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06/04/2011 Wellness Delegates Encouraged to Access Provincial Grants

$1-million First Sports program to contribute to sports equipment/improved sporting grounds
Stonewall, Man., April 6, 2011—Delegates to this week’s Healthy Living – the Power of Prevention Conference,
April 7 and 8 in Gimli, will be encouraged to take advantage of the Province’s recently introduced First Sports grant program. A new session has been added to the conference to make delegates aware of the funding opportunity available until April 30, 2011.
The $1-million program provides grants of up to $10,000 for community and recreation clubs and affiliated teams to purchase shared sports equipment such as hockey nets and baseball bases, as well as maintenance items such as grounds-keeping equipment. The program will also help community clubs serving youth to undertake small capital projects to maintain and improve the condition of their facilities.

Dave Cain, Regional Manager, Healthy Living Youth and Seniors, Recreation & Regional Services Interlake, will explain the First Sports application process during breakfast on Friday. He said the timing of the program affords community groups and recreational centres an opportunity to put plans for healthier living into action.

“This conference brings together people who are committed to improving community health. We’re walking people through the fund application process so they get an opportunity to be considered for funding. These funds will help make the difference between thinking of enhancing programs to get people more active and actually moving forward,” Cain said.

Healthy Living – the Power of Prevention Conference brings together recreational directors, municipal leaders, organization representatives and individuals who are committed to addressing increasing trends in chronic disease that result from unhealthy lifestyles. Presentations at the conference focus on tried and true success stories that have effectively made a difference in improving people’s health.

Healthy Living – the Power of Prevention Conference takes place in Gimli at the Lakeview Resort and Waterfront Centre, April 6 & 7. More details can be found at or call 1-877-979-WELL (9355). The walk-up daily registration fee is $100. Conference sponsors include the Interlake Regional Health Authority, the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba In Motion, the Interlake Municipal Recreation Association, Recreation Connections Manitoba and Canadian Footwear.
For more information on the First Sports program, contact the Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors Regional Office in Gimli:
Box 1519, 62 - 2nd Ave., Phone: 642-6006, Toll free: 1-866-259-5748. The First Sports program application is also downloadable at:
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