January 2018

2018 Walkability Grants

Posted on Jan 09, 2018

For more than 60 years, Heart & Stroke has invested $1.45 billion in life-saving research and has witnessed a 75% decline in heart disease and stroke.  Our mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery; by empowering Canadians to take control of their health. Enabling people to become more physically active in their daily lives is one modifiable risk factor of heart disease and stroke that can be improved.

To help kick start physical activity and walking among Nova Scotian communities, Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ is pleased to offer the annual Walkability grants.  These grants are awarded to Nova Scotian organizations, groups and individuals that pledge to take steps to increase walking participation. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 5th, 2018, and applicants will be awarded their funds no later than March 31st, 2018.

For more information please see Fillable-Walkabout-Grant-Application-2018

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Winter Walk Day 2018

Posted on Jan 09, 2018

Winter is still a great time to walk and be outside!  Schools and youth groups are invited to walk at school or around the neighbourhood, walk to school or go for a hike on Winter Walk Day. Don’t let cold, wind, snow or rain keep folks from heading out for a walk. If they dress properly and practice winter safety, they’re ready to go! Walking is fun when you walk together. It’s good for our bodies because of the extra physical activity. It’s good for the Earth if you walk as transportation because it cuts down on the number of polluting cars on our streets.

You may hold your Winter Walk Day on any day in February and register for it at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WinterWalk2018.  When registering for Winter Walk Day 2018, your school or group commits to the following 4 steps:
1.Choose a day in February as Winter Walk Day
2.Promote the event to participants
3.Educate participants on winter walking safety
4.Tell us how the event went on the Evaluation Survey that we’ll email to you at the end of February

By completing all these 4 steps your school/group will be automatically entered to win one of two $50 MEC gift cards!
To help you in your Winter Walk Day promotion efforts, the following documents (available in both English & French) will be emailed to you upon registration:
8.5 x 11 inch flyer/poster template
Template to use for announcements, in newsletters, etc.
Winter Walking Safety tip sheet
Winter Walk Day – NS Curriculum Links (grades P to 6)

For more information on this event, please feel free to contact us:
Natalia Diaz-Insense & Stephanie Johnstone-Laurette, Youth AT Coordinators
Ecology Action Centre
2705 Fern Lane, Halifax NS
B3K 4L3902-442-0209 (Mainland NS) or 902-562-5371 (Cape Breton & Eastern NS)
[email protected] OR [email protected]

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Guided Snowshoe Hike Series

Posted on Jan 03, 2018

Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hike Series 2018

Hike Nova Scotia and 38 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2018 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series from January to March. There are over 65 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Most hikes are free and require pre-registration unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support.

Check out details in the schedule found at www.hikenovascotia.ca.


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