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West Virginia Health Right Receives A Grant To Help Heart Patients
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Reported: Feb. 16, 2012 5:06 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 16, 2012 5:12 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It may be a couple days after Valentine’s Day but the heart was the main focus at West Virginia Health Right Thursday.
“It's all about improving cardiovascular care at the community level,” said AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation Trustee Emily Denney.
The AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation presented the second of three grants to help the Pathways to heart health program.
“We really need to focus on good health because it not only makes their lifestyle better but it saves the taxpayers a lot of money in this state,” said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
The program is in its second year and has already helped 800 patients improve their cardiovascular health through nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, diabetes management, and many other health education classes. All 800 low-income and uninsured participants have shown significant health status improvement.
“It's taught me how to eat healthier it taught me how to exercise correctly, it's gave me more energy, life's more positive, I just feel a lot better,” said participant Charles Sneed.
Charles Sneed has lost 60 pounds and six pants sizes in a year. He’s also seen a dramatic decrease in his cholesterol levels.
But Sneed isn’t the only success story.
"It's given me back my life, my worth, my self esteem. I've lost 20 pounds in four months, and not by dieting but by learning to eat healthy,” said participant Linda Pipinos.
Linda Pipinos started the program four months ago. She was unemployed and uninsured. She says it took a lot of courage to admit she needed help but ever since she stepped foot in the door, her life has changed for the better.
“Everything's changed, I've totally changed inside and out,” said Pipinos.
It’s not just these participants who benefit from the program. They say their families have seen positive changes also.
“It's been very helpful for my family, they're eating healthy, and they're a lot happier now that I'm healthy,” said Sneed.
“My family can't believe the difference, I'm a lot more outgoing now, I'm a lot happier, I'm down playing with the grandkids again,” said Pipinos.
Pipinos says she hopes others are encouraged to make that first step like she did. A step toward a whole new life.
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