[Sust-mar] Winter Email Newsletter 2009
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Mon Jan 26 11:10:11 EST 2009
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We're Making Tracks in Nova Scotia!
Since its launch in June 2008, the "Making Tracks" pilot program
has taught hundreds of children and youth how to walk and wheel
in their communities with increased confidence and safety...
Move on Winter Walk Day
Winter is as good a time as any to walk. Schools, youth groups
and others are invited to walk to school, have an intentional
walk or go for a hike on Winter Walk Day...
Get Ready to be "WOW"ed
Children and youth will be wowed by the new WOW program,
otherwise known as "We Often Walk (or Wheel)."...
More News Pace Car Communities Grow
Fall of 2008 saw three Halifax schools launch the Neighbourhood
Pace Car anti-speeding initiative. Grosvenor-Wentworth Park,
John MacNeil Elementary and Shatford Memorial Elementary
Add a special touch to your walking & wheeling events or programs
by purchasing "I Walk to School" branded resources at the Active
& Safe Routes to School Virtual Store..
Thousands Walked & Wheeled in October
October was International Walk to School Month with Walk to
School Week from October 6 to 10. Over 110 schools participated
across Nova Scotia, including over 17,000 students...
National Study Supports Active Travel to School
A University of Montreal study shows that fewer children are
walking to school. About 80 per cent of Canadian children ages 7
and 8 walked to school in 1971...
Safe Routes Movement Unites Country-wide
Active & Safe Routes to School is part of a new group called the
Canadian Active & Safe Routes to School Partnership...
International Connected to the Children & Nature Movement
Active & Safe Routes to School is now listed as one of many
programs supporting the Children & Nature Network, headed up by
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods...
Making the Case for Safe Routes
The US-based Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently
released three reports on how the Safe Routes to School movement
reduces carbon emissions, improves the built environment and
improves collaboration between public health and school
World Report on Child Injury Prevention Released
In December 2008 the World Health Organization and Unicef
released the World Report on Child Injury Prevention
. Road safety recommendations include reducing speeds to 30 km/h
in residential areas, around schools and around play areas to
Heart Smart Month: February annually Winter Walk Day: Any day
in February World Health Day: April 7 annually Earth Day: April
22 annually Safe Kids Week: May 25 to 31 Trails Day: June 6
Bike Week: May 31 to June 6 Canadian Environment Week: May 31 to
June 6 Commuter Challenge: May 31 to June 6 World Environment
Day: June 5 annually Clean Air Day: June 3 Go Skateboarding Day
June 21 annually About Active & Safe Routes to School
Active & Safe Routes to School in Nova Scotia encourages more
children, youth and their families to use active transportation
- such as walking and cycling - for the environment, physical
activity and traffic safety. It is coordinated in Nova Scotia by
the Ecology Action Centre in partnership with the Nova Scotia
Department of Health Promotion and Protection as part of the
Active Kids Healthy Kids Initiative.
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