Health foundation receives award

ROCHESTER — The Greater Rochester Health Foundation has received a White House Champions of Change Award for its work with the YMCA of Rochester.

The Champions of Change program recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The foundation received its award during a June 7 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The YMCA nominated the Health Foundation for partnering with the agency to prevent diabetes, increase the number of urban families at a healthy weight, and improve the 90-year-old Maplewood branch to boost its programs, George Romell, YMCA president and chief executive officer, stated in a press release. The nomination also recognized the foundation’s work to improve neighborhood health and health-care delivery.

The YMCA of Greater Rochester was one of a dozen YMCAs nationwide to be recognized for their work and were then invited to nominate a White House Champion of Change, according to the press release.

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