The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is all about helping Ontario kids make healthy choices. Our community is one of 45 across the province chosen to be a part of this special. New themes run for 9 months and are centred around healthy active eating, drinking and living.
Our community partners have worked together to identify needs, gaps, barriers and opportunities. The information we collected can be found in the Community Needs Assessment (C.N.A.). This is a living document which is updated regularly with new information. We use the C.N.A. to support and guide our decision making process when planning interventions for new themes.
|Current Theme: Water Does Wonders!|
Our newest theme will encourage children to choose water and limit or avoid their intake of sugar sweetened beverages (S.S.B.'s) and will run from July, 1 2016 to March, 31 2017.
We are in the approval process now with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, once our interventions are approved we will roll out our action plans.
View our themed fact sheets for more information about Water Does Wonders!
Interested in becoming a partner, stakeholder or private business contributor, contact us: HealthyKidsOSH
Did you know it is better to eat your fruit than to drink it?
- It has more nutrients, will keep you full longer and has less sugar
- 1 orange has 2.5 teaspoons of sugar and a bottle of orange juice has 10 teaspoons!
Did you know that when you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated?
- Choose water to quench your thirst and remember to drink regularly during the day to keep you hydrated!
Did you know 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon or 1 cube of sugar?
- Health Canada recommends no more than 10 teaspoons of "added sugar" per day
- "Added sugar" is any type of sugar: cane sugar, agave, honey, maple syrup, beet root sugar, coconut sugar and many more. Check out this handy poster with the different names of Sugar.
|Invite us to your event|
Our goal is to change the health of children in our community. If you are having an event which is geared to children and their families we would like to hear from you!
We can provide information about the Challenge, nutrition, fun games, activities and giveaways.
The are City and Community events we will be attending, if you have an event which meets the following criteria, contact us: HealthyKidsOSH
- Free admission
- Open to the public
- 200 or more expected attendance
- Focused on children and their families
|Wednesday, August 17|
Carea Community Health Centre - Fun Day BBQ
- Glen Street Park - Wentworth and Cedar Street
- 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
|Wednesday, August 24|
Oshawa Public Library - Summer Reading Club Wrap-up
- Lakeview Park - Area D - near the gazebo
- 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Free event for children registered in the Summer Reading Club
|Thursday, August 25|
City of Oshawa - Summer Playground Program Closing Ceremonies
- Civic Recreation Complex
- Time to be confirmed
|Saturday, September 10|
Legends Centre - 10th Anniversary Celebration
- 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Fun activities for all ages
|Friday, September 16|
YMCA - Early Years - Family Fun Day
- Lakeview Park - Area D near the gazebo
- 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
|Saturday, September 24|
Carea Community Health Centre - Fun Day
- 115 Grassmere Street
- 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Free community event with activities for families
|Saturday, October 1|
City of Oshawa - Culture Days
- City Hall - 50 Centre Street South
- 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Free event with lots of fun activities for families
|Theme 2: Water Does Wonders! Interventions|
Once Ministry approvals are received we will let you know what we are up to at Healthy Kids Oshawa!
|Resources for Healthy Kids and their Families|
|Theme 1: Run. Jump. Play. Every day! - April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016|
This theme was aimed at getting children moving and teaching program leaders about physical literacy to fill a gap in knowledge and to provide opportunities for children and their families to get moving!
- 2 special events for the community - Family Day at the Civic and Skip Around & Chalk It Up
- 2 interventions aimed at elementary schools in Oshawa. Over 30 schools participated in these programs - YMCA and City of Oshawa
- After school programs - 2 locations - Boys and Girls Club of Durham
- Breakfast programs - 2 locations - Boys and Girls Club of Durham
- Added physical activity programs - Carea Community Health Centre
- Preschool drop in program at South Oshawa Community Centre
- Provided "Fit Packs" available at the Oshawa Library to be borrowed by families
- Created a StoryWalk in Lakeview Park and Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens - Oshawa Public Library
- Physical literacy training for community program staff and coordinators - The City of Oshawa
- Training for teachers in the Durham District School Board (D.D.S.B.), Durham Catholic District School Board (D.C.D.S.B.) and program staff on fitness activity charts and physical literacy
- Attended school events and community events to provide information about the challenge
- Reached over 10,000 residents through social marketing and interventions