MIAMI, FL- Health Foundation of South Florida held a special recognition luncheon recently to celebrate its partnership with its active grantees. The Foundation awarded grants totaling $1,400,632 to 24 nonprofit organizations focused on increasing access to quality, primary health care; healthy lifestyles, preventive health measures, oral health and other community health needs in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.

“By supporting programs and providing technical assistance to promote health and prevent disease, the Foundation is able to make a measurable and sustainable impact in improving the health of underserved individuals and families in South Florida,” said Health Foundation Chairwoman Karen Gilmore. She added, “We are proud to partner with grantees in addressing community needs and ensuring residents have opportunities for better health.”

More than 200 people attended the healthy lifestyles themed luncheon, which included a special presentation by guest speaker Michel Nischan, CEO, Founder and President of Wholesome Wave, a Connecticut-based organization whose mission is to nourish neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh and affordable locally grown food. The luncheon reflected his presentation by featuring an indoor Farmers’ Market, exhibits by nonprofit organizations offering health screenings and a menu complete with healthy fare—including tofu!

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded $89 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the Web site,