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MSU awarded $235K grant for health prevention initiative in Martin County

U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),photo-h-rogers through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has awarded Morehead State University a $235,620 grant for a health prevention initiative in Martin County, Kentucky.

The project, titled "Martin County - Prevention on the Move," will focus on both prevention and wellness activities in order to improve the health outcomes of Martin County adults.

According to both state and Census statistics, Martin County and the surrounding region have a high prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

"The overarching goals of the project are to increase the awareness of and knowledge about the contributors to cardiovascular disease, and to increase the awareness of community resources to address these risk factors," said Teresa Hardman, project director and Associate Professor of Health, Wellness and Human Performance.

According to Hardman, the crux of the project is two-fold: to make these services accessible by bringing them to the county, and to maximize effectiveness and participation by partnering with key community stakeholders. The key components of the project include:

  1. A mobile prevention and wellness van that will facilitate the accessibility of resources
  2. A series of health assessment and prevention events (risk factor surveys, blood pressure readings, body mass index and body fat measurements)
  3. Dissemination of educational resources
  4. A series of healthy cooking demonstrations and activities

Other MSU faculty assisting with "Martin County - Prevention on the Move" are Gina Blunt, Assistant Professor of Health, Wellness and Human Performance and Monica Magner, Associate Professor of Health, Wellness and Human Performance.

Rogers works to obtain federal funding for projects across southern and eastern Kentucky in his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Additional information is available by calling Hardman at (606) 783-2133 or by e-mail at t.hardman@moreheadstate.edu.

Posted: 8-26-09