October 3, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 24

Empire Health Foundation receives HUD award for helping fight obesity

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council and Foundation announced Sept. 25 that Empire Health Foundation of Spokane is one of 10 foundations across the country to win a 2013 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

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Front row left to right: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Empire Health Foundation President Anthony Chiang, Empire Health Foundation senior program associate Strategic Grant Programs Sarah Lyman, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations Vikki Spruill, Cheney School District Superintendent Dr. Debra Clemens. Back row left to right: Cheney School Board President Suzanne Dolle and Cheney Parks and Recreation Department Director Paul Simmons.

The Empire Health Foundation was cited by HUD and the Council for its Eastern Washington Obesity Prevention Initiative that recently achieved reductions in obesity rates among three target school districts. Launched in 2011 by the Foundation, the Initiative is a collaboration that includes the city of Cheney,...

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