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Funding For Healthy Projects

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Date: 12 December 2007

Funding For Healthy Projects

A new funding stream has been launched that will provide support for community projects aimed at getting local families and whanau to eat healthier foods.

The funding is part of the national Feeding our Futures campaign and is available for activities, events or initiatives taking place between February and April 2008.

Waikato District Health Board Healthy Eating Healthy Action (HEHA) project manager Janet Hanvey is encouraging local groups to apply.

"Your project can receive up to $5000 which could give it the extra boost it needs to really make a difference in the community.

"A good example would be a group seeking support to set up sustainable projects such as a community garden," Mrs Hanvey said.

Funding will be subject to evaluation by the Health Sponsorship Council and the Waikato DHB and each applicant will need to show how their project supports the Feeding our Futures programme objectives.

"This can include increasing parent's motivation, confidence and skills for implementing strategies to provide a healthy diet for children.

"I'm looking forward to finding out about all the projects that are planned for next year that will help families eat healthier meals," Mrs Hanvey said.

For more information about the funding guidelines and how to apply visit: www.feedingourfutures.org.nz/communitypartnerships.html

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