Building Blocks to Better Health
Building Blocks to Better Health :
The JF Maddox Invests in Programs that Support a Healthy Community
It has been said that approximately eighty percent of a person ’ s health and well being can be determined by their behaviors and social and environmental factors . Finding ways to keep our family , friends , and neighbors healthy is paramount to the JF Maddox Foundation .
The Foundation recently had the opportunity to invest in initiatives our grant partners were executing to help support public health measures in Lea County . The American Heart Association , in partnership with Nor- Lea General Hospital , received a $ 50,000 grant to launch a campaign to combat hypertension for residents of Lea County . Utilizing education , screening , and monitoring , residents will not only have access to important personal health information but also receive tools to help them move forward in making more informed health care decisions .
By having this opportunity to provide screening and early intervention , we have the ability to change and save lives .
Dr . David Shaw ,
CEO / Administrator , Nor-Lea General Hospital .
“ With the CDC reporting that nearly half of adults in the United States suffer from hypertension , it was important for us to do what we could to help people right here in our community ,” said Dr . David Shaw , CEO / Administrator , Nor- Lea General Hospital . “ By having this opportunity to provide screening and early intervention , we have the ability to change and save lives .”
Another grant partner making an impact and providing resources for the youth of Lea County is the American Diabetes Association ( ADA ). ADA ’ s Camp 180 program , hosted at Fort Lone Tree Camp in Capitan , NM , was established for youth ages 8-17 years old who have been diagnosed with diabetes . With a $ 10,000 grant from the JF Maddox Foundation , ADA Camp 180 supported youth attending the weeklong camp . During their stay , children developed the critical skills needed to thrive while managing their diabetes . Campers were able to enjoy activities like swimming , archery , hiking , and horseback riding . Attendees also had the opportunity to meet other children experiencing the same health issues and gained awareness of a healthy lifestyle through education , nutrition , exercise , emotional well-being , and glucose control .
Programs like these epitomize the Foundation ’ s goal to bring about changes that help people thrive for generations . By collaborating with nonprofit partners , we are able to work together , one grant at a time , to create healthier communities and improve social determinants of health for Lea County .