Victoria County Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Since 2011

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Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011



Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Renewed for Year 8 (2018-19)

Year 7 End Report/Highlights

(April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018)



Municipal Physical Activity Strategy  Progress Report – Oct. 30, 2017 

Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator, Vince Forrestall Presented to Council on the Progress of the Strategy in Year 7:

“Hi Vince: Excellent presentation StrategyProgressReportYear7Oct302017PDF

StrategyProgressReportYear7Oct302017   (Coordinator Proud to Present the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Progress Report – Year 7 (Oct. 30th, 2017) to Council). Great job! Thanks for your assistance and support” – Ann Marie MacNeil, Iona Rep – Victoria County Action Network (VCAN) (Nov. 1, 2017) / Good work Mr. Forrestall! ” – Wayne McKay, Cape Breton Regional Physical Activity Consultant (Oct. 31, 2017)

Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Renewed for 7th Season:

2017-18 (Motion Feb. 28, 2017)

Thank You for Your Continued Support, Assistance & Contribution to the successes of the Implementation of the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) since 2011, It’s greatly appreciated.

Good News: Feb. 27th saw a presentation to Municipal Council to Renewal the Strategy by Eileen Woodford (Chair of the Strategy Partnership Management representing Residents) – The Strategy was renewed (Motion Feb. 28th) . The following is from the approved minutes: 


Courtesy of Council was extended to Eileen Woodford, Chair and Vince Forrestall, Coordinator, Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy.

Eileen Woodford presented an update on the Victoria County Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Strategy – Naturally Active for Life (See attached).

Ms. Woodford provided an outline of who they were and what they do. The importance of physical activity and healthy eating was summarized indicating that they are key to health and well-being. The results to date were provided, as were the results of a survey of residents.

The budget allocation for physical active living was explained and the opportunities looking forward were provided, including infrastructure, programs, policy and system supports.

Access to schools and the cost of accessing same were discussed. This is an obstacle and as the Superintendent of the CBV Regional School Board will be in attendance at Council tomorrow evening, it was felt that this is something that can be addressed then.

The successes in the northern area of the Municipality were discussed indicating that cost and safety are two issues that are brought forward by the residents.

The successful events taking place in District #5 were also outlined. Congratulations were extended from all Councillors on the events, promotions and successes as a result of the strategy.

The lack of statistics for the under 15 population was discussed. With summer coming, it is hoped that there will be plans in place for this population.

Along with the health of the community, it is also the social aspect that is equally as important.

After further discussion, Warden Morrison extended a thank you to Eileen Woodford and Vince Forrestall for the presentation and indicated that if there is anything Council can do, to ask.


Deputy Warden Dauphinee referred to last night’s presentation with regard to the Active Living Strategy and the fact that council did not renew the strategy at this meeting.

It was moved and seconded that the Victoria County Active Living Strategy be renewed. Motion carried.

Strategy Renewal Presentation to Municipal Council – Feb. 27, 2017

by Partnership Chair Eileen Woodford

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-Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Renewed for 2017-18-

Feb. 27, 2017 saw a Presentation to Municipal Council to Renewal the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy by Eileen Woodford (Chair of the Strategy Partnership Management representing Residents) – The Strategy was renewed (Motion Feb. 28th) for 2017-18:

March 20, 2017 Ashton, Aron – “Hey hey! Great news indeed Vince! Well done!”

Elyane Saul, March 20, 2017 – “Sweet!! Amazing Vince!

Ann Marie MacKay MacNeil, March 20, 2017 – “Excellent news  and congratulations on a great job Vince!” 

Patsy MacKenzie, March 20, 2017 – “Congratulations Vince & Eileen! Fantastic work for residents of Victoria County.  We are lucky to have you!”

Wonderful program, – 100% feedback…Continue to do what you are doing” – Norm MacDonald, Councilor, District 8 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Has had an impact North of Smokey, especially youth & seniors; Very successful open house held at Ski Cape Smokey; Presentation had points well taken” – Larry Dauphinee, Councilor District 6 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Congratulations and keep up the great work” – Fraser Patterson, Councilor District 5 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Congratulations to both Vince and Eileen presenting and thank you for taking it upon yourselves in keeping us alive longer! Keep up the great work” –   Merrill MacInnis, Councilor District 4 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Great job, you are my favorite people” – Perla MacLeod, Councilor, District 2 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Increase in Physical Activity and Social is great with economic benefits – benefits everybody” – Paul MacNeil, Councilor, District 1 (Feb. 27, 2017)

Hats off to you both, especially Eileen” – Warden & District 3 Councilor Bruce Morrison  (Feb. 27, 2017)

Hi Vince: You are doing a fantastic job – Thanks” – Ann Marie MacNeil (Victoria County Action Network Strategy Implementation Team for Iona, Washabuck Peninsula), Feb. 27, 2017

(Media release) on the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy – VICTORIA COUNTY COUNCIL VOTES TO PROVIDE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY STRATEGY FUNDING FOR ANOTHER YEAR (Apr. 15, 2016):



Physical Activity Strategy – 1 Year Renewal: 2016-2017 

(Download Official Copy)

*Please note: A 2016-17 Action Plan will be developed to coincide with the 1 year renewal of the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy by Municipal Council (2016-17):



Update (Media Release) on the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy (Apr. 15, 2016):




(Baddeck, N.S)  Victoria County council has approved funding for the municipal physical activity strategy. This next year will see work concentrate on making programs self-sustaining.

