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From: Tracy Moreland, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-655-8520 09-16-14

Clackamas County

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Clackamas County opens registration for HEAL Grants, promoting community health

Grant funding is now available for 2015 Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) 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 funding to initiate community projects for the implementation of the county’s Community Health Improvement Plan.

Grants of up to $8,000 are available to develop or enhance projects that build wellness-supports for all ages, helping to 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 Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.

A few of the 12 projects funded in 2014 include:

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.

For more information on the Community Health Improvement Plan and how you can apply for funding for your own project through the HEAL grant program, please 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 kingersoll@co.clackamas.or.us

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