Grant funding is available for 2014 Healthy Eating Active Living projects to promote a healthier Clackamas County.

The Clackamas County Public Health Division is seeking applications for community-based projects that increase access to healthy foods and physical activity. The program will provide grantees with one-time funding to initiate community projects for the continuation of the county’s Roadmap to Healthy Communities project.

The Center for Disease Control reports that chronic diseases — such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes — are among the most prevalent, costly and preventable of all health problems. The goal of the HEAL grant effort is to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease, and to empower residents to take steps toward improving their health.

Grants of up to $8,000 are available to develop or enhance projects that build wellness support for all ages, and to help prevent chronic disease by increasing long-term access to active lifestyles and healthy eating for county residents where they work, live and play. Projects must take place in and benefit the residents of Clackamas County. All grant applications are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

A couple of the 13 projects funded in 2013 include Food Waves, which created school gardens at Head Start programs in Milwaukie, Oregon City and Sandy, and offered gardening education for families, and the Ninety-One Parent Teacher Association, which created raised garden beds, and implemented food and garden-based education in school curriculum.

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