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Leadership Development for Physical Activity Promotion

Target Audience

Nova Scotia physical activity promoters


This is a multi-component professional training program targeted for physical activity promoters working for municipalities, First Nations communities, the Province of Nova Scotia, regional partnerships, and non-profit organizations in Nova Scotia. The program will enable these practitioners to build knowledge and skills based on current evidence in the area of population-level physical activity promotion. The main components of the training program are an initial one-day workshop that consists of a webinar and practical assignment in November 2016, followed by a multi-day workshop in May of 2017 and lastly a series of mentorship experiences delivered in-person or remotely as needed.

The program has been designed to equip participants with the skill set required for planning, implementing and evaluating physical activity initiatives for populations and to provide information on evidence based approaches to reducing inactivity and sedentary behaviour at the population level. In addition to expert and academic leadership on content and trends in the area of physical activity, participants will be able to share ideas their own experiences, challenges and success stories.

The full course will include:

  • An introductory, remotely delivered event (November 10, 2016).  A letter of completion will be provided from Dalhousie University.
  • Project work
  • Mentorship
  • Multi-day face to face training (May 2017)
  • $200 registration fee (covers all three phases of the course explained below)

The full course will focus on:

  • Nova Scotia physical activity and sedentary behaviour context
  • Evidence based approaches to reducing physical inactivity and sedentary time at the population level
  • Best practices in related planning, implementation, evaluation, community development, advocacy and stakeholder engagement
  • Practical application to your workplace context
  • Priority areas for maximizing impact

Phase One: November 10

Phase one will be delivered in an interactive webinar format, complemented by local group discussion and project work. 

Time:  10:00am – 4:00pm

Bring: a brown bag lunch, beverages will be provided


Christa Costas-Bradstreet
Christa has expertise in the area of physical activity and health promotion built on thirty years of employed and volunteer experience and an academic foundation in health care, physical education and applied health science. She has a wealth of experience in the physical activity promotion sector, specifically, encompasses skills and knowledge in the areas of stakeholder and government relations, strategy development, grant writing and reporting, program and resource development, project and event management, public and media relations including the delivery of keynote and conference presentations, and teaching/training. She has been involved in pan-Canadian activities and has held positions at the local, provincial and national levels and in government and non-government organizations. Christa is currently active as a consultant providing physical activity expertise through a variety of roles.

Special Guest: Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer for Nova Scotia

Regional Locations

Location Facility Room/Parking
Valley NSCC Kingstec
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS
B4N 0A6

Room 2200

On-site visitor parking is limited

South Shore Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre
135 N Park Street
Bridgewater, NS
B4V 9B3

Multi-purpose Room

Free parking in front of the buildling

Highland Pictou County Wellness Centre
2756 Westville Road
New Glasgow, NS
B2H 5C6

Advocate Room

Free parking

Fundy Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
62 Cumming Drive
Truro, NS
B2N 5E3

Haley Institute Room 112

Participants will be able to park around that building, Cumming Hall or the Poultry Research Facility, which is located behind Haley. Parking passes will be available in the room.

Metro Halifax Dalhousie University College of CE
1459 LeMarchant Street
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2

Room 1110/1111

Pay and Park at the end of LeMarchant Street behind LeMarchant Place

Cape Breton Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
606 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS
B9A 2R7

Bear Head

Parking in front of the building

Registration Process

Click here to register now

Phase Two: May 2017

Phase two will be by a multi-day workshop in May of 2017 (details being finalized)

Phase Three: Beyond May 2017

Phase three will consist of a series of mentorship experiences delivered in-person and/or remotely as needed.