth is a community organization that keeps at-risk children and youth off
the streets and in school through its out-of-school time programs, and offers
young adults a second chance in life by providing them with an opportunity to
earn a high school diploma or GED while receiving workforce training in
construction, technology or culinary arts. For more information,
www.sanantonioyouth.org. 

About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm
of Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET). Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have
contributed $413 million in grants and sponsorships, including $19.2 million in
2011. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access
to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and
commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered more than 2.6 million hours
since 2003. Aetna`s current giving is focused on addressing the rising rate of
adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.; promoting racial and ethnic equity in
health and health care; and advancing integrated health care. For more
information, visit www.AetnaFoundation.org.

Aetna Foundation Media Contact:
Marnie Goodman, 860-273-2314
GoodmanM2@aetna.com
or
SA Youth Media Contact:
Rudy Arispe, 210-438-2088
rudy@arispepr.com

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