Lowcountry group getting grant for heart project

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A group that works to find solutions to social and economic challenges in South Carolina is getting a grant to expand its program to battle cardiovascular disease among blacks.

The project from the Palmetto Project is known as Heart & Soul and works to educate people about ways to prevent heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease. Nearly 600 black churches around the state have participated in the effort that began 16 years ago.

Organizers are holding a news conference Friday in North Charleston to announce the new grant for the project. The Palmetto Project was selected from among 500 applicants nationwide for the award.

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