Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Group of children running across a field with trees and a church steeple in the backgroundThe current theme is Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit.

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is a community led program where partners from different sectors including health, education, recreation and local business work together to implement activities to promote healthy eating and physical activity for all kids in our community (ages 0-12 years). Funding support for these activities from the Ministry of Health and Long Term care will help expand community plans for the City, 8 townships and two First Nations over 3-4 years (2015-2018). The project is being guided by Co-chairs at the City of Peterborough and Peterborough Public Health, a cross sectoral working group, topic-specific action groups and a broad community network.

For more information and resources for community partners, please visit the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Working Group page.

Themes

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge got underway in late 2015 with the first Theme: Run. Jump. Play. Every Day. This Theme was focused on promoting Physical Activity and offered or supported many opportunities for physical activity throughout the community in different setting and for different age groups. This Theme wrapped up at the end of June 2016.  For more information please visit the “Run. Jump. Play. Every Day” page.

Theme 2 was Water does Wonders, which ran July 2016 to March 2017. This Theme focused on promoting water as the beverage of choice for kids, with activities helping to make water more available and more promoted in the settings that children spend time.  Also, educating children and key adult influencers about sugar-sweetened beverages that include fruit juice, chocolate milk, sports drinks, soft drinks, etc. Sugar sweetened beverages are currently the single largest source of sugar in kids’ diets and contribute to excessive and unnecessary calories, dental decay, and often replace more nutritious choices such as vegetables, fruit and milk.  Visit the “Water Does Wonders” page for more information.

Theme 3 is “Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit”, running April to December 2017. This Theme encourages kids and families to make vegetables and fruit a part of every meal and snack. Activities will work towards making vegetables and fruit offered to children in more settings, and encourage kids’ habits that support vegetable consumption such as gardening and helping in the kitchen. Visit the “Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit” page for more information.

Contact Healthy Kids Community Challenge Coordinator, Deanna Moher (interim), at 705-743-1000, ext. 355. or via email at  for more information.

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