Clackamas County announces HEAL Grants to promote community health
Grant funding is now available for 2014 Healthy Eating Active Living projects to promote a healthier Clackamas County.
The Clackamas County Public Health Division is seeking applications for community-based projects that increase access to healthy foods and physical activity. This program will provide grantees with one-time funding to initiate community projects for the continuation of the county’s Roadmap to Healthy Communities project.
The Center for Disease control reports that chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes – are among the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health problems. The goal of the HEAL grant effort is to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease, and to empower residents to take steps toward improvement of their health.
Grants of up to $8,000 are available to develop or enhance projects that build wellness supports for all ages, and to help prevent chronic disease by increasing long-term access to active lifestyles and healthy eating for county residents where they work, live, and play. Projects must take place in, and benefit the residents of, Clackamas County. All grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.
A few of the 13 projects funded in 2013 include:
- Food | Waves - Constructed school gardens at Head Start programs in Milwaukie, Oregon City and Sandy and provided gardening education to families;
- Friends of Robinwood Station - Constructed a greenhouse, harvest stand for cleaning food, outreach to multi-family housing residents, and provided food nutrition and preparation classes;
- Ninety-One Parent Teacher Association - Created raised garden beds; implemented food and garden based education in school curriculum;
- Silverton Health - Provided a work-site wellness program to city employees in Canby and Molalla.
For more information on the Roadmap to Healthy Communities and how you can apply for funding for your own project through the HEAL grant program, visit: www.clackamas.us/publichealth/heal.html
For more information, contact Kirsten Ingersoll, Community Engagement Coordinator for Clackamas County Health, Housing, and Human Services, Public Health Division, 503-742-5954 or at email@example.com
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