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AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Recognizes Manna Medical Clinic Commitment to Improve Cardiovascular.


Health Manna Medical Clinic is one of only 19 nonprofit organizations from across the country awarded a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation‘s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program in recognition of its efforts to improve cardiovascular health in local communities. The grant ($152,763) will fund the Program “Heart 2 Heart Initiative”. Manna Ministries has established this program to engage the communities we serve on improving Cardiovascular Disease awareness, while improving the quality of care and patient education through delivery of screening, treatment, and heart healthy lifestyle support. The grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will help Manna Medical Clinic to raise awareness on how small steps towards making some lifestyle changes can have significant impact on patients who have risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke, i.e. Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Smokers, and weight. “Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Mississippi and in the United States, and organizations like Manna Medical Clinc are creating innovative programs to help prevent and decrease the associated risks with this devastating disease,” said James W. Blasetto, M.D., MPH, FACC, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation.

Manna Ministries is extremely honored and feel very blessed to have been awarded a grant of $180,000 from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation for a second year, to support our “Heart 2 Heart Initiative”, a program that is focused on reducing the incidence of Cardiovascular Disease in Mississippi.  Mississippi ranks number two in the nation for deaths related heart disease.  This grant will be used to screen, educate, encourage, empower, and create an environment of “I can do this” in program participants. Mississippi health statistics can be changed one person at a time.


Stunning outcome results of first year participants demonstrate the success of the program.  A total of 649 pounds was lost by 70 participants for an average weight loss of 9.27 pounds. Triglycerides were lowered a total of 2,912 points in 72 persons with average loss of 40 points, while LDL was lowered 1,782 points on 73 participants with average of 24 point loss.  Self care management is a core focus of the program.


Program is open to all age groups:

Manna Ministries receives $100,000 grant from Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation to increase awareness about risk factors associated with Cardiovascular Disease.

Free heart risk screening includes:


  • Testing for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Weight and body mass index
  • One on one consultation and follow up treatment with a nurse practitioner
  • Access to program focuses on physical activity, health education, which includes:
  • Walking, low impact  exercises
  • Healthy meal planning, shopping, best practices for nutrition for chronic diseases
  • Managing stress, controlling eating triggers
  • Education on risk factors and how they  affect your heart
  • Support groups on how to make small lifestyle changes, and group session on how to sustain a healthy Lifestyle
  • Support groups on overcoming barriers to your success.


For more information please contact Manna Ministries program coordinator at 601-916-8191

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