Active Kids Healthy Kids BULLETIN – January 2009
To support partners and stakeholders of Active Kids Healthy Kids
From Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation responsibility area of HPP
The contents of this bulletin do not necessarily represent the position of Department of Health Promotion and Protection.
Much of the content originates from other organizations and is included here for your reference.
1. New Minister of Health Promotion and Protection
2. Nova Scotians of all Ages Eligible for Healthy Living Tax Credit
3. Annual Girls Healthy Living Week
4. Fundy Active Communities Chronicle
5. Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification Course
6. You Could Be Featured in a ParticipACTION Commercial
7. Making Great Strides (EGtoP)
8. Nova Scotian Award Recipient featured in CPRA e-news
9. Sticking to it
10. Put your New Year's resolution in the bag
11. Walking Conference Room
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1. NEW MINISTER OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND PROTECTION
Premier Rodney MacDonald announced changes to the cabinet on January 7.
Pat Dunn joins cabinet as the Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. Minister Dunn is a former
teacher and administrator and has a long history of community involvement with a special focus on sports
and recreation. Mr. Dunn is also be Minister of Volunteerism
Former Minister of HPP Barry Barnet is the new Minister of Energy. He is also the new Minister responsible
for Conserve Nova Scotia. In addition, Mr. Barnet continues to be the Minister of African Nova Scotian
2. NOVA SCOTIANS OF ALL AGES ELIGIBLE FOR HEALTHY LIVING TAX CREDIT
The Healthy Living Tax Credit gives Nova Scotians of all ages an added incentive to get more active in
On December 16 Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, hosted an event in Dartmouth
to encourage Nova Scotians to get active and take advantage of the tax credit, which has been extended to
include adults who participate in fitness activities.
Programs that qualify include any organized sport, physical recreation or physical activity program that is
offered to the public by the government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia or any municipal
government within the province. A private or not-for-profit organization registered to do business in Nova
Scotia is also eligible. This includes activities such as swimming lessons, dance classes, ski memberships,
gym memberships, hockey registrations and many more.
Adults and children who sign up for registered sport and physical activity programs in 2009 will receive a
8.79 per cent credit off registration fees. To get the credit, they must keep and submit the receipt as part of
their 2009 tax returns. They will then receive a maximum tax reduction $44 per person. The maximum
expenditure per individual will be $500. Registration fee receipts must be dated on or after Jan. 1, 2009 for
an adult to get the credit.
A list of provincial sport organizations, member groups, organized sports and physical recreation and
physical activity organizations that are registered for the tax credit is available at
The Nova Scotia Healthy Living Tax Incentive was introduced in 2005, providing a credit for registrations of
up to $150 in registration fees for eligible children's fitness activities. The maximum expense was increased
to $500 in 2006.
The expansion was announced as part of the 2008-09 budget. It is estimated the tax credit will generate a
savings of more than $8 million per year for active Nova Scotians.
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3. ANNUAL GIRLS HEALTHY LIVING WEEK
The week of February 16th – 20th is this year’s Girls Physical Activity
Week. The purpose of the girl’s physical activity week is to provide a
province-wide opportunity to highlight and promote the physical activity and
healthy living opportunities available to girls in Nova Scotia. The physical
activity week places emphasis on females ages 9 to 18, which as a group
have the lowest rates of physical activity among all children and youth.
The objectives for this event are
1. To increase community awareness about the importance of physical activity in children and
youth, especially among girls.
2. To support and promote physical activity opportunities for girls within their schools and
3. To provide an opportunity to bridge school and community resources for improving
opportunities for physical activity (supporting Sport Animator initiative)
4. To provide an opportunity for girls aged 9 - 18 to try a new physical activity with little to no
For more information on Girls Physical Activity week in your area contact the following regional organizers:
Rachel Bedingfield (HRM) firstname.lastname@example.org
Anitra Dagley (Fundy) email@example.com
Jen Kelday (Valley) firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Comeau (South West) email@example.com
Owen Donat (South Shore) firstname.lastname@example.org
When Active Halifax Communities began Girls Physical Activity Week four years ago,
The Yoga Loft was one organization to get on board in Halifax. Since then, The Yoga
Loft has been offering a weekly Yoga for Girls class. Now they offer Moms and
Daughters Yoga workshops for moms with daughters aged 6-10 years.
