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Plenty of opportunities to lead healthy, active life

Time to kick those New Year fitness resolutions into gear!

Our goal is to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia, and we need your help. Are you in?

 It’s time to sit less and move more! We all need activity in our lives. Being active daily will leave long-lasting, positive benefits to your physical, social and mental health.

Looking to try something new? The Town of Amherst has many opportunities available including free recreational skating, free snowshoe equipment lending, an outdoor trail system, indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium and a dog park for your four-legged friends. Programs available include Adult Learn to Skate, Adult Multisport, Pickleball, YMCA Full of Life Programming and an indoor walking club, all offered free of charge.

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Family fun packed into winter carnival

The countdown is on for our fifth annual winter carnival. 

Activities and events from our community partners and businesses are filling up our schedule and the week from Feb 12 to 18 is sure to be packed with fun, active, healthy activities for the whole family to enjoy! 

A few sneak peeks:

We will be hosting A Valentines Comedy Night on Feb 14 at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre. Ticket are $15 and can be purchased at Amherst town hall, Bliss Café at Dayle’s Grand Market, at Simply for Life and on Eventbrite. Your ticket price includes the choice of a decadent dessert, tea or coffee, there will also be a cash bar available. The night will be full of fun and laughs, get your tickets before they are gone!

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Enjoy the Snow

Did you know the Town of Amherst lends out snowshoes FREE of charge for daily and weekend sign outs?

You can borrow outdoor sports equipment as a part of the Town of Amherst Physical Activity Strategy and help build Amherst as one of the most active, healthy communities in Nova Scotia.

Snowshoes are available for lending at the Amherst Stadium, Cumberland YMCA and Four Father’s Memorial Library.  Enjoy our outdoor spaces and trails, and keep active during the winter months.

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Prepare for greener days

Even though the ground is white and the plants are dormant, we know there are many gardeners out there who are looking forward to the greener days ahead.

Whether you are anxiously flipping through your seed catalogues, pinning gardening ideas on Pinterest or planning out your gardens on paper, a gardener’s mind is never truly dormant, regardless of temperature or weather. Taking the time to plan what you are going to grow and what you will need to have to create a beautiful and bountiful garden this growing season is an absolute must for gardening success.

Why not try to grow something this year that you have never tried before? Try adding in a new vegetable to your vegetable garden or a fruit tree or shrub to your property. Not only will this provide yourself and your family with a healthy and affordable food resource, it is also a great way to learn through doing while staying active close to home.

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Don't let winter stop you from being active

Keeping up with the freezing temperatures can be challenging. To meet that challenge, dress in layers to stay warm, safe and dry when exercising in cold weather.

Staying active, even during the winter months, is also important. Give snowshoeing a try. Snowshoes are available for lending as part of the Town of Amherst equipment lending program. They can be signed out at the Amherst Stadium, Four Fathers Library or the Cumberland YMCA free of charge.

Other ways to stay active include venturing out on one of our trails, hiking through a field or putting in some laps around an outdoor walking track, such as the Big Block Walk. The 0.8-kilometre walk follows Victoria Street to Church Street to Prince Arthur Street to Havelock Street.

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