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Healthy Living Projects in Nova Scotia

After School Physical Activity Program for Girls in At-Risk Nova Scotian Communities

Organization

Sport Nova Scotia

Description

After School Physical Activity Program for Girls in At-Risk Nova Scotian Communities is a project of Sport Nova Scotia. The aim is to increase the number of girls aged 11-13 who are physically active on a daily basis by focussing on three priority communities: an Acadian community, an African Nova Scotian community and a First Nations community. The project will provide opportunities for girls to be involved in fun, safe and developmentally-appropriate after-school physical activities. Schools in each community have agreed to make the programming available and to serve the project in an advisory capacity. High-school students will lead elements of the program, thus encouraging teenagers to be physically active and to serve as positive role models, supporting the development of future coaches and volunteers in these communities.

Eltugwi'g Tajige'g Running Toward Health

Organization

Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre

Telephone

902-420-1576

Description

Eltugwi'g Tajige'g Running Toward Health is a project of the Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre in Halifax. The project will increase physical activity among Aboriginal youth by providing culturally-relevant sport and recreation opportunities for participants of the Kitpu Youth Centre, a program of the Mi'kmaq Friendship Centre. Participants will receive instruction in specific sports and physical training. Young Native people who embody an active lifestyle will deliver the program. Project activities, rich in traditional and contemporary Native culture, will foster social awareness, personal development and leadership skills. In keeping with the Kitpu Youth Centre approach, young people will gain skills through participation and mentorship to eventually become instructors and mentors themselves. This approach will create bonds in the community, connect young people to the broader social network and foster the development of leadership and stewardship.

Enlisting Libraries to Lead: Inspiring Rural Nova Scotians to Increase Physical Activity Levels

Organization

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia

Description

Enlisting Libraries to Lead: Inspiring Rural Nova Scotians to Increase Physical Activity Levels is a project of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. The purpose of the project is to equip public libraries to better promote increased physical activity among the public. The province's 77 public libraries will receive pedometers and written material promoting walking and physical activity, for loan to the public. Project resource material will be available in both French and English. An interactive website will be set up to provide access to relevant online resources. Librarians will receive training to increase their ability to direct users to appropriate resources.

Social Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables in Nova Scotia

Organization

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia

Description

Social Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables in Nova Scotia is a project of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. The overall purpose of the project is to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables among all Nova Scotians by focussing on availability, accessibility and affordability. Using a social marketing campaign, the project aims to change perceptions and provide solutions for overcoming barriers to eating more fruits and vegetables. The principal approach, a television campaign, will be supplemented with radio and print media, in-store partnerships, websites and public transit vehicles. Project results will be disseminated through the Heart and Stroke Foundation's annual report, newsletters and website.