The Town of Amherst's Physical Activity Strategy outlines our plan to become the most healthy, active community in Nova Scotia. Our Physical Activity Coordinator ensures there are plenty of opportunities for residents of all ages to be physically active and works to make the community as healthy and active as possible. Here are some of the many programs we provide:
Children in grades primary and one participate in nine sports over nine months, including basketball, figure skating, curling, cheer, tae kwon-do, swimming, run jump throw, soccer, and baseball. The program builds overall skills and ability, and encourages lifelong enjoyment in sport.
We've walked from coast to coast... without leaving Amherst! Our indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium is a great way to stay active all year round. We encourage daily walking with walking challenges. During each day of a challenge, walkers count the number of laps they walk each day and add them to the overall tally, trying to reach the goal before the deadline. We've walked more than 2,000 km in just one week!
We want to make it fun and easy for kids to keep active, so we offer students free skating, shinny hockey, ringette and snowshoeing. We also partner with the YMCA of Cumberland to offer an After the Bell program for girls in Grades 7 to 9, including outdoor activities such as geocaching, trailblazing, snowshoeing, and dog walking.
The Town of Amherst is progressive in moving towards building a community where making healthy lifestyle choices is second nature throughout town events, programs and partnerships.