March 2014

NS Hiking Summit April 11-13 in Parrsboro

Posted on Mar 27, 2014

Hike Nova Scotia’s third annual Hiking Summit will take place from April 11 to 13 at the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. It is a celebration of hiking culture, including best practices, stories and networking opportunities. The agenda is packed with great sessions, Stories from the Trail, hikes and keynote from Jane Murphy with the Trans Canada Trail.

Learn more and register here:


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Gearing up for Spring with new T-shirts

Posted on Mar 26, 2014

Are you thinking about spring on this Winter Wednesday? Do you belong to a walking group? Would your group like to have matching T-shirts when you walk? You can order T-shirts for your group from Advanced Screen Printing in Halifax.  This company has our Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ logo on file. You can purchase them in blue or green and all sizes are available.

Advanced Screen Printing

3667 Strawberry Hill St., Halifax, NS B3K 5A8

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52 Week Challenge – February Winner

Posted on Mar 24, 2014

Congratulations to Sharon Milligan of Digby! She is our month of February winner in the 52 Week Challenge. Way to go Sharon! Digby is representing well in this challenge. Let’s see who will be the winner for March!

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2014 Walkable Communities Grants

Posted on Mar 07, 2014

Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ is offering Walkable Communities Grants to help organizations or groups take steps to increase walking participation.

Deadline for submissions is Monday April 21, 2014.

Click here to download the Walkable Communities Grant for Public Feb 2014
Click here for a Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ Fact Sheet

Criteria – Priority will be given to proposals that:

Clearly and effectively link with action of Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ (* See attached fact sheet or visit
Are action and results oriented, with an achievable work plan.
Communicate a clear purpose and  activities that are reasonable and can be evaluated for their effectiveness
Build public support and involvement
Engage local or regional leaders and decision makers (e.g. informing municipal counselor of your plans)
Build on existing community support or physical activity strategies (e.g. Municipal Physical Activity Leadership strategies; school or municipal active transportation plans)

Useful Resources:
Infrastructure and Advocacy:
Marketing:  Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ has transit ads, posters, signage templates, radio ads, wholesale rates on pedometers, and tracking tools.  We encourage integration of these materials within the grant plan/budget to complement other elements of the initiative to help create momentum and build a culture of walking in the province.  The Walkabout logo is available for appropriate use.

Inquiries should be directed to the Director of Health Promotion, Policy and Research:  423-7682 X3311 or [email protected]

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52 Week Challenge – March

Posted on Mar 04, 2014

52 Week Challenge!  There will be one health related challenge per week for the next 52 weeks.

Here’s how it works:

To view the weekly challenge, like us on Facebook at or request that you be added to distribution list so that the weekly challenges will be sent to you via e-mail. (once a month)
Each week, complete the weekly challenge and let us know by commenting on our FB page or sending us an e-mail to [email protected] You have until Sunday at midnight to complete the weekly challenge and let us know.
If there are some people in your walking group, or friends and family, who don’t use the internet, but completed the weekly challenge – feel free to submit their name as well.
Complete all four challenges during the month and you will have four entries into the monthly draw. Complete 2 and you will have 2 entries into the prize draw.
At the end of the 52 weeks – there will be a grand prize draw.  The more weekly challenges you completed – the more entries into the draw.
Share the weekly challenge with Walkabout groups, co-workers, family and friends.  People can start at any time during the year.

– See more at:


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Sponsored By:

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • NS Gov
  • CTV