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Small funding grants aim to activate Pacific communities

A new initiative from Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd aims to provide Pacific organisations in Canterbury with start-up funds to help implement new activities that encourage active lifestyles and regular exercise. 

The cost of structured exercise such as a gym membership or personal training is prohibitive for most Pacific peoples. “We hope this funding will see the development and delivery of activity ideas that will result in broad community participation” says Grants Committee member Nadine Milmine. “We would love to see a range of vibrant new classes, groups and programmes being offered in 2020” she said.

Churches, trusts and organisations that work with Pacific communities can apply for up to $1000 to help cover delivery costs. Approved applications will:

  • Be a NEW class, group and/or programme;
  • Promote the benefits of physical activity and active lifestyles; and
  • Have measurable outcomes.

Applications are open now and interested groups have until Friday 15th November 2019 to apply.

Find out more about the Small Funding Grants for Pacific Initiatives, including application criteria and key dates.

The distribution of funds is managed by the Physical Activity Small Grants Committee, which includes the: Pacific Health Manager, Pacific Health Promoter (Lifestyles Team), Programme Coordinator (Practice Support) and Active Canterbury Network Coordinator.

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Latest research and news

Here are some snippets on the latest physical activity research or news that we found interesting.

Latest academic research studies have found that exercise increases life expectancy regardless of the size of people - proving exercise is critical to longevity.

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A US university study has found that women who keep moving during pregnancy may produce children with stronger motor skills.

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A leading New Zealand exercise expert says an obesity epidemic and a physical inactivity crisis are gripping this country.

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Active Canterbury Newsletter

The Active Canterbury Newsletter is produced bi-monthly and aims to keep local physical activity providers informed. It has a focus on latest physical activity research, upcoming education and training opportunities, key events and tips on how to practically apply research and industry tools.

View the latest newsletter: AC Network Newsletter November-December 2019

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