4. FUNDY ACTIVE COMMUNITIES CHRONICLE
Check out how much more there is happening in the Fundy region! Fundy Active Communities Chronicle is
posted on the HP Clearinghouse website.
Matt Pryde is the Fundy Active Communities Coordinator, based in Truro. He can be contacted at
email@example.com or (902) 896-2200
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5. CHILDREN’S YOGA TEACHER CERTIFICATION COURSE
If you would like to teach yoga to children of all ages, we are having a Children’s Yoga Teacher
Certification Course on the weekend of February 21-22. This is with Tiffany McLintock, the founder of
Teeny Yogini, who is flying in from Philadelphia to teach the course.
The course is open to yoga teachers and non-yoga teachers, including school teachers, daycare
leaders, recreation leaders, and parents who want to bring yoga into their family life.
www.theyogaloft.ca The Yoga Loft, Suite 301, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Halifax. NS, 902-429-3330
6. YOU COULD BE FEATURED IN A PARTICIPACTION COMMERCIAL
ParticipACTION recently launched their latest national awareness campaign Get Inspired, Get Moving. The
English and French television commercials, airing nationally until March 2009, feature a montage of
Canadian icons including Donovan Bailey, Farley Flex, Rick Hansen, Mary Walsh, Sebastien Benoît, Pierre
Boivin, Geneviève Borne, Virginie Coossa, and Bruny Surin. The icons encourage Canadians to live a
more active life and visit www.participACTION.com. Online at the Wall of Inspiration, anyone can submit
their own stories with pictures or videos about how physical activity has improved their lives. A selection of
stories from the Wall of Inspiration will be used in a series of commercials in 2009.
ParticipACTION is asking you to spread the word. Let’s see Nova Scotia represented online and in the
7. MAKING GREAT STRIDES
Since being awarded funding from CPRA in January 2008, the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
(ARPA), Association québécoise du loisir municipal (AQLM), N.W.T. Recreation and Parks Association
(NWTRPA), Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO), Recreation PEI, Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS) in
collaboration with Recreation New Brunswick (RNB), Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon
(RPAY), and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) have began activities associated
with their one-year demonstration site. The Provincial/Territorial Associations are working to develop and
implement strategies to build and/or enhance organizational capacity to support member efforts in
removing barriers to recreation for low-income families.
NEW national website: www.everybodygetstoplay.ca and www.jeuxsansfrontieres.ca
NS Webpage: www.recreationns.ns.ca/everybody
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Most recent developments for Everybody Gets to Play in Nova Scotia
Created a draft document “Scan of Policies Related To: Access to Recreation for Low Income
Children and Youth”in conjunction with Recreation PEI and Recreation New Brunswick.
As part of the scan, has developed and conducted three online surveys looking to examine
the degree to which municipalities, sport organizations, and not-for-profit groups in the
Maritime Provinces provide services consistent with this policy direction.
RNS is currently working on a draft report of the survey results and recommendations.
To learn what other provinces are doing:
8. NOVA SCOTIAN AWARD RECIPIENT FEATURED IN CPRA E-NEWS
Canadian Parks and Recreation Association’s December Edition of E-News features the recipients of the
Merit Awards, including Michael Arthur, Manager of Physical Activity at the Nova Scotia Department of
Health Promotion and Protection.
9. STICKING TO IT
With January being a time of year when people reflect on making changes or make New Year's resolutions
this information from Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto is a good source for information on
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10. PUT YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION IN THE BAG
Want your goal to become a permanent lifestyle change by next December? Learn some tips from
psychologist Dr. Michael Vallis based in Halifax, including how to become a broken record and "fog" those
people who want to sabotage your efforts.
For the article from Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Healthline newsletter:
11. WALKING CONFERENCE ROOM
For anyone who has ever sat through a meeting with long-winded speakers and diet-busting doughnuts,
Jennifer Baran offers an antidote. In her "walking conference room" there is no sitting through anything.
Everyone is walking on treadmills or elliptical machines.
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