Active Kids in a Community Near You

first_imgChildren and youth across Nova Scotia will have moreopportunities to be active thanks to the work of theircommunities and the support of the province. Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald joined the launch ofthe Cape Breton Active Community today, April 1. “Investing in kids puts a down payment on a healthier NovaScotia,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Byinstilling the value of daily physical activity in our children,they can build behaviours to last a lifetime.” Each of the six regions has received $50,000 — the second ofthree installments of funding from the province’s Active Kids,Healthy Kids strategy. The strategy was developed with the long-term goal of increasingthe number of children and youth who accumulate at least 60minutes of moderate or higher intensity physical activity on adaily basis. The Active Communities component of the strategy builds thecapacity of families, schools, local government, and communityorganizations to increase the number of children and youth whoare active enough for health benefits. Each region is using its $50,000 to implement a plan, developedlocally, that helps make the community conducive to accessiblephysical activity for youth. “Healthy living and physical activity can be achieved,” said Mr.MacDonald. “It takes a community to raise a child, and now ittakes a community to help a child be healthy.”last_img read more

Applications open for teaching learning innovation grants

From funding a course held in Algonquin Provincial Park to supporting volunteer initiatives with local seniors, the impact of Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants within the University has been widespread.A new round of grant funding is now available and faculty members are being encouraged to apply.The Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants are administered by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) and Experiential Education and are designed to support initiatives that make a positive contribution to the teaching and learning environment of Brock University.Funding is available in the categories of experiential education, high-impact practices, international course development, online/blended courses, and professional development and special projects. The first four categories may receive a maximum of $3,000 per course (or up to $5,000 for international course development), while the professional development and special projects may receive a maximum of $500, which must also be matched by another source in order to be distributed.“These grants are a great way to try something new in the classroom,” said Sandy Howe, Brock’s Associate Director, Experiential Education. “With a more streamlined application process, and more funding than we have seen in the past, the grants are more accessible than ever.”Proposals are adjudicated as they come in and distributed until March 1 or earlier if funds are exhausted.An information session is being held Tuesday, Jan. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in TH135 (beside CPI).All full-time, tenured and probationary faculty are eligible to apply.  To access details of the grants or to submit a proposal, visit the CPI website. read more