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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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:
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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]
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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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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Posted on Aug 28, 2017
Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series 2017
Hike Nova Scotia and 28 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Fall Guided Hike Series from September to November. There are 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Hikes are free and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as the ParticipACTION 150 Play List and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Check out details in the schedule found at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
Trailgate Canada 150 Volunteer Trail Maintenance Days
Hike NS and six community trail groups will offer Trailgate Canada 150 events across the province this fall. These volunteer trail maintenance days give hikers a chance to help out their local community trail group. All equipment and guidance on trail maintenance is provided and volunteers will enjoy a “trailgate” party with barbeque and cake to celebrate Canada’s 150th. This project is funded by the Government of Canada. Events include:
-September 16 – Economy (Thomas’s Cove Coastal Trail)
-September 16 – Meat Cove (Seawall Trail)
-September 23 – Antigonish (Keppoch Mountain)
-September 30 – Halifax (Mainland Common)
-October 14 – Green Bay (Green Bay – Broad Cove Trail)
-October 14 – October 14 – Gulliver’s Cove, Digby Co. (Gulliver’s Head Look Off)
For more information, go to www.hikenovascotia.ca.
Registration for Hike NS Fall/Winter Courses Open
Registration is now open for Hike NS’s fall and winter courses across Nova Scotia. They range from how to share nature with children to Urban Poling to how to be a hike leader to navigation. The specific offerings include:Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop; Urban Poling workshop; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; Field Leader – Overnight Module; and Navigation Maps & Compass Courses. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course. Learn more and register at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
Urban Poling Clinic Sept. 9, Halifax
Hike NS and Urban Poling will offer a Quick Start Urban Poling Clinic in Halifax on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am to 12 pm in Point Pleasant Park. Learn now to Nordic Walk! The cost is $25 and participants must register in advance. The clinic is taught by a certified Urban Poling Instructor and demo poles will be available for use and for sale after the session. Learn more at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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