The Heart and Stroke Foundation requires communities across Saskatchewan to be engaged partners in our mission to give children and youth the best start for a long and healthy life. Our province has a growing epidemic of childhood obesity, food insecurity, inactivity and tobacco use. In Saskatchewan, one in four children are overweight or obese, more than half are not active enough for optimal growth and development and our province continues to have the highest youth smoking rates in the country. However, our province is also one where real, substantive change happens at the grassroots level. That's why the Heart and Stroke Foundation has created the Heart&Stroke My Healthy Community Grants - to support you in creating healthy, lasting changes in your community.
The My Healthy Community Grant supports community programs and projects that address the Heart and Stroke Foundation's organizational priorities. Funded projects and/or programs are to address one or more of the following priority areas:
The Heart and Stroke Foundation believes strongly in the My Healthy Community Grant program and the importance of these grants for helping to shape healthier communities; though regretfully, due to a lack of funding, the Foundation has had to put this program on hold this year and will not be offering a 2016 round of grant funding.
Because the Foundation does not receive government funding, we rely on the generous support of donors and corporate partners to continue to run our programs. We are searching for partners so we can continue to offer this very important community initiative and welcome partnership opportunities with companies and organizations who wish to invest in improving the health of our communities.
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2015 Round Funded Proposals
Create a Space, Regina – This project will improve the local built environment in a neighbourhood near downtown Regina by implementing an edible landscape and garden in front of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s office on Winnipeg St. Community members and partner organizations will collaborate and contribute to the space, as well as participate in on-site educational activities.
By building an edible landscape space and garden, Create a Space will show how green spaces and gardens can help build community, form partnerships and beautify urban neighbourhoods.
"Access to community gardens has been shown to improve health outcomes through promoting increased physical activity, improved mental health and access to quality food. By building an edible landscape that anyone can contribute to, Create a Space is helping residents live longer, healthier lives,” says Stephanie Cross, Sr. Manager of Health Promotion, Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Growing Together gardening project, Duck Lake – Growing Together is a community gardening initiative that will support two northern community teaching gardens through the Willow Cree Health Services Corporation. Teaching gardens allow community members to develop valuable gardening skills through their participation planting and maintaining the garden, and through the harvesting process. Working with the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nations Resource Rangers Sustainable Garden to increase community awareness, Growing Together will engage adults, youth and children in gardening activities that promote healthy food and physical activity, while helping prevent chronic disease.
Stephanie Cross, Sr. Manager of Health Promotion, Heart and Stroke Foundation: “Eating a healthy diet is one way to help decrease risk for heart disease and stroke, but access to affordable, healthy foods is a challenge in some northern communities. This project is an important step in making healthy foods more available to community members.”
Family-Youth Ski initiative, Ile a la Crosse – This initiative removes barriers to participation in heart-healthy cross country skiing in the northern Metis community of Ile a la Crosse. The Ile a la Crosse Ski Club will provide equipment, transportation and opportunity to use its ski trails to families. The Club will partner with the Youth Activity Centre to make skiing part of its weekly schedule.
“We know that one in three Saskatchewan children are overweight or obese and that our kids don’t meet the recommended requirements for physical activity. By creating more opportunities for children and youth to get active, this project will help give them the best start to a long, healthy life and empower all family members to live a healthier lifestyle,” says Stephanie Cross, Sr. Manager of Health Promotion, Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Through this program, the Ile a la Crosse School Division will also empower the Rossi Racers to be leaders in promoting life-long physical activity. Together with the Ile a la Cross Ski Club, they will host a ‘learn to ski’ clinic for all age groups.
Gardening and Fruit Tree initiative, Prince Albert – The Indian Metis Friendship Centre, in partnership with the Prince Albert Food Coalition, is working to enhance the built environment by bringing gardening and access to fresh local food to areas throughout the city where community members live, work and play.
According to Stephanie Cross, Sr. Manager of Health Promotion, Heart and Stroke Foundation, “an important aspect of this project is the engagement of young adults at the Indian Metis Friendship Centre in building and distributing garden boxes to different groups and organizations throughout the community, allowing them to develop valuable leadership and life skills while promoting healthy eating and being physically active.”
By offering garden boxes to community groups, such as schools, churches, parks and community gardening projects, this initiative will engage adults, children and youth in the planting, maintaining and harvesting of healthy foods while promoting physical activity and healthy eating.
St. Edward School Outdoor Classroom, Saskatoon – St. Edward’s outdoor classroom will provide a hands-on learning experience for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, teaching them about friendly gardening practices, eating well and providing opportunities for creative physical activity.
“Only 15 per cent of children and youth in our province meet the recommended levels of physical activity. By installing an outdoor classroom that provides an opportunity for active exploration in a natural environment, students will be more physically active throughout the school day,” says Stephanie Cross, Sr. Manager of Health Promotion, Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Teachers will also provide foundational knowledge in growing natural, healthy foods, allowing students to gain an appreciation of whole foods and a balanced diet.