HERSS: Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings in Victoria County

HERSS

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On October 24, 2016 Health Canada launched the Healthy Eating Strategy

The aim of this strategy is to make the healthier food choice the easier choice for all Canadians. One area of focus is sodium reduction in prepared foods sold in Canada through foodservice outlets (for example restaurants and caterers), including home meal replacements sold through retailers.

Nice Testimonials received from Saturday’s Cape North Farmers Market Presenting the First-ever Apple Cider Pressing in the Cape North Fire Hall Front Room:

Testimonials (Sept. 16, 2017)

  • Yvonne Daisley – “Juice was delicious
  • Claudia Gahlinger (Cape North Farmers Market) – “Everybody loved the cider
Norm Mac DonaldThey tasted amazing ” (Sept. 18, 2017)
-“Thanks, Vince. That’s exciting news (First-ever Apple Cider Pressing in the Cape North Fire Hall Front Room, Sept. 16, 2017). Hopefully we can get some coverage of the event” – Andrew Brooks, Publisher + Editor, The Victoria Standard

Thank You and kudos to Everyone Involved Benefiting Residents & Visitors, it’s truly appreciated. Proudly Supported in Partnership by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) under the Victoria County Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Facilities Program & Policy

HELD – First-ever Apple Cider Pressing in Cape North Fire Hall

Please see below. This was a new initiative last year as part of our Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Assistance Fund & Policy and is going to benefit the Cape North Farmers Market and communities North of Smokey. This was an investment by Victoria County in Partnership:  https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/healthy-eating/herss/

Claudia Gahlinger,  September 15, 2017 – Cape North Farmers Market Sept. 16, 2017:

Hi everyone, We have an exciting market lined up for tomorrow, Saturday September 16, 10-1. Brenna will be serving a variety of baked treats for brunch in the cafe. The ever popular Norm MacDonald will entertain us. AND we will be doing our first-ever apple cider pressing in the fire hall’s front room at 11:30. Come and see this deluxe manual press in action (co-funded by HERSS and the Cape North Farmers Market), give the wheel a turn and have a drink of fresh cider!

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Victoria County Municipal Council Approves

Healthy Eating in Municipal & Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Policy June 12, 2017

Partners NS Health Authority, Public Health & Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Presented to Victoria County Municipal County on July 25th, 2016 as part of the work of the Victoria County HERSS Working Group with the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy
We look forward to working with Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Organizations, Facility Operators and service providers Moving Forward. Presentation & Policy Can be Downloaded Below
DRAFT MUNICIPAL POLICY (Presentation to Council July 25, 2016) – HERSSDraftforPresentationJuly252016

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Working Group Members – (Victoria County H.E.R.S.S

We thank the following for all their hard work on this initiative now & in the future:

  • Sarah Ross, Public Health Nutritionist
  • Aron Ashton, Public Health Educator
  • Eileen Woodford, Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy Chair
  • Debbie Madore, Nutrition for Learning Dietitian, CBVRSB
  • Debbie MacLean, Manager of Nutrition & Food Services
  • Michelle LeBlanc, Buchanan Memorial Hospital Dietician
  • Mary Jessome-Pierro, Dietitian – Wagmatcook First Nation (CBDHA Staff)
  • Terry Bernard, Wagmatcook Mi’Kmaw Physical Activity Coordinator
  • Eliot Frosst, Victoria County Action Network (Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy)
  • Graham MacKenzie, Stones Pharmasave Owner
  • George Smith, Chef
  • Alicia Lake, Cape Breton Food Hub Coordinator
  • Vince Forrestall, Victoria County Physical Activity Coordinator
Testimonials:

Vince, we really appreciate your ongoing support (first-ever apple cider pressing in the fire hall’s front room at 11:30 am, Sept. 16, 2017. Come and see this deluxe manual press in action (co-funded by H.E.R.S.S and the Cape North Farmers Market), give the wheel a turn and have a drink of fresh cider!) !” – Claudia Gallagher, Cape North Farmers Market (Sept. 15, 2017)

