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.
Check out the ParticipAction Report Card - 2016 for Canada's Health Check!
|Meet Emma Cullen! Our first Healthy Kids Champion!|
Healthy Kids Oshawa has been looking for a Healthy Kid Community Champion to highlight in our community; we are happy to introduce our first Healthy Kid:
19-year-old Emma Cullen has been figure skating in Oshawa since she was 5 years old with the Oshawa Skating Club and has competed three times at the National level. Last year she placed 13th in Canada in Senior Women! Emma is currently ranked 9th in the country and has her eye on improving that placement. She will compete at the Senior Nationals on January 20th and 21st in Ottawa. She hopes to place in the top 5 which would put her on the Canadian National Team where she would then have the opportunity to compete internationally! Go Emma go!
She attributes her success to her family's support and the amazing coaches she has had over her career. Her present coaches are Tracey Wainman and Gregor Filipowski, who have both competed on the world stage. Emma says she could not imagine competing without their experience, knowledge and support.
While Emma is in training, she is also attending York University where she is working on a Bachelor Fine Arts degree in Dance and Choreography and one day she hopes to be a skating Choreographer. She also coaches young skaters at both Oshawa Skating and Richmond Hill Skating Clubs. She loves spending time with her family, especially her three older brothers whom she is close with and her friends. Emma's favourite skater is Carolina Kostner, Italy's 2014 Olympic bronze medallist, whom she has personally met.
Be sure to cheer on Emma at the National's on January 20 and 21st!
|Do you know a Healthy Kids Champion! - next submission deadline February 1, 2016|
We are always on the look out for a Healthy Kids Champion!
You might ask "What is a Healthy Kids Champion?"
We are looking for children and youth who live, promote or champion the initiatives of good health which are:
If you would like to nominate someone to be a Healthy Kids Champion, please contact us: HealthyKidsOSH
|Water Does Wonders! Resources & Fun Facts|
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.
Our plans for this theme have been approved by the Ministry of Long Term Health Care! We have planned some great interventions which will support better access to water, policies which encourage water consumption at games and practices and programs that will teach children and their families about the benefits of water.
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?
Did you know that when you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated?
Did you know 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon or 1 cube of sugar?
Did you know that not all sugars are captured in food labelling?
|Take the Challenge Oshawa! Pledge to be a healthy family! Pledge OPEN - Contest CLOSED|
The contest is now closed, however; families can still continue to challenge themselves and pledge to be a healthy family!
Take the pledge and promise to:
Register your family for the Healthy Family Pledge!
|Water Does Wonders School Conference - Completed!|
Deadline for submission of diaries: Wednesday February 1, 2017
Register your diary on Connect Oshawa
|Water Does Wonders! Community Workshop - Completed!|
Thank you to all the child care educators who joined us at our community workshop. All registrants were provide with:
Educators created list of ideas for how to engage with their families and at their facilities, our Region of Durham Health Department compiled the list for us: HKCC workshop resource.
A special thank-you to our speakers from the Region of Durham Health Department, the Ontario Early Years, the Durham Catholic District School Board and to the Durham District School Board for providing the space for the conference.
Win a commercial water dispenser and colour changing cups for your child care centre!
At our workshop we launched our Community Pledge! We ask that child care providers engage their staff, children and their parents in providing programming around the consumption of water.
All facilities interested in the opportunity to win should post their journey which includes pictures of engagement, who and how you engaged your community on our Connect Oshawa page.
Deadline for submission of journals is: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Evaluation Criteria - P.D.F.
Register for the challenge at Connect Oshawa
|Sideline Snacks Champions - Lead the Change - Open NOW!|
We now have 7 teams registered for the Winter Season! There's still time!
We are looking for 15 leadership teams with players 12 years and under who will support and champion a change in sideline snack policies for their association.
These teams will receive:
In return they will champion the change for us and before the end of the season, appear in a video production which will showcase them and the other teams who participated.
Teams will have a chance to win a Legends Centre Pool Party!
We would like to establish a policy for Healthy Sideline Snacks in all leagues and associations. If you are a Coach or Sports Association and are interested in helping with with intervention, you may print out and complete our Registration Form and send it to Healthy Kids
Teams will be chosen on a first come - first served basis.
You can find more information here:
|Blue W - In progress|
|Blue W is a not-for-profit organization and mobile cloud application which will help people find a place to fill their water bottle for free.
|Monthly Pop-ups - FREE FAMILY DAY ACTIVITIES!|
Free activities for families sponsored by the Healthy Kids
|Water Bottle Filling Stations - In progress|
We have been working with our Operations Team and our Community Partners to increase the accessibility of water in our community. With this in mind, we will be installing water bottle filling stations in our recreation facilities, partner locations and places where children work and play including 2 filling stations in both the Durham Catholic District School Board and the Durham District School Board schools in Oshawa.
Look for the remaining filling stations to be installed throughout the late Winter and early Spring!
|Reducing Sugar Sweetened Beverages Policy - In progress|
|We will be looking at policies and procedures for vending machines and concessions in places where children play and congregate. Working with our current vendors, we hope to increase the number of healthy choices available to children and their families. We are working with vendors, partners and council to develop a plan to phase in and make more accessible healthier food and beverage choices in places where children and their families gather and play. If you are interested in playing a role in this change, contact us: HealthyKidsOSH|
|Roadshow Events - In progress|
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
|Oshawa Public Libraries - Resource Collection and Program Promotion - In progress|
|The Libraries will provide resource materials with a focus on books, music, information, crafts as well as interactive programming for children building on Public Health Ontario's "Sugar Shocker" and the H.K.C.C.'s - SIP SMART resources.|
|Children's Activity and Responsible Eating/Drinking Program - In progress|
|This specialized program offers children and youth an excellent opportunity to improve overall physical fitness and builds an awareness of the importance of water consumption and healthy eating. This is a physician referred program for children who may have special needs and their families and is overseen by dieticians.|
|Resources for Healthy Kids and their Families|
|Highlights from Theme 1 - Run. Jump. Play. Every day!|
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!