SA Healthy Towns Challenge invites new grant applications

SA Healthy Towns Challenge invites new grant applications

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State health minister Stephen Wade said maintaining good health and wellbeing was a shared responsibility.

State health minister Stephen Wade said maintaining good health and wellbeing was a shared responsibility.

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Rural and regional towns are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.

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Rural and regional towns are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.

The grant money is part of the state government's SA Healthy Towns Challenge, with the current round of funding forming the fourth and final round of the program.

SA Health Minister Stephen Wade said maintaining good health and wellbeing was a shared responsibility between government, communities, and individuals.

"Many of the risk factors for chronic disease can be prevented or reduced through communities working together to support a healthy environment and we encourage communities to participate in SA's Healthy Towns Challenge," Mr Wade said.

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Wellbeing SA chief executive Lyn Dean said previous rounds of the program have resulted in the launch of many worthwhile projects.

"Successful Healthy Town Challenge projects in the past have aimed to increase access or create opportunities in the community to make healthier choices and participate in activities that encourage physical activity, healthy eating and positive mental health and wellbeing," she said.

"Funded projects have ranged from community gardens, cooking lessons, walking trails, outdoor gyms and bike programs and I am looking forward to seeing the applications we receive this year."

Grant applications are due on Friday March 26, with successful applicants receiving funds in June.

To find out more, or to apply, visit the SA Healthy Towns Challenge website.

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