Thursday 8 December 2016

Up to 12,000 to benefit from €170k funding awarded to promote healthy lifestyles

Published 30/11/2016 | 14:06

Four charities were given a €170,000 financial windfall today to promote healthy lifestyles and help improve the health of disadvantaged communities.

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The grants were announced by the Medtronic Foundation, part of the world's largest medical technology company and the Community Foundation for Ireland.

It is estimated at as many as 12,000 people will benefit from the grants.

The four organisations receiving grants are the Marie Keating Foundation, Siel Bleu, the Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society.

Health Minister Simon Harris, who was guest at the ceremony, said :” The approach Medtronic Foundation is taking with this Fund is a good example of what can be achieved by bringing people and empowering them to build strong communities for health and wellbeing.”

Alma Curran, Corporate Affairs Manager and Philanthropy Lead at Medtronic added: “The Medtronic Healthy Communities Fund was created last year to support innovative ideas to improve health in Irish communities and address inequities in health outcomes.

”In our first year, we partnered with six organisations and we have been inspired by the dedication of the organisations and their focus in realising the goals of both the Healthy Ireland Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Irish Heart Foundation received €50,094 to improve physical fitness and movement skills in Irish pre-school children, which are recognised as the building blocks for health.

‘Kids Active’ will train pre-school teachers to deliver more physical activity opportunities for young children to develop essential movement skills.

The training will help teachers to understand the benefits of physical activity, ensuring that children develop movement skills like running, jumping and catching.

The Marie Keating Foundation was granted €35,000 to help women and men to detect cancer. The Foundation, through the ‘Your Health Your Choice’ campaign, wants to raise public awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles in preventing cancer. This year they are focusing on targeting students in secondary schools.

The Irish Cancer Society was granted  €50,050 to help to reduce health inequality through targeted interventions among disadvantaged groups, especially unemployed and low-income people

‘Fit For Work and Life’ will develop the capacity of local leaders and trainers to deliver programmes that communicate how to reduce the risk of lifestyle-related diseases.

Siel Bleu was granted €35,000 to improve quality of life for older adults. ‘Exercise, COPD and Me’, a community-based pulmonary rehabilitation programme, will give people who find it hard to breathe affordable access to a physical activity programme that improves their quality of life.

Through this funding Siel Bleu will be engaging 11 new patient advocacy groups to broaden the scope of the project to double the impact from year 1 activity to 220 people.

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