- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - UnitedHealthcare is providing Alcorn State University’s Cooperative Extension with $40,000 to support youth healthy-living programs and to fight obesity.

The announcement was made Saturday.

A portion of the grant is being used to purchase new pedal-powered blender bikes for fun, energetic events where young people can create their own healthy smoothies through exercise.

Alcorn’s Cooperative Extension program administers some 4-H programs in Mississippi.

The $40,000 grant, along with the smoothie bikes and other exercise equipment, will be used to support community events and programs through spring 2015 in which youth and families can learn about easy ways to promote healthy lifestyles.

The program will target underserved communities in Mississippi.

Recipe cards, educational information and other resources will be distributed as part of the program.

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