Chronic health conditions account for more than 80% of all deaths in New Zealand, but more than a third of this health burden is avoidable, says Amy Tribe, CEO of nib Foundation, the charitable arm of health insurer nib New Zealand.
Tribe says that with an ageing population and contributing lifestyle risk factors on the rise, the trend is expected to increase. To help address the issue, nib Foundation has launched Health Smart Grants, its first Kiwi grant programme.
In all there are three grants of $40,000 available to selected registered charities that work to improve the health and wellbeing of Kiwis.
Tribe says people’s health can be improved when factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, alcohol use, and smoking are addressed.
Rob Hennin, nib New Zealand’s CEO, hopes those working in the charitable sector driving these kinds of behaviour changes apply for the grant “…as the work they do is truly life changing”.
Expression of interest applications are open until 30 June 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal in mid-August for the opportunity to receive a grant.
For more information visit the nib Foundation.