Clackamas County awards $75,000 in HEAL grants

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Officials from the Clackamas County Public Health Division announced Thursday that $75,000 was awarded to a combination of 11 different community organizations for the 2017 Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) mini-grants.

The HEAL grant program provides funding to prevent chronic disease by increasing long-term access to active lifestyle and healthy eating for Clackamas County residents, reduce the prevalence of chronic disease, and to empower residents to take steps toward improvement of their health. 

The following 11 organizations will receive a total of $75,000 in grant funds:

Estacada High School $8,000
Oregon City High School $8,000
Sandy High School $8,000

  • Arts & Technology High School – Create fitness and garden spaces to enhance physical and mental wellness opportunities to students; $8,000
  • Clackamas Community College – Create student bicycle rental pilot to allow students to commute to college. The pilot will increase students access to physical activity and reduce transportation barriers to education; $7,995
  • Clackamas Service Center- Implement a tracking system for food inventory in real time that lets clients request specific items in their food boxes. Improve access to facilities to mobility-impaired clients; $8,000
  • Gladstone Food Pantry – Develop monthly cooking demonstrations on planning and preparing nutritious meals for food insecure clients; $2,000
  • Growing Gardens- Provide culturally relevant education and supplies to low-income Latino families to increase their knowledge, skills and practices that promote growing and eating healthy fruits and vegetables; $6,500
  • Prince of Life Lutheran Church – Expand capacity of the community garden by increasing raised beds and installing irrigation; $2,505
  • The Canby Center- Provide healthy cooking education classes and remodel and certify kitchen for food services to serve the economically disadvantaged and food insecure population; $8,000
  • Welches Schools – Oregon Trail School District- Create a play and exercise area for children of all ages to engage in activity that supports their physical, social and emotional well-being; $8,000
  • Screen and Intervene – Year two of County matching funds for a Kaiser Permanente funded HEAL Communities grant. Students at Estacada, Oregon City, and Sandy High Schools will participate in a healthy environment scan of their school and implement changes that increase and sustain access to healthy food and free water;

Visit the Healthy Eating Active Living web page to find out more.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Scott Anderson at 503-655-8752.