Trailblazers is a free, all-outdoors after school program offered by the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to grades 4-7 students who live in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. The goals of the Trailblazers program are to increase physical activity levels in the after school period, develop participants’ outdoor and leadership skills, and foster a stronger connection with the natural world.
The target audience for the guidelines is after school program providers and front-line leaders in sectors such as youth development, parks and recreation services, education, and health. The guidelines may also be useful to funding agencies who are supporting after school programs and to providers of other community recreation programs such as seasonal day camps.
This protocol was developed for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Nova Scotia with the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Department of Health and Wellness.
These stories of successful After School programs were collected as part of an After School project based on current research, best practices, and the advice of a Nova Scotia Advisory Committee, a group comprised of representatives from after school program providers and funders in NS.
Health Promoting Schools
Schools in Nova Scotia are working hard to have health promotion as an important aspect of their every day life. A strong focus on health contributes to higher academic achievement and increases educational equity for all students. The many interventions that are a part of this approach can help children and youth live healthier lives, learn and develop to their fullest potential, and to establish productive and satisfying relationships.
Nova Scotia Health Promoting Schools is a partnership led by the Department of Education and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, and comprising Nova Scotia’s eight school boards, the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, the province’s district health authorities, and community members.
Active Kids Healthy Kids: A Physical Activity Strategy for Children and Youth in Nova Scotia
Active Kids Healthy Kids is a strategic and comprehensive multi-year plan for improving physical activity opportunities and increasing participation rates for infants to 18-year olds. The purpose of the Active Kids Healthy Kids Strategy is to increase the number of children and youth who accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate or higher intensity physical activity on a daily basis.
KidSport is a national children's program that helps kids overcome the financial barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport.
Managed and operated in Nova Scotia by Sport Nova Scotia since 1994, KidSport Nova Scotia has assisted over 16,100 children totalling over $3.1 Million. KidSport Nova Scotia provides funding of up to $300/year/child for sport registration and/or equipment. In 2013 KidSport™ Nova Scotia allocated over $529,000 to more than 1995 children from Sydney to Yarmouth.
The Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre's Kitpu Youth Project offers programming for urban Aboriginal youth providing opportunities for in various physical activities and healthy eating in community settings and during the after school period.
The Ecology Action Centre Ecology Action Centre's Healthy Communities Start at School: Creating Active and Healthy Environments for Youth with School Travel Planning and Good Food First project aims to increase the number of students using active transportation to and from school, and to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption through gardening, snack programs and local food markets.