Seven groups promised yesterday to help Haligonians step up when it comes to staying in shape.


The organizations that have signed on to a new physical activity strategy called Stepping Up are the Capital District Health Authority, Dalhousie University, Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax Regional School Board, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, the IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection.


The strategy suggests various ways to encourage people to move more, such as employers installing showers on-site for employees who travel via active transportation and installing bike racks for staffers and customers, a news release said.


The IWK has even mapped out walking routes, the release said, adding music is played in a major stairwell inside the children’s hospital to promote walking upstairs instead of riding the elevator.


“Increasing physical activity is a community-wide challenge,” steering committee chairwoman Mary Russell said in the release. “The solution rests with all of us working together.”