From: Aaron Abrams, Community Relations Specialist, Clackamas County, Department of Health, Housing and Human Services, 503-655-8752 Date: 1-23-13

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Healthy Eating Active Living grants help to create a healthier county

Clackamas County Public Health has announced the 2013 Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) mini-grant recipients. HEAL Grants provide funding to prevent chronic disease by increasing long-term access to active lifestyles and healthy eating for Clackamas County residents.

Grants are also intended to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease, and to empower residents to take steps toward improvement of their health.

In 2013, the following 13 organizations will receive $99,936 in grant funds designed to:

  • AntFarm Inc. – Create a farmers market showcasing locally grown food; $8,000
  • Clackamas County Juvenile Department – Expand active lifestyles of youth through bicycle repair and enhance infrastructure for food harvest, storage and preparation; $8,000
  • Committee for the Future of Damascus – Expand the existing Farmers Market, making it more accessible, and help make payment options available to ensure access to healthy food for all income levels; $8,000
  • Food|Waves – Construct school gardens at Head Start programs in Gladstone and Oregon City and provide gardening education to families; $5,500
  • Friends of Robinwood Station – Construct a greenhouse and harvest stand for cleaning food, funded outreach to multi-family housing residents and provided food nutrition and preparation classes; $7,800
  • Metropolitan Family Services – Build stronger garden infrastructure for the school garden and increased engagement of youth in recreational team sports at Lot Whitcomb Elementary; $8,000
  • Molalla Elementary School – Install a walk/jog track-fitness trail in and around the soccer field and playground; $8,000
  • Molalla River Academy – Create a community-centered garden; $7,042
  • Ninety-One Parent Teacher Association – Create 18 raised garden beds; utilize food- and garden-based education in school curriculum; $7,994
  • Oregon State University Extension – Reduce the number of falls among adults over age 65 by expanding the availability of no/low cost falls prevention and balance training program for adults; $8,000
  • Redland Elementary School – Build a new school garden; $8,000
  • Silverton Health – Provide work-site wellness program to city employees in Canby and Molalla; $7,600
  • Springwater Environmental Science School – Provide new playground infrastructure to engage students in physical activity; $8,000

For more information on the Healthy Eating Active Living grants program, visit our Web page at www.clackamas.us/publichealth/heal.html

For more information, contact Kirsten Ingersoll of Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services at 503-742-5954 or at kingersoll@co.clackamas.or.us

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