Healthy Together Now!
Six in ten Canadians are living with at least one chronic disease. In order to reduce this number and improve the overall health of the population, we need to take small steps locally. Whether this involves tai chi courses for seniors, purchasing equipment for a day care centre or nutrition sessions for future mothers, well-targeted community projects make all the difference. The Healthy Together Now* program provides moral and financial support for community projects that promote physical activity, healthy diets, smoke-free environments and, by extension, the mental and emotional well-being of Manitobans.
Since 2012, seven projects have been funded specifically in St. Boniface, including Zumba and nutrition courses organized by Accueil francophone, hip-hop lessons for children 6 to 12 years of age at a Windsor Park daycare centre, fitness activities and a mini-Olympics day organized by the early childhood and family centres at École Taché and École Précieux-Sang.
With a clear goal in mind and a little creativity, you can also take this opportunity to actively participate in improving the physical and mental health of the community! Why not create a community garden in a neighbourhood park, organize a bicycle scavenger hunt or write a column featuring healthy recipes in a school newspaper? The possibilities are endless!
For the St. Boniface area, grant applications are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Healthy St. Boniface Network consisting of members of the community. Grants can range from $200 to $3,000. They are intended for groups of people interested in establishing a healthy life plan, such as daycare centres, schools, non-profit community groups, parent committees or simply a group of citizens who have a great idea that meets the program criteria.
For any questions regarding the Healthy Together Now program and the application submission deadlines, please contact Georgette Dupuis, Community Development Facilitator at Centre de santé Saint-Boniface, at 204-940-1482 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the program website: http://healthy.healthincommon.ca/.
*This program is funded by Manitoba Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs.