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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Money Needed to Play

Grey Bruce | by Robyn Garvey  

The Play in Bruce Grey program needs financial backing.

The Play in Bruce Grey initiative is looking for money.

This is because the 57 thousand dollar Trillium grant is has relied upon in the past will run out next summer.

Co-ordinator Catherine Smart is asking all 17 municipalities within Grey and Bruce Counties to continue to contribute to the program.

Smart says it takes at least 20 thousand dollars to operate the program each year.

Bruce Power is also funding the Longest Day of Play in Grey Bruce.

The Health Unit and the local School Boards will also be asked to continue to be a part of the program, which is aimed at encouraging residents to become more physically active through play.

Smart says she will also be pursuing grant dollars through the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Tobacco Free Seed Grants.

The Play in Bruce Grey Program is all about promoting healthy active lives.

With 62 per cent of Grey Bruce residents overweight, and nearly half inactive, Smart says something needs to be done to change these practices.

She says it's not enough to hope parents will ensure their kids are active, the reality is that most parents are too busy and television, the Internet and video games are their main form of entertainment.

Smart says it's no wonder so many children are overweight, and that obesity rates and health problems such as diabetes are on the rise in Grey and Bruce.

The Play in Bruce Grey 2011-2012 budget is just shy of 65 thousand dollars, 40 thousand of that covers salary costs.


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