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YWCA USA 2009 Hallmark Initiative Awards Presented to YWCA Central Massachusetts and YWCA Niagara
Date:5/15/2009

WASHINGTON, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The YWCA USA presented its prestigious 2009 Hallmark Initiative Awards to YWCA Central Massachusetts for Racial Justice and YWCA Niagara for Women's Economic Advancement at its recent National Conference and Annual General Assembly in Washington, D.C. They were selected among six exemplary initiatives identified by the YWCA as national model Hallmark Initiatives.

YWCA Central Massachusetts was honored for "PASA" (Peso Sano Ahora/Healthy Weight Now) that addresses health disparities in the Worcester, Mass., Latino community. The program aims to reduce the incidence of overweight and obesity that are linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and arthritis by reaching out to individuals and their families, healthcare providers and the community. PASA is an enhancement to the YWCA's Open Access program, in which health center patients exercise independently using the pool, cardiovascular equipment or gym.

YWCA Niagara was recognized for Carolyn's House, its supportive housing program for homeless women and children in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Residents participate in various onsite educational, vocational, and life skills programs designed to help them become self-sufficient. Vocational training options include culinary arts, GED classes, certified nursing assistant and janitorial/maintenance courses. A full-service catering business is also operated by its culinary program students and graduates.

"Our YWCA Hallmarks of Racial Justice and Women's Economic Advancement are the common threads that unite all YWCAs across the country, reflect our strategic purpose and have a measurable impact in each YWCA community," said Lorraine Cole, Ph.D., YWCA USA CEO. "We are delighted to honor these two YWCA initiatives that represented the "best in class" from among highly exemplary model programs conducted by YWCAs across the country."

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