“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)
Application Downloadable for Your Convenience:
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).
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.
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
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
-Vending machines, healthy options
-Local food production
VICTORIA COUNTY MUNICIPAL COUNCIL, July 25, 2016
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.
“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)
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) in Partnership (NS Health Authority, Public Health) is Adopting:
THANK YOU Working Group Members (Victoria County Healthy Eating Recreation Sports Settings) For All Your Work On This Initiative Now & In the Future:
Presentation to Stakeholders Partnership
Sept 30, 2015 Stakeholders Partnership Meeting HELD (Agenda)
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:
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.
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?
Island, North Shore, St. Ann’s areas to Smokey Mountain): October 27, 1:30 pm, Courthouse Council Chambers, BADDECK
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.
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:
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”:
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:
The policy components includes the following:
Foods and beverages will fit into three categories:
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:
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
The implementation of the HERSS VC Policy includes the following:
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:
Working Group Members (Victoria County HERSS) were thanked for all their work on this initiative now & in the future:
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: