Community health promotion projects in the Colchester and EastHants area are getting a financial boost of $92,000 this year –$42,000 from the Office of Health Promotion and $50,000 from theColchester East Hants Health Authority. Funds will be awarded tosuccessful applicants through the area’s five Community HealthBoards (CHBs). The amount is almost double what these groups received last year,thanks to new funding from the Office of Health Promotion’s$348,000 CHB Wellness Fund. The fund is designed to enable non-profit community groups and organizations to address healthpriorities by developing local health promotion and illnessprevention projects and programs. “Community Health Boards engage people at the local level andbuild capacity for creating healthier communities,” said HealthPromotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Supporting the people andprojects on the front line is an important part of our plan tobuild a healthier Nova Scotia.” Funds provided from the Office of Health Promotion will bedirected toward projects that address the office’s priorityareas: physical activity, healthy eating, injury prevention,addiction prevention, healthy sexuality and tobacco control.Funds from the district will be available to projects that mayhave a slightly broader focus. In both cases, the CHBs will workwith community partners to develop programs that address theirspecific health priorities. “This is the third year of the district’s Wellness Fundinitiative and this year, with the additional support from theOffice of Health Promotion, it makes it all that more exciting,”said Eleanor MacDougall, vice president of community health forthe health authority. “The CHBs in this district have put a lotof effort into developing plans that reflect the health needs ofour communities. This funding will once again provide theresources they need to put these plans into action.” Projects funded in the past range from tobacco reductionpromotion, to ATV rider safety programs, from exercise andnutrition programs for children and youth, to a walking aroundthe world program through which people were provided pedometersand encouraged to engage in a regular walking program. “We all have a role to play in achieving our vision of a healthyprovince. Government has a role – in public education, supportfor sport and recreation, and in prevention of addiction, illnessand injury. Community Health Boards also have an important role.They are the eyes, ears and voice of communities across theprovince and they make a difference at the ground level,” saidthe minister. Grant applications are being accepted by each of the district’sfive CHBs, including Along the Shore CHB, East Hants CHB, NorthShore Area CHB, South Colchester CHB and Truro and Area CHB. Formore information, local non-profit organizations can contactSteve Butt, CHB co-ordinator for Colchester East Hants HealthAuthority, at 902-893-6155.
He said that while efforts taken to boost tourism have shows results, the authorities cannot be complacent. The Prime Minister said that more remains to be done in the tourism sector. Despite the ‘Lonely Planet’ recognition of Sri Lanka as the best country in the world to visit in 2019, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today admitted that there are shortcomings which must be addressed.The Prime Minister said in a statement that since 2015, tourism was the top priority of the Government. Almost 10 years after the end of its civil war, Sri Lanka was named the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Better transport links, new hotels and a growing number of activities were cited as the reason the south-Asian island was chosen for the top spot in the guidebook publisher ’s annual Best in Travel awards, the Guardian reported yesterday.“Already notable to intrepid travellers for its mix of religions and cultures, its timeless temples, its rich and accessible wildlife, its growing surf scene and its people who defy all odds by their welcome and friendliness after decades of civil conflict, this is a country revived,” says Lonely Planet author Ethan Gelber in the Best in Travel 2019 book, published yesterday. Tourist visits to Sri Lanka have increased dramatically since the end of the 26-year conflict, from 447,890 in 2009 to an all time high of 2.1 million last year, a figure the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority hopes to double by 2020.Renovations made to the rail system have opened up Jaffna and much of north for the first time since 1990 – an area that was previously considered too dangerous for tourists. The scenic rail routes in Sri Lanka are now widely thought to be some of the best in the world.Motorways have also been built as far south as Matara, and the number of domestic flight routes has increased in recent years, too: for instance, from the capital Colombo, on the west coast, to Batticaloa, on the opposite side of the island, in 45 minutes. (Colombo Gazette)