The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (the Challenge) was a community-led initiative funded by the province of Ontario between 2015 and 2018. The goals of the Challenge were to support the well-being of our children, and to help create communities where it is easy for children to lead healthier lives!
Waterloo Region was one of 45 communities across Ontario to benefit from the Challenge. A Steering Committee made up of representatives from each of the seven area municipalities in Waterloo Region, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, and Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services guided local implementation. The Challenge was modelled on four rotating themes that relate to the following key factors linked to preventing childhood overweight and obesity:
Though the Healthy Kids Community Challenge has ended, the spirit of the Challenge can live on. We invite you to continue the legacy by modelling the messages from the four themes with children each and every day. Together we can support “Healthy Kids” in Waterloo Region for generations to come. Check-out the sections below for more information, ideas, and resources to help live out the four themes. Try not to stay too long – part of being a “Healthy Kid” is all about sitting less, moving more, and playing often! Click Here to Download the HKCC Toolkit
A Healthy Kids Community Challenge Toolkit has been created to house electronic copies of all of the wonderful resources created and shared during each of the four themes of the Challenge. These include infographics, posters, and other supporting materials. In the Toolkit you will also find a fun, edutainment-style legacy video that was created to share the many important messages for being a “Healthy Kid”. The video is modelled after the popular live theatre performances that toured local elementary schools during the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, and that children and educators across Waterloo Region came to know and love so much!
The toolkit is intended to be used by parents, caregivers, camp leaders, recreation professionals, and any other individuals working with children and families to help promote and support physical activity, healthy eating, and other healthy behaviours among children. Though the Healthy Kids Community Challenge has ended, the spirit of the Challenge can live on. We invite you to continue the legacy with the help of this Toolkit.
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is grateful to have been able to work with over 300 individuals and partner organizations, leveraging their skills, expertise, additional resources and supports to ensure the success of the Challenge locally. Thank you to all of those involved.
For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, please send them an email.