We have all heard the alarming statistics: Nova Scotians, particularly in southwest Nova Scotia, are not active enough. In fact, most are not meeting the minimum requirements for physical activity, and this has dangerous consequences for both individual health and the health of our communities.
But the news is not all negative! Increasing physical activity is a very positive goal and working to achieve higher levels of activity and a healthy lifestyle can be a lot of fun.
In order to help communities in our municipality become more physically active, the Municipality of Lunenburg has recently become a partner in the Municipal Physical Activing Leadership (MPAL) program. Working with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and other key decision-makers, the Active Living Coordinator promotes physical activity and led the creation of a Physical Activity Strategy that is specific to the challenges and opportunities in our Municipality.
Read the pdf Active Living Strategy (985 KB) , developed to help you and your family get active!
Active transportation includes walking and biking, but also rollerblading, kayaking, skateboarding, scootering, and any other form of human-powered transportation. In the winter, active transportation takes the form of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and even dog-sledding! Active transportation enhances the quality of life, attracts business and knowledge workers to a community and contributes to economic development.
The Municipality of Lunenburg has realized the necessity and benefits of active transportation and developed an Active Transportation (AT) Plan specific to the Municipality in 2010.
Our AT Plan involved extensive community consultation and focuses on the rural nature of our municipality. It can be challenging to develop AT in a spread-out community such as ours, but the benefits that can be realized are certainly worth it!
Currently, the Municipality is focusing on the implementation of the AT Plan, with the Active Living Coordinator being the key contact for these projects.