News release

Central Area Physical Activity Grants Make a Difference

HEALTH PROMOTION--Central Area Physical Activity Grants Make a Difference


People in Central Nova Scotia have more opportunities to be active through new projects supported by the Office of Health Promotion's physical activity grants.

Health Promotion provided grants totalling $500,000 to more than 100 groups throughout the province to help Nova Scotians get active through walking, swimming, dancing, boxing and many other physical activities.

"These programs provide a wide range of opportunities for Nova Scotia children, families and seniors, who might not otherwise be active," said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. "Nova Scotians are not as active as they should be, but that is changing thanks to groups across the province that are receiving these grants and developing programs."

The Physical Activity Grant Program supports initiatives that create or increase participation in organized and unstructured forms of sport, physical recreation and active transportation. Programs focus on those who are currently inactive, with priority placed on young people.

Forty students at Cunard Junior High and Herring Cove Junior High will be dancing their way to health in Dance Fits All -- a program where they will learn and practise different dance styles, such as hip-hop. The students, between the ages of 12 and 14, will be involved in bi-weekly, 60-minute sessions.

"This is an opportunity for these students to get fit and active, participating in an activity they really enjoy. Dancing is something that everyone can learn," said Mr. MacDonald.

For more information on the grant program, contact Health Promotion's representative in Central Nova Scotia, Carol Davis- Jamieson, by e-mail at or call 902-424-7622. Additional information can also be found on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/ohp/srd/pagrants .

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Nova Scotians will have more opportunities to be active with new physical activity projects taking place throughout the province.

The Office of Health Promotion has provided grants totalling 500-thousand dollars to more than 100 groups across Nova Scotia.

The Physical Activity Grant Program supports initiatives that create or increase participation in organized and unstructured forms of sport, physical recreation and active transportation.

For information on the programs taking place in your area call 902-424-7622.

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Contact:

Caitlin Rochon
Health Promotion 902-424-6527 E-mail:

Note: A list of programs that have received funding in Central Nova Scotia and provincewide follows.

  • Fitness for Fun, Ian Forsyth Elementary School, $5,000
  • Physical Fitness Co-ordinator, Beaverbank Kinsac Community Centre, $8,600
  • Karate Club, Tantallon Junior High School, $8,500
  • Dance Fits All, Arts Express, $5,800
  • Fitness for Life, King's View Academy, $4,750
  • Seniors Exercise Program, Sackville Seniors Advisory Council, $5,200
  • Run, Jump, Throw & Off We Go, Sackville Chebucto Athletics Track Club, $10,000
  • RECESS: Reaching Early Childhood Educators with Support for Success, YWCA Halifax, $10,000

Programs that have received funding provincewide:

  • Helmet Program, Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia, $10,000
  • Learn to Play Program, Softball Nova Scotia, $10,000
  • Lifesaving Sport Clinics, Lifesaving Society Nova Scotia, $9,630
  • Minor Tennis League, Nova Scotia Tennis Association, $10,000
  • 12 & Under Community Volleyball Leagues, Volleyball Nova Scotia, $10,000
  • Aboriginal Canoe/Kayak Programming Initiative, Canadian Canoe/Kayak Association, Atlantic Division, $10,000
  • Active Family and Young Teen Program, East St. Margaret's School and Community Association, $4,927
  • Caper Athletes Promoting Education, Recreation, and Sportsmanship (CAPERS), Harbourside Elementary School, $9,740
  • Experience Skiing, Alpine Ski Nova Scotia, $4,000
  • Registration Day, Special Olympics Nova Scotia, $10,000
  • Run, Jump, Throw After School Track and Field, Athletics Nova Scotia, $3,142
  • Summer Youth Track Camp, Ceilidh Track Club, $4,200
  • Youth Running for Fun, Doctors Nova Scotia, $6,528
mew            April 1, 2005       11:48 A.M.