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Staying active keeps you healthy

Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your heart and lungs healthy.

With the early snow this year and cooler temperatures setting in, the stadium indoor walking track is getting lots use from walkers daily. With the pressures of the busy holiday season building, walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, strengthen bones and muscles, improve your mood and help relieve stress. 

Join our adult walking club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., at the Amherst Stadium.  Come enjoy the free walking track and meet some new people! 

The province has recently released Let’s Get Moving Nova Scotia, an action plan for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary living in Nova Scotia.Walk6 B

In our busy lives, many citizens are challenged with finding the means to incorporate movement into our daily schedules. Being physically active can lead to a long, happy life, by improving overall health and well-being, and reducing everyday stressors. 

According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, adults aged 18 - 64, should get 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week. Children and youth should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day! 

This activity could include walking, swimming, biking, organized sports or simply playing in the backyard, and it does not have to be done all at once.

Eighty-two per cent of Canadians do not meet these guidelines. We all need to move more by adding more activity into our daily routines. Walking to work or school, participating in recreation activities and community events or enjoying one of our beautiful parks, trails or walking tracks are all ways to keep us active. 

The Town of Amherst’s goal to be the most active, healthy community is working towards building a stronger community.  Family first, free activities and events offered throughout the year are all ways the Town of Amherst supports this goal. 

A full listing of community events can be found on our community events calendar. 

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Need to work off those extra calories this holiday?  Check out our December holiday activity schedule on our community events calendar. There are free special holiday skates and free town swims at the YMCA for the whole family!

Christmas safety

Amherst is filled with so many beautiful lights and decorations this holiday season.  If you have a real Christmas tree up in your house remember to water it daily.  Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source like heat vents or lights.  Always turn off your Christmas lights before going to bed.  

New Year's Eve  

Join us at the Amherst Stadium for our fifth Annual New Year’s Eve Family Celebration.  From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy skating, ice colouring, entertainment by Second Toe, a photo booth, and Chili followed by the biggest rooftop fireworks show around, all FREE in support of our family first alcohol and tobacco free initiative!

What's happening   

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting amherst.ca for our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

  • Cookie Crawl
  • Victorian Christmas in Amherst
  • A Child’s Christmas in Wales
  • Rachel MacLean in Concert
  • Holy Family Christmas Concert