Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Healthy  Kids Community Challenge

Learn about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge – part of Ontario's Healthy Kids Strategy

The goal of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is to support the well-being of our children. It will help create communities where it's easy for children to lead healthier lives. 

45 communities across Ontario are participating in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. These communities receive resources from the province including funding, training and social marketing tools to help promote:

  • healthy eating
  • physical activity
  • healthy behaviours for children

This program is a key part of Ontario's Healthy Kids Strategy. The strategy is a cross-government initiative to promote children's health. It focuses on:  a healthy start in life, healthy food, and healthy active communities.

Benefits for children and families

  • skills for staying active and eating well
  • support with making healthy choices
  • close links to supports within the community
  • more chances to be involved and included

Themes

The 45 communities participating in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge will rally around themes to develop programs, policies, environmental supports and events with the support of local partners. About every nine months, a new theme will be launched that relates to two of the key factors associated with healthy weights in children: physical activity and healthy eating.

Run. Jump. Play. Every Day.

The first theme of the Health Kids Community Challenge is Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. This theme was launched in September 2015 and encourages physical activity through a mix of active play, active transportation, sports and structured physical activity.

Water Does Wonders

The second theme of the Health Kids Community Challenge is Water Does Wonders. This theme encourages kids and families to reach for water when thirsty instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. It's the natural, healthy and free choice. Other healthy options such as plain milk and fortified, unsweetened soy beverages are also encouraged.

Participating communities

Aboriginal Communities:

Municipalities:

For more information

For more information or if you don't see a link to a Healthy Kids Community Challenge in your area, contact healthykidscommunitychallenge@ontario.ca 

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