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Amherst has a full schedule of holiday recreation activities

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‘Tis the season to enjoy time with family and friends. Keeping your body in balance during the holidays is important for your health.

Drinking lots of water, eating vegetables, monitoring sweets, regular sleeping hours, and daily movement will leave you feeling fresh and energized for lots of holiday socializing.

Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your heart and lungs healthy. With the cooler temperatures setting in the stadium indoor walking track is the perfect place to enjoy a safe, dry walk. With the pressures of the busy holiday season building, walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, strengthen bones and muscles, improve your mood and help relieve stress. Come enjoy the free indoor walking track, open daily.

The December recreation skating schedule includes daily holiday skating at the Amherst Stadium. Helmets are required for all public skating. Skates and helmets are available for lending free of charge, as part of the Town of Amherst Physical Activity Strategy supporting active, healthy Amherst.

Snowshoes and Nordic trekking poles will also be available for lending once the snow starts falling. Adult and kids sizing available.

Also, part of our holiday activity schedule are town-sponsored free swims at the YMCA on December 23, 28 and Jan. 4. Youth under age seven must be accompanied by a swimming adult. Please visit https://amherst.ca/community-events-calendar.html for an up-to-date full stadium and community event schedule.

It’s Victorian Christmas in downtown Amherst on Saturday, Dec. 14. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas with carollers, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a Victorian photo booth located at Focal Point.

Family first, free activities and events are offered throughout the year by the Town of Amherst while working toward building a stronger healthier community.

If you have an event you would like to share or would like to sign up for our Weekly Skinny, please email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca .

The Weekly Skinny is a free weekly update sent by email sharing what’s happening around Amherst.

Amherst is filled with many beautiful lights and decorations this holiday season. Stay safe in your home and minimize your risk by following some of these safety tips. If you have a real Christmas tree up in your house remember to water it daily. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source like heat vents or lights and away from high traffic areas.

Check light strings and extension cords before use, discarding any frayed, exposed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.

Always turn off your Christmas lights before going to bed and avoid plugging too many lights and decorations into one outlet.

Join us at the Amherst Stadium for our six annual New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. From 6 to 8 p.m. enjoy skating, ice colouring, entertainment by Liz & Ben Duo, a photo booth, and Chili followed by the biggest roof top fireworks show around, all free in support of our family first alcohol and smoke free initiative!

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting amherst.ca for our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and twitter. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca or call 902-667-3352.

Tamara Porter is the active living co-ordinator for the Town of Amherst.

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