Local groups land Northern Health grants

 

Two locals groups were among the 15 recipients of Northern Health’s 2011 IMAGINE grants, aimed at improving the health and well-being of those living, working, learning and playing in their communities.

The Community Garden and Composting Society and the Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Needs each received $2,000, the maximum grant amounts in their respective categories. The garden group was funded through the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) program, and will put the money towards construction of a gazebo in the community gardens. The task force is spending their funds, from the HEAL for Your Heart program, on blood pressure awareness and education.

The grants were announced in mid-February. Other Northern Health programs that offered grant opportunities include Injury Prevention, RoadHealth and Healthy Minds, Healthy Youth.

“The combined investments of community energy, commitments and resources, along with Northern Health’s financial and in-kind partnership supports, can realize lasting improvements to the health and well-being of those living, working, learning and playing in northern BC,” said Julie Kerr, Northern Health’s director of population health, in a press release.

Chetwynd received one IMAGINE grant, Dawson Creek received three such grants, and Fort St. John received four of the grants.