The Victoria County Physical Activity strategy has been very successful and much has been accomplished,” said Warden Bruce Morrison. “The strategy’s goals were to raise awareness, create partnerships and get the residents of Victoria County moving. We are definitely on the right path”, he said.

Launched in 2011, the program saw consultations with community groups and leaders. From these talks came the creation and development of physical activity programs for youth, seniors, First Nations Communities, women and more.

We have built a strong foundation for the future of physical activity, healthy eating and general health and wellness for our residents,” said the warden. Health & wellness policies have been developed within the county and in area schools and partnerships are now in place.

Before this program, for example, many area schools – with excellent wellness facilities, were out of reach for community members after school hours. This program has seen partnerships and policies created, that provide access to the facilities in the schools for our residents,” said Morrison.

A recent phone survey found that Victoria County residents had increased their level of awareness and their level of physical activity since the launch of the strategy.


#‎NaturallyActiveForLifeVictoriaCounty‬ Making A Difference:

22% of ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ residents increased their level of physical activity since the launch of the ‪#‎MunicipalPhysicalActivityStrategy‬ (‪#‎VictoriaCountyPhysicalActivity‬ Survey Nov. 2015)

Since 2011, NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty has provided a vision & evidence-based actions to strengthen Victoria County, by making ‪#‎physicalactivity‬ & ‪#‎healthyeating‬ an important cultural trademark.

The 1 year renewal of the ‪#‎strategy‬, 2016-17, continues actions of change to describe what we must do to increase physical activity & healthy eating and reduce ‪#‎sedentarybehaviour‬, risk & achieving benefits of a society that is ‪#‎active‬, ‪#‎eatinghealthy‬ and ‪#‎healthy‬ because of the following:

• Top 3 Chronic Diseases residents face: 1. ‪#‎Cardiovacular‬ 2. ‪#‎Respiratory‬ 3. Not consuming the daily recommended amount of ‪#‎fruit‬ & ‪#‎vegetables‬

‪#‎Obesity‬ is an epidemic In NS – 1 in 3 children & youth ages 2-17 are ‪#‎overweight‬ or ‪#‎obese‬ and even more are not leading an ‪#‎activehealthylifestyle‬
• Chronic ‪#‎stress‬ & ‪#‎anxiety‬ are costing dollars in lost ‪#‎workplace‬ productivity annually
• Obesity has proven to have serious health impacts (‪#‎diabetes‬ ‪#‎heartdisease‬ ‪#‎stroke‬ ‪#‎cancers‬ ‪#‎asthma‬) and today’s #‪#‎children‬ may have shorter and lower quality lives than their parents
• 90% amount of time is spent ‪#‎indoors‬. Knowledge of the ‪#‎naturalworld‬ is slipping away
• Today’s students (28%) that #walk to #school, compared to their #parents (58%)
• 90% decline radius of play for a nine-year-old since the 1970’s
• #Screentime has risen to 8 hours/day (Recommended 2 hrs) leading to poor sleeping habits

Contact with our #naturalenvironment is essential in our day-to-day lives. Our overall #Social & #economic well-being is dependent on contact with #nature.

“What We’ve Achieved” – 2011 to 2016



Presentation to Municipal Council – Ask to Renewal Strategy 2016 to 2021 (Feb. 22, 2016)







Physical Activity Strategy 2011 – 2016 Official Copy – Naturally Active Victoria County



Residents Report 2011 – 15

Strategy Focusing In 2015 – 16


Victoria County Physical Activity “Citizens Survey” Final Report  (November 2015)

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Strategy Partnership & VCAN (Implementation Team) updated the Physical Activity Strategy. A Citizens survey was carried out Nov. 2015 (Sponsored by NS Health & Wellness) to help us update the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy 2016 – 2021. Community Representative (VCAN, shared with the community) Consultations took place leading up to Presentation to Council held February 22, 2016 to Renewal the Strategy for another 5 years as the original 5 years expires June 13, 2016

2010 Ipsos Reid Recreation and Physical Fitness Survey Report Victoria County
Ipsos Reid Recreation and Physical Fitness Survey Report Victoria County

Presentation to Municipal Council Approving the Strategy (Dec. 10, 2012)

NaturallyActiveStrategyPresentationForApprovalMunicipalCouncilDecember102012 NaturallyActiveStrategyPresentationForApprovalMunicipalCouncilDecember102012PDF

Physical Activity Strategy Presentation (Dec. 10, 2012) at Municipal Council:

MCOVStrategyPresentationDec102012 (Council Minutes – Dec. 10, 2012)

It was moved by Councillor Dauphinee, seconded by Councillor Buchanan, that the DRAFT Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy be accepted and forwarded to the Province for Review & Approval. Motion carried.

Three Major Health Risks Facing Victoria County Residents & Visitors
(1.) Cardiovascular – High Blood Pressure #1

(2.) Respiratory – Asthma #1
(3.) Healthy Eating – Greater Risk of Cancer & Diabetes Related: Low Fruit & Vegetable Consumption  – (Adapted from John Malcolm’s, retired CAO, CBDHA, presentation to Victoria County Community Health Board-Sept. 27, 2011 at the Gaelic College, St Ann’s)

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For all the latest activities, programs and initiatives benefiting you and your family!!/PAStrategyVC



5 Responses to Victoria County Municipal Physical Activity Strategy Since 2011

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  3. I strongly support this program. It is wonderful to read and witness all the activities among the young and old enjoying with good leadership. Keep you the good work, Vince

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