November 2014

150 Minute Challenge – winners

Posted on Nov 18, 2014

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners of our 150 Minute Challenge.

Week # 1 – Leona Conrick
Week # 2 – Judy Myatt
Week # 3 – Carole Anne Casey
Week # 4 – Joan Fownes
Grand Prize Winner – Sheila Goldsmith – winner of a $75 gift card for new sneakers.

Also, congratulations to all participants! Now that you have started being more physically active, why not continue by participating in our 52 Week Challenge? Check out the great challenges we have for November.

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Leadership Level 1 – Hiking Course Nov 29-30

Posted on Nov 12, 2014

A Leadership Level 1 – Hiking Course will be offered in Halifax on November 29-30, 2014. Participants receive Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) national certification in Leadership Level 1 – Hiking. The cost is $90 ($80 for current Hike NS members).The course is offered through the NS Chapter of the OCC in partnership with Hike NS and supported by the Province of Nova Scotia and the NS Outdoor Leadership Development Program. For more information, go to

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Planning Walkable Communities Workshop – Dec 5th

Posted on Nov 10, 2014

How communities are planned and designed directly impacts local environments and health. Walking is the most accessible form of active transportation for the average person of any age, yet Nova Scotia’s communities have a considerable need for improving the availability, safety and convenience of walking routes. Community design can encourage populations to travel between destinations actively by foot. This workshop, for planners and others, is about making our communities more walkable for everyone, from children to seniors. It will address the state of walkability in NS and how to improve walkability in the areas of planning and infrastructure.

Event:     Planning Walkable Communities Workshop
Date:      Friday, December 5, 2014
Time:      9 am to 5 pm
Location: Dalhousie University, Halifax
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 28, 2014

The Cities & Environment Unit (CEU) and its team of Community Planners will facilitate the workshop, drawing on their experience in active transportation planning and community design to deliver an engaging and informative workshop. CEU project experience includes the Municipalities for Green Mobility project, Complete Streets Policy development in HRM, Walkability Assessment Tools for East Hants, as well as a Shared-Use Street Design for Argyle Street in Downtown Halifax.

LPPANS and API have determined that planners who attend will earn 6.5 CPL credits.

The workshop fee is $125 and includes nutrition breaks, lunch and a workshop kit. The workshop will include some classroom time as well as a field trip to conduct walk audits. A workshop agenda and online registration are found at The registration deadline is Friday, November 28. There is limited space, so register early to ensure your spot.

This event is a partnership of the Ecology Action Centre, Heart&Stroke Walkabout™, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia and Dalhousie Cities & Environment Unit.

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52 Week Challenge – November

Posted on Nov 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.

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FREE CPR for Hockey Fans Training Sessions

Posted on Nov 04, 2014

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, in partnership with Emergency Health Services (EHS), is hosting FREE CPR sessions for “Hockey Fans” to take place around the province.

It’s not just for hockey fans though, if you are in the area of one of these sessions, please come in and learn the 3 simples steps that could save a life.

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Sponsored By:

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • NS Gov
  • CTV