Healthy Waldo County, the local Healthy Maine Partnership, has awarded its second round of annual mini-grant funding. The grant proposals were designed to further at least one of the goals of Healthy Waldo County, which are: to increase physical activity, to increase good nutrition and to reduce tobacco consumption.

Proposals for up to $2,000 were solicited and scored by a team of local residents. Healthy Waldo County received 10 proposals and was able to fund five.

One of those receiving grants was the Belfast Parks and Recreation Department. The $1,500 award will be used to support WiseKids Outdoors, a summer day camp program for up to 30 Waldo County children ages 6-11 this summer.

The Gladys Weymouth Elementary School of Morrill and Captain Albert Stevens School of Belfast also received funding. Each received $500 for YoKids, which takes yoga into the classroom on a weekly basis so children can engage in physical activity and learn the importance of developing healthy minds and bodies.

The Making Change Program received $100 for healthy snacks for young people who are recovering from abuse, addiction or other problems, and the Waldo County 4-H received $400 to increase the number of Waldo County 4-H youth who can be involved in community-service projects that focus on wellness activities.

Healthy Waldo County is one of the 28 Health Maine Partnerships, funded by the Bureau of Health, Department of Human Services and the Office of Substance Abuse. Waldo County General Hospital is the lead agency. SAD 3 is the lead school district, with RSU 20 schools also participating.

To learn more about Healthy Waldo County, contact Vyvyenne Ritchie, project administrator, at 930-6761 or go to: