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. 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 the next 3-4 years. The plan 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 further information on the evolution of HKCC, please visit the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Working Group page.
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge got underway in early 2016 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. For more information please visit the “Run. Jump. Play. Every Day” page.
Theme 2 is Water does Wonders, running July 2016 to March 2017. This Theme focuses on promoting water as the beverage of choice for kids and limiting 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 (which can lead to weight gain), dental decay and often replace more nutritious choices such as vegetables, fruit and milk.
There are many exciting projects to be offered in this Theme, with partnerships with the YMCA, GreenUP, PRHC, YWCA/Nourish, Recreation departments in the City and County, Child Care networks and local School Boards.
We hope to make water more accessible and to help children, teachers and caregivers understand that water is the best choice. We want to get kids excited about this Theme and we want to support parents with tips and strategies for how to cut-back your family’s consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.
Contact Healthy Kids Community Challenge Coordinator, Deanna Moher (interim), at 705-743-1000, ext. 355. or via email at for more information.
More information coming shortly!