Active Living

This Active Living Strategy provides a series of strategic and practical actions aimed at creating a healthy and active Kings County community. To improve physical activity in the community, this comprehensive plan focuses on three key strategic priority areas:

In light of the physical activity crisis in Nova Scotia, the Municipality of the County of Kings (Municipality) partnered with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, Community Sport and Recreation Division (CCTH-CSR) under the cost-sharing Municipal Physical Activity Leadership program in 2011. An Active Living Coordinator was hired to develop and implement a local and comprehensive active living strategy aimed at increasing physical activity participation within the Municipality and ultimately contributing to the creation of a healthier, more active Kings County community. The development of this strategy is a part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Municipality and CCTH-CSR.

The goals of this plan are consistent with other provincial and local plans and strategies. Active Living is incorporated into many of Nova Scotia’s provincial government strategies including, Let’s Get Moving Nova Scotia and Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia. At the municipal level, this strategy is consistent with Active Kings County: An Active Transportation Plan for the Municipality of the County of Kings, Kings Regional Recreation Needs Assessment, Municipal Planning Strategy, Toward Equity and Diversity: A Strategy for Belonging in the Municipality of the County of Kings, and the Municipality of the County of Kings Strategic Plan 2021-2024. Moreover, promoting physical activity is an objective shared by many community organizations.

The development of this plan included an evaluation of the effectiveness of the original strategy, Physical Activity Community Survey (Citizen Survey) Data, data from other recreation-related assessments, and consultation with working groups and stakeholders. Overall, it can be concluded that more community members may be engaged by improving the accessibility and inclusivity of community-based activity opportunities by enhancements to infrastructure and by offering flexible, non-competitive, and family friendly activities that incorporate social interactions.

This is a five-year strategy, spanning 2021-2026. An evaluation and revision to this strategy will commence in 2025.