October 2014

Walking on Halloween

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Tonight is the night for trick or treaters to be out and about and it’s a great way to get your walking in as well. If you have kids or grandkids, perhaps nieces and nephews who want/need adult supervision, put on your pedometer and walk with them around your neighbourhood.

Poorly designed suburbs and urban cores have created a world where we drive kids a few blocks and children have more screen time than outdoor play. Is it surprising that more youth are prematurely developing heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes? Dr. Heather McKay is working to turn around that trend. In collaboration with the City of Vancouver, her research team is reshaping a community ─and the heart health of its children ─ by making it easier for kids to be physically active.

Halloween is the perfect opportunity to get kids outdoors and walking in their neighbourhoods. Let tonight be the beginning of a new walking routine you share with your kids!


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150 Minute Challenge – Winner Week # 1

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

Congratulations to Leona Conrick of Middleton! Leona’s name was randomly drawn as the winner of Week # 1 in the 150 Minute Challenge. Way to go Leona!

Every seven minutes in Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke. Over 1.6 million survivors − and their families and caregivers − are living with the devastating after effects. That’s why the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s vision is healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. It drives our research in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, which fosters our commitment to health education and helps shape our advocacy work.

As participants in Heart&Stroke Walkabout and the 150 Minute Challenge, you too are making a commitment to your health to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Well done everyone!

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Pictou County Walkfest October 10-13

Posted on Oct 10, 2014

Thanksgiving is upon us and Active Pictou County has several great ideas to keep you active this long weekend.

Participate in Walkfest 2014 and take part in “Walk Your Feast Off” Photo Contest. Click here for poster. SNAP a picture of you, friends or family enjoying a walk as part of your Thanksgiving Celebrations or while searching for a geo-cache during one of the Geo-Caching Events and be entered for a chance to win some great prizes including a “Geo-Caching Explorers Kit”.

GeoCaching Events Being Held During Walk Fest 2014

Trenton Park, Trenton
All Weekend Long
Check out the special Fire Track night cache
Details on Facebook Page:
Trenton Parks & Recreation
Phone: 902-752-1019

FitzPatrick Mtn, Scotsburn
October 13, 2014
Meet at Rec Hall between 9-10 am for instructions
Details on Facebook Group:
Scotsburn Recreation Geocaching Event




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52 Week Challenge – October

Posted on Oct 06, 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 www.facebook.com/walkaboutns 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: http://walkaboutns.ca/2014/01/52-week-challenge-january/#sthash.d874SoNL.dpuf




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Community Walking Leader Training

Posted on Oct 01, 2014

Interested in leading a walking group in your neighbourhood or with your community group?

Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ will be hosting a Community Leader Training this month to support you in the role of Volunteer Walking Leader. In this role, you will inspire others to experience the joyful side of walking that comes from being part of a walking group.

All you need is a computer with internet access and a phone. This leader training session will happen from the comfort of your home on Thursday, October 23rd from 10:00-11:30am. There is no charge to participate in this walking leader training. Please RSVP to [email protected] by October 20th to reserve your space or ask any questions.

Can’t attend this community training?  E-mail us your contact information so we can let you know about upcoming leader training sessions.

Where will walking take you?

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Sponsored By:

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • NS Gov
  • CTV