FAQ

 

General

Why walk?

AObesity affects more people than you may think. Whether it’s a relative, a friend or someone in your community. Be part of the solution. Join the fight and make a difference for people impacted by obesity.

What if I can’t physically do the 3K walk but want to come show my support?

A. We understand that for many individuals with obesity that a 3K walk may seem daunting so we only would ever expect you to do what you know you are capable of. At any point, you can cross the street and head back to the Victoria General (VG) parking lot and if need be go straight from the Victoria Park to the VG Parking Lot. No one will think any less of you! The most important thing is you come to the walk and make us proud! This event is most importantly about increasing awareness.

Is there anywhere to store my personal belongings on site?

A. We encourage all participants to only bring items with them that they can carry in a backpack, waist pouch or on your body.

Can I bring family members and/or friends?

A. Yes! Invite your family and/or friends and start a team!

Will there be washrooms available to use?

A. We will have portable washrooms on site at Victoria Park and the VG parking lot for participants to use.

I can’t attend the walk but would still like to donate, can I do this?

A. We understand with everyone’s busy schedules that you can’t always participate in everything you'd like to but you can still donate online to the event by clicking the "Donate" button and know that you’re helping support Strides for Obesity.

 

Registration

Is there a registration fee?

A. Yes, there is a $25 registration fee. Children under 12 years of age are free (but do not get a t-shirt). Children must be accompanied by their parent/guardian at all times. 

How do I register?

A. You can register online. Deadline for registration online is Wednesday, October 11, 2017. You can also register onsite the day of the event with cash or credit/debit. However, participants who register the day of the event will not receive a t-shirt.

What happens after I complete my online registration?

A. Once you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email identifying that registration has been received and is complete. Now you can start your fundraising! If you are looking for some tips to help get you started, check out our Fundraising Tips page.

I don't have a credit card and/or don't want to register online, how can I register offline?

A. If you don't have a credit card and/or don't want to register online, please print off and complete this Registration Form. Please send the cash or cheque (all cheques must be made out to QE2 Health Sciences Centre Foundation Re: Strides for Obesity) to the following address:

QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation
5657 Spring Garden Road, Park Lane Mall, Floor M3, Suite 3005, Box 231 
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3R4

Within five business days of receiving your registration form, you will receive an email including your personalized username and password.

Can I register as an individual participant now but form a team later?

A. Absolutely! As part of the registration process, you choose a username and password. This information can be used to log in to your online account where you can send fundraising emails, edit your personal fundraising page and account information, including adding yourself to a team or becoming a team captain. Just follow the steps below:

  • Log in from the stridesforobesity.ca website.
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side).
  • Scroll down and click “Change Team Membership” (right-hand side).
  • “Join a team” will already be selected. Type in the desired team you wish to join OR type in captain’s first/last name. 
  • Click “Search ” Click “Join team” and then click "Confirm Team Membership".

Can I personalize the web link to my Strides for Obesity web page?

A. When you register for Strides for Obesity you will be given the opportunity to create a personalized link for your Strides for Obesity web page.

How do I make sure I get a t-shirt in my size?

A. We have t-shirt sizes ranging from Adult XS to 4XL. Make sure to register online no later than Thursday, September 21, 2017 to ensure you get the size you are looking for. We are not able to order any more t-shirts after the listed deadline and will not have t-shirts available for people who register onsite the day of the walk.

Can I pick up my walk kit in advance?

A. Absolutely! To help ease the lineups Saturday morning, we will be having an advance walk kit pick up at Shoppers Drug Mart at 5524 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax NS. You can take the elevator or the stairs to the second floor and volunteers will be there on Friday, October 13 between 4-8pm.

I can no longer attend the event, can I get a refund or defer my registration?

A. We are not able to offer refunds or deferrals. Also, note that no registration kits (t-shirt and walk kit) will be available for pick up after the day of the event or mailed out, so if you can’t attend and would still like your t-shirt and walk kit please try to have someone else pick it up for you.

 

Virtual Walker Option

What is a virtual walk?

A. Simply put a virtual walk is a walk on your own terms. You choose the location, the time and even your own distance. You can choose to walk the same day as the Strides for Obesity event, but in your home town with maybe a few friends, or even rally a team for support, or you can choose you own time and walk on your favorite trail, on a beautiful road or even on a treadmill at the gym … the choices are endless. A virtual walk gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the Strides for Obesity walk in a meaningful way. Wouldn’t it be fantastic for Canada 150 to have walkers from all over Canada pulling together to support obesity awareness, eh? Let’s do this Canada!

Why register for the virtual walk?

A. By registering for Strides for Obesity you are joining the fight to end obesity stigma. You get the opportunity to participate in an amazing event from afar and show your support for those affected by obesity. You will be mailed your t-shirt and participant medal for you to wear with pride and know that you are making a difference.

Why does it cost more to do the virtual walk?

A. The registration fee is $40 per person for the virtual walk so that we can get your great t-shirt and awesome medal mailed out to you anywhere in Canada. We had many requests from different parts of Canada who wanted to be involved so we are extending that option through a virtual walk. 

How can I feel more part of the Strides for Obesity event?

A. We encourage all virtual participants to take selfies and have fun with photos while striding in your Strides for Obesity t-shirt and when you complete your walk post them to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StridesForObesity and tell us the details about where you are from and where you walked so we can all share in your support and more importantly your success!

What is the last day for registration for the virtual walk?

A. To allow us to be able to mail your t-shirt and medal to you in time for the Strides for Obesity event, the last day for registration for the virtual registration will be WEDNESDAY SEPT 20/17.

 

Teams

How do I form a team?

A. Forming a walk team is easy! If you're a new participant, click "Create a new team". Choose a team name, set a goal, then ask friends, family and coworkers to join your team in the fight against obesity.

If you are a returning walker, log in with your username and password, then choose to start a new team or re-start your team from last year.

How many people should be on my team?

A. We recommend teams of 5-10, however, there is no required number of people. Tell your friends, family, and coworkers why you are walking and ask them to join you — you’ll have a team in no time!

What responsibilities does a team captain have?

A. Team captains are the heart of walk. As a team captain, you’ll recruit your team of family, friends, and coworkers, help them fundraise, keep them motivated and have fun fighting for a great cause in the process. You will also have access to a team fundraising Web page and numerous tools to make your team a success.

Can I change my team name?

A. Yes, but only the team captain can change the team name as follows:

  • Log in from the stridesforobesity.ca website.
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side).
  • Select the “Team Page” tab.
  • Select “Edit" under “Team Name” (far right).
  • Change name and click “Update”.

Can I update our team fundraising goal?

A. Yes, but only the team captain can update this information as follows:

  • Log in from the stridesforobesity.ca website.
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side).
  • Click the “Progress” tab.
  • Select “Team” (far right).
  • By “Team Goal,” select the hyperlink “change”.
  • Update goal and press “Submit”.

Can I email my team members through the Strides for Obesity website?

A. Yes, anyone from the team can email their team members through the Strides for Obesity website as follows:

  • Log in from the stridesforobesity.ca website.
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side).
  • Select “Email Team” (right-hand side).
  • Select an Email Template and click "Next".
  • Draft your email and click “Next”.
  • Check the team member you wish to email and click "Next".
  • Preview and click "Send".


Fundraising and Donations

How do I start fundraising?

A. One of the best ways to start fundraising is to start by sharing your personal story about why you're participating in the walk.

What methods of payment can people who sponsor me use?

A. Online donations may be made via credit card. All cash or cheque donations may also be given to the participant. For further details on what to do with cash and cheque donations view the following question: What should I do with the money and cheques that I collect?.

Will my sponsors receive a tax receipt?

A. Yes. Donors who pledge $10.00 or more will receive an official receipt for income tax purposes. If they sponsor you online, they will receive a tax receipt immediately via email; if by cash or cheque, the sponsorship will be processed and a receipt will be mailed to the address provided. For further details on what to do with cash and cheque donations view the following question: What should I do with the money and cheques that I collect?.

Will I receive a tax receipt if I sponsor myself?

A. Yes, you are eligible for a tax receipt when you donate $10.00 or more above the registration fee. Please check your junk mail if you do not receive an email. We advise that you print off a copy of the final page of the donation email for your personal record.

What should I do with the money and cheques that I collect?

A. If you receive cash or cheque donation, you can print and complete a Sponsor Form in full so your donors can receive their income tax receipt.  You may either drop it off or mail it to the QEII Foundation office. Our address is:

QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation
5657 Spring Garden Road, Park Lane Mall, Floor M3, Suite 3005, Box 231 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 
B3J 3R4

Please Note

  • All cheques must be made out to the “QE2 Health Sciences Centre Foundation Re: Strides for Obesity
  • Ensure the sponsor form is legible and has the donor's contact information (name, address, and phone number) for receipt purposes.
  • Ensure the name of the participant and email, whose fundraising total it will be applied to, is on the sponsor form.
  • Please roll your coin donations before dropping them off.

How do I send an email to my supporters using the Strides for Obesity email function?

A. Once you register for Strides for Obesity, you can easily email all your supporters from your Strides for Obesity account. Here's how it's done:

  • Log in from the stridesforobesity.ca website.
  • Click "Participant Center" (top right-hand side).
  • Scroll down to 4 – “Thank your Donors”.
  • Draft your email and select the donors you want to thank.

You can view a list of sent emails by clicking “sent” under the “email” tab

Can I add the link of my personal donation page to my Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn status?

A. Yes! Simply follow these instructions:

  • Log in from the stridesforobesity.ca website.
  • Click on “Participant Center”
  • Click on the “Personal Page” tab at the top
  • Then click “View Personal Page”.
  • On your personal page, scroll down the page until you see “Share.” There are options to share on various social media platforms.
  • Click the 'Facebook', 'Twitter', or 'LinkedIn' button to share your personal page on social media.

How will the money raised be used?

A. By participating, you will be helping the thousands of Nova Scotians that are living with obesity every day. 100% of the funds raised will be used to support the local Halifax Obesity Network. These funds will go towards the development of a new dedicated multidisciplinary bariatric clinic ultimately improving access, wait times and care for patients.

Do I have to raise money to participate?

A. No, you just need to register. But, if you choose to raise money, 100% of the funds raised by the Strides for Obesity will go towards funding the new bariatric clinic supported by the Halifax Obesity Network. When you fundraise, you are showing your support!!

 

Walk Day

What can I expect on the day of the Walk?

A. You can expect to be a part of Halifax’s second annual Strides for Obesity walk and help increase the awareness that obesity is a complex medical condition and help reduce the social stigma associated with obesity.

Are pets, stroller, bicycles, and skates allowed on walk day?

A. Pets and strollers are welcome along the walk. However, for safety reasons inline skates, bicycles, scooters, and skateboards are not permitted at the event.

What happens if it rains the day of the event?

A. The Strides for Obesity walk will happen rain or shine, so make sure to bring the appropriate gear for whatever weather we may be expecting.

 

 

Where can I find out more trusted information about obesity?

Canadian Obesity Network
http://www.obesitynetwork.ca

Halifax Obesity Network
http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/obesity-network