Niagara Healthy Kids Community Challenge

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.

Judith Rudoler
Coordinator, Niagara Region Public Health
Niagara Region Public Health is Local Project Manager of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge in Niagara.




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Deadline: Regional Government Review Survey @ Online
May 21 all-day

Please complete the Regional Government Review Survey to help inform the Province of Ontario’s review of regional municipalities and their lower-tiers. Share your thoughts on governance, decision-making and service delivery functions in these regions.

Eight regional governments (Durham, Halton, Muskoka District, Niagara, Oxford County, Peel, Waterloo, York), Simcoe County and their lower-tier municipalities are included in the review.

Click here to learn more about this consultation and complete the survey.

Caregiver Wellness Yoga Relaxation Techniques @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Yoga relaxation techniques presented by Rachel Rogers of the Alchemy Yoga Studio. This session will include gentle yoga exercises; please dress in comfortable clothing.

If you have a yoga mat, please bring it to the session.

Registration is required, so please call 905-687-3914.

This session is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Lifelong Learning Niagara: The Sibelius Cycle @ Armenian Community Centre
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speaker: Bradley Thachuk, Music Director, Niagara Symphony Orchestra

The Niagara Symphony Orchestra is in the midst of its exploration of the works of Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius. In this entertaining illustrated talk, Bradley will explain the unique style of Sibelius musicality.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Be Our Guest at Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters @ Niagara College
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

If you would like to give presentations with confidence, become a leader in your organization or learn how to communicate more effectively, this is the time and place for you! Toastmasters is proud to announce that they have started a new club in Niagara-on-the-Lake and they’re inviting you to come for a visit. Toastmasters is the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.

It’s time to get that job, ace that interview and advance your career with confidence. Toastmasters has the tools to help you whatever your personal and professional goals are. Please visit the club’s website for parking and meeting room directions.

This event is hosted by Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters.

Charity Culture: Five Tips to Achieve Positive Culture Change @ Online
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Charities, once seen as the most trusted and cherished institutions in Canada, now are constantly under scrutiny for their impact, use of funds, even their ethics. And as charities are rushing to respond, businesses are pulling ahead – attracting talent with promises of amazing cultures, and in the case of purpose-driven businesses, generating positive social impact too.

So what can you do, without huge salary offers, or swanky office spaces, and how can you continue to attract and retain the best people out there? The answer is investing in culture. Join behaviour and culture change experts Kin&Co as they provide 5 top tips for using culture to your advantage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why is culture relevant to the charity sector and why do we need to invest now (the business case)?
  • Reviewing your culture – how do you know if you have a strong or weak culture? How do you know if your culture needs to change?
  • Transforming your culture, or making more of your existing culture – sharing our top 5 tips to effective culture change.

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

Thriving in Action, From There to Here to Next: The Story of a Ryerson Resilience Intervention @ Online
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

From a pilot cohort of 16 to a community of over 200 students at Ryerson.
From two instructors to a national Community of Practise of over 50 educators.
From feedback forms to three formal research projects.

What is Thriving in Action (TiA)? Borne from a belief in learnability, practised from a focus on what’s ‘right’ with people, taught from a stance of benevolence, revolving around a priority of belongingness, TiA is helping to address the hunger shared by educators across Canada as to help bolster student resilience. A 10-session, non-credit intervention for struggling students, TiA entwines essential Positive Psychology skills like optimism, self-compassion, grit, and gratitude with progressive learning strategies, from mindful time management to collaborative group work to more efficient and spacious studying. TiA has also come to serve as an Early Alert intervention, retention program, and post-orientation offering for students in their middle- and later-years.

Webinar participants can expect to learn about our compelling pre- and post-research findings exploring the impacts of Thriving in Action upon students’ agency, our Thriving in Action Training Institutes and growing community, the arts-based mentorship and peer support TiA initiatives, and the Thriving in Action Online project, soon to be launched and shared.

Join us as we share how TiA’s innovative curriculum, care-based pedagogy, and equity focus are helping students bounce back, persist, feel connected, find purpose, and ultimately thrive!

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Newcomer Financial Literacy Facilitator Training Course @ Online
May 27 all-day

This online course prepares frontline staff of non-profit organizations serving newcomers to Canada to deliver an easy-to-use curriculum that covers a range of financial topics.

The course provides an orientation to the content, facilitation basics and explores how to adapt the Prosper Canada Centre for Financial Literacy’s curriculum to the needs, context, interests and learning styles of the specific newcomers that you serve.

Registration deadline: May 17th, 2019

Register early as space is limited.

This training is hosted by the Prosper Canada Centre for Financial Literacy.


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