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Verizon Funds Healthier Students Program in Boston

The Verizon Foundation is helping Boston-area students take steps toward healthier lives with a $25,000 grant in support of the Partners Healthcare Center for Connected Health program.

Students ages 11-17 will receive a wireless pedometer to measure the distances they walk and track the time they spend being active. Via text messaging, the students will receive educational messages, encouragement to be active and feedback based on each individual student’s goals. The Verizon Foundation presented the grant Friday at the Connected Health Symposium.

“The Verizon Foundation invests in projects that provide technology that helps people access information on critical health issues,” said Peter Bowman, vice president of external affairs for New England.  “We also support creative technology solutions that enable health care providers to increase their efficiency, effectiveness and reach.  We appreciate the Center for Connected Health for its leadership in developing innovative, technology-driven health care solutions.”

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