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UPMC Health Plan Provides Ongoing Support of HEALTHY Armstrong Initiative
Date:5/4/2009

PITTSBURGH, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As a key partner committed to improving the health and well-being of the community, UPMC Health Plan is proud to provide ongoing support of the HEALTHY Armstrong initiative in Armstrong County. Last month, HEALTHY Armstrong was recognized for its efforts to raise awareness of improved nutrition and increased activity levels by the Armstrong County Commissioners, who proclaimed April 2009 as "Wellness Month."

UPMC Health Plan presented HEALTHY Armstrong with a $200,000 grant over two years to help cover the costs of the coalition. "We are pleased to provide continued financial support for this important Armstrong County initiative," says UPMC Health Plan President and CEO, Diane P. Holder. "Our involvement with the HEALTHY Armstrong collaborative allows us to address the issue of childhood obesity and reaffirms our commitment to the health and well-being of children and their families in the community."

The UPMC Health Plan grant made it possible for HEALTHY Armstrong to hire a Project Director, Kay Detrick Owen, the former director of ARC Manor in Kittanning, PA. She will work under the direction of the collaborative's Executive Council, which is charged with coordinating the efforts of HEALTHY Armstrong and includes a representative from each key partner organization. Ms. Owen will work with the Executive Council to implement programs and activities in the community.

Devin Lorigan, an Armstrong School District physical education teacher, was hired as the HEALTHY Armstrong school program coordinator. Ms. Lorigan will work with in-school coordinators to develop and coordinate nutrition and fitness activities. Together, these two key members of the HEALTHY Armstrong coalition will continue the efforts of the collaborative and further increase its awareness and impact in the community.

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