May 2012

New opportunities to provide feedback on Heart&Stroke Walkabout™

Posted on May 22, 2012

Have you participated in Walkabout?

Are you/ or have you been part of a walking group connect with Heart&Stroke Walkabout™?
Have you used our website,
Are you using Walkabout resources to track your steps or plan your walking routes?

If you have participated in any of these activities, please consider participating in one of our telephone focus groups or online survey.
****As a token of our appreciation, all focus group participants will receive a Walkabout prize package with giftcard****

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1.5 Billion Steps & Counting…!!

Posted on May 17, 2012

Congratulations Walkabout members!!
You walked, you ran, 
You biked & swam,
And now we’ve reached the 1.5 Billion mark as of May 17, 2012!
Yes that’s a Billion and a half!
Considering that you could reach the moon and back in a billion steps, we’ve done pretty well for ourselves!!! 
But this is no time to sit back and relax Nova Scotia! Those sneakers have many years left, in them.
Let’s buckle up, and get ready for the next challenge!

Our next Milestone – 2 Billion Steps!!!
Walking takes you places.. Where will you go today?

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2012 Heart& Stroke Walkabout™ Walkability Grant – Deadline is Monday July 9th 2012.

Posted on May 17, 2012


REMINDER : Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ is offering Walkable Communities Grants to help organizations or groups take steps to increase walking participation. Deadline for submissions is Monday July 9th 2012.


Walkable Communities Grant 2012 – Application


Categories of Grants

Infrastructure:  improved accessibility or physical improvements to existing walking infrastructure to encourage Nova Scotians to walk more (e.g. signage, aesthetic features, safety, cost, scheduling)
Marketing: innovative marketing and encouragement programs (new media, community based social marketing, incentive programs etc.) that link with Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ and encourage Nova Scotians to walk more.
Advocacy: communication or other activities addressing a local issue (e.g. lack of crosswalks) or project that would promote walkability (e.g. Engaging with decision makers to advance policy change or changes in infrastructure, to create long-term change for better walkability)


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HIKE Nova Scotia AGM & HIKES

Posted on May 15, 2012


Annual General Meeting: June 2 Antigonish Co.
Hike Nova Scotia’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 2 at St. Joseph’s Lakeside Community Centre, near Antigonish (2752 Ohio East Road, St. Joseph’s, Antigonish Co., see directions at A light lunch will be provided starting at 12 pm with the AGM from 1 to 3 pm.
Please RSVP to [email protected]

During the AGM, Hike NS will be happy to recognize Peter Jackson with an award for outstanding leadership in the development of hiking trails in Antigonish County. There will also be presentations on hiking in Antigonish County and on the Keppoch Mountain project.

Hikes: June 1 & 2
Associated with the AGM are two guided hikes offered on Friday, June 1 at Beaver Mountain Provincial Park at 6 pm (directions here) and on June 2 at Keppoch Mountain at 10 am (Exit 30 off Highway 104, James River).

Hike Nova Scotia
[email protected]

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Join the Walkabout Follow Your Farmer Walking Group today!

Posted on May 09, 2012

Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ announces launch of new site in time for Follow Your Farmer Contest.

For immediate release May 7, 2012

HALIFAX, NS- Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ announced the launch of their new website Monday with the start of their Follow Your Farmer Contest. is part of Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ a comprehensive program designed to get Nova Scotians walking. The newly designed site has improved features intended to help users track their steps and monitor their progress. Research shows that to improve your health you should add 2,000 to 3,000 steps to your routine a day. It only takes five minutes to walk about 500 steps. The site offers a social media component that allows users to message friends and colleagues, share their favourite walking stories and link up with walking groups their area.

Walking is an easy, accessible and cost-effective way to achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. 

“Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ is excited to launch our new website. We hope that Nova Scotians will use the tool to help them set and achieve their own physical activity goals.” says Menna MacIsaac, CEO, Nova Scotia, Heart and Stroke Foundation.

To celebrate the launch of the site, Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ is hosting a contest in partnership with Nova Scotia Egg producers. Follow Your Farmer is an interactive contest that encourages participants to register on and join the Follow Your Farmer group. Once there, users will receive daily updates from the farm about physical activity, farm life and yummy and nutritious egg recipes.
For more information:


Victoria Horne

Communications Coordinator

Heart and Stroke Foundation, Nova Scotia

423-7682 ext 3343

[email protected]


 About Heart&Stroke Walkabout:

Heart&Stroke Walkabout is an initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Department of Health and Wellness and the Ecology Action Centre. Our goal is to help Nova Scotians discover the magic of walking and realize the physical and mental benefits of walking within their communities. It’s about changing the way we think about walking—putting feet back on the streets and walking back in the hearts and minds of Nova Scotians.

About Heart and Stroke Foundation:

The Heart and Stroke Foundation (, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.

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Sponsored By:

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • NS Gov
  • CTV