If you have made a New Year’s resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle, the Nova Scotia HeartLand Tour can give you incentive to keep it. This summer, the tour will make stops in several Nova Scotia communities. There will be a bike ride in the morning followed by an afternoon of education and fun. Its goal is to inspire communities to come together to improve the lives of Nova Scotians by encouraging them to take ownership of their health and reduce their risk of heart disease. “The person who can have the greatest impact on your health is you,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “By getting regular exercise and making wiser choices when you eat, you can have a huge impact on your health.” Mr. d’Entremont, who biked in the HeartLand Tour last summer, said the grassroots effort sets a great example for people looking for ways to live a healthier, longer life. The health minister has already started training for this summer’s tour. He is committed to riding the full 800 kilometres and will be blogging about his preparation and adventures. Last summer, a team of cyclists, most of them health professionals practising what they preach, pedaled nearly 1000 kilometres and visited several Nova Scotia communities during an eight-day tour of the province. More than 700 people participated in cycling events and other physical activities. The HeartLand Tour began in 2007 to help reduce preventable illnesses caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. This summer, the HeartLand Tour will be coming to a community near you. To learn more about the HeartLand Tour, or to read the minister’s blog, visit www.heartlandtour.ca or send an e-mail to email@example.com.