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Cheerios(R) Angel de mi Corazon Awards $25,000 to Those Who Fight Heart Disease and High Cholesterol in Hispanic Communities Across the U.S.
Date:3/31/2009

MINNEAPOLIS, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Five local organizations and individuals committed to the fight against heart disease and high cholesterol in Hispanic communities were awarded 2009 Cheerios Angel de mi Corazon grants to continue on their mission. Chosen from a winning pool of nominations, the winning grant recipients developed outstanding strategic programming to encourage healthier lifestyles and provided excellent resources to help raise the level of awareness of heart health and high cholesterol in their community. The Cheerios Angel de mi Corazon program was created in 2007 to raise awareness of heart disease -- the leading cause of deaths among Hispanics in the country -- and honor those individuals committed to the cause.

"The Hispanic population is one of the most vulnerable groups prone to suffer from high cholesterol and heart diseases," said Rodolfo Rodriguez, Marketing Director of General Mills. "We're proud to honor these individuals and organizations whose work often goes unnoticed with the Cheerios Angel de mi Corazon grants. We hope others will be inspired to support the cause by this year's grant recipients."

The 2009 Cheerios Angel de mi Corazon grant recipients:

Silvia Gallegos, Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service organizations (Dallas, TX)

Silvia Gallegos is the Community Health Manager. She teaches a diabetes self-management course that focuses on reducing complications of diabetes and managing the disease effectively and highlighting the importance of controlling cholesterol and blood pressure. The classes also provide opportunities for screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, waist circumference, and BMI. She initiated "Pasos Saludables," a walking program that has more than 500 participants walking together each week in over 25 groups in the Dallas area each year.

Robert E. Michler, MD Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx
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