Niagara is one of 45 communities across Ontario taking part in The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC). The goal of HKCC is to link organizations from different sectors in the community to promote the health of children aged 12 years and under and accomplish the Ontario Government’s Healthy Kids Strategy to reduce childhood obesity rates. With $1.125M in funding, partners from different sectors will be joining forces to deliver interventions focused on one specific theme every nine months for the next three years. Theme One – Run. Jump. Play. Every day. was aimed to encourage daily physical activity and making Niagara a community where it’s easy for kids to be active. Theme 2 – Water Does Wonders will focus on promoting water consumption; encouraging kids and families to make water their first drink of choice and to reduce their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Join us in The Challenge!
Healthy Kids Community Challenge Niagara will develop and implement programs, policies and supports through community-led planning and action to reduce the prevalence of and prevent childhood overweight and obesity in the community.
- To improve the conditions, as a community participating in The Challenge, by creating supportive environments to enable healthy behaviours in children, and related support behaviours in their parents.
- To contribute to the evidence on the effectiveness of centrally-coordinated, community-based interventions to improve healthy weights and weight related behaviours.
- To increase community capacity to plan, implement and evaluate sustainable health interventions at the community level.
- To improve community collaboration and coordination on promoting healthy childhood weights, through the development and mobilization of multi-sectoral community partnerships.
- To increase the proportion of children reporting recommended levels of specific health behaviours targeted by The Challenge.
- To increase the proportion of parents in the community who engage in parental support behaviours and reduce the proportion who perceives barriers to supporting child health behaviours.
- To increase awareness of and participation in The Challenge.
Coordinator, Niagara Region Public Health
Niagara Region Public Health is Local Project Manager of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge in Niagara.