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Herkimer County HealthNet Announces Grants Available for Playgrounds, Parks, and Trails
A New York State Department of Health Funded Rural Health Network

 

April 12, 2011

HERKIMER – Beginning April 14, Herkimer County municipalities and 501“c”3 organizations can apply for grants from Herkimer County HealthNet to support the efforts of the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play grant initiative funded by the New York State Department of Health. Herkimer HealthNet is offering grants up to $10,000 to be used for trails and trail improvements and up to $6,500 for playgrounds and playground improvements. The municipality or 501“c”3 organization is expected to demonstrate matching and/or in-kind contributions on their part through collaboration with community organizations, donated materials and volunteer time.

 

The Creating Healthy Places Grant purpose is to reach out to communities to assist with community improvements that will lead to decreased rates of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes by increasing opportunities for physical activity for local families.

 

Recommended strategies and measures to help communities tackle the problem of obesity through environmental change and policies that promote physical activity include:

• Increased opportunities for extracurricular physical activity
• Improved access to outdoor recreational facilities
• Enhancing infrastructure supporting bicycling
• Enhancing infrastructure supporting walking
• Enhancing personal safety in areas where persons are or could be physically active
• Enhancing traffic safety in areas where persons are or could be physically active

 

The deadline for submitting the grant applications is Friday, May 13, 2011. Grant applications are available at Herkimer County HealthNet’s website; www.herkimerhealthnet.com or by e-mailing Alison J. Swartz, aswartz@herkimercounty.org.

Herkimer County HealthNet’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.

 

CONTACT: Phyllis J. Spinner, Executive Director, Herkimer County HealthNet, (315) 867-1552 or
Alison J. Swartz, Coordinator of Creating Healthy Places grant initiative, (315) 867-1499

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The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.


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