July Newsletter

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[section_heading]Now accepting applications for the Community Food Action Program![/section_heading]

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The Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities is now accepting applications for the Community Food Action Program until funds are expended. Eligible applicants can receive up to $3000 in grant funding.

The Community Food Action Program supports community-led solutions to increase healthy eating in New Brunswick, with a focus on increasing food security for people living in poverty, seniors, young people, and persons with disabilities. These solutions include the following community food actions: community gardens, community kitchens, bulk buying clubs, farmer’s markets, and food related education programs. In order to be eligible, initiatives must align with the Community Food Action Program objectives:

  • Increase access to healthy food. The project must teach food and cooking skills, and/or make nutritious foods and fresh produce more available.
  • Increase food knowledge and skills in communities for all people involved in the program. The project must provide learning opportunities in nutrition, cooking skills, growing food, learning about locally grown foods and/or food systems.
  • Increase community capacity to address local food security.  The project must help individuals and communities recognize their strengths, develop new skills and resources, and work together to reach their goals.

Additional details about the Program, including an Application Guide, and application form can be found HERE.

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Hundreds of food leaders from across Canada will converge on Halifax November 13-16th, 2014 for Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All, Food Secure Canada’s eighth National Assembly.

Farmers, fishers, dietitians, policy makers, activists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, indigenous leaders, students, academics and more will create three jam-packed days of programming, networking opportunities, and learning sessions.  This is the first time the FSC Assembly has been held in Atlantic Canada and this edition will feature the top experts from the region as well as across the country with a special focus on fisheries. Amongst, others, the Assembly will feature:

  • World-renown writer, activist and seed campaigner Vandana Shiva
  • Award winning author of Clearing the Plains, James Daschuk
  • Council of Canadian and right to water activist, Maude Barlow
  • Writer, food fixer and trouble-solver, Wayne Roberts
  • Nova Scotia’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Strang
  • Fish, Food and Allied Workers Secretary General, Dave Decker
  • Author and founder of Community Food Centres Canada, Nick Saul
  • Indigenous activist, Arctic Institute of Community Based Research, Norma Kassi

Early bird registration is now open at a special discount of $340 for Food Secure Canada members ($450 for others). You can join FSC here. It is also possible to register early for a table at their exhibition showcase:  Take a Stand.

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The Richibucto Community Garden is ready and waiting for interested individuals to come garden with them. There are still boxes available. For more information please contact Joanne at 523-1239

For a list of community gardens in New Brunswick, please click here! Let us know if your community garden is not on the list.

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[section_heading]In the News[/section_heading]

Adequate food not an option on social assistance Most Canadian provinces are not providing people on social assistance enough money to buy food for a healthy diet, and that will be costly in the long-term, say poverty experts…

Nouvelle dynamique au Jardin communautaire de Shediac Pour une 4e année consécutive, le Jardin communautaire de Shediac et des environs fournira gratuitement des légumes frais au Vestiaire St-Joseph…

Éco-expo 2014 : l’environnement à l’avant-plan L’Éco-Expo 2014, tenue dernièrement à la polyvalente W.-A.-Losier de Tracadie-Sheila, avait comme but premier de sensibiliser les jeunes et la population aux différents enjeux environnementaux de la région…

Healthy food highlighted in N.B.’s new poverty reduction plan New Brunswick’s new poverty reduction plan — Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan, 2014-2019 — includes a focus on food security and healthy food availability…

La saine alimentation est mise en valeur dans le nouveau plan de réduction de la pauvreté du Nouveau-Brunswick  Intitulé Ensemble pour vaincre la pauvreté : le plan d’inclusion économique et sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick 2014-2019, le plan attire l’attention sur l’importance d’améliorer la sécurité alimentaire et la disponibilité d’aliments sains au Nouveau-Brunswick…

 

Overweight, obesity class includes 1 in 5 Canadian youth Statistic Canada says new data from its 2013 Canadian Community Health Survey show that one in five youths aged 12 to 17 reported height and weight that classified them as overweight or obese…

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Community Profiles

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The New Brunswick Health Council’s 33 community profiles empower individuals with information about their region to stimulate interest in building healthier communities. The information in each profile gives a comprehensive view about the people who live, learn, work, and take part in community life in this area.

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Online Training Course – A framework for analyzing public policies

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 1.28.15 PMA new online training course on public policy analysis is now being offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy.

Public health actors are increasingly called upon to inform the policy-making process because public policies are a lever for action that affects the determinants of health. This online training offers a structured approach to analyzing public policies. This approach is based on an analytical framework that reflects a public health perspective, while at the same time integrating other concerns of policy makers…

Click here for more information.

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