The Healthy Kids Community challenge is a key part of Ontario's Healthy Kids Strategy. The strategy is a cross-government initiative to promote children's health. It focuses on: a healthy start in life, healthy food, and healthy active communities.
Toronto is one of 45 communities across Ontario participating in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to support the well-being of our children. The City of Toronto oversees four lead agencies that were selected to deliver the program in four communities across Toronto:
- Rexdale Community Health Centre in Rexdale
- Black Creek Community Health Centre in Humber-Downsview
- South Riverdale Community Health Centre in Danforth-East York
- Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough in Central Scarborough
Through the lead agency, these communities receive resources from the Province of Ontario including funding, training and social marketing tools to help promote:
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Healthy behaviours for children
The challenge runs until March 2018 with a new theme being introduced every 9 months.
The challenge provides numerous benefits for children and their families including:
- Skills for staying active and eating well
- Supports with making healthy choices
- Links to supports within the community
- Opportunities to be involved and included