CHEYENNE, Wyo., 23 February, 2016 - The Cigna Foundation today announced a “Grant Roundup” in Wyoming, seeking grant proposals from non-profits that can help residents either reduce obesity or the use of tobacco products. These priorities have an impact on local Wyoming businesses and residents while addressing the public health needs prioritized by Gov. Matt Mead and Thomas O. Forslund, state director of the Wyoming Department of Health.
The Cigna Foundation will make available up to $70,000 in Tip the Scales in Your Favor grants that reflect the Cigna Foundation’s objective of improving health in Wyoming with preference given to programs that address weight and tobacco, the issues most often voiced by Cigna’s individual customers, health care providers, employers and elected officials in Wyoming.
“Addressing obesity in Wyoming is a priority. Lifestyle behaviors that cause obesity contribute to health conditions that detract from quality of life and drive up health costs for the state, employers and individuals,” said Dr. Mark Laitos, Cigna's senior medical director. “Obesity is behind many of our state’s residents’ most pressing health concerns, such as hip and knee replacements, back surgery, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke, digestive disorders and more.”
According to Kim Bimestefer, president of Cigna's Mountain States region, “Cigna invests in the communities where we live and work, and we live and work in Wyoming. It is our privilege to serve the health benefit needs of more than 30 percent of individual Wyoming residents who have health benefits through their employers. The bottom line is that excess weight and tobacco use are fueling diseases that prevent individuals from pursuing their dreams. These challenges also reduce the competitiveness of local businesses, which impacts jobs, the local economy and even state and municipal budgets. We have the ability to work together with Wyoming non-profit organizations to address these specific challenges more effectively, and we are excited to do just that.”
The Cigna Foundation is requesting ideas from Wyoming non-profits working to help residents overcome tobacco use, reduce obesity and increase physical activity. Interested organizations are asked to send proposals outlining their programs to Foundationgrants@cigna.com by March 23. Once all ideas are reviewed, the Cigna Foundation will contact organizations with whom it wants to explore relationships.
“Through our grants, we can help individuals understand the connections between weight, chronic disease and health care costs, and we can help support Wyoming residents who are ready and eager to take steps to improve their health,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation.
About the Cigna Foundation
The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 90 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.