Thanks for sharing the excellent news, Vince! Our HERSS (Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings) Policy is finally approved. Now we can look at the next steps for promoting and strengthening the support for the policy. We want to continue to secure funding that you have worked so hard to obtain. “ – Sarah Ross Public Health Nutritionist Nova Scotia Health Authority (June 13, 2017) / “Wow! Yeah awesome news Vince and thank you for allowing us to be part of the process! It was an unforgettable experience. I learned many things that I’ll take with me going forward. Thanks again Vince, and thank you Sarah for the learning process!” – Aron Ashton Public Health (June 13, 2017) / “This is great Vince. Though I really don’t think you should be thanking me for anything!! I appreciate all the hard work you have done over the years in getting the people in this county moving and more healthy. Keep up the great work” – Debbie MacLean, PDt, Eastern Zone NS Health Authority, Victoria County Memorial Hospital (June 13, 2017) /  “Awesome work for sure. Totally agree with all Aron said. Thanks for all your commitment and passion” – Debbie MacLean, PDt, Eastern Zone NS Health Authority, Victoria County Memorial Hospital (June 14, 2017)

Health Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Funding Assistance Successful Recipients 2016-2017

Organization Project Awarded
South Haven Community Hall Refrigerator 1170.45
Washabuck Community Centre Refrigerator 2000
St Ann’s Bay United Church Hall Refrigerator 1265
Smokey Recreational Society Refrigerator 1033.5
Victoria Highland Civic Centre Refrigerator 1000
North of Smokey Food Bank Refrigerator 2000
Cape North Farmers Market Co-op Ltd Cider/Juice Press 2000
TOTAL 10,468.95

Thank you to all of our Victoria County Organizations who Applied for the Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Assistance Funds for 2016-2017, It was Greatly Appreciated. $34,277.60 was received in Requests/Applications for $10,000 Budgeted under this program. Thank You for Your Continued Cooperation and Support of Naturally Active for Life Victoria county, in Partnership, it was greatly Appreciated. The Funding Assistance Program will continue for the 2017-18 Victoria County Physical Activity Department with a November 17, 2017 Deadline Anticipated. Look for further information as it becomes available. All the best to our Successful Organizations above in Partnership, our inaugural recipients under this new Program/Policy

T E S T I M O N I A L S

“Thanks for your work on this, Vince (Victoria County Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings  Draft Funding Assistance Application 2016-2017)” – Sarah Ross Public Health Nutritionist Nova Scotia Health Authority (June 9, 2016)

I am happy to know the good things (Victoria County Healthy Eating Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings) u r doing – all of this helps supports schools & greater community” – Debbie Madore, Nutrition for Learning Dietitian, CBVRSB (July 19, 2016)

Thanks for everyone continued hard work on this (HERSS Tool Kits) & ! looking forward to seeing it be used as a public document down the road! Thanks” – Kirstie Clynick, (NS Health Authority) , Dec. 2, 2016

Glad the County is going in this direction, glad I came (Victoria County Healthy Eating Recreation Sports Settings Leader, Organization Meetings)” – Participant, Oct. 27, 2016

Thanks Vince! Looks like a great initiative” – Georgia MacNeil, Ecology Action Centre (Dec. 12, 2016)

CLOSED – NEW Funding Assistance Grants 2016-2017 Available for Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings in Victoria County

Application Downloadable for Your Convenience:

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To assist Victoria County physical activity, recreation & sports facilities, including community halls, schools, to offer residents healthier eating options, the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011) in Partnership with NS Health Authority and Victoria County supports Victoria County Volunteers, leaders, organizations, Facility Operators & Service Providers in our Communities to provide equipment replacement, healthy menus & purchases, programs & events, etc. that will assist in the preparation of healthy food and beverages and the implementation of the Victoria County Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Draft Policy Approved by Council July 2016 (Please see below).

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The Assistance Fund 2016-17 budgeted in the Physical Activity Department is available to physical activity, recreation and sports settings that serve or sell foods or beverages through a canteen, cafeteria, vending machines, hospitality rooms and potlucks, etc. Below is the Application for Funding Assistance ***DEADLINE Jan. 13, 2017*** and Tool Kits (Please see below) created in Partnership with the NS Health Authority to assist our groups in their application (s) & implementation of this very beneficial program for residents & seasonal residents.

