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HealthPlus Rainmaker grants to target childhood obesity

FLINT TWP. — HealthPlus is encouraging charitable organizations seeking funding for programs or projects that focus on the reduction and/or prevention of childhood obesity to apply for a 2012 HealthPlus Rainmaker Grant. The focus of the Rainmaker Grants on a single health issue is a departure from the traditional distribution of the grants to programs addressing one or more of several identified community health needs. HealthPlus is accepting Rainmaker Grant applications from charitable organizations with 501(c)3 status until 5 p.m. June 15.

Native American ‘Rainmakers” were revered as leaders who made good things happen. The Rainmaker program has awarded grants totaling more than $760,000 to health-focused groups and projects since 1994, thereby living up to its name.

“HealthPlus’ Rainmaker Grant program exemplifies our efforts to build healthier communities,” said HealthPlus Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Richard Frank, M.D. “Childhood obesity is a serious health issue throughout the United States. For this reason we are devoting all Rainmaker Grant monies to this single focus area in 2012.”

To apply online, visit rainmaker. aspx. For a paper copy of the application, contact Carrie Treder at 810- 230-2139.

HealthPlus of Michigan is a health and wellness organization providing customized, nationally recognized health plans that meet the needs of large and small employers, and families and individuals, through a variety of programs, including Medicare Advantage and Medicaid.

HealthPlus is headquartered in Flint, and was formed in 1979 as a not-for-profit organization. Today, it:

• Manages healthcare coverage and wellness programs for members residing in Michigan and for members of Michigan-based companies living outside the state

• Offers a statewide network of 24,000 physicians

• Delivers access to 1.6 million providers nationally

• Covers emergency care globally

• Provides access to centers of excellence, including the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has ranked HealthPlus’ commercial HMO among the nation’s top health plans for the past seven years; its commercial, Medicaid and Medicare HMO plans are accredited as “Excellent” by NCQA. — G.G.

BoRics to hold cancer fundraiser

GRAND BLANC — BoRics, 6307 Dort Hwy., will hold its third Annual Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, June 3 from 9 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m.

Haircuts will be a minimum donation of $10 and there will be raffle tickets to purchase for door prizes. Every client through the door will get a free bag of goodies too.

All donations are tax deductible (receipt available) and must be cash or check. Sorry no credit or debit.

Details: Call 810-694-4636. — G.G.

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