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!
|Take the Challenge Oshawa! Pledge to be a healthy family!|
Take the pledge and promise to:
Register your family for the Healthy Family Pledge!
|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?
|Water Does Wonders School Conference - Completed!|
Deadline for submission of diaries: Wednesday February 1, 2017
|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 the Connect Oshawa page starting in late-November.
If you were unable to attend our workshop and would like to participate, you can print a copy of the evaluation and submit it to Connect Oshawa.
Deadline for submission of journals is: Wednesday February 1, 2017
|Sideline Snacks Champions - Lead the Change! In progress|
|A call will go out to all children's sports teams: hockey, lacrosse and ringette for the fall/winter season.
|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 - In progress|
|Working with our partners, we are developing dates for different activities around the City which will provide families an opportunity to get active together at no cost and learn new engaging activities. Stay tuned for dates and locations.
|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 - Roadshow
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!