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By Rachel Engel/Efficient Gov

The Anthem Foundation is now accepting applications for the second cycle of their 2017 grant program, which provides funding for community health programs.

Anthem Foundation grants provide funding for community health programs that can prove measurable success in areas related to education and prevention.

Programs must address issues related to five specific categories:

#1 Healthy Hearts: Programs that minimize controllable cardiovascular diseases and strokes, including smoking, obesity, hypertension and stressful and sedentary lifestyles.

#2 Healthy Cancer Prevention: Programs that implement life-saving cancer prevention and early-detection programs.

#3 Healthy Maternal Practices: Programs that encourage and facilitate first trimester prenatal care and help at-risk mothers commit to behaviors that reduce the numbers of low-birthweight babies.

#4 Healthy Diabetes Prevention: Programs that educate communities on the health risk of diabetes and how to prevent it.

#5 Healthy Active Lifestyles: Programs that raise awareness, educate and encourage new behaviors, resulting in healthy active lifestyles.

The foundation prioritizes applicants that can provide measurable results of success and growth in their community health programs, such as a fitness initiative that can point to lowered BMI for a target population…

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