A commitment to the safety of combat-sport athletes has prompted the creation of a new position with the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority. Mickey MacDonald, chairman of the boxing authority, confirmed the appointment of Hubert Earle as the province’s first director of combat sport. Mr. Earle will oversee all aspects of combat sport events, including: negotiations with event co-ordinators; rule and regulation review and approval; and final sanction of events. “The growth and popularity of combat sport is a reality we have to deal with,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “By creating this position and appointing someone of Hubert’s experience and expertise, we have taken the responsible approach to ensuring that the health and safety of our athletes remain our top priority.” During the past year, Nova Scotia has hosted two popular combat sport events. Since then, the boxing authority has received offers from others interested in hosting events. “Hubert has proven to be a reliable and valuable asset to the boxing industry in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. MacDonald. “We are proud to have him remain as chief referee, and now expand into his new position as director of combat sport.” Mr. Earle has been the boxing authority’s referee-in-chief since 1994. He is the former chair of the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority and the past assistant co-ordinator for the World Boxing Association ring officials seminars. He has refereed for the New York State Athletic Commission and has an officials certification, level one, in kickboxing. He has also played a key role in updating rules and regulations within Nova Scotia, and has been involved with injury prevention seminars across Canada.
Nova Scotians working in or using publicly funded institutions will soon have more options for healthy eating. The province has announced $350,000 in grants to support new healthy eating policies, menus, training and equipment in health-care settings, sport and recreation facilities, post-secondary schools and provincial and municipal government offices. “Healthy eating needs to be the easy choice where we live, learn, work and play,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “We already have nationally recognized comprehensive healthy eating policies and standards in schools and child-cares. Now the government is supporting local efforts to improve healthy eating in a wider range of public places.” Expanding food policies in publicly funded institutions is a government commitment through Thrive!, a plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan addresses childhood obesity and preventable chronic disease through 34 actions focused on healthy eating and physical activity. “Our council advocates for food policies that increase access to affordable healthy eating options for Nova Scotians,” said Annick Arseneau, chair, Nova Scotia Nutrition Council. “So I am very pleased that the Department of Health and Wellness is offering grants to help institutions create supportive environments for healthy eating.” Funding of up to $15,000 is available for collaborative and innovative local support of healthy eating policies. Applications are due Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 by 4 p.m. Learn more at http://thrive.novascotia.ca.