Friday, December 17, 2010

Healthy Holidays!

Have you noticed that alcohol is everywhere during the holiday season? We’re part of a group of Nova Scotians who are looking at ways to get people talking and thinking about the way we’re drinking. We’re looking at a new Nova Scotia where a change in culture will mean a place where you feel comfortable and confident saying no to one more and a time "when a drink is a drink… and company is the pleasure." Check out the Changing the Culture video and share your "when" moment at

Entertaining is both an art and a responsibility. Your duties as host extend to being aware of the alcohol consumption of your guests, particularly if this is a workplace-sponsored activity. If you do, you will be making sure that everyone has a great time, from the beginning right through to a happy ending. Remember, serving alcohol involves responsibility. For example, did you know that you can be held legally responsible for injuries or damages that are caused by someone to whom you have served alcohol? Our Tips for Responsible Hosting Brochure can help you plan a successful party that’s hassle-free and protects the wellbeing of you and your guests. You can view the brochure at

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Homeless Memorial Service

Community Action on Homelessness invites you to the Homeless Memorial Service. Join the community to remember the lives of people who have lived and died homeless.

Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Time: 11:00 am
Place: St. Matthew's United Church
           1479 Barrington Street, Halifax

Reception and refreshments will follow the service. Donations of food, clothing, bedding, toiletries and kitchen items for the Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter would be greatly appreciated.

For more information call 420-6026.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Active Halifax Communities Skate Drive

RBC and HRM have partnered to organize Active Halifax Communities Skate Drive 2010!

The Active Halifax Communities Skate Drive 2010 is designed to build up a collection of ice skates, to make use of at the Canada Games Speed Skating Oval on the Halifax Commons. Opening in December, the Canada Games Oval will be available for public use, free of charge. The mission of this program is to accumulate enough skates to loan a pair to anyone who needs one, free of charge.

Skates can be dropped off at all RBC locations across HRM. You can also email, to organize a pickup of skates from your business or organization. The Active Halifax Communities Skate Drive will run until December 17th.

If you have skates in your basement that no longer fit, are collecting dust and taking up space, we have the opportunity to not only clear out that clutter, but also put the skates to good use. New skaters, experienced skaters, and more, will benefit from your donation.

Once the temporary Oval on the commons is dismantled, the collected skates will be organized so they can be borrowed by community groups, rinks who offer free skating programs, schools, and other groups. This will keep the collected skates in good use for years to come!

For more information please visit or contact Gerard Bray, Skate Drive Coordinator.

Contact: Gerard Bray

Skate Drive Coordinator

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Free Health and Wellness Programs

Dartmouth Community Health Team
Free Health & Wellness programs
for the Dartmouth community
Dartmouth Community Health Team Phone: 460-4555
58 Tacoma Drive (next to Sobeys)
Winter 2011 Schedule
FREE Program Series

Healthy Weight 4 Week Program – Community Health Team
Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm or Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, &
29 from 10:00 – 11:30 am at the Community Health Team, 58 Tacoma Drive.

Craving Change 4 Week Program - Community Health Team
Tuesdays, January 4, 18, 25 and February 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm or Wednesdays, March 2,
16, 23, & 30 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Community Health Team, 58 Tacoma Drive.

Low Intensity 10 Week Exercise Program - Community Health Team
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please note that participants need to complete an
individual assessment before participating in this program. Please call for more information
on program time and location, and to schedule an assessment.

Walk to Wellness: Parents & Caregivers – Community Health Team
Every Tuesday morning at 9:00 am. Meet at the East Dartmouth Community Centre.

Walk to Wellness: Seniors – Community Health Team
Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 am. Meet at the East Dartmouth Community Centre.

Healthy Weight 10 Week Program - Sobeys Dietitian
Mondays, January 17 & 24, & 31, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, and March 7, 14, 21, & 28 from
6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Community Health Team, 58 Tacoma Drive.

Hypertension Education Program – Capital Health
Thursdays, February 10, 17, & 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the CHT, 58 Tacoma Drive.