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YMCA of Hagerstown Receives $200,000 from MPC, Meritus Health, to Support Population Health

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The YMCA of Hagerstown has received a $200,000 grant from Maryland Physicians Care (MPC) in coordination with Meritus Health, with plans to use the funds to support the county’s bold goal to lose one million pounds together by 2030.

As one of the owners of MPC, a local Medicaid insurance provider, Meritus Health has designated the grant from MPC funds for the YMCA to directly engage their members in the health initiative.

“It’s truly a partnership, to be able to utilize MPC’s community health resources to strengthen the work that the YMCA has always done well – getting its members moving more to lose weight, be healthier and throughout this decade, help our county meet this challenging yet vital goal,” says Dave Lehr, chief strategy officer for Meritus Health.

Meritus Health is a founding member of Healthy Washington County, where alongside numerous community partners including the YMCA, the Go For Bold movement is centered. The mission is for the local population to “Do, Eat and Believe in a Healthy Washington County.”

“We know that not being in a healthy weight range can increase a person’s risk for numerous diseases and disorders, like high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke, along with some worksite injuries,” says Maria Rubeling, CEO of the YMCA of Hagerstown. “A strong community can only be achieved when we invest in each other and we are thrilled to accept this grant to support the continued empowerment of our families, neighbors and friends to be healthier.”

“A key part of our mission is helping our members make good decisions about their health,” says Cynthia Demarest, president and CEO of Maryland Physicians Care. “We know that when communities receive both education and access to quality, affordable wellness programs, the entire population thrives.”

Anyone who lives, works, plays or prays in Washington County can join the challenge by visiting https://healthywashingtoncounty.com/goforbold/.

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