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Monday, 18 September, 2000, 06:33 GMT 07:33 UK
Health project to beat poverty
social exclusion generic
The aim of the centre is tackling social problems
Plans for the first of a chain of healthy living centres set up to tackle social deprivation in parts of Wales are due to be unveiled.

A network of similar community health centres are already being built in England, but this is the first such project in Wales and will be funded by 1.3m from the New Opportunities Fund.

The first centre will be at St Mellons in Cardiff.

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Seven years ago, a pointed attack on single mothers from the area by Welsh Secretary John Redwood provoked the community into action.

The St Mellons Community Forum succeeded in attracting funding to run initiatives aimed at helping everyone in the community.

Studies have shown that nutritional standards in the area are poor, with high levels of smoking and alcohol consumption.

So priority will be given to educating school children and young families about healthy eating.

There will also be a play strategy and the broad aim of the project is to widen horizons, as well as improving the environment that people live in.

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