Resources for the Public
The Heartland Prescription is a starting point. You will want to get more detailed information from the following links.
The important thing is to commit yourself to an active lifestyle. It is not difficult, if you are not active now, start. Sit less, move more, it all counts. Consult your doctor if you have any health issues or if you have been inactive.
The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines
These guidelines are created and published by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Subtitled "An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep" it represents the scientific consensus on healthy physical activity behaviours for all ages.
This is a great Canadian site full of tips and, if you sign up, plenty of motivational reminders.
Heart & Stroke Foundation
One of our most valued partners, and a leader in the fight against heart disease and stroke, offers some excellent information for risk reduction
This site also contains a great video explaining why you should be physically active - here is the direct link:
Active for Life
An informative Canadian resource focusing on children.
Government of Nova Scotia
Our province continues to be a key sponsor of the Heartland Tour. This link will take you to "Let's Get Moving Nova Scotia: action plan for increasing physical activity" which makes it clear why the Heartalnd Tour is regarded as an important part of the action plan.
Chair Exercises for Older Adults
A made-in-Nova-Scotia video of a chair exercise program that is highly recommended. Sharon normally delivers this program in Pictou County but has gone virtual since COVID-19 ended large public gatherings. As Sharon explains, all you need is a sturdy chair. It is a YouTube video. (Thanks to the NS Dept. of Seniors, Barb Smith - Pictou County Senior Safety Coordinator, Mary MacLellan – Pictou County Seniors Outreach Coordinator, and Dian Day – Pictou County Community Links Coordinator). Take it away Sharon and have fun.