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Who Can Apply:

Settings include but are not limited to parks, physical activity, recreation & sports settings, multi-purpose complexes, community centres and halls, publically funded and not-for-profit fitness centers, golf courses, tennis, arena, curling rinks, art centers, aquatic facilities, summer/march break camps, sports fields, hospitality rooms & trails.

Organizations Eligible for Assistance Funding:

-Municipal & Staff Wellness Programs

-Boards that manage facilities

-Organizations accessing facilities

-Public organizations Incorporated as not for profit society under the NS Joint stocks, societies act of NS Victoria County

-Foodbanks

-Schools

Items Eligible for Assistance Funding:

***(Please refer to Pages 14-25 in the HERSS Tool Kit above for more examples)

-Meal preparation equipment

-Convection & Conventional ovens

-Refrigerators

-Dishwashing

-Vending machines, healthy options

-Panini maker

-Smoothie machines

-Grills

-Toasters

-Greenhouses

-Programming

-Community Gardens

-Healthy Menus

-Local food production

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Healthy Eating in Municipal & Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Draft Policy in Victoria County Approved by Municipal Council (July 25, 2016)
Partners NS Health Authority, Public Health & Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Presented July 25, 2016 as part of the work of the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy
We look forward to working with Victoria County Leaders, Organizations & Facility Operators Moving Forward. Presentation & Policy Can be Downloaded Below
DRAFT MUNICIPAL POLICY (Presentation to Council July 25, 2016) – HERSSDraftforPresentationJuly252016

HERSSCouncilPresentationJuly252016

HERSSCouncilPresentationJuly252016PDF

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VICTORIA COUNTY MUNICIPAL COUNCIL, July 25, 2016

http://www.victoriacounty.com/2016-council-minutes.html

HEALTHY EATING IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RECREATION & SPORTS SETTINGS

Courtesy of Council was extended to Vince Forrestall, Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator; Sarah Ross, Public Health Nutritionist; and Aron Ashton, Public Health Educator, who were in attendance to make a presentation on Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation & Sports Settings (copy attached).

Mr. Forrestall presented a draft Healthy Eating in Municipal & Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Policy for Council consideration. He introduced a number of people in the audience who have worked together in developing the draft policy.

Aron Ashton, Public Health Educator, outlined poor eating habits in Nova Scotia. Only 31.5% surveyed in the former Cape Breton District Health Authority consumed greater than 5 fruit and vegetable servings per day. He provided some perspective on the health conditions in the Victoria County area. There are a number that are greater than the provincial average. Common risk factors for major chronic diseases include unhealthy eating, overweight/obese and physical inactivity. 28% of the CBDHA population surveyed are overweight/obese.

Mr. Ashton presented numbers from the Victoria County Community Health Plan 2007. 80% reported at least one chronic health condition; 47% reported their food intake did not meet the Canada Food Guide requirements; and 30% reported a concern about being overweight.

Sarah Ross, Public Health Nutritionist, indicated that our food choices are shaped by the options available. She provided an example of burning calories in relation to what is consumed. Educating residents is important but evidence shows that using approaches such as policy and supportive environments work. She commended Victoria County for their adoption of a Breastfeeding Policy some time ago.

Ms. Ross presented information on a Food Policy: Scope, Components, Food and beverages served and sold and celebration and meeting examples.

Mr. Forrestall indicated that health eating initiatives have been included in the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy since its implementation. Healthy eating opportunities and exposure have been provided by organizations in various areas of the Municipality since 2012.

The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board implemented the Nova Scotia Food & Nutrition Policy for all foods sold and served at schools in 2007. He presented on the Healthy Eating in Recreation and Sports Settings and updated on what this means to Victoria County.

Mr. Forrestall indicated that they are requesting Council to approve the draft Healthy Eating in Municipal Physical Activity Recreation and Sports Settings Policy.

A general discussion took place and various questions were addressed.  

“It was moved and seconded to accept the draft Healthy Eating in Municipal & Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Policy. Motion carried”

Warden Morrison advised that Council would review the draft policy and it will be brought to a future Council meeting for approval.

Warden Morrison extended a thank you to the presenters for the information provided.

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Good presentation (Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings in Victoria County Policy to Council – July 25, 2016)” – Alicia Lake, Coordinator, Cape Breton Food Hub (July 26, 2016); “Great work on the presentation this evening” Graham MacKenzie, Owner, Stone’s Pharmasave  (July 25, 2016); “A big thank you to you Vince for all of your hard work!!! You, Aaron and Sara did an excellent job presenting Monday evening (July 25, 2016) and have put in so much time to get this up and running”  – Michelle LeBlanc, Buchanan Memorial Hospital Dietician (July 27, 2016); “Job well done with your great leadership” – Debbie Madore, Nutrition for Learning Dietitian, CBVRSB (July 28, 2016);  “Glad to hear it went well. Great work!” – Eileen Woodford, Chair – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Partnership (July 27, 2016)

Victoria County

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) in Partnership (NS Health Authority, Public Health) is Adopting:

  • 1.) Municipal Healthy Eating & Food Policy 
  • 2.) Community Groups Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Goals & Objectives

THANK YOU Working Group Members (Victoria County Healthy Eating Recreation Sports Settings) For All Your Work On This Initiative Now & In the Future:

  • Sarah Ross, Public Health Nutritionist
  •  Aron Ashton, Public Health Educator
  • Eileen Woodford, Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy Chair
  • Debbie Madore, Nutrition for Learning Dietitian, CBVRSB
  • Debbie MacLean, Manager of Nutrition & Food Services
  • Michelle LeBlanc, Buchanan Memorial Hospital Dietician
  • Mary Jessome-Pierro, Dietitian – Wagmatcook First Nation (CBDHA Staff)
  • Terry Bernard, Wagmatcook Mi’Kmaw Physical Activity Coordinator
  • Eliot Frosst, Victoria County Action Network (Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy)
  • Graham MacKenzie, Stones Pharmasave Owner
  • George Smith, Chef
  • Alicia Lake, Cape Breton Food Hub Coordinator
  • Vince Forrestall, Victoria County Physical Activity Coordinator
  • Marie Frosst, Attended Presentation in support of HERSS VC

Presentation to Stakeholders Partnership

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Sept 30, 2015 Stakeholders Partnership Meeting HELD (Agenda)

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Public Health Services, NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage and Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Organizations and Facility Operators applied unsuccessfully for 2015 Healthy Eating Recreation Sports Settings Policy Grant Funding:

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Healthy Eating policy work in a variety of publically funded institutions (e.g. sport, recreation, health authorities, post-secondary institutions, municipal and provincial government departments) and how Naturally Active for Life Victoria County can support healthy eating in our organization through policy.

Victoria County Healthy Eating Recreation Sports Settings Leader & Organization Meetings HELD for Organizations / Facility Operators

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) and its partners invited volunteers, leaders, organizations to a meeting in their respective area on a new initiative benefiting residents & visitors:

What? – Victoria County Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings Initiative

Who Should Attend? – You or a Representative from your Organization/Facility in Victoria County.

When & Where?

  • HELD: SOUTH of SMOKEY (Iona, Middle River, Wagmatcook, Baddeck, Boularderie

Island, North Shore, St. Ann’s areas to Smokey Mountain): October 27, 1:30 pm, Courthouse Council Chambers, BADDECK

  • NORTH of SMOKEY (Bay St Lawrence, Cape North, Neil’s Harbour, White Point,  Ingonish to Smokey Mountain): November 2, 1:30 pm, Buchanan Memorial Hospital Boardroom, NEIL’S HARBOUR

Why? – You’ll receive pertinent information, give further input into its direction &  implementation, benefiting our residents & visitors. A NEW funding opportunity (2016-17) will also be announced through Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) to assist us in partnership to implement the Victoria County Healthy Eating Recreayion Sports Settings initiative.

Guidelines for Healthy Eating in Recreation and Sport Settings available online.

Learn more and get involved in making a change in your community

2015 NS Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation & Sport Settings Guidelines

  • Developed with input from across the province, the purpose of the Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation & Sport Settings Guidelines is to enable those who work, participate, and support activities in physical activity recreation & sport settings to change the food environment to support eating well
  • Foods and beverages sold and served in recreation and sport settings do not always encourage healthy choices
  • Some key objectives of the guidelines are to:
-Support a cultural shift towards healthy foods/beverages
-increase access and consumption of healthy foods/beverages
-Decrease access to and consumption of unhealthy foods/beverages

Nova Scotia Food & Beverage Nutrient Criteria

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Victoria County Council Approves Healthy Eating in Municipal & Physical Activity Recreation & Sports Settings (HERSS VC) Draft Policy in Victoria County – a recipe for change – July 25, 2016

Sarah Ross-Public Health Nutritionist, Aron Ashton-Public Health Educator & Vince Forrestall–Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator presented at the recent Victoria County Municipal Council bi-weekly meeting held Monday, July 25, 2016 on Healthy Eating in Municipal & Physical Activity Recreation & Sports Settings (HERSS VC) Draft Policy in Victoria County (Please see attached & the following link: https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/healthy-eating/herss/)

Healthy Eating is included in the work of Municipal Physical Activity Strategy (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County) Since 2011 & during the 2016 – 2017 renewal year:

Goal 5: Policies – Engage and work with federal, provincial, municipal, first nation and community agencies to develop and monitor policies that promote physical activity and healthy eating indoors and outdoors

5.5: Work with local physical activity, recreation and sports facilities to implement provincial healthy eating guidelines

During the presentation the presenters shared a number of key statistics with council to make the case for the importance of a policy in Victoria County benefiting residents & visitors:

  • 28% of CBDHA (Cape Breton District Health Authority) population surveyed are overweight or obese
  • 80% reported having at least one chronic health condition in NS
  • Not eating the daily recommended amount of fruits & vegetables is the number three health risk amongst Victoria County Residents
  • 47% Victoria County residents that did NOT meet Canada’s Food Guide Daily requirements for fruits and vegetables
  • Only 31.5% surveyed in CBDHA (Cape Breton District Health Authority) consumed the recommended 5 fruit & vegetable daily servings. 54% of adults did not meet the vegetable & fruit recommendations
  • Nova Scotia Grade 5 Students, 2011, only 33% met Canada’s Food Guide (CFG) recommendations for vegetable & fruit intake, 50% met CFG (Canada’s Food Guide) recommendations for milk & alternatives

Evidence shows that education on its own does not work or change behavior. Evidence shows that using approaches such as policy and supportive environments works. An example of this was given and included the “Baddeck Pharmacist (Graham MacKenzie, Stones Pharmasave Owner) Pulls Sugary Drinks Off Shelves”:

  • 6% of carbonated sales in Baddeck
  • Summer peak weekly sales declined by 11.4% as a whole in Baddeck in post intervention period
  • After controlling for model specified seasonality, sales decreased by 21.4%. Not bad for a store that sold only 6% of carbonated beverages overall in Baddeck!
  • Another unexpected finding – buying patterns did not shift to other retail outlets in the Village

The policy scope applies to all foods & beverages served and sold at Municipal Physical Activity, Recreation & Sports Facilities, settings, programs, meetings, and events, which includes:

  • Vending machines
  • Canteens
  • Catering
  • Café/restaurants
  • Dining halls
  • Tournaments
  • Sporting events
  • Hospitality suites
  • Special events and festivals
  • Meetings
  • Training
  • Programming for all ages

The policy components includes the following:

  • Food & Beverages
  • Portion Sizes
  • Food Safety
  • Breastfeeding
  • Dietary Considerations
  • Clean Drinking Water

Foods and beverages will fit into three categories:

  • Maximum – 50% or more
  • Moderate – 40%
  • Minimum – 10% or less

It was pointed out to council that a spirit of cooperation already exists in Victoria County as the strategy has been providing healthy eating opportunities & exposure (Since 2012) in Victoria County proudly supported by the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy in partnership with volunteers, leaders, organizations and facility operators, including some of the following initiatives which were highlighted during the presentation:

  • Bras d’Or Yacht Club: Junior Sailing Healthy Snacks (Since 2012)
  • Eat, Drink & Be Healthy Sessions (Chef & Dietician)
  • Workplace Wellness Network Luncheons – Education, awareness
  • Don WM Nicholson Consulting – 4 season food: your own growing healthy workshop & soil prep, crop selection and growing workshop
  • Baddeck Academy – Health & Wellness Fair (Since 2013)
  • Cabot Education Centre – 1st Health & Wellness Day–Health Eating
  • After School–Healthy Living Program-Cabot Junior A Basketball Team
  • Bay St Lawrence Community Centre-Santa’s Workshop: Christmas Apples & Oranges
  • Englishtown Community Hall Association – Our Journey to Better Health
  • Wagmatcookewey School – Fresh Fruit Fridays
  • Girls Only After-school programs: Healthy Snacks
  • 5 2 1 0 Cape Breton
  • BaM Cape Breton (Body & Mind Program)
  • Baddeck Community Garden
  • North of Smokey North Highlands Orchard Project-Grow More Healthy fruit (Since 2014)

Also, school settings (CBVRSB) in Victoria County have made a difference since 2007. In 2007, CBVRSB fully implemented the NS Food & Nutrition Policy for all foods sold and served at schools. The following successes achieved were highlighted during the presentation:

All deep fryers were removed

  • All carbonated beverages were removed from vending machines and canteens
  • Only beverages available in vending are water and 100% juice
  • All regular chips (over 5g of fat) were removed from canteens & vending
  • All chocolate bars were removed from canteens & vending

The implementation of the HERSS VC Policy includes the following:

  • The approved policy by council
  • Outreach to volunteers, leaders, organizations and facility operators in Victoria County to garner buy-in & ownership in partnership
  • NEW Victoria County HERSS Assistance Funds for municipal workplace wellness & volunteers, leaders, organizations and facility operators in Victoria County in support of the policy

What does this mean for Victoria County?

 Support other healthy eating policies (i.e. schools & daycares)

 Promote Local Food

 Provide Municipal Assistance Funds

 Demonstrate leadership & positive role modeling

 Work collaboratively together to create healthy communities

Presenters acknowledged the following:

  •  Victoria County HERSS Working Group (See members below)
  •  Antigonish HERSS Working Group
  •  Bridgewater HERSS Working Group
  •  Lunenburg & Yarmouth HERSS Working Groups
  • NS Health Authority (Eastern Region) & Public Health Services
  •  Wagmatcook First Nation
  •  Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Working Group Members (Victoria County HERSS) were thanked for all their work on this initiative now & in the future:

  • Sarah Ross, Public Health Nutritionist
  • Aron Ashton, Public Health Educator
  • Eileen Woodford, Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy Chair
  • Debbie Madore, Nutrition for Learning Dietitian, CBVRSB
  • Debbie MacLean, Manager of Nutrition & Food Services
  • Michelle LeBlanc, Buchanan Memorial Hospital Dietician
  • Mary Jessome-Pierro, Dietitian – Wagmatcook First Nation (CBDHA Staff)
  • Terry Bernard, Wagmatcook Mi’Kmaw Physical Activity Coordinator
  • Eliot Frosst, Victoria County Action Network (Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy)
  • Graham MacKenzie, Stones Pharmasave Owner
  • George Smith, Chef
  • Alicia Lake, Cape Breton Food Hub Coordinator
  • Vince Forrestall, Victoria County Physical Activity Coordinator

Council approved the Healthy Eating in Municipal & Physical Activity Recreation & Sports Settings (HERSS VC) Draft Policy in Victoria County following the presentation.

A number of testimonials, comments have been shared since the approval of the draft HERSS VC Policy:

    • Good presentation (HERSS: Healthy Eating in Physical Activity Recreation Sports Settings in Victoria County Policy to Council – July 25, 2016)” – Alicia Lake, Coordinator, Cape Breton Food Hub (July 26, 2016)
  • Great work on the presentation this evening” Graham MacKenzie, Owner, Stone’s Pharmasave  (July 25, 2016)
  • A big thank you to you Vince for all of your hard work!!! You, Aaron and Sara did an excellent job presenting (HERSS VC) Monday evening (July 25, 2016) and have put in so much time to get this up and running”  – Michelle LeBlanc, Buchanan Memorial Hospital Dietician (July 27, 2016)
  • Job well done (HERSS VC) with your great leadership” – Debbie Madore, Nutrition for Learning Dietitian, CBVRSB (July 28, 2016)
  • Glad to hear it (HERSS VC) went well. Great work!” – Eileen Woodford, Chair – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Partnership (July 27, 2016)

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