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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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Walk to School Month: Register Today!  

Posted on Sep 19, 2017

International Walk to School Month (and Walk at School Month) is coming up in October. Join us and walk for the environment, physical activity, safety and fun!

Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IWALK2017 by September 30 to receive  IWALK stickers for all participating students in your school.

All schools/groups who register and complete the Award and Feedback Form at the end of October will qualify for a prize draw that includes a classroom kit of pedometers, reflective arm/leg bands and pins for participating youth, a one-year digital subscription to Green Teacher magazine, ten $50 off certificates and pair of sneakers from Aerobics First, and a bike from a bike-­‐minded student from Cyclesmith.

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Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ Heartland Tour

Posted on Jun 21, 2017

It’s time for some summer fun!

Lace up, get active and join Heart & Stroke for some summer fun! In partnership with the Heartland Tour, Heart & Stroke is hosting walking tours in communities across our province. Take the first steps toward changing the future of heart disease and stroke.

Grab your friends, family, and neighbours and be part of the movement. Regardless of age, or experience, take the first steps towards a healthier tomorrow for our province. We believe life is worth fighting for. And we don’t want you to miss it.

Check out the dates and locations below to find the event nearest you!

July 8 – Halifax, Emera Oval, 9:00 am
July 9- Yarmouth, Rodd’s Grand Hotel, 417 Main St.,Yarmouth, 9:00 am
July 10- Annapolis Royal, Farmer’s and Trader’s Market in town, 9:30am and 11:00am
July 11- Bridgewater, Shipyards Landing, King Street, 9:00 am
July 12- Truro, Victoria Park, 11:00 am
July 13- Sydney, at Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre, 8:30am
July 14- Antigonish, Begin at Columbus Field, 12:00 pm
July 15- New Glasgow, Pictou County Wellness Centre, 11:00am

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Heart & Stroke Walkabout ™

Copyright © 2017 Heart & Stroke, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
Heart and Stroke Foundation, Nova Scotia
Park Lane Mall, Level 3
5657 Spring Garden Road, Box 245
Halifax, NS  B3J 3R4
Telephone (902) 423-7530
Toll free 1-800-423-4432
Fax (902) 492-1464
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Nova Scotia Walk Day 2017

Posted on May 04, 2017

Hello Walkers,

May 10, 2017 is Nova Scotia Walk Day!  We invite you to join people across Nova Scotia in taking at least a 10 min walk.

Whether you are joining your colleagues at work or walking with friends and family, get outside and enjoy the beautiful NS spring.

If you are planning to walk yourself, or are planning a walk in your community for a group, let us know and you can win a prize.

Email us at:  [email protected]

view the NS Walk Day poster here:  NS Walk DAY POSTER

Have a great day of Walking and we always love to hear stories and see pictures!

 

Walkabout Team

 

 

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Connect2, Nova Scotia’s sustainable transportation grant program, is now open for 2017-2018

Posted on Apr 05, 2017

On April 4, the Connect2 sustainable transportation grant program opened for 2017-2018. Expressions of interest, followed by applications for grants, are now being accepted from communities and organizations wishing to have more access to walking and biking paths, ride sharing, and other sustainable transportation options.

Connect2 aims to provide more options to communities to reduce their carbon footprint, and making walking, biking and using sustainable modes of transportation a practical and enjoyable choice throughout Nova Scotia

Communities, municipalities, and organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to first submit an expression of interest. A response along with an application form will be provided within 48 hours confirming if your proposal is eligible. The deadline to then submit your completed application is May 5.

Government will provide $600,000 to the program again this year, pending budget approval. Sustainable transportation projects focused on active transportation infrastructure design or build are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000. Projects focusing on public education and engagement, or studies to advance sustainable transportation best practices in Nova Scotia are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000.

For more detailed information and to submit an expression of interest, please visit: www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation. Should you have any questions, please contact: Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator at [email protected]

We encourage you to share this information with anyone you feel may benefit from the Connect2 program. And we look forward to hearing about your project.

Sincerely,

 

NS Department of Energy

 

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Join the Walkabout Fall Challenge Today!

Posted on Oct 17, 2016

Join us for the Walkabout Change your Colours Challenge 2016 from October 17th to 28th.

We challenge you and your team to walk at least 150 minutes per week during the challenge for a chance to win great prizes all while being fit and having fun.

Too cold outside or planning another activity? No problem.  You can still participate by counting your minutes and if you want, you can even convert your time into steps in our easy to use step converter at www.walkaboutns.ca

Email us at [email protected] today to register or call 902.423.7530 x5

Click here for more information

 

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Announcing: Planning Walkable Communities Workshop – Port Hawkesbury and Surrounding Areas

Posted on Oct 04, 2016

Community planning and development have great implications for health and the state of the environment. Join us and our partners on October 26, 2016for a FREE interactive workshop focused on

Making our communities more walkable
Addressing the state of walkability in NS
Improving walkability in planning and infrastructure
And more!

This workshop is open to planners, engineers, active transportation and active living professionals, municipal leaders, health professionals and anyone who is interested in improving the walkability of communities.

Please share this poster within your networks.

RVSP by October 24

This workshop has been assigned 6 Continuous Professional Learning credits (6 CPLs) for attending professional planners.

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Happy International Walk to School and Walk at School Month!

Posted on Oct 04, 2016

Join students from around the world and walk and wheel to school and in your community this month.

Walk to School Day: Wednesday October 5, 2016

Walk to School Week: October 3-7, 2016

and walk any day or week of your choice in October!

Register to qualify for great prizes.

http://www.saferoutesns.ca

 

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