Branches and Molina Healthcare team up to Hula Hoop for Heart Health

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Branches and Molina Healthcare team up as over 80 children "Hula Hoop for Heart Health"

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Hula Hooping their hearts out!

February is National Heart Health Month! On February 20th, Branches (formerly South Florida Urban Ministries) teamed up with Molina Healthcare for a “Hula Hoop for Heart Health” contest to create awareness about the importance of heart health. In addition to hula hooping contests, there were craft tables and a nutrition expert from Molina teaching the Branches after school students about healthy eating. Over 80 children participated in the fun activities, and had the chance to get some exercise and have the opportunity to raise money, donated by Molina Healthcare, for Branches. The children were also joined by Dr. Cleo, Molina’s cat doctor mascot.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In Florida, there are approximately 42,000 deaths per year from cardiovascular disease. Many of the risk factors for heart disease, such as family history, cannot be influenced, but there are ways to minimize risk including: eating a healthy diet, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol and taking medication.

Hula hooping is a fun and cost-effective way to generate health benefits. It is a low-impact activity that can help regulate your body weight and build cardiovascular endurance. It also burns 200 calories every 30 minutes and can help reduce or relieve stress.

WHEN and WHERE: Wednesday, February 20th at 3:00p.m-5:00p.m.
Branches Florida City, 145 SW 5th Avenue, Florida City, FL

For further details, please contact Isabelle Pike at 305-442-8306 x1002 or ipike(at)branchesfl(dot)org. To make a gift to Branches, please visit and click on DONATE.

About Branches
For 40 years, Branches (formerly South Florida Urban Ministries) has made a positive impact in the community by delivering on its mission to serve, educate and inspire people through student, family and financial stability services. Branches provides long-term, holistic services for motivated individuals and families. We help people grow deeper and climb higher in life by building a foundation through education so they can achieve their goals and fulfill their potential.

About Molina Healthcare
Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides quality and cost-effective Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of low-income families and individuals and to assist state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. The Company’s licensed health plans in California, Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin currently serve approximately 1.8 million members, and its subsidiary, Molina Medicaid Solutions, provides business processing and information technology administrative services to Medicaid agencies in Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, and West Virginia, and drug rebate administration services in Florida. More information about Molina Healthcare is available at

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