Province Funds Espanola Community In Motion Initiatives

Tuesday August 29, 2011

Province Funds Espanola Community In Motion Initiatives

The Town of Espanola received $82,000.00 from the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport to support a two year strategy to deliver health promotion initiatives that address two of the six Ministry’s health priorities; physical activity & healthy eating.

The funding released through the Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) provides funding to community partnerships to plan and deliver integrated programs to improve the health of Ontarians.

"The 'Community In Motion' initiative helps remove financial barriers to getting active," say Dianne Polden, Manager of Leisure Services. "The funding will increase our outreach through free program opportunities, healthy eating initiatives, partnership development, and community wellness celebrations."

The funding will support free weekly community classes as well as a free  'Youth in Motion' activity pass for grade 5 and 9 students attending school in Espanola.  The activity pass will allow registered youth free access to designated programs at the Recreation Complex.

Program opportunities will be expanded for mature adults with the inclusion of a weekly FAB (fifty-five & beyond) day to include free aqua fit, skating, gym time and dance.

The funding also supports lending programs for snow shoes and walking poles, and seasonal community wellness celebrations.

"The tenets set out in Espanola's Active Community Charter are strengthened by this Provincial funding.  We are well positioned to engage our community in a more inclusive, healthy and active lifestyle,"  says Polden, "Our goal is to create a culture of health & wellness in our community."

For more information contact:
Dianne Polden
Manager of Leisure Services

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