HEALTH PROMOTION–South Shore Physical Activity Grants Make aDifference People in the South Shore have more opportunities to be activethrough new projects supported by the Office of HealthPromotion’s physical activity grants. Health Promotion provided grants totalling $500,000 to more than100 groups throughout the province to help Nova Scotians getactive through walking, swimming, dancing, boxing and many otherphysical activities. “These programs provide a wide range of opportunities for NovaScotia children, families and seniors, who might not otherwise beactive,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “NovaScotians are not as active as they should be, but that ischanging thanks to groups across the province that are receivingthese grants and developing programs.” The Physical Activity Grant Program supports initiatives thatcreate or increase participation in organized and unstructuredforms of sport, physical recreation and active transportation.Programs focus on those who are currently inactive, with priority placed on young people. One of the unique and promising programs taking place on theSouth Shore is Fit and Fun Families, organized by the South ShoreResource Association. Families learn together through Jump Start,a gymnastics program for children between the ages of three andsix, and Heart Smart, a seven-session course that teaches peopleabout heart-smart food choices. “The purpose of this program is to help families become fit, notonly throughout the program but for life,” said Mr. MacDonald.”By teaching families together, and getting children intophysical activity at an early age, we can accomplish this goal.” For more information on the grant program, contact HealthPromotion’s representative in the South Shore, Debby Smith, by e-mail at [email protected], or call 902-543-5000. Additionalinformation can also be found on the website atwww.gov.ns.ca/ohp/srd/pagrants .