The City of Oshawa is one of 45 communities in Ontario selected to participate in a four year program designed to improve the health of children aged 12 years and under. Various community partners, including health, education, recreation and local business, will work together to implement community based programs and activities that focus on physical activity and healthy eating. The City and its partners will utilize a $1.125 million provincial grant to promote healthy living for local children.
Community Partners worked on a Community Needs Assessment to identify needs, gaps, resources, opportunities and assets to support the challenge.
Using the assessment to guide our programs and activities our partners delivered local activities focused on physical activity.
Our new theme will encourage children to choose water over sugary beverages.
We are conducting surveys at community events to gauge what types of beverages children are consuming in our community how to increase their consumption of water.
Parents and guardians of children 12 and under are encouraged to complete our Healthy Kids Water Survey which can be found at: www.connectoshawa.ca and add their tips or tricks to encourage kids to choose water.
For facts, tips and resources, follow us on:
#HealthyKidsOSH and #HealthyKidsON
The following are City and Community events we will be attending, if you have an event which meets the following criteria, contact us:
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Walter E. Harris Family Fun Fair
495 Central Park Blvd. - Oshawa
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Oshawa Community Health Centre/The Youth Centre - Children's Fair
Memorial Park - Downtown Oshawa
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Skip Around & Chalk It Up!
Free Family Event
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Bring your jump rope, we'll supply the chalk, water, music and fun!
Saturday, June 19, 2016
Fiesta Parade - Downtown Oshawa
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Canada Day Celebrations
Lakeview Park - Oshawa
Saturdays until July 2
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fundamental Movement Training
City recreation staff, community partners including both boards, the Boys and Girls Club, OCHC/TYC, the YMCA were invited to a one training delivered by Coaches Ontario on increasing physical literacy through the fundamental movement skills in children. This training is designed to enhance physical activity programming in activities offered for children in our community.
Kidz XFITT Challenge
Students from 19 elementary schools in Oshawa from grades 5 to 8 in both the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board participated in the Kidz XFITT Challenge circuit training taught by our fitness staff.
This challenge took place throughout the month of April in our beautiful Civic Recreation Complex Fieldhouse. Staff guided the students through physical activities for one hour, showing them how and why to stay fit for life!
Transportation, the Kidz XFITT program, and free skipping ropes were provided free of charge through funding received from the Ontario Government's Healthy Kids Community Challenge Grant.
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Looking for ideas on how to keep your kids active without spending a lot? Check out our dollar store activity kit: Fun Activity Kit for under $20 - PDF
Check out the following links related to the Challenge:
For more information on the province's Healthy Kids Community Challenge or healthy behaviours for children, visit Ontario.ca/healthykids. Continue to visit this webpage for updates on activities and programs related to the challenge.
Run. Jump. Play. Family Day! - Monday February 15, 2016
We had a wonderful day at the Run. Jump. Play. Family Day! event with over 3500 children and their families attending.
A special thank-you to our partners who made this such a fantastic event for everyone!