Nova Scotians will have more ways to stay fit and have fun, as the province invests $325,000 to improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the South Shore Region. Ten grants were announced today, July 26, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau made the announcement on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “We’re pleased to provide more than $3 million to support 75 projects that encourage Nova Scotians to be more active,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Our recreation organizations and facilities provide leadership and help create healthier communities across the province.” The grants will help to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. For the South Shore region, the grants were announced at Shelburne County Arena, which received $80,000 for structural and electrical upgrades. “Completion of projects that are so important to local communities, such as the phase 2 capital upgrade to the Shelburne County arena, are made possible through partnerships with the community and businesses, the local municipal units, and the province of Nova Scotia,” said Tony Mahaney, president of the Shelburne County Arena Association. “The phase 2 capital upgrade to the Shelburne County Arena will ensure the facility remains the center of physical activity and social opportunity for our community.” Recreation Facility Development grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia sets out 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity, such as designing new after-school programs to target junior high students living in rural and remote communities, new programs to provide opportunities for free access to sport and recreation facilities, and supporting healthy food policy in public institutions, including sport and recreation settings. Learn more and take the pledge at thrive.novascotia.ca .