Victoria County Council Approves Healthy Eating in Municipal & Physical Activity Recreation & Sports Settings Draft Policy


HERSSPicSept2015Sarah 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 the following link for the presentation and the draft policy: or download here for your convenience:





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)
  • Amongst other initiatives  

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 

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)

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Making A Difference

Re-branded Municipal Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County – Continues to Make A Difference in the Lives of Victoria County Residents & Visitors

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County 2016-17 Initiatives (To date: July 12, 2016)

The recently re-branded Municipal Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County – Continues to Make A Difference in the Lives of Residents & Visitors in its 6th year (Renewal 2016-2017)!


The ‪‎Victoria County ‎Physical Activity Strategy Supported in Partnership Benefiting Victoria County Residents & Visitors


Thank You ‪‎Volunteers, ‎Leaders, Community ‪‎Organizations, ‎Service Providers, ‎Facility Operators, Strategy ‪‎Partnership, Strategy Implementation Team (‪‎VCAN – Victoria County Action Network), Council & Staff for Contributing to the Success of the Initiatives and to Your ‪‎Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy (Est. 2011) – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County


Please visit the following link for 2016-17 Initiatives (To date: July 12, 2016)


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2016-17 Initiatives (To date: July 12, 2016) are listed below:

  • 22% of ‪‎Victoria County Residents Increased Their Levels of Physical Activity since the start of the ‎Municipal Physical Activity Strategy June 13, 2011 (‪‎Source: VictoriaCounty ‪‎Physical Activity ‎Community Survey Nov. 2015)


  • Physical Activity Strategy (Est. 2011) Updated By Strategy Partnership & Implementation Team (VCAN) & Approved by Municipal Council : Year 6 – 1 Year Renewal 2016-17:


  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County New Strategy Branding – Moving Forward Aligned with the “Active for Life” National, Provincial & Regional Movement (s):


  • Facility Access Assistance Funds 2016-2017 – TBA – Fall 2016


  • Education & Awareness


Connect with hundreds of physical activity, recreation & sport opportunities in your community


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Connect with hundreds of physical activity, recreation & sport opportunities in your community


  • Special Events


‎Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Receives ‪#‎ACOA Funding for Three 2016-2017 Special Events:

  • 5th Annual ‪‎Victoria County ‎Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2016             $500
  • 5th Annual ‪‎Victoria County Fall Harvest Active Fest 2016                                      $855
  • 6th Annual ‪‎Victoria County Winter Active Fest 2017:                                              $800

Destination Cape Breton (June 30, 2016)


-5th Annual Victoria County Trails Day Since 2012                                                    (June 4 & 5, 2016)

-4th Annual Bike Victoria Week Since 2013                                                              (June 3-12, 2016)

-5th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge Since 2012    (June 25 & July 1, 2016)

-FestiVille Baddeck


  • Steps in Flight Walking Program – Bell Museum National Historic Site
  • Mini-Steps Discovery Centre Program – Bell Museum National Historic Site


  • Healthy Eating in Physical Activity, Recreation & Sports Settings – Victoria County HERSS:

Partners: NS Health Authority, Public Health, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County, Victoria County; Victoria County Organizations & Facility Operators


  • After the Bell After School Time Period (ASTP) Programs – More funding Fall/Winter 2016-2017 TBA
  • Baddeck Academy – #ForTheGirlsProgram
  • Cabot School – GO (“Girls Only” Program) & Healthy Snacks for Learn to Run Program Cabot May 1 – June 30, 2016
  • Wagmatcookewey School – E’pite’ji’jk Pasik (GO-Girls Only)


  • Leadership Development Assistance Fund


  • Butternut Consulting                                    Navigation Course Spring 2016
  • BaM Cape Breton                                         Eskasoni High School Spring 2016 Spring 2016 School Teams Leadership Conference – CBVRSB
  • YMCA Older Adults Fitness Certification      Baddeck Academy Little gym rental/access
  • Integrative Nutrition Head Coach  Health, Wellness & Active Living Coach
  • Wagmatcook Health Centre                         2nd Petapan 1st Light Symposium
  • Prenatal Yoga Certification
  • Wagmatcook Health Centre                         NCCP Certification Course


  • Workplace Wellness


  • Wellness Zone Publication
  • Active Living Subsidization Program


  • Healthy Eating Assistance Funds


-Bay St Lawrence Community Centre              North Highlands Orchard Project

-1st Health & Wellness Day Health Eating     Cabot Education Centre

-Bras d’Or Yacht Club Healthy Lunches          BYC Jr Sailing Regatta Week 2016 (Since 2012)

-•Cape North Farmers Market Coop               Encouraging food production in Victoria County

  • St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group Society – Seniors Luncheon April 6th 2016
  • ACAP Cape Breton                                        Food Upskilling Festival Spring 2016
  • Baddeck Academy                                        4th Annual Health & Wellness Day Since 2012


  • Physical Activity Assistance Funds


-Wagmatcook Learn to Swim Program           Wagmatcook Health Centre

-Wagmatcook Learn to Surf Program             Wagmatcook Health Centre

-International Trails Day Hike                         CENTRAL CAPE BRETON COMMUNITY VENTURES INC.

-1st Health & Wellness Day                            Cabot School Education Centre

-Wagmatcook Little League Baseball             Wagmatcook Health Centre

-Outdoor Target Archery                                  Bras d’Or Archers Association

-AED & Protective Case                                   Baddeck Academy

-Family Yoga                                                    Cape Breton Regional Library

-NSSAF Celebration of School Sport               Baddeck Academy

  • Baddeck Duathlon                                        Baddeck Duathlon Association
  • Family Yoga with Jackie MacLellan             Middle River Recreation Assoc
  • Midget (Under 16 years) Cape Breton West Basketball –  Basketball Cape Breton Assoc
  • Beginner Yoga Program                                THE GIANT MACASKILL HEIRS ASSOCIATION
  • Yoga Program                                               North Highlands Community Organization
  • Yoga for Students                                         Cabot School
  • 4th Annual Health & Wellness Day Since 2013 – Baddeck Academy


  • Michael Haynes                                            Guest Speaker 3 Presentations (April 6 & 7, 2016)
  1. St Ann’s Seniors Luncheon
  1. North Victoria Library
  2. Baddeck Library

ParticipACTION Released Their Annual Report Card

ParticipACTION released their Annual Report Card.  At the same time, the new 24 hour movement guidelines for children and youth were released.

Some key points:

  • ·         There is an important relationship among physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep.
  • ·         New research shows that sedentary lifestyles are connected to a “creeping sleepidemic” in Canadian kids
  • ·         Children’s sleep duration has decreased by 30-60 minutes in recent decades
  • ·         31% of school- aged children and 26 per cent of adolescents are sleep-deprived
  • ·         There is a need to take a “whole day approach” as many kids are too tired to get enough physical activity and many kids are not active enough to be tired at night
  • ·         Every hour a child spends being sedentary is associated with a 3 minute delay in bedtime.  The average Canadian 5-17 year old spend 8.5 hours being sedentary each day.
  • ·         The best sleep aid is to get kids moving


24 Hour Movement Guidelines (5-17 year olds):

  • ·         Previously our guidelines were for physical activity and sedentary behaviour.   We did not have recommendations on light activity. These are the world’s first integrated movement guidelines.
  • ·         “sweat” (moderate to vigorous physical activity)– 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity is required each day.  Vigorous physical activity, muscle and bone strengthening activities are needed at least 3 days per week.
  • ·         “step” (light physical activity) – several hours of a variety of light activities are needed each day
  • ·         “sleep” – uninterrupted 9 – 11 hours of sleep is needed for 5-13 year olds and 8 to 10 hours is needed for 14-17 year olds, with consistent bed and wake-up times
  • ·         “sit” (sedentary behaviour) – in addition to the behaviours above, no more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time and limited sitting for extended periods is recommended.
  • ·         “preserving sufficient sleep, trading indoor time for outdoor time and replacing sedentary behaviours and light physical activity with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity can provide greater health benefits”
  • ·         In order to reach desired levels of movement a mix of sport, play, chores and active transportation are required.  Habitual physical activity throughout the day is important in addition to planned and structured activity.  Physical activity is a way of life.

2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth:  Are Canadian kids too tired to move?


New Nova Scotia Outdoor Network Launches

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Proud to Participate in the Launch & Hike at Victoria Park, Truro

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New NS Outdoor Network Launches June 14, 2016

It was a gathering of lovers of the outdoors, those who hike, paddle, bird-watch, cycle and so on. On June 14, over 50 outdoor explorers converged on Truro’s Victoria Park and the Douglas Street Recreation Centre to launch the Nova Scotia Outdoor Network

“Support for bringing the outdoor recreation community has been building for a long time and now we’ve finally done it,” says Heather Kelday, board member with Recreation Nova Scotia and chair of the council overseeing the network

The Nova Scotia Outdoor Network, a project of Recreation Nova Scotia, is a coalition of the NS outdoor sector that will strengthen and support the outdoor community in our province through communication, sharing, collaboration and celebration. Its vision is an outdoor community meaningfully connected to one another, to resources and to learning and stewardship opportunities. Ultimately, it aims to encourage Nova Scotians to get outside more often and participate in low-impact, nature-based activities

“There’s strength in bringing people together around this idea of getting more people outside,” says Kelday. “The back to nature movement is definitely alive and well and growing. What we’re doing is working together to make our outdoor culture stronger”

Why would we want to get more folks outside? Spending more time outside means you are more physically active and healthy overall, you experience stress reduction and improve mental health and you make a stronger bond with nature that can lead to more environmentally-friendly behaviours. And the outdoors is among the cheapest, most readily available recreation facilities going; more often than not, it’s free to access it. The economic benefits go well beyond the preventative physical and mental health costs. The tourism industry is heavily reliant on outdoor activities. Outdoor enthusiasts stay longer and spend more than most other types of tourists in Nova Scotia

At the launch event, groups went hiking, mountain biking and paddling together in the morning to be inspired for network launch and discussions in the afternoon. It ended with a birthday cake and music. In attendance were individuals, organizations, businesses, institutions and other stakeholders from the broad areas of outdoor recreation, wilderness conservation, outdoor/environmental education, outdoor leadership, commercial guiding and retailers

Recreation Nova Scotia Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS) is a province wide, not for profit organization that promotes the values and benefits of recreation and leisure. In partnership with volunteers and the professional recreation community, it advocates for high quality recreation and leisure opportunities

For more information contact:

Global’s Paul Brothers learns about the new NS Outdoor Network.


Physical Activity Strategy Reaches Milestone: 5 Full Years


Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Reached A Milestone – 5 Full Years (June 13, 2011 to June 13, 2016), Heading Into Year 6 of its 1 Year Renewal 2016-2017

‪#‎NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty‬ – THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT: Volunteers, Residents, Organizations, VCAN (Victoria County Action Network) Strategy Implementation Team, Strategy Partnership, Chair Eileen Woodford, Council & Staff contributing to our successes, it’s truly appreciated:


Developed Strategy with Initiatives


NS Thrive Major Sport and Recreation Facility Access Program Continues to Make a Difference in Victoria County


For a 3rd year in a row NS “Thrive” in Partnership with the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Victoria County & NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage, Dr. John Ritter and Midway Motors supported Volunteers, Leaders, Organizations, Service Providers & Facility Operators to offer Affordable & Accessible initiatives at community facilities, schools, halls, sporting venues, etc. throughout Victoria County

Physical Activity Coordinator Vince Forrestall was Invited to Attend & Presented at the 1st Annual NS Thrive Accessing Facilities Summit at the Pictou Wellness Centre May 25 & 26, 2016 on Victoria County Successes: AccessingFacilitiesSummitPresentationMay252016PDF

2015-16: Top 4 Priorities were:

  • Priority #1:   Learn to / Try It / Open Houses
  • Priority #2:   Active Pass
  • Priority #3:   Community Wellness Rooms
  • Priority #4:   Access to Community Schools

The Cape Breton Region received $60,000 funding, with Victoria County receiving $12,500:

Initiatives Supported (2015-16) with Captured Testimonials:

Heart Health Fitness

Patricia Fricker St Johns Anglican Church Hall

Community Wellness Room

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  • I had the pleasure of using the gym at the (Baddeck Academy) school last night for the first time. Great facility and seemed to be in high demand last night as there were 7 people there during the time I was there. So job well done on this…job well done and look forward to making it part of my workout regimen” – thanks Katie (Feb. 2, 2016)
  • It’s a great facility with good leadership. Would love to see it continue” – Lisa Dixon (April 19, 2016)
  • This is perfect (Baddeck Community Wellness Room Preparations), Thank you for everything” – Lindsay MacInnis (Community Wellness Room Leader) – Nov. 6, 2015

North Highlands Nordic

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St. Johns Parish Hall



Masonic Hall

Baddeck Basketball

Baddeck Academy

-“Thanks for believing in the program (Accessing Facilities Grant for Basketball, Baddeck Academy Fri’s). If it wasn’t for you, it probably wouldn’t be as successful! Thanks again” – Jason Smith, Leader (Dec. 12, 2015)

Baddeck Badminton

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-Central Cape Breton Ventures Inc.

Wellness Walkers Rankin School of the Narrows

-“You are doing excellent work!, Thanks” – Ann Marie McNeil, Washabuck Peninsula Rep, VCAN

-St. Ann’s Bay Community Health Group

Space for Yoga Indian Brook Community Hall

-“Good news Vince” (Accessing Facilities Grant – St. Ann’s Yoga Program Fall 2015) – Mary Ann Wilson, St Ann’s Bay Health Group Society (Nov. 26, 2015)

2nd Annual Merry 7Mas Skates 2015

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-“Hello Vince, Really like the activities I have been hearing about. Humes river and the Highlands into Middle River. Very nice. Wish I could have been there for both. Gold Brook to the mines would be a nice one too, pretty in the winter but better in the fall colors. I was at most of the free skates. Kids loved it. I would go for sponsoring something like that too” – Scott, Midway Motors

Bring Back Pond Hockey Play

BringBackPlayOldFashionPondHockeyVictoria Highland Civic CentrePerfect thanks Vince I’ll put some (Posters for Merry 7mas Skates & Bring Back pond Hockey) around” – Andrew MacDonald, Victoria Highland Civic Centre – Nov. 19, 2016

-Great Exposure on CBC Radio Morning Sydney NS: Taking a shot at putting the fun back in hockey… We hear about a program called “Bring Back Pond Hockey”, organizer Andrew MacDonald gives us the skinny on some games of shinny planned for the Baddeck Rink (Victoria Highland Civic Centre) this Winter. Everyone welcome! (runs 6:46)

  • Hey Vince, thanks for everything we have 10 out there playing some pond hockey (Bring Back Pond Hockey Play)!!” -Andrew MacDonald, Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink) – Nov. 27, 2015
  • Good to hear about ‘Naturally Active’ Bring Back Pond Hockey this morning on CBC Radio. I like it. And a funny story…. After our last meeting in Wagmatcook, I stopped down the highway for lunch. I brought some of my ‘Naturally Active’ documents in with me. The waitress noticed and asked me if I was Vince Forrestall!! I said no, but I just met him, I would think the branding and awareness of the strategy has taken hold quite strong in Victoria County” – Larry Maxwell, Cape Breton Regional Representative, NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch (Nov. 26, 2015);

– “Wow! pretty cool. This is great news that the word is spreading” – Aron Ashton, Public Health, Physical Educator

-“That’s terrific” – Eileen Woodford, Chair Naturally Active Partnership & Director of Rural Health

Noon Blast Workplace Fitness

Masonic Hall

Little Penguins

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  • There was lots of positive talk around it (Little Penguins Program, Ingonish) and people are asking if we can have it again this year. It directly benefited 27 families, some have multiple children. That funding allowed them to access the facility the whole winter. Thanks!” – Marie Hawley, (Dec. 8, 2015)

Sun Gym

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-“Hi Vince. (Sun) Gym looks good with the new floor and is also getting some use. Thank you so much (Accessing Facilities Grant) There is even some left over for an exercise ball and replacements for a couple of boxing gloves. It’s good to have all the repair behind us. Hope to see you sometime this winter on some excursion”. Margrit Gahlinger – Feb. 8, 2016 Bay St. Lawrence Health Society

hi Vince. i want to say THANK YOU very much for the generous funding Naturally Active Victoria County gave the Sun Gym (at Bay St Lawrence Community Centre). it is very appreciated. hope you and your family have a great Christmas” – joanne.f. (Victoria County Resident) – Dec. 23, 2015

Dear Vince. Please accept the hug coming across cyberspace. That funding gives us enough to replace a couple of sets of boxing gloves which are in sad repair, maybe add an exercise ball. The gym is getting attention from a broader base and I’m hoping for the best. Would like to see it flooded with use. I’ll take this week to get the gym ready for being away. It looks wonderful with the new floor in. – Margrit Gahlinger, Sun Gym – Bay St Lawrence

Open House

North Highlands Nordic


-“Fantastic news, Vince” (Accessing Facilities Grant 2015-16) – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic Ski Facility

  • Thanks again for your support – A HUGE Thank You to Our Supporters: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County & NS “Thrive” – Linda Murray (North Highlands Nordic) : May 4, 2016 “Hi Vince, Thanks for coming to our Open House. Jenna is a sweetheart! We had at least 110 participants when all was said and done. We tried to showcase what we have to offer hoping to interest individuals in the youth programs, season passes and our other upcoming events” – Linda Murray, North Highlands Nordic (Jan 11, 2016)

Ski Cape Smokey Open House

Ski Cape Smokey Society

“Great work Vince, Thanks again” (Accessing Facilities Grant 2015-16) – Larry Dauphinee, Ski Cape Smokey & Councilor, District #6 Municipality Of The County Of Victoria – (Sept 14, 2015)

Steps in Flight Walking & Mini-Steps Discovery Centre Walk & Play

Bell Museum National Historic Site – Tammy MacSween – “So glad this (Steps in Flight indoor Walking / Mini-steps Discovery Centre Play Programs Returns to Bell Museum 2016) is back. Will definitely be there with the kids!!” – Dec. 10, 2015  “Great! thanks for all your work (Steps in Flight Walking Sign-in Sheet / Waiver)” – Madeline Harvey, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Visitor Experience Manager (Dec. 10, 2015)

-Masonic Hall & foam blocks for Yin Yoga-Comprehensive Yoga Program

MacInnis Yoga  “I appreciate all the work you do and support provided to me” – L. MacInnis Yoga

Ski Cape Smokey Community Fitness Room

Ingonish Development Society – “Thank You for your on-going support of our (Ingonish Development Society) project (Community Gym). We are hoping our efforts will help with the overall improvement of our community and what we have to offer residents” – Kyla Dunphy-Williams, Ingonish Development Society (Oct 13, 2015)

Thanks, Vince! I really enjoyed the day yesterday, I made a lot of new connections for follow up. And a lady from one of the schools here asked to meet with me soon about a new project she has in mind. So it was all good!” – Colleen Clare, CBRM MPAL

NATURALLY ACTIVE FOR LIFE VICTORIA COUNTY wishes to thank everyone involved benefiting residents and visitors, including Dr. John Ritter (Bring Back Pond Hockey Play) and Midway Motors (7mas Skates) who also contributed. – IT WAS GREATLY APPRECIATED


Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator

Box 370 – 495 Chebucto St, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

Tel: 295.3661 / Fax: 295-1864







Bell Bay Golf Club 1st Annual ‎Open House

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Rediscover ‎Bell Bay Golf Club

Please Join Them on May 21st @ 5 PM

All residents of ‎Baddeck and surrounding areas are invited to ‎Bell Bay Golf Clubs 1st annual ‎Open House on May 21st @ 5 PM

Come rediscover Bell Bay Golf Club and the amenities they offer throughout the season including ‪‎Bell Bay Academy and practice facilities along with weekly league play

‪‎PGA of Canada Professionals will be hosting a FREE clinic between 5 PM – 6:00 PM and all are welcome. ‪‎Professionals will be covering both short game and full swing and will be providing equipment for those in need. Kids are welcome! They’ll have a station for the  young ones to be introduced to the game


They’ll be outlining details of a new Men’s & Ladies Leagues, introducing their new menu and answering any questions you may have. Eric Toben looks forward to seeing you all on Saturday – Eric Tobin Bell Bay Golf Club 902.295.1333 ext 226

Baddeck & Area Community Meeting Notice – The Cape Breton Open

Please Join Us May 23, 2016 @ 6 PM

Bell Bay Golf Club along with the organizers of The Cape Breton Open a Mackenzie TOUR- PGA TOUR Canada event will be hosting a community meeting along with information session. This will take place May 23rd at 6PM located in Bell Bay’s clubhouse.

All residents from Baddeck and surrounding areas are encouraged and welcome to attend. The Cape Breton Open will take place August 29th to September 4th. The meeting will cover the following areas:

  • Amount of Volunteers Needed
  • Volunteer positions available
  • Event parking
  • Community involvement & spin off
  • Event logistics

About the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada

The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer – it’s where tomorrow’s stars begin their path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Tour for the following season. The Mackenzie Tour’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for their members, fans, volunteers and partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf and enrich the communities they visit We look forward to seeing you,

Baddeck & Area Meeting: The Cape Breton Open a Mackenzie TOUR-PGA TOUR Canada

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Baddeck & Area Community Meeting 
Bell Bay’s Clubhouse
May 23, 2016 – 6 pm
Bell Bay Golf Club along with the organizers of The Cape Breton Open a Mackenzie TOUR- PGA TOUR Canada event are hosting a community meeting and information session
All residents from Baddeck and surrounding areas are encouraged and welcome to attend. The Cape Breton Open will take place August 29 to September 4, 2016. The meeting will cover the following areas:
•Amount of Volunteers Needed
•Volunteer positions available
•Event parking
•Community involvement & spin off
•Event logistics
About the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada is a series of tournaments played across Canada each summer – it’s where tomorrow’s stars begin their path to the PGA TOUR. The leading five money winners at the end of each season earn status on the Tour for the following season. The Mackenzie Tour’s mission is to deliver a PGA TOUR experience for their members, fans, volunteers and partners in order to develop the future stars of professional golf and enrich the communities they visit They look forward to seeing you:
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Here is an Update on the Victoria County Physical Activity Strategy (Apr. 15, 2016):

Here is an Update 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.