Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Getting to the Heart of Living Healthy with Diabetes!

Getting to the Heart of Living Healthy with Diabetes!

The Hearts in Motion experience: Learn how healthy eating and behavior change goals can work to help you manage diabetes and heart health risk factors!
Join Registered Dietitian Wanda Firth as she talks about important information and useful strategies to keep you heart healthy and live well with diabetes.

Tradeshow featuring the latest in diabetes products!

Date:              Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Time:              Tradeshow  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
                      Update from Canadian Diabetes Association  7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m
                      Guest Speaker  7:45 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Location:        Best Western, Chocolate Lake, 20 St. Margaret's Bay Road, Halifax

Prizes and refreshments available!
Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
For more information or to register, please call
1-800-326-7712 ext. 1 or email: NSinfo@diabetes.ca

Positive Youth Development Conference Invitation

You are invited to join us for the Do Your Part! Halifax 2012 National
Conference on Positive Youth Development - the only national gathering
devoted to all aspects of Positive Youth Development in Canada!

Building on the success of the seven national conferences held to date
in communities across the country Lions Quest Canada is thrilled to be
bringing the event to Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the help of the Host
Team led by HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development.

The conference is scheduled for May 11th and 10th, 2012 at Saint
Mary's University. Conference participants will include individuals
and teams, both youth and adults, from communities and organizations
across the country who are involved or interested in positive youth

Conference goals include:
* Connecting Canadians of all ages involved in strengths based youth
* Investigating how communities can improve and enhance themselves
through social development, awareness and engagement
* Educating and exciting participants about what is available to
support your Positive Youth Development efforts through Asset
Building, Youth Entrepreneurship, Community Development, Youth
Engagement and other effective approaches.

Visit http://www.lionsquest.ca/ to view a complete list of Learning Sessions,
our latest updates for Keynote Presenters, to register online and for
information about the Pre-Conference sessions. Do not hesitate to
contact Kay Nelles at 800-265-2680 ext 102 or kay@lionsquest.ca if you
have any questions about the Do Your Part! Halifax 2012 Conference.

PAANS Scholarship Application

Funding Opportunities


Monday, March 26, 2012

Get active! Sneak it in!

Lose the loafers. Give the heels a break. Get ready for Sneak it In Week, brought to you by ParticipACTION. Wear sneakers to work April 9-13 and you’ll see how easy it can be to fit in more activity. Walk to lunch. Park a few blocks away. Hit the pavement on your coffee break. As long as your heart beats faster for 10 minutes, it really counts! So get active and sneak it in. You’ll be rewarded with a longer, happier, more fulfilling life.

How to get your organization involved ...

Starting now, you can download, print and share our free materials below to help spread the word about Sneak It In Week. Mark your HR calendars, put it on your intranet and tell your friends and colleagues in your network.

The week before April 9-13, check back here for more tips and information on how to Sneak It In, links to our Twitter Feed, featuring #sneakitin, our Facebook page, blog content, our press release, photos and more. http://www.participaction.com/en-us/Find-Programs-And-Events/Sneak-It-In.aspx

For more information, please email sstanley@participACTION.com

Monday, March 19, 2012

North-South Cycling Route Public Consultation: The Path to Bicycle Culture in Halifax

Halifax Cycling Coalition is inviting all coalition members, cyclists and interested Haligonians to attend HRM's public meetings that will influence the future of cycling culture in Halifax. This is your chance to support the Crosstown Connector for the north-south cycling route on the peninsula. HRM Regional Council will use the outcomes of these two meetings to make its decision on the final alignment and design of the north-south cycling route.

For more background information go to the Halifax Cycling Coalition website: http://www.cyclehalifax.ca/crosstown-connector/ or the Facebook event

Both meetings will follow the same format

Where: Bloomfield Community Centre 2786 Agricola
When: March 29, 2012 7:00-9:00PM

Where:Maritime Hall at the Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor Street
When: Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Multi Cultural Health and Wellness Fair

WHAT: Multicultural Health and Wellness Network, MHWN 5th Annual Multicultural Health and Wellness Fair

WHO: For immigrants and newcomers
Over 45 Service Providers in HRM will be participating

WHEN: Friday, March 23, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Andrews Centre,
3380 Barnstead Lane (off Bayers Road )
Halifax, NS, B3L 4S4

The Fair provides newcomers to Canada and service providers with an opportunity to share information through booths, workshops and demonstrations. Over 45 organizations and 400 newcomers are expected to participate this year. Workshops will be on topics such as Women’s Health, Men’s Health and Children’s Health to name a few. To encourage interaction, volunteer interpreters (trained by ISIS’S interpretation program) will be on hand to provide simultaneous translation in several languages.

Hanaa Rashid
Event Coordinator
Direct phone: 902.406.8638
Email: hrashid@isisns.ca

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Promoting Mental Health: Challenges for Psychiatry and Neuroscience

7:00 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Weldon Law Building, Room 104

6061 University Avenue

Novel Tech Ethics and CIHR presents:

Jacqueline Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Many scientists now believe that mental health disorders are simply brain-based problems. Effectively treating persons with mental health disorders, then, just requires the use of pharmaceuticals to eliminate these problems. However, many scientists also acknowledge that pharmaceuticals currently on the market are not effective in enabling persons with mental health disorders to lead “normal” lives—to hold down jobs and establish and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. These same scientists assume that if they can locate those brain areas that underlie those learning and memory processes relevant for leading a “normal” life, they will be able to develop pharmaceuticals that selectively restore normal function in these brain areas and thus enable persons with mental health disorders to lead “normal” lives. Professor Sullivan will challenge these assumptions and offer alternative approaches to improving the quality of life of persons with mental disorders.

Website link: http://www.noveltechethics.ca/page.php?page=6&id=52

Raising Resilient, Relating & Responding Children

Dr. Sid S. Sodhi, Registered Psychologist,
Retired Professor of counselling Psychology

In this Workshop Dr. Sodhi will use various paradigms of child/youth development (Neuroscience/Psychodynamic/Social Learning/Existential/Spiritual) to engage parents/grandparents/teachers to develop strategies of humanistic child growth.

The following topics will be addressed:

1) What is RESILIENCE?
2) Resilient Parenting Models
3) Brain Development (Children/Teens and Resilience)
4) Mindset of Parents a) active listening
                                  b) two way communication
5) "Failure is a Feedback", when Children acquire distance from Parents
6) Teaching Self-Discipline, Empathy, Moral-Spiritual values through Parental Modeling
7) When all you know how to use is a hammer, you keep looking for nails
8) Negative Script Parenting
9) Some Parenting Strategies for Producing Resilience in children/teens
10) Characteristics of Difficult, Unhappy troubled parents & their children

When:         Saturday, March 17th from 9:30-12pm
Admission:  $12 each; $10 for Canada Games Centre Members
                     Community Room - Space will be Limited.

Pre-Register through LifeMark Sport Medicine & Health Centre at 404-3888 or e-mail info.cgc@lifemark.ca

Panel on Homophobic Bullying on March 27

Homophobic Bullying

A discussion on Homophobic Bullying will be held at noon on March 27. All are invited to this meeting of the Allies at Dalhousie in room 224 of the Student Union Building.
Several days before this event a report on cyberbulling will be presented to the Nova Scotia Legislature, a report which is the initiative of the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Dr. Wayne MacKay of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie and the Chair of the Task Force on Cyberbullying, will be on the panel, together with three Dalhousie staff members who will report on how the university might deal with cases of homophobic bullying. The staff members include Gaye Wishart (Advisor, Harassment Prevention/Conflict Management), Jake MacIsaac (Community Safety Officer with Dalhousie Security), and Dianne Norman (Manager of Student Conflict Resolution). Marc Braithwaite (Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs) will facilitate the conversation.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Trash to Treasures Contest

Ages 10 – 18, individuals or groups.

Have trash collecting around your house? Turn trash into treasure! The challenge is to create a functional item or a piece of artwork from things that would otherwise be discarded. A bunch of old newspapers can become clothing; an old pair of jeans can become curtains or pillows; a sculpture can be created out of bottle caps!

Whatever your idea we want you to create either a functional item, or a piece of artwork, from things that would otherwise have been discarded.

Entry forms and submission guidelines can be found at halifaxpubliclibraries.ca.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1st to April 2nd, 2012.

Shortlisted entries will be displayed at a Judging and Showcase event for others to see and gain inspiration. Prizes will be awarded by a panel of community judges, who will be looking for the creativity, practicality and originality of the item as well as the percentage that has been transformed, reused or recycled.

Need a little time, space or inspiration to get your “treasure” started? Some locations are offering programs – check the teen program listings or the library guide.

Judging and Showcase Event:

Saturday, April 21, 2012

• Closed Judging: 12:30 – 1:30PM

• Public Viewing and People’s Choice Judging: 2- 4pm

Dartmouth North Community Centre, Multi Purpose Room

105 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Women and Substance:Films and Talk

In recognition of International Women's Day, let's talk about improving the lives of women affected by substance use and/or gambling.

Please join us for Women of Substance - Films & Talk
When: Wed., Mar. 7, 7:00-8:00 pm
Where: Keshen Goodman Library, 330 Lacewood Drive in Halifax

Description: Women of Substance is a short film that invites the viewer to listen to bold, courageous women tell their personal stories. Together these stories highlight the influence of women’s roles in the journey to substance use, abuse and recovery. In another short film, Using Our Influence, experience the power of a community coming together to address women’s substance abuse, gambling, violence and abuse. Facilitated discussion following the film. Refreshments provided.

For more information, please call Rachel @ 424-8083 or email rachel.boehm@cdha.nshealth.ca

Can't join us for the event?

Participate virtually by "liking" our facebook page at www.facebook.com/WomenofSubstanceNovaScotia where you can ask questions, view our films and stay connected with the latest issues, news and events.