*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):
(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:
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:
• #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.
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
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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