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Mountain State Girls on the Run Receives Grant

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One local organization received a grant from UnitedHealth HEROES to combat childhood obesity.

Mountain State Girls on the Run in Elkins received a $1,000 grant to help their 13 week running program. The organization is a life changing, character development program for girls third to eighth grade.

The grant money will also go towards their "running buddies" program. This pairs up high school students with a member for the organization's 5k walk/run.

UnitedHealth HEROES is a wellness initiative developed by UnitedHealthcare and Youth Service America. It's designed to help childhood obesity by working with educators to create walking, running or hiking programs.

More than $175,000 in HEROES grants awarded to nearly 200 schools and community-based nonprofit organizations nationwide. Each grant was up to $1,000.