A new Chronic Disease Innovation Fund will support programs in communities across the province to help Nova Scotians live healthier lives.
The $300,000 annual fund, announced today, June 21, will support community group projects offered in partnership with community health boards to reduce smoking or alcohol consumption, help people get active, and encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables.
“It’s important that we deal with the root causes of chronic disease,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “By getting people to eat better, move more, and reduce their smoking and alcohol consumption, we know we can prevent or reduce their risk of chronic disease, allowing them to live longer, healthier lives.”
Up to $75,000 per year is available for projects in each region of the province. Groups can apply for funding over multiple years.
“Our vision is for healthy people and healthy communities for generations,” said Tricia Cochrane, vice president of Integrated Health Services, Primary Health Care and Public Health, Nova Scotia Health Authority. “This fund is a way to support communities to shape what health and wellness activities and initiatives are needed in their area.”
Bill Schurman, co-chair of the Springhill Oxford Amherst Region Community Health Board, said this fund will support important projects in his community.
“Programs like this can help improve community conditions by supporting and encouraging healthy behaviours,” said Mr. Schurman. “This is a great way to help our communities become healthier places to live, work and play.”
Proposals must be submitted by Oct. 14, and will be awarded at the end of October. For more information, go to www.novascotia.ca/dhw.