Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Group of children running across a field with trees and a church steeple in the backgroundThe 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 the next 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.


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 2016.  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.  Visit the “Water Does Wonders” page for more information.

Theme 3 is “Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit”, starting April 2017. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

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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