Wellness Fund Provides Boost to Cape Breton Projects

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE There’s more funding and support for community health projects. The Cape Breton District Health Authority is receiving almost 58-thousand dollars to distribute to its six community health boards. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald says that supporting people at a local level is an important part of the plan to build a healthier Nova Scotia. The community health boards will use the funds to support local projects that will make their communities healthier by boosting physical activity, encouraging healthy eating, injury and addiction prevention and healthy sexuality and tobacco control. -30- Cape Breton residents can look forward to healthier communitiesthanks to a boost of almost $58,000 from the Office of HealthPromotion. The funds are being shared by the Cape Breton District HealthAuthority’s six community health boards. Each board will use itsportion of the funding to award Wellness Initiative grants tosuccessful applicants in their communities. “Community health boards engage people at the local level andhelp create healthier communities,” said Health PromotionMinister Rodney MacDonald. “Supporting the people and projects onthe front line is an important part of our plan to build ahealthier Nova Scotia.” The support comes from Health Promotion’s $348,000 provincial Wellness Fund and will be directed toward projects that encouragephysical activity, healthy eating, injury prevention, addictionprevention, healthy sexuality and tobacco control. The Wellness Fund helps non-profit community groups andorganizations develop local health promotion and illnessprevention projects and programs. “Our community health boards help to identify the needs in acommunity through initiatives like this,” said Barbara LeBlanc,chair of the North Inverness community health board. “This moneyfrom Health Promotion is helping us reach our goal of making CapeBreton one of the healthiest places to live.” Ms. LeBlanc said community health boards in the Cape Bretondistrict have received numerous requests for support from groupsand organizations. The community health boards recently advertised for proposals andare now reviewing almost 100 applications from groups eager topromote healthier lifestyles. Decisions will be made before theend of March. “Community health boards have an important role. They are theeyes ears and voice of communities across the province and theymake a difference at the ground level,” said the minister. Community health boards work with district health authorities toidentify community health challenges. Their volunteer memberssupport initiatives that promote healthier living and illnessprevention. HEALTH PROMOTION–Wellness Fund Provides Boost to Cape BretonProjectslast